Nut and seed milk is an awesome dairy alternative for cooking, baking and drinking! Here I’m breaking down all the benefits about nut milks, how easy it is to make from home using the Almond Cow (The Plant-Based Milk Maker) and some of my favorite recipes!
Making your own nut milk is easier than you think! No peeling, blending or straining required. Soaking optional. In my book, that’s a win! One of the most tedious parts of doing it the “old fashioned” way is straining endless bags of nut pulp. You can use these milks for morning smoothies, desserts, breakfast or even as a base for your nightly adaptogenic potion. Be creative! Try adding in different spices and flavors. Some of my favorites are Ceylon cinnamon, cacao powder, turmeric the list goes on.
These recipes will last for about 3 days in the refrigerator as long as they are in an airtight container or jug. I highly recommend shaking it up before pouring into your glass. Here are some other benefits below:
1.) Cost Friendly- buying quality, organic, unsweetened nut milks from the store can be expensive. Did you know that many store brands actually use very little nuts and/or seeds? Its mostly made up of water and artificial flavorings and fillers.
2.) Nutritional Value- the healthiest nut milks are the ones you make yourself. The fiber content remains in tact and you know what’s going in it. Some commercial brands have additives, thickeners, gums and sweeteners like guar gum and carrageenan- yuck! I always avoid added sugars. Nutrishable Tip: be sure to look for the least amount of ingredients possible.
3.) Less Wasteful- keep the pulp and save it for later. It is great to use for baking! One of the benefits from using the Almond Cow is that it automatically separates the pulp from the milk, which is one less step you have to do. Time savor!
4.) Non-dairy alternative- Naturally plant based, nut or seed milk is a great option for those who have a dairy intolerance, want to cut out dairy or those who eat a plant- based diet.
You can soak the nuts if you prefer in filtered water overnight before making the recipes. I usually don’t soak mine beforehand. Soaking nuts and seeds prior to consumption helps reduce the phytic acid levels. Phytic acid binds to minerals like such as iron, magnesium and zinc and can prevent your digestive tract from absorbing them properly. So, soaking is an option but not necessary. If you have a well-balanced diet generally it is unlikely to cause a nutrient deficiency.
How To Make Hemp Seed Milk:
This recipe is great for those who have allergies to nuts. Hemp seeds are high in protein and ALA which is a healthy omega fatty acid.
1 cup organic unsweetened hemp seeds/ hemp hearts
3 pitted medjool dates
Directions: add the ingredients to the filter basket of the Almond Cow. Add filtered water to the min line. Press the start button and enjoy! It is really that simple! Be sure to store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge. Separation will occur- that is normal.
How to Make Almond Milk:
Almond Milk is one of the most popular nut milks and is high in Vitamin E.
1 Cup of raw, organic almonds
5 pitted medjool dates
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
Directions: Place almonds and dates in the filter basket. Attach container to the blade head and close. Fill the Almond Cow base with filtered water to the min line. Add any desired flavoring or spices like vanilla, cinnamon or turmeric. Plug in the Almond Cow and press the start button. Remove the top half and pour milk into a container. Delicious and healthy nut milk made in minutes!
What are your favorite nut and seed milk recipes? I would love to hear! Share below 🙂