August 8, 2018 by in Refresh Blog

How To Make Nut Milk

As a Health Coach, I am constantly sharing my yummy recipes for smoothies, bowls and healthy snacks. Very often, my recipes call for “your favorite nut milk”. So, naturally, one of the questions I get asked the most is “How do I make nut milk?”

Nut milk is a great alternative to dairy milk: full of protein and healthy fats, delicious and so easy to make yourself! Nut milk is super-easy to make at home and is amazingly versatile. Warning: once you see how easy it is to make it yourself, you’ll never buy premade nut milk anymore [Symbol]

There are 2 ways to make nut milk. Most people don’t know about the express version, it will surprise you!

FAST NUT MILK 

Ingredients for 4 cups of nut milk:
*  4 tablespoons of nut butter of choice: almond, walnut, cashew… your favorite.
*  4 cups of water
Sweetener: 2 pitted dates or 1 tablespoon of raw honey or 1 tablespoon of maple syrup

Tools: Blender

Directions: Blend all the ingredients and enjoy. If you want it cold, let it sit in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

TRADITIONAL NUT MILK

Ingredients for 4 cups of nut milk:
*  1 cup of nuts of choice
*  4 cups of water
*  Sweetener: 2 pitted dates or 1 tablespoon of raw honey or 1 tablespoon of maple syrup

Tools: strainer, blender, nut bag, jar, airtight bottle.

Directions:
1.  Start by soaking the nuts in water. Soaking times are:
*  Almonds: 8 to 12 hours
*  Hazelnuts: 8 hours
*  Macadamias: 8 hours
*  Peanuts: 8 hours
*  Pine nuts: 8 hours
*  Pecans: 4 to 6 hours
*  Walnuts: 4 hours
*  Cashews: 2 hours
*  Pistachios: no soaking needed
*  Brazil nuts: no soaking needed

2.  Rinse the nuts thoroughly. I put them in a strainer and rinse them about 4 times.

3.  Tip them into a blender
; add 4 cups of water and the sweetener. Blend for 2-3 minutes until smooth.

4.  Secure a nut bag over a jar and pour the nut mixture over it
. Bunch up the nut bag and squeeze the milk out, leaving the pulp in the bag (you can use the leftover pulp to make nut flour – simply dry it out, whiz it up again and store in a separate jar until needed).

5.  Filter the milk
into an airtight bottle and pop it in the fridge where it’ll last for a good 3 to 4 days.

And… ready to enjoy!
Follow me @soniaribascoach for ideas on how to enjoy your nutritious, delicious nut milk.

Note: Nut milks naturally separate – this is nothing to worry about, just give them a good shake before you use them.

Yours in wellness,

Sonia Ribas
@soniaribascoach