If you’re serious about going off dairy, then making a nut milk is perhaps the one life skill you should consider learning immediately. Honestly, it is sooo simple, and takes barely 10 minutes.
You can choose practically any nut or seed you fancy – almond, cashew nut, walnut, peanut, sunflower seed, cucumber seeds, sesame or fresh coconut.
If you’re trying a non-dairy milk for the first time, a good place to begin is almond milk. If you like it creamy, go for cashew milk. Seeds contain less fat than nuts, so if you’re looking to limit your nut intake, go for sunflower seeds milk instead. Personally my favorite is coconut milk, because I love the coconut flavor. Go ahead try all the different options and figure your own favorite!
- 1 cup raw nuts/seeds
- 4 cups of water
Wash and soak the nuts/seeds for 8 hours. Drain that water and wash with fresh water. Blend them with enough water to submerge the nuts/seeds till you have a smooth paste. Add half the remaining water and blend again.
If you are new to this you strain this and remove the fiber. Add the remaining water to the fiber, grind again and strain.
Makes 4 cups
Don’t throw away the remaining fiber. Try adding a little bit to a vegetable, dal, chillas or cookies.
Try these delicious recipes using nut milk
Want to make your nut milk wholesome?
Try using it whole without straining the fiber (except for the coconut). Believe me you can’t even tell the fiber is in there in most uses such as using it for cereal, smoothies and certain desserts.
Here’s a disclaimer. Your nut/seed milk will not taste the same as the dairy milk when had plain. So if you’re looking for that, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.
I’ve had so many clients say that they are so used to dairy milk that they cant get used to a nut milk. To that I say, have the nut milk for a week and then try going back to your dairy milk. You will be surprised that the taste of dairy milk may not go down well with you any more! Why is that? Because your taste buds are constantly adapting based on what you serve them. So once they start getting non dairy milk, that is what they will soon start liking ☺
Trying your hand at a nut milk for the first time? I’d love to know how it went. Comment below.
Also try other dairy alternatives. They are so easy :-