Nut milk provides a delicious alternative to dairy.
If you are allergic or sensitive to dairy or you’re trying to follow a vegan diet, it can be hard to find a suitable substitute that provides the creaminess of milk. In the past, soy milk has been touted as a good alternative; however, in light of information linking it to hormonal problems, soy may not be the healthiest option.
If you’re craving milk—without the milk—nut milk could be a healthy and delicious alternative.
Nut milk—sometimes referred to as nut mylk, to distinguish it from animal milk—is the liquid that results when nuts are blended with water. Nut milk comes in many varieties; just about any nut can be made into milk, but the most popular nut milks are almond milk, hemp milk, and hazelnut milk.
Nut milk can be a substitute for dairy milk in almost any recipe. Enjoy it straight out of the glass, over cereal, in smoothies, or make cheese out of it. Most grocery stores carry a basic selection of nut milks such as almond milk and hemp milk. They come in cardboard containers and can be found alongside the soy milk. These nut milks are good in a pinch, but they do contain some unnecessary added sweeteners and other ingredients to make them shelf stable. If you want to enjoy delicious and nutritious nut milk, it’s best to make your own.
Making Nut Milk
Nut milk is so easy to make that it’s a wonder anyone will pay the large price tag for a small carton of it in the store. Furthermore, homemade nut milk is creamier and more flavorful than the boxed variety.
To make nut milk:
There are several ways to handle the leftover pulp:
|Almonds||12 hours||1 cup nuts/4 cups water|
|Brazil nuts||2-4 hours||1 cup nuts/4 cups water|
|Hazelnuts||Do not soak||2 cups nuts/3 cups water|
|Hemp seeds||Do not soak||½ cup seeds/4 cups water|
|Macadamia nuts||Do not soak||1 cup nuts/3 cups water|
|Pecans||1-2 hours||1 cup nuts/3 cups water|
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