Nuts About Nuts

Almond MilkHomemade nut milk is super easy to make and so much tastier and fresher than store bought nut milk, as well as healthier. Store bought nut milks are usually pasteurized and have added preservatives and sweeteners to increase shelf life. Another great advantage to making your own nut milk is that you get to personalize the texture and flavor of the milk and create a version that’s uniquely all your own by adding dates, cinnamon, maple syrup, blend on high, blend on low…whatever you want to make it yours! The hardest part about making your own nut milk is remembering to soak the nuts before heading to bed or before heading out for work.

Here’s what you need to know about making your own raw nut milk. You need 1 part nuts to 4 parts water. Choose organic over conventional nuts if possble (nuts, especially almonds have a high pesticide content). To begin you’ll need

  • 1 cup nuts
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • Blender
  • Cheesecloth
  • extra goodies for adding flavor/sweetness, if desired

So simple! Let’s get blending!Almond milk9-3

  1. Begin by soaking your nuts in water for about 8 – 12 hours.
  2. Drain water and rinse the nuts.
  3. Add nuts and 4 cups of water to blender.  Blend for about a minute.
  4. If you want a smoother milk, strain the milk using a cheesecloth or nut milk bag.
  5. Store the milk in a jar and keep refrigerated. It will last for up to 4 days.
If you’d like to add some sweetness or other flavor, experiment with adding dates, vanilla, cinnamon, agave, or nutmeg.  To use dates, once you have strained the milk, put it back in the blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
 
Also, if you strained your milk, save your nut pulp and use it in oatmeal, smoothies, baked goods, or raw dips! Sky’s the limits with nuts!! That’s why we’re nuts about nuts!
 
 
 
TED-logoCheck out this amazing TED talk with Sarah Britton of My New Roots, who talks about taking and sticking with one change in your kitchen/cooking routine to help establish better health habits. Sarah demonstrates how making homemade nut milk, this one change can have lasting health benefits. Watch the video here…

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