homemade nut milk are really simple and you can create your own style, for example pistachio milk, almond hazelnut milk, peanut milk, peanut oat milk, …
But before we start with the recipe, here are 5 tips for your perfect homemade nut milk:
- Planning: Before preparing you nut milk, the nuts have to soak at least 6 hours (over night is better), so plan ahead.
- Durability: Because there aren´t preservatives to keep it fresh, it is only good for 2 – 3 days in the fridge.
- Sweetening: Trixilie and I don´t like nut milks too sweet, so we add only one dried date or one teaspoon of agave syrup. But feel free to sweet your milk as you like. You could add 2 or 3 dried date and blend it with the nuts, or you add 1 – 3 tablespoon of agave syrup, brown sugar, white sugar, etc. after blending.
- Straining: In some nut milk recipes you see the need for a “nut bag”. It is like a cheesecloth. Honestly, you don´t need it. For straining you can use a kitchen towel / tea towel, a fine-mesh sieve or nothing. Trixilie and I prefer the last one – we don´t strain our nut milk.
- Leftover ground nuts: if you strain your nut milk, you´re going to be left with perfectly ground nuts. In some recipes you can read to throw it away. But why? You can use it in your muesli, smoothies, biscuits, pancakes, breads, muffins, cakes, carrot salads, vegetable gratin, sauces,… Place it in a jar (or something else) and put it in the fridge (it´s good for at least 2 – 3 days).
Now the nut milk recipe
Ingredients for 1 litre:
120g nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, cashews, pistachios, peanuts, oats – okay oats are not nuts but taste also delicious as a milk 😉 )
1 – 2 tbsp. of agave syrup, brown sugar, white sugar or 2 died dates
1 pinch of salt
1 litre hot water (but not boiling)
- Place the nuts in a large bowl and add water to cover the nuts by 5cm. Let the nuts soak overnight or at least 6 hours.
- Drain the nuts (don´t use the soaking water). Place the nuts, agave syrup, salt and hot water into a blender and blend until very smooth (about 2 minutes).
- (Trixilie and I ignore this step 😉 ) Strain the nut milk through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl, pressing down on solids. Place the ground nuts in a jar in the fridge. Thin the nut milk with water as necessary to reach the desired consistency. Pour the nut milk into an airtight bottle and place it in the fridge.
Taaaadaaaaa…. you made your own homemade nut milk 😉
Hugs and Kisses
Trixilie & Bea