Over the last 12 months I have tried to reduce the amount of dairy I eat after discovering it has an inflammatory effect on the body. I use nut milk as a substitute (not a fan of soy milk).
Almond milk is my ‘go to’ nut milk and I like to have it in the fridge to use in my smoothies and on my homemade granola (it’s not quite right in my morning cuppa though!).
It’s super easy to make your own nut milk and waaaay better than buying the tetrapak stuff from the shops, which often have added sweetners and other weird unnecessary ingredients.
All you need is a blender, some (preferably organic) almonds, some (preferably) filtered water and a nut milk bag.
I bought my nut milk bag from Renee at Raw Hype (she makes them) but you can buy them at any good healthfood store, I prefer the cotton ones to the plastic/rayon type. They cost around $15-20, which is a bit exy if you’re not intending to use it regularly. See if you can borrow one from a friend so you can try before you buy.
Simple steps for your own yummy nut milk:
1. Soak nuts in water over night
2. In the morning rinse off the nuts and out tip the water (don’t use this water)
3. Throw the nuts into your blender and add filtered water (I use a ratio of 1:2 ie 1 cup of almonds with two cups of water)
4. Blend really well so the water turns milky.
5. Turn your nut milk bag inside out (makes it easier to clean as bits don’t get stuck in the seam) and fit it over a bowl.
6. Pour in blender contents, twist up the bag and squeeze it by hand over the bowl until no more milk comes out.
7. If you have a cheapie blender you might like to repeat the above process (using only 3/4 cup of water the second time), ie. tip the dry almond mix back into the blender, add more water and then blend for a second time. (If you have a thermomix or Vitamix style high powered blender you wont need to blend a second time).
8. Pour your milk into a glass jar and store in the fridge. Yummo!
Super easy! Super quick!
And it tastes SO much better than the store bought stuff.
It will last around 3 days in the fridge so I just make small batches to use as I go. It has a very rich and creamy taste, so you may prefer to add a bit more water. (Best to use less water initially as you can easily add more to thin it, but if you add too much water it won’t be very nice).
Add some cinnamon and cacao and blend in a date or two for a nice nut milk drink, hot or cold. You can also use your nut milk to make chai tea, and use it as the base for your smoothies.
Give it a go and let me know what you think!