Why would one make their own nut-milk? Nut-milks are very hypoallergenic compared to regular milk because they do not contain any lactose. People can be sensitive to lactose even if they are not lactose intolerant. Nut-milks also contain healthy fats. Making your own nut-milk is beneficial because it is super easy, super fresh and you know that there are 0 additives to your product. Plus, it is kind of fun.
This method streamlines across the board for all different types of nuts. The only ingredients/ kitchen tools required are:
- 1 cup of nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans)
- 4-5 cups of filtered water
- A nut-milk bag–can be found at your local natural foods store
- A blender
- 1 big 1/2 gallon jar or 2-quart size jars
3 Easy Steps
Step 1- Soak the nuts
Place 1 cup of nuts into a bowl and cover with water. Ideally you would like to soak nuts for 10-12 hours. Cashews should only soak for 7 hours. To understand the reason for this step check out the benefits of soaking nuts, grains and legumes. If you forget to soak your nuts over night then soak them for as long as you can.
When the nuts are done soaking, strain out the water and rinse them under cold water.
Step 2– Add ingredients to a blender
Place the nuts in the blender. Add 4-5 cups of water (depending on how big your blender is). Blend on high for 1-2 minutes. The liquid should be well-incorporated and appear a milky white color. If you choose to flavor your nut-milk, my favorite combination is: 1 tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract, 1 tsp honey, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.
Note: If I use my nut-milk for smoothies, I usually don’t add any honey because there is enough sugar from the fruit.
Step 3– Strain using nut-milk bag
Place your nut-milk bag in pitcher or a bowl. Pour contents from blender into the nut-milk bag. Pull the draw string and squeeze all the liquid out. You can choose to discard the nut-pulp that is inside the nut-milk bag or you can use it to make baked goods or Almond Pulp Crackers.
Store your nut-milk in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.