Homemade nut milk always sounded like an unattainable thing to me until I stumbled onto a recipe in Sweet Gratitude: A New World of Raw Desserts. It is really so easy as long as you have the necessary equipment! And the taste is unbelievably better than the store-bought kind.
Side note: I highly recommend this cookbook and/or getting dessert at Cafe Gratitude if you’re in LA. Their desserts will open your eyes to the amazing taste and texture possible using nutritious raw ingredients!
What you need:
- Blender – it’s especially easy if you use a Vitamix but any will do
- Nut milk bag – Basically just a fine mesh bag. You can buy one on Amazon for about $8
- 1 cup almonds or hazelnuts
- 2 cups room temp water
Get to it:
- Soak almonds for 24-48 hours (if using hazelnuts, you can skip this step)
- Put in blender and blend until smooth (in a Vitamix just flip it to the smoothie setting)
- Let sit for 5-10minutes for a richer flavor
- Pour into nut milk bag secured in a pitcher or other container
- Squeeze out all the milky goodness (this is a messy process but should stay contained in the pitcher.. just be careful)
You end up with about 2 cups of delicious milk and 1 cup of nut pulp that you can use for crackers, cookies, etc in place of flour (see some of my other recipes for ideas). Add vanilla, cocao, or agave to your liking but it’s really yummy plain.