How To Make Your Own Nut Milk
At Nutriseed we often get asked which liquids to use within smoothies and meal replacements products such as Total Superfoods and Nutriseed Green Blend. Although any type of milk, or even water will work fine, we always come back to a few of our favourite plant-based milks.
Although readily available on the high street, here we show how you can easily make Almond Milk, Cashew Milk, Coconut Milk, Hemp Milk & Hazelnut Milk. Because you are making these yourself (and when using Nutriseed ingredients), you can rest assured that they are completely free of all preservatives (unlike most that are available in stores).
For all of these you will require your choice of nut or seed, a few cups of water (ideally filtered), a blender and a mesh bag (or grain sack, cheese bag or very thin cloth. Some people have even been known to use hosiery in the past).
The beauty of these is that the basic recipe for all of these is near enough the same each time, with a few little tweaks here and there.
- Almond Milk
One of the most popular plant-based milks around today, and one of our favourites too.
To begin, add a cup of Nutriseed Almonds into a bowl and cover with about an inch of water and leave to soak overnight.
After soaking, drain the almonds and give them a rinse.
Place the almonds into a blender and cover with 2 cups of water and blend for around 2 minutes.
When completely blended, strain the mixture over the mesh or cheese bag. Now you need to press almond milk from the almond meal. Squeeze the mesh bag to get out as much of the milk as you can (this recipe should give you around 2 cups). You can sweeten or flavour to taste.
- Cashew Milk
Cashew milk is a favourite to make at home as you don’t need to soak them. As such, as above, miss the first step and continue the same way.
Add 1 cup of Nutriseed Cashew Nuts to a blender and add two cups of water and blend.
Strain and press as above and voila, it is ready for tasting. Sweeten to taste (more on this below).
- Coconut Milk
As above, this recipe predominantly uses two ingredients: Nutriseed Organic Coconut Flakes and water. The difference with this recipe is that the water needs to be heated (but importantly, not boiled).
To begin, add a cup of Nutriseed Organic Coconut Flakes to your blender, and add two cups of the warm water. Blend on high for a couple of minutes until the mixture is thick and creamy. As above, strain and press to get all of the milk out, leaving the coconut pieces behind. You can then taste and flavour as you wish (more on this below).
- Hemp Milk
This recipe is nice and simple just like the cashew milk mentioned above.
Simply add 1 cup of Nutriseed Organic Shelled Hemp Seeds and 3 cups of water. Blend for around 1 minute, until all of the seeds are pulverised. As above, strain and press with you mesh bag or cloth and you’re good to go.
- Hazelnut Milk
This recipe is almost identical that of the almond milk, with the same ratios (1 cup Nutriseed Hazelnuts, 2 cups water (ideally filtered), and the same straining and pressing process.
Flavouring and Sweetening Your Nut Milk
Above are the key recipes for your nut milks. However, they can be sweetened, flavoured and adapted to suit your needs. For example, adding a tablespoon of Nutriseed Raw Organic Cacao Powder to your hazelnut milk will give it a rich chocolate taste (bursting with antioxidants too).
Nutriseed Pitted Dates are a lovely addition to sweeten up any of these, and 2-3 date should be added into the blender at the same time as the nuts.
A lovely idea for Hemp Milk is to add a couple of scoops Nutriseed Organic Hemp Protein, which will have a similar taste, but make it more filling and of course, increase its protein content.
Other popular ingredients that you can use to flavour and sweeten your fresh nut milk include: