Nut Milk Four Ways

It's a New Year! Are you implementing any new habits or mindsets? If you're thinking about reducing or cutting your dairy consumption, look no further for healthful, easy, and delicious milk alternatives!

Cutting dairy out of your life is a big deal. I remember drinking 3 glasses of milk a day growing up. The breakfast staple at my house was a bowl of cereal (usually cinnamon toast crunch) with skim milk. As I got older, my taste for milk decreased dramatically. For some unknown reason drinking milk from a glass started to gross me out a little. It never bothered my brother, though... he still drinks a glass of milk with almost every meal. When I was in high school, we discovered that I was actually allergic to milk. We simply started buying soy or almond milk to have with our morning cereal (my brother still drinks cows milk though). I had a lot of fun after this diagnosis parusing the aisles of the grocery store on the hunt for the newest variety of nut milk. I've had friends tell me that they prefer almond milk or cashew milk to cow's milk! I'm telling you, you aren't missing out on anything with plant based milk! It's easy to find hemp, flax, soy, oat, almond, hazlenut, cashew, and many more nut and seed milks now. These are great for convenience, but I prefer to make my own nut milks now. 

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When I tell people that I make my own nut milks, they look at me like I'm crazy. "How do you do that?" I promise it's easy!

I recently ordered a new nut milking bag, and when my mom saw the unopened package she inquired after the contents. I enthusiastically told her that I ordered a new nut milk bag, she just smiled and laughed. 

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Making nut milk is unbelievably easy and cheap. It requires minimal ingredients, steps, and minutes. For standard, plain nut milk you simply soak one cup of nuts overnight. In the morning, rinse them and add them to a high speed blender with 3-4 cups of water. You can also add any spices or sweeteners that suit your fancy. Blend the nuts and water for 2-3 minutes on high, and strain through a cheesecloth or nut milk strainer. Some nuts and seeds (cashews and hemp seeds) don't need to be strained. Store your milk in the fridge for up to 5 days!

Below are the recipes for four specialty nut milks. 

Golden Brazil Nut Milk Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup brazil nuts
  • 3/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • slice of fresh ginger (about a quarter of an inch, more if you like it a little spicy)
  • 1/2 date
  • 2 cups water

Method:

  1. Soak nuts overnight. Blend everything in a high speed blender for 2-3 minutes. Strain the mixture through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth, and store in the fridge for about 5 days. This milk is delicious when served warm. 

Green Almond Milk Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almonds 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon spirulina
  • 1/2 date
  • 2 cups water

Method:

  1. Soak nuts overnight. Blend everything in a high speed blender for 2-3 minutes. Strain the mixture through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth, and store in the fridge for about 5 days.

Vanilla Cashew Milk Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 date
  • 2 cups water

Method:

  1. Soak nuts overnight. Blend everything in a high speed blender for 2-3 minutes. Store in the fridge for about 5 days.

Pistachio Cardamom Milk Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pisatchios
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 date
  • 2 cups water

Method:

  1. Soak nuts overnight. Blend everything in a high speed blender for 2-3 minutes. Strain the mixture through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth, and store in the fridge for about 5 days.
  2. Enjoy!