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Friday, January 27th, 2012

How to Make Homemade Almond Milk

Friday, January 27th, 2012

DIY Nut Milk

Staying true to this week’s theme of 5 minuet meals, did you know that you can make your own Nut Milk at home in about 5 minutes? It is so easy and cost effective! You can use any nut or seed that you like: almond, walnut, sunflower, hemp, hazelnut, sesame, pumpkin, or even pecan which is what I used for this recipe.

I make almond milk ALL the time. It’s so versatile and makes a wonderful replacement for cow’s milk in anything from mashed potatoes (use unsweetened) to chocolate smoothies!! This time I decided to mix it up and use some local Texas pecans I got from a lovely friend.

Homemade nut milks also make a healthy and unique gift! It’s a nice change from the usual bottle of wine. I gave this bottle to a friend who was recently hosting Sunday Brunch. You can have some fun and season your milks anyway you like by adding honey, agave, vanilla stevia or maple syrup and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg , or pure cocoa extract! Yumm!!

Homemade Pecan Milk

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup raw Pecans
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 pitted dates OR 2 Tbs honey, agave, or maple syrup OR a dropper of liquid stevia (optional)
  • tiny pinch of sea salt (the salt actually brings out the sweetness!)
  • 1-2 Tbs Pumpkin Pie Spice (optional but SO GOOD for fall!) use code WAG472 to get $5 off!
  • 5 cups water

In a blender, simply blend all ingredients together until smooth.

I make all my smoothies and nut milks using a VitaMix which is a super awesome, state of the art, amazing, must have high speed blender. They are the ONLY blender that will get you the creamy consistency that you desire.  I love, love, LOVE my VitaMix and highly recommend investing in one if you are ready to make serious changes to your diet. I have had mine for almost 5 years and use it daily! If you’re not ready to drop that kind of cash, Hamilton Beach makes some great budget friendly blenders that you can get at your local Walmart or Target.

Then pour the mixture through a nut milk bag or a paint straining bag. You can get 1 gallon paint straining bags for $1 at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot. Squeeze the remaining liquid through the bag and voilà, you are left with a lovely nut milk!!  Save the pulp for later to use in desserts, smoothies, or veggie patties. Your nut milk will last about 5 days in the fridge.

Variations:

  • Soaking your nuts in water for 4-8 hours before hand will release their enzymes. This is recommended for more nutrition but not mandatory.
  • For a simple unflavored version, simply blend water + nuts only.
  • You can use ANY nut or seed that you like: almond, cashew, walnut, sunflower, hemp, hazelnut, sesame, pumpkin, pecan, macadamia, etc.
  • If you prefer the taste of skim milk, add more water. For a whole milk or cream consistency, use less water.
  • Have fun experimenting with spices and flavors. You could add cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, vanilla, mint, anise, chai spices, coconut…the possibilities are endless!!
  • If you don’t have a nut milk or paint straining bag, have no fear! Simply let the mixture stand for 10-15 mins. The pulp will naturally separate and sink to the bottom 🙂

Enjoy!!

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