Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Best Nut Milk Recipe Ever {Really!}


makes 7 cups ~  $.36 per serving

 ingredients

1/2 cup almonds ($.75)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds ($.35)
1/2 cup hazel nuts ($1.00)
6 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla ($.20)
2 tablespoons agave or coconut nectar ($.20)
pinch salt

First, soak the nuts and seeds overnight, or for at least several hours. This gets rid of the enzyme inhibitors that naturally prevent the nut and seed from sprouting, softens them, and removes any bitterness. Once soaked, pour off the soak water and rinse very well. There's no need to dry them.

I've used a blend of nuts and seeds for this recipe. It makes a richer flavor and using sunflower seeds for part of any nut milk recipe can cut costs. If you like nuts and seeds other than what I've used here, just use 1 1/2 cups of your choice per every 6 cups water.

In a blender, puree the water, almonds, sunflower seeds, and hazel nuts on high speed for several minutes, until the nuts and seeds are pulverized and are very small particles.

Strain through a fine wire mesh strainer. This is what I usually use for any homemade milks. It's much less messy than a nut milk bag. Some little bits do get through, but they rarely bother me enough to drag out more equipment. If you do mind the smaller bits, though, use a nut milk bag and pour the milk through and squeeze. In either case, save the nut and seed pulp for other recipes.

Once strained, add the vanilla (optional), agave or coconut nectar, and a pinch of salt. Stir well.

Store in a lidded container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

nutritional information

calories: 218     fat: 17 gr      carbs: 11      protein: 8


The Chocolate Milk Option ...

It's super easy to make chocolate nut milk. For the whole batch above, add about 6 tablespoons agave and 7 tablespoons cocoa powder or cacao powder. For individual one cup servings, add a tablespoon agave and a tablespoon of cocoa powder. For either, use a blender so the cocoa powder is fully blended.

 Regular milk or chocolate milk? Around here, the choice is always chocolate.






16 comments:

  1. This does look like the best nut milk ever!! I would love for you to share this amazing recipe on Allergy-Free Wednesdays if you get a chance tomorrow: http://www.glutenfreepantry.blogspot.com/p/allergy-free-wednesdays.html

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  2. I've always have just made almond milk. I will have to try your recipe, it looks yummy.

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  3. And I who made the best almond milk EVER today in my opinion ;DD Love nut milks in any variation! Thanks for the recipe!

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  4. Thank you for stopping by and sharing on Allergy Free Wednesdays! Check back next week for recipe highlights (including the top 3 reader choice submissions and hostess favorites).

    Best,
    --AFW Hostesses

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  5. I really like the combination of the nuts and seeds. It gives the "milk" a unique flavor.

    BTW, that picture of the kids is really cute :-)

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  6. I've never thought about 'milking' sunflower seeds...I'm excited to try it though because they're so cheap! I love that you used hazelnuts. I made some raw nutella the other day... Heaven!! =D

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  7. I still haven't been brave enough to make a nut milk yet....think I will have to have this one be my first! Thanks!

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  8. Thanks for the ideas. There's always something new to learn and improve on in this mad internet world. Uptiming is surely something to keep an eye on.

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  9. Does this resemble cowmilk and if not, what nutmilk recipe does?

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  10. Oh, no! I forgot to rinse the cashews after soaking! Do you think the milk is ok?

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  11. Where do you get a nut milk bag? That would help a lot. I tried straining with a cheese cloth and I found it to be messy and didn't want to waste cheese cloth every time.

    Thanks!

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    1. You can get nut milk bags on Amazon or from any of the raw food product sellers, like The Raw Food World, etc. Or, you can get paint strainer bags from your local hardware. These seem to work really well for quite a bit less of a cost.

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