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How to make non-dairy milks

non dairy milk

Although I am not 100% vegan (yet), I don’t use cow’s milk in my day to day life.  I just can’t stomach animal milk.  The fact we are drinking milk from an animal of another species just makes me uncomfortable and feel a little sick.   I like to have a nutrient rich diet, so have found alternatives to animal milk in nut milks.  They are so easy to make yourself (and so expensive to buy) – therefore I thought I would share the process with you.  I have also included a rice milk recipe.

Nut Milks

Almonds, cashews, pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds – you can use any of these to make a nut/seed milk.  It is very easy and quick – especially if you elect not to strain it.

Nuts and seeds are rich in vitamins and minerals, therefore are a good alternative to dairy milks.  Rice and oat milk are less nutrient filled, but are good for people with nut allergies/intolerances.

What you need:

1 cup of chosen nut/seed

1 litre (4 cups) water

optional extra ingredients to add flavour (especially good idea if you are going to drink it by itself):

1 tablespoon maple syrup (or natural sweetener of choice such as agave/rice malt syrup/honey/2-3 dates)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon or Cardamom

pinch salt

Blender/Vitamix/Stick blender and a strainer/muslin cloth or nut milk bag

How to do it:

Cover the nuts or seeds in water and soak for 6 – 8 hours

Strain and rinse the nuts.

Place the nuts in the blender with 4 cups water, sweetener, vanilla, salt and cinnamon or cardamom.

Blend on high until the nuts are very fine – like sand (if you have a Vitamix – this won’t take longer than a minute – other blenders will take at least 5 minutes)

If you want no lumps – pour the mixture into a ceramic or glass jug through a nut milk bag/muslin cloth/fine sieve.

Store liquid in a glass jar in the fridge.

Note: these milks will settle – you will have to mix or shake it up before each use.

It’s as simple as that!  Much cheaper than store bought and you know exactly what is in it.  I don’t strain the lumps out of my nut milks, as I don’t drink them plain – I only use them in smoothies and cooking.  This makes the process less messy and saves time.

Rice Milk

I finally managed to make a rice milk which is similar in taste, consistency and texture to the rice milks available at the store (after several failed attempts).

The key was to not boil the rice, but soak it in water for a few hours instead.  I had previously tried cooking the rice and blending with water – but this turned out very gluggy and tasted like ‘ diluted glue’ (according to my husband).

So here is the successful recipe

What you need:

1 cup long grain brown rice

1 litre (4 cups) water

optional extra ingredients to add flavour (especially good idea if you are going to drink it by itself):

1 tablespoon maple syrup (or natural sweetener of choice such as agave/rice malt syrup/honey/2-3 dates)

1 teaspoon Vanilla

1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon or Cardamom

pinch salt

Blender/Vitamix/Stick blender and a strainer/muslin cloth or nut milk bag

How to do it:

Soak rice in water overnight (or for at least 2 hours if you are pushed for time).

Drain and rinse well.  Pour into a frypan and heat it to dry it out.

Place in the blender with 4 cups water, sweetener, vanilla, salt and cinnamon or cardamom

Use a blender to combine for 5 minutes (or until the grains are fine like sand – and the water is milky coloured).

Strain the milk into a container/bowl using a nut-milk bag or fine sieve.  You should definitely strain rice milk.

Store liquid in a glass jar in the fridge.

Note: this milk will settle – you will have to mix or shake it up before each use.

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