Since we choose to eat a mostly dairy-free diet, we find it important to have dairy-free alternatives on hand at all times. Although it’s easy to go out to the store and buy almond milk from basically anywhere these days, unfortunately, most brands fill their products with unnecessary, and harmful additives.
Nut milks and nut shakes are dairy-free “milks” made from raw nuts. It sounds crazy, but trust us, when you blend raw nuts with water in a high speed blender you end up with a rich, creamy, and luxurious milk that tastes even better than cow’s milk.
If you’re used to cow’s milk and try to swap it with a low-fat alternative such as soy milk or even commercial almond milk (which is always very low in fat), the lack of fat is going to throw the flavor and texture off completely, and you’ll end up feeling like you are stuck eating “diet” food.
The reason nut milks and shakes made with nuts taste so decadent is because the healthy fat in nuts contributes a velvety milk-like creaminess—nothing at all like “diet food!” Low-fat soy milk just can’t compete.
You can make nut milks from just about any common raw nut, including macadamias, pecans, walnuts, and almonds. In general, fresh nut milks will keep for 2 or 3 days in the fridge if stored in a covered container (mason jars are great for storing nut milks!) Check out this recipe for cashew milk, then use the same general guidelines for making other nut milks.
Making your own nut milk from home is incredibly easy, and requires minimal time and ingredients!
If you’re ready to learn how to make your very own nut milk, follow the recipe below!Print
Yield: 2 cups
Total Time: 5 minutes
- ½ cup raw cashews or pine nuts, ideally soaked for 4 or more hour
- 2 cups filtered water, use less water for a more full-fat version and more water for a light version.
- Pinch of unrefined sea salt
In a high speed blender, blend the nuts and water on high speed for about 2 minutes. Add the salt and blend again.