What up gang. I’m back in the city of Angels after a weekend home in Waco, Texas. One of the things my Mom always has prepared for us when we visit is her homemade nut milks (almond, cashew, and brazil nut too!) I’m not even a lil bit kidding when I tell you it is sooo scrumptious I want to copy cat it hardcore. So, I thought it would be the perfect time to share how to make your own nut milk! Almond, cashew, or even macadamia- oh my!
This recipe below will really work for any nut milk (pick whatever suits your fancy), but the brazil nut version is V unique. Something about how delish it is incentivizes me to skip the MALK (my go-to store bought brand) and get my Little House On The Prairie/Suzy Homemaker style on and make this myself.
This milk is seriously kick ass for a coffee creamer, to enjoy with vegan choc chip cookies (in a frozen glass like my hubs loves), or in nutty smoothies too (ie, think like almond butter/banana/cacao type concoctions).
Ok, before you get started there’s a few kitchen tools you’ll need:
Blender (I use Vitamix but Nutri bullet or something will work great too)
Colander (to drain soaked nuts)
Ingredients (remember, all organic bitches!):
nut of choice (1 cup nuts will produce about 3 cups milk)
Now for the instructions:
Step 1: Soak nuts in water overnight (or during day if that works better for ya, about 7-8 hours). Use however much water you need to cover the nuts completely.
Step 2: Drain through colander.
Step 3: Place soaked nuts in blender and add water.
*Key Ratio to Remember for making nut milks: Add 2 cups water to 1 cup soaked nuts. This ratio will provide a semi-creamy consistency for optimal beverage versatility (as coffee creamer, in cereal, drinking slo, etc.)
Step 4: Add a pinch of each- sea salt, vanilla, cinnamon, and 2-3 dates (pitted and chopped). PS- fun fact, dates are known as nature’s candy!
Step 5: Blend until creamy consistency is achieved.
Step 6: Pour mixture into nut milk bag and squeeze all the liquid through it into a glass measuring cup or mason jar for storage.
So, let’s compare to the store bought versions shall we? I compare this in size and price to vanilla MALK brand almond milk I buy on my weekly Whole Foods trips. You’re probably looking at a cost of like $4 for almost 32 ounces total (~4 cups) when you make yourself!
And viola! Now, obviously this is werrrrk. BUT, I like to make it every now and then as a special treat, ya feel me? I totally acknowledge though it’s tough to keep up with for sure. Avoid that grocery store shiz that’s been all over factories and transportation trucks if you have the time though and test this out! Would love to hear how it goes in the comments below.
Until next time,