How to make your own nut milk
I get asked what base I use for my morning smoothies and why, so this is a video for you on how to make your own nut milk so you can watch the step by step process and see how easy it is. I remember when I first heard the concept of making your own nut milk, it took me about a year to actually get my head round the idea of making it and anothe year to get myself organised enough to make it! It was always on the ‘to do list’, so I hope it doesn’t take you as long as it’s made my morning’s so much healthier having it in the fridge.
This recipe makes 1 litre and I usually have 200-300ml in each of my morning smoothies so I prep it on the Sunday and the litre lasts me all week. I hope will be very useful for those that have been wanting to try making their own nut milks for a while but don’t know where to begin or the advantages of doing it yourself versus buying it ready-made from a shop.
Here’s the video for you, you will need almonds, a nut mil bag and a blender —->>>
Cashews, brazil nuts and almonds all bring a special nutritional something to the recipe and give a delicious flavour to the milk and the vanilla addition means you don’t need to add any extra sweetness such as dates as it’s such a smooth and creamy drink all by itself.
Why I don’t drink regular moo milk.
About 75 percent of the world’s population is genetically unable to properly digest milk and other dairy products — a problem called lactose intolerance. For me personally, if I have dairy, I get skin breakouts and slightly bloated but I didn’t put the two together until I did a food diary and matched my symptoms (skin break outs and bloating) to the foods I was eating. I also got it confirmed with a food intolerance test but it only confirmed what I already knew – milk is not for me.
Dairy may also contribute to even more health problems (see below) so if you haven’t tried removing it from your diet for a period of 2-4 weeks before, and you suffer from any of the below symptoms, then I highly recommend doing so, as worst case scenario, you’ll open up your menu choices and get a bit more experimental on the food front for a month:
- Sinus problems
- Skin problems such as breakouts, eczema,acne
- Ear infections
- Type 1 diabetes
- Chronic constipation and other digestive disruptions
From an evolutionary point of view, milk is a strange food for humans. Until 10,000 years ago we didn’t domesticate animals and weren’t able to drink milk (unless some brave hunter-gather milked a wild tiger or buffalo!).
If you don’t believe that, consider this: The majority of humans naturally stop producing significant amounts of lactase — the enzyme needed to properly metabolize lactose, the sugar in milk — sometime between the ages of two and five. We are the onlly mammal on the planet that drinks milk beyond infancy, for most mammals the normal condition is to stop producing the enzymes needed to properly digest and metabolize milk after they have been weaned. Also, we are the only mammal that drinks milk from another species, other than our own…you don’t see calves feeding off a mummy horse for their milk and animal’s are so instinctive. You’ve only got to watch one episode of David Attenborough to realise that.
Our bodies just weren’t made to digest milk on a regular basis, especially not from another species which has totally different bodily needs and is equipped with a different digestive system. Instead, most scientists agree that it’s better for us to get calcium, potassium, protein, and fats from other food sources, like whole plant foods — vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and seaweed.
If you haven’t tried eliminating diary before and you have any of the above symptoms, try avoiding it strictly for four weeks. So, eliminate milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream for two weeks and see if you feel better and be a guinea pig. You should notice improvements with your sinuses, post-nasal drip, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, energy, and weight. If it makes no difference, bring it back and see how you feel. If you feel worse, you should try to give it up for life. If by removing dairy it helps, leave it out for three months and then try it again. Or if you are happy to go without it, then do so.
What are your thoughts on dairy? Have you experienced any relief from removing it from your diet? Post your comments below.
All the healthy best,
- 3 cups filtered water
- ⅓ cup soaked almonds
- ⅓ cup soaked brazil nuts
- ⅓ cup soaked cashew nuts
- 2 teaspoons vanilla powder or 1 vanilla pod
- Soak your almonds, brazil nuts and cashews for 6-8 hours overnight in filtered water. This process is absolutely essential to soften the nuts and it also unlocks more nutrition from the nut.
- After the soaking time, drain the nuts, rinse them and discard the soaking water.
- Add the nuts to a blender with 3 cups of fresh filtered water and blast on high for a minute or two until smooth and creamy. If you want your milk a little runnier add more filtered water until you get your desired consistency.
- This doesn't need to be strained as the milk comes out very smooth but for a super smooth milk, strain with a nut milk bag.
- Place your nut milk bag in a large bowl and pour the milk through it. Lift up the nut milk bag containing the nut milk with your hands and allow the milk to drain through it into your large bowl. Use your hands to gently squeeze the remaining liquid from the bag.
- Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla powder or score a fresh vanilla pod down the centre and remove the seeds from the pod. Add to the nut milk.
- Transfer the milk into an airtight bottle and keep in the fridge to enjoy over the week!