When I gave up dairy a few years ago, I went on a mission to find a healthy substitute to the creamy cow’s milk I was so used to having with my coffee each morning.
I experimented with nut milk I bought at the health food store, but that tasted processed, unnaturally sweet and very watery to me — not at all what I was looking for. I decided to try and make my own instead.
I discovered that the process is really simple and takes on average 10 to 15 minutes including clean-up. Not to mention, homemade nut milk is 100% more nutritious and so much better tasting than the preservatives-and-sugar-loaded stuff you get in a cardboard box. It is totally worth spending the fifteen minutes a couple of times a week to make it.
Nut milk can be made with any nuts you like; almonds, cashews, brazil or macadamia nuts and walnuts are all great choices. You can even experiment with “milking” seeds, such as hemp or sunflower seeds. I haven’t tried that, but I’ve heard that it is quite delicious ♥
For the most part, I stick with almonds as they are my favorite. I do blend cashew milk on occasion too, although it is a bit heavy and its higher fat content makes it better to consume during the cold winter months.
Raw, unprocessed almonds are a great source of the antioxidant vitamin E, as well as dietary fiber, B vitamins, essential minerals and monounsaturated fat (one of the two good fats linked to the lowering of LDL (bad) cholesterol). In Ayurvedic medicine, almonds are considered a medicinal food and are used for improving digestion. They are soaked in water and the skin is peeled off before eating them.
Soaking the raw nuts overnight (or for a few hours) prior to blending them breaks down the phytic acid naturally found in their skin. Phytic acid tends to bind to minerals in your intestinal tract making them difficult to absorb. Soaking also softens the nuts so they are easier for your blender to liquify.
You should absolutely try making nut milk for yourself. You will be surprised at how easy it is and as soon as you blend your first batch, you will be hooked for life! Have fun!
- 2 cup raw almonds or any RAW nuts of choice (soaked for 1-4 hours or overnight)
- 6 cups purified or filtered water
- 2-3 pitted Medjool dates, 1 Tbsp organic coconut sugar or any other healthy sweetener of choice (optional)
- A few drops of natural almond or vanilla extract for added flavor (optional)
- Place almonds and sweetener (if using) in a blender, add water and blend until smooth
- Strain mixture through a nut milk bag (you can buy one on Amazon.com for around $5)