Making your own almond -, tiger-, cashews, hazelnuts, brazil nut milk at home is not only cheaper and more delicious but also so much better as you can pre-soak your nuts overnight. This will make them easier for you to digest whilst overall giving it an even creamier flavour that you will never get from store-bought nut milk.
I try to encourage everyone I know to at least try almond milk once. All you need is a blender, nuts of your choice, water and something to strain your milk with. This can be a nut straining bag, a clean kitchen cloth or a jam straining bag. I tend to get this one from Amazon. It’s a lot cheaper than your typical nut bag whilst funnily enough lasting a lot longer.
To soak your nuts simply fill a bowl with water and let them sit on the kitchen counter overnight. The next morning you will notice how plump they have become. Strain them through a sieve, give them a quick wash and they’re ready to go.
Homemade Nut Milk
Makes 1 Litre
250g raw almonds
900 ml of water
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 date, pitted
Soak your nuts in room temperature water overnight. The next morning discard the water and give them a quick rinse in a sieve.
Now put your soaked almonds into a high-speed blender. Add the water, a pinch of salt and optional additions. Blend on high until creamy.
Strain through a nut milk bag or cloth and squeeze until nothing comes out of the bag anymore.
Transfer to a sterilized glass bottle and store in the fridge for up to a week.
You can easily ‘flavour’ your m*lk after step 3. To do so pour your strained milk back into the blender and add whichever flavour you prefer.
Some of my favourite flavour combinations;
- Brazil nut milk with matcha
- Cashew milk with a date and raw cacao powder
- Almond milk with turmeric, cinnamon, a little ginger and a squeeze of maple syrup
- Hazelnut milk with chocolate or instant coffee powder
- Tiger nut milk with a pinch of turmeric. In Spain it's known as Horchata but is incredibly sweet so this is a great alternative and makes for a refreshing summer drink combined with ice cubes.
Happy cooking, Mxx