Three Easy Steps to Make Nut Milks
You can make your own fabulous nut milks at home. It’s easy as one, two, three.
Step 1: Soak raw, organic nuts overnight in purified water. Discard the water and rinse well.
Step 2: For every cup of soaked nuts, add four cups of fresh water to your Vitamix. For a creamier texture, use only three cups. Blend at least one minute. (If you don’t have a Vitamix, you will need to stop and start the blender—scraping the inside of the jug—until you get a smooth texture.)
Step 3: Strain the liquid if you want to remove the pulp in the milk. To strain, pour it through a nut bag, which costs about $3 at your health food store. Or just squeeze the milk through a clean nylon stocking. That’s it.
What’s left in the bag or stocking is a lovely pulp that’s fantastic as the base for a protein ball (the same as nut meal you buy at the store). If you don’t use the meal right away, freeze it in a ziplock bag with the name and date on it. Then make a protein ball another day.
You can keep your nut milk fresh for up to five days in the refrigerator in a glass container with a tight lid (to keep out any fridge odours). You’ll notice that the nut milk will separate: the light colour on top is watery; the darker colour on bottom is creamier. Just shake together and drink.
Sometimes I like to add a bit of vanilla bean and a pinch of salt. That’s the beauty of nut milks: with a variety of spices you can transform a basic drink into a delightful chai dream.