How to Make Homemade Nut Milk: Recipe
|February 4, 2014||Posted by Stacy under Healthy eating at home, Recipe|
For a long time, I bought almond milk to use in smoothies and other recipes. But that was before I discovered that many brands contain added ingredients including carrageenan, a controversial food additive extracted from red seaweed that has been linked to stomach ulcers and inflammation.
So when I saw that a local health food store was holding a nut milk making class over the holidays, I quickly signed up. I was excited to learn how fast and easy nut milks are to make on my own. We got to sample different kinds such as almond, walnut and hazelnut–and wow, were they ever creamy and delicious! Homemade really is better.
While my kids don’t drink it plain, I’ve been adding fresh nut milk to their smoothies, oatmeal, pancakes and even homemade hot cocoa. And I enjoy it in my tea and coffee. All you need to get started is raw nuts, a blender (preferably high speed, such as a Vitamix) and a nut milk bag.
My previous attempts to make nut milk with a strainer didn’t work so well as the milk came out gritty. You can purchase a bag for less than $10 and I’ve found mine easy to clean–just wash by hand with a little soap or toss it in the washing machine. It really is a good investment.
Fresh Homemade Walnut Milk
Yield: 1 quart (4 cups)
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 4 cups filtered water
If possible, soak the nuts for 8 to 12 hours in water at room temperature to activate the sprouting process. If you don’t have time to soak, you can still make delicious nut milk.
Blend walnuts with 4 cups water on high in a blender. Hold the nut milk bag over a large bowl with one hand and pour the milk into the bag with your other hand. Twist the top of the bag to close it, then gently squeeze the bag with both hands until all the milk is removed. Pour the nut milk into a quart jar and store in the fridge.