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Nut Mylk

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

How-to Make Homemade Nut Milk

How-to Make Nut Milk

I am super excited to share this tutorial with you guys! Many of you have asked for a tutorial on  nut milks, since I started the Tutorial Tuesdays Series. I have been making my own nut milks for quite a few years now. Once I realized just how simple it was, I have made a quart of almond milk nearly every single week.

I also love making variations on the flavors, at least once a month I make a quart of raw cacao almond nut milk. It’s the perfect sweet treat for me.

Much like my nut butter post, this is a general overview on how to make nut milks, but really the sky is the limit. If you have a favorite nut – I say MILK IT! As with the nut butters, I recommend soaking your nuts first, but for nut milks dehydration isn’t necessary, so it’s that much easier. Below you will find a chart on soaking times for various milks.

What Nuts Can You Milk?

First of all, let’s just get all the giggles out now. Sooo many amazing innuendos when it comes to nut milks. Oh, and guess what? It doesn’t get old. Everytime I pull my nut bag out. A good laugh is had! Anyhow - I myself have made nut milks from almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts and pistachios, but from what I understand the same rules apply no matter what nut you choose, so you can create nut milks from any of the other nuts listed below and likely many others, too. FYI macadamia nut milk is amazing, so rich and full of incredible flavor, but literally it may be the most expensive nut milk you can make. I made a batch for this testing and I kinda wish I hadn’t. It was so good.

A Guide to Soaking Nuts for Nut Milk

How & Why to Soak Your Nuts

Why I Choose to Soak: Most nuts, seeds, grains and beans are covered in natural chemicals – enzyme inhibitors and toxins – that protect them while growing, both from sprouting prematurely and also from predators. These nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances are enzyme inhibitors, phytates (phytic acid), polyphenols (tannins), and goitrogens. Once harvested, those same chemicals, the major one being phytic acid – are indigestible to the human body and must be broken down before consumption. When food containing phytic acid is consumed, the acid combines with important minerals like calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc in the intestinal tract and blocks their absorption which inhibits our digestive systems’ ability to break the nut down properly.

The very simple process of soaking releases these chemicals, helping you to absorb your food’s essential minerals and nutrients. Additionally, by soaking the nuts with the removal of these nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances, the flavor and taste is much more ideal and appealing.

To summarize: Soaking nuts makes them easier to digest and improves their flavor.


How-to Make Homemade Nut Milks

How-to Make Nut Milk

1) Soak your nuts in filtered water for the appropriate time, drain and rinse.

How-to Make Nut Milk

2) Blend your soaked nuts with filtered water, adding in any flavorings you would like.

How-to Make Nut Milk

3) Pour into your nut milk bag and squeeze. Separating the pulp from the milk. 

How-to Make Almond Milk

* I find that 1 cup of nuts is more than enough for 1 quart of milk, some people prefer 2 cups.


These same instructions work for any nut that you prefer to use. Though, generally almonds are my go-to choice.

Store in a covered glass jar, bottle or pitcher in the refrigerator, it’ll be good for about 4-5 days.

Separation is totally natural with homemade nut milks, just be sure to shake it up just before serving.


How-to Make Vanilla Bean Cashew Milk

This rich and creamy flavorful milk is amazing in smoothies and over your favorite cereal.

Turmeric Almond Milk

Inspired by my incredibly creative and talented friends, Nicola and Yael, at Almond Milk LA. Reap all of the wonderful anti-inflammatory benefits of both the raw almonds and the turmeric. This drink is great served chilled and even better warmed up and served as a hot, comforting beverage to cure all that ails.


How-to Make Raw Cacao Hazelnut Milk

This nut milk is LIFE CHANGING! It literally tastes like Nutella, but in drink form :SWOON: I love it as a sweet way to finish my day, instead of a dessert.


How-to Make Pistachio Milk

Pistachio milk has a very strong and distinct, nutty flavor. If you love pistachios, this one is definitely for you. Plus, that subtle green hue is just so beautiful. I am not sure if it’s because of their complimentary hues or if they truly are a great match – but I love adding a little ground cardamom to my pistachio milk. Pistachio milk and it’s strong taste to me, isn’t exactly my favorite nut milk for straight drinking, but it makes a wonderful addition to smoothies and creamy sweet dessert recipes.


Optional Add-ins for Your Nut Milks

For every batch of nut milk I make, I always add a pinch of pink Himalyan sea salt and about 1-2 tablespoons of local raw honey (unless I need unsweetened nut milk for a savory dish some reason). Besides that there are so many variations and fun things you can add to your nut milks.

SWEETENERS: Besides raw local honey which is my favorite, other options for natural sweeteners include: medjool dates, maple syrup, coconut nectar, raw sugar, stevia, xylitol and so on.

FLAVORS: For flavorings there are so many lovely possibilities. Some of my favorites are vanilla bean, vanilla extract,  raw cacao, lavender (which is just incredible), turmeric, spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, etc. There are so many amazing possibilities.

OTHER: You can also add things like hemp seeds for additional some Omega-3 and Omega-6 and protein, coconut water instead of regular water for a fun flavor twist, you can add oats, flaxseeds and so on. Have fun with it.


What To Do With Your Nut Milks

You can use nut milks just as you would regular milk in any recipes, including baked goods. Remember if you are using homemade nut milk in a savory recipe, leave out the sweetener and additional flavorings, such as vanilla. I love enjoying my homemade nut milks cold straight from the fridge in a tall glass, they are the best in homemade smoothies, nut milks are also great served hot in homemade hot cocoa, a mocha, coffee or tea lattes and so one. Add it to a shaker with your favorite spirits and you can make amazing cocktails. The list goes on and on. How do you enjoy your nut milks?


What To Do With the Leftover Pulp

There are so many different uses for the leftover pulp you can add it to smoothies or your morning oatmeal, you can add it to dips, homemade granolas, to the batter of your cookies or muffin, crackers, or you can even dehydrate it and then blend it up to make almond meal. When all else fails freeze it for later or compost it if you really don’t have room for it.

Here are some great recipes for things you can do with the leftover pulp:

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars Tasty Yummies

Chipotle Almond Dip  Tasty Yummies

Almond Pulp Body Scrub The Blender Girl

Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookies Tasty Yummies

Almond Pulp Crackers Elana’s Pantry

Almond Pulp Brownies The Bojon Gourmet

Almond Cookie Balls Laura’s Sweet Spot



Nut-free Non-Dairy Milk Recipes

Can’t have nuts? Here are a few nut-free non-dairy milk recipes for you:

How-to Make Coconut Milk from Shredded Coconut So Let’s Hang Out for The Kitchn

Brown Rice Milk Happy Yolks

Vanilla Hempseed Milk Healthful Pursuit

Oat Milk Happy Food Healthy Life

Coconut Milk from Fresh Whole Coconuts Nourished Kitchen

Sunflower Seed Milk Healthful Pursuit

Coconut Oat Milk Running to the Kitchen

Rice Milk Horchata Tasty Yummies

Pumpkin Spiced Pepita Milk Beard and Bonnet

Flax Milk Healthful Pursuit



Nut Milk Bags

I was using this nut bag for quite a while, but I didn’t love that it wasn’t made from organic materials.

I recently bought this organic cotton nut milk bag from Cultures for Health and I absolutely love it. I feel so much better using it knowing that it is fully organic and the quality is incredible.

The great thing about most nut milk bags is that you can also use them for sprouting nuts, seeds and grains.

** I personally do not recommend using the cheesecloth, strainer or pantyhose methods, they are messy and require multiple passes to strain all the bits out. It is never quite as creamy as when I use a good nut milk bag.

For those curious, this is the blender that I use. It works great! Someday I will splurge and get a Blentec or Vitamix, until then – this works just perfectly!

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