I love using nut milk in my recipes for my soups and smoothies. However, nut milk is especially perfect when you use it for your porridge or for your morning tea.
I love the subtle sweet and earthy flavour that nut milk has. Recently, I have been making my own nut milk instead of purchasing it from the shops. Not only is it more cost effective, but it is also simple and easy to make.
I also love that I can now create my own version of homemade nut milk. Because of it's subtle flavours, we can create something truly interesting and delicious using some "add ons" to go with our nut milk. This really aligns with my love for creative experimentation in the kitchen.
My mindful philosophy for cooking is all about letting go. I had a conversation this week with my friend around cooking about letting go of our expectations that meals have to be perfect. When we cook, sometimes we feel that we need to follow recipes perfectly in order to get the best results.
But, I think the most joyful aspects of cooking is in the process itself - it's when you let go, and allow your creative intuition to take over.
So with this in mind, I have left a portion of this recipe largely up to you. I have provided some suggestions to spark some ideas - but really, this recipe is all about experimenting and experiencing different things to find what you really love.
Nut Milk Base
This nut milk base can be created from a wide variety of different nuts and seeds. You can use brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, pecans, macadamia, hazelnut and even pumpkin seeds.
- Time : 8 hours (activating nuts), 5 minutes (make nut milk)
- Portions : 4 decent servings
- Benefits : Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan
- 1.5 cup of raw nuts
- 4 cups of water
- 1 pinch of salt
You Will Also Need
For this recipe, you will also need a nut milk bag. I purchased mine from my local health food shop for approximately $12AUD. This bag has been amazing not just for making nut milk but also for making juices too (we only have a blender at home).
The bags are very easy to use and clean and proper straining means that you will be left behind with a very smooth liquid and a fine powdery residue. You can also use the nut powder in other baking recipes so there is no wastage.
- Cover nuts with water in a bowl and leave to soak in the fridge overnight.
- Rinse and then drain the nuts. They are now activated.
- Place all ingredients into the blender and blend until it becomes a smooth liquid.
- Pour into a nut milk bag and strain the liquid into a larger bowl.
Create Your Own Nut Mylk Flavours
Using the nut milk base above, you can now add your own twist to the recipe. Refer to the below image for ideas on what to add to make it your own.
Add your ingredients into the nut milk and blend again. If you prefer your nut milk to be less creamy, you can add all the ingredients before straining the mixture through the nut milk bag.
I hope that this inspires you to expand your normal nut milk recipe into something fun and a little bit different!
Here are also some of my suggestions to get you started.
- The Classic : Almond milk with vanilla and raw honey
- The 60s Diner : Macadamia milk with raw honey, and strawberries
- The Immune booster : Cashew milk with turmeric, medjool dates and banana
- The Coconut Paradise : Cashew milk with vanilla, desiccated coconut and coconut sugar
- The Spiced Chai : Hazelnut milk with nutmeg, cinnamon, and maple syrup
- The Summer Picnic : Almond milk with coconut sugar and citrus zest