Making nut milk is super easy. And no, it doesn't require you go out and buy a Vitamix blender. You can make most nut milks in any blender, Ninja, or Bullet machine.
The key is to soak your nuts before you use them. Soak them 8 hours, or overnight, then drain and rinse them very well. The soaking breaks down the outer layer of the nut which helps to release and remove anti-nutrients (which you don't want to eat anyway), plus it makes the nut softer and easier to blend.
Here's the Recipe:
- 1 cup Organic, soaked Nut of your choice - Almond, Walnut, Hazelnut, Pecan etc...
- 2-4 Organic Dates, pit removed and cut in half.
- 1 cup Water (the best quality available to you)
- One 2-cup measuring cup.
- 1 Nut Milk bag or cheese cloth.
Add all ingredients to your blender container, and process on high for 1-2 minutes - until you have a smooth and creamy texture.
Line the measuring cup with the nut milk bag or 2-3 layers of cheese cloth cut into a very large square (at least 5" should hang over all edges of cup).
Pour blended milk into bag/cup. Gather up material to close the top of the bag, give the material a twist or two, then gently and slowly squeeze the milk into the measuring cup. If you squeeze too hard the pulp can come through the mesh or out the top, making a mess.
Conversely, if you don't mind the pulp, you can delete this step and use the milk, pulp and all. It might not be ideal for tea or coffee, but it is fine for smoothies or to add to soup or stews.
And, Voila! You've made delicious, good-for-you, and lightly sweetened nut milk.
It can be stored in the 'fridge for about 5 days. I like to label mine with a date.
I typically soak the nuts overnight then make the milk in the morning. In this case, I use warm-to-hot water so when I add it to my morning cup of tea or coffee it doesn't lower the temp. too much. Just don't make the water too hot, or else you burn your fingers while straining it.