Nuts for Dairy Free Milk
Making your own nut milk has many advantages as the store bought options tend to contain additional sugars, preservatives and thickening agents. When making your own nut milk you can create any flavour you like and add several different fun ingredients. You choose!
If you are new to nut milks here are some of the wonderful benefits vs it's dairy alternative:
- Easy to digest & naturally lactose free
- Less prone to producing an inflammatory response in the body
- Tastes amazing and fresh
- Contains traces of fiber, magnesium and vitamin E
- Heart healthy: Free of saturated fat & cholesterol
This nut milk recipe can easily be made at home for a delicious dairy alternative. We used almonds we had on handbut feel free to experiment with your favourites like cashews, pecans or Brazil nuts.
Easy Almond Milk
1 1/2 cups of almonds
3 cups of water (filtered if possible)
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tsp of cinnamon
You will need:
A high speed blender
A Nut Sac or Cheese Cloth (available at most bulk and grocery stores 3$)
- Soak nuts in a bowl of water to cover, 2-3 hours or leave overnight.
- Strain nuts in the sink, rinse and place in a high speed blender.
- Add 3 cups of filtered water and blend on high speed for 30 seconds.
- Use the nut sac or double layered cheese cloth placed over a bowl and pour the nut milk mixture on top or in the bag to strain.
- Squeeze out all the liquid - you should only have the almond fiber left in your bag or cheese cloth.
- Add cinnamon and vanilla (is using) to to the filtered liquid - you could also add a bit of honey or maple syrup if you wanted a little sweetener although the nuts offer their own delicious natural sweetness.
- Pour into a glass jar for use in smoothies, recipes, over granola, lattes and more! Your almond milk will keep in the fridge for 3-5 days.
Note: Don't throw out that nut fiber! Feel free to add it as a nutritious boost to cookies, brownies, smoothies and energy bars! It will keep in the fridge for up to a week or can be frozen.