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Nurturing Nut Milk

A deliciously creamy and oh so tasty milk that will nurture both your body and your soul.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword cruelty free, drink, easy, gluten free, milk, quick, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Calories 215kcal
Author Buffy Ellen

Ingredients

  • 1 c almonds
  • 4 c filtered water
  • 2 dates
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1/2 tsp lecithin
  • Pinch sea salt

Instructions

  • Soak your nuts in a bowl of filtered water overnight. In the morning, drain and rinse well.
  • Add all ingredients using just one cup of water to your blender and blend for a minute until super creamy with no grainy bits left. You may need to scrape down the insides of your blender and blend again, depending on how strong your machine is.
  • Once creamy, add the remaining water and blend again until smooth.  
  • Now, you can stop here and keep all the pulpy goodness in the milk, especially if you're using cashews or macadamias (I normally do - its quicker, easier and less mess). BUT, if you want a consistency like in the containers of store-bought milk without any graininess, strain your milk through a sieve/muslin cloth/pantyhose/old thin tea towel/nut milk bag, pushing or squeezing the pulp until all liquid comes out and you're left with dryish nut pulp. Don't throw this away - pop it in the freezer and add to your favourite cookie or cake recipes!
  • Keep in the fridge for 3 days.

Notes

  • You can use a wide variety of nuts, seeds and even grains to make dairy-free milk. Your favourite nuts (such as cashewsbrazil nutshazelnuts, macadamias, walnuts), seeds (such as pumpkin seedssunflower seedssesame seeds, hemp seeds), grains (such as oats, cooked brown rice, cooked quinoa), or even desiccated coconut will all work great.
  • To make it nut-free, simply use one of the non-nut options given above!
  • You can also replace the dates with 1-2 tbsp coconut nectar/yacon/agave syrup OR a few drops stevia - or just leave out entirely!
  • Lecithin is optional but helps to emulsify the milk so it doesn't separate on standing - which makes it particularly great when you want to add to teas and hot drinks. You can use either sunflower or soy lecithin, just make sure to source organic or non-GMO. If you don't have any, just make sure to shake your bottle to recombine before using
  • This bottle of creamy goodness will last in your fridge for 3 days - be sure to shake it up before pouring over your raw Grawnola or Buckinis each morning, and topping with fresh organic fruit. 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1c | Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 275mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 1mg