Not a fan of cow's milk? Avoiding soy? Or are you simply looking to try something a little bit different without losing out on the nutrition and taste? Homemade Nut Milk is a fantastic dairy-free milk alternative. It can be used in the same way as all other milk for your cooking, baking and drinking needs. It's also low in calories and gluten free! Perfect for vegans and non-vegans alike.
Soak the nuts in 2-3 cups water overnight (see notes for variations)
Drain and rinse the soaked nuts. Pop into a high powered blender with 4 cups of fresh water (not the soaking water) and blend for 2 minutes until smooth.
Soaking Time: This varies for different nut varietals, but as a rule of thumb I go with overnight. If you are looking for the quickest option then these times will work for you:
Sweeteners: I don't use sweeteners in my nut milks but if you like it a bit sweeter then, after the initial blend and draining through the nut milk bag, add in 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 medjool date (pit removed), 1 tbsp maple syrup OR 1 tbsp raw honey and pop back into the blender for 2 minutes before storing in the fridge.
I add 1 tbsp of hemp seeds to all my nut milks for an extra nutritional boost. Just add to the blender with the nuts.