After taking the Vegan Pledge, I started looking for milk alternatives. I’m not a huge fan of soy milk, and all the other non-dairy milks cost a fortune in the stores. Making your own milk out of all kinds of nuts and seeds is surprisingly easy, and you don’t need to have tons of milk-making equipment – a few cups and a saucer will do the trick. Below you can find a few milk recipes, but just like with any other food it’s a matter of taste and finding what tickles your taste buds.
A few tips before we get to the milk making:
- If you forgot to make your milk the previous night, sunflower seeds and quinoa don’t need overnight soaking, so you can prep them in the morning and have your milk ready in time for lunch or dinner.
- All of the milks need soaking, and instead of throwing away the soaking water, give it to your plants – they will thank you.
- All of the milks need a good shake before drinking.
- If you like your milk “milkier” or more watery feel free do add more or less water to find the combination that works for you.
- You can also “spice up” your milk by adding cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom, nutmeg, carob powder, stevia, dates, figs, apricots, etc.
- The sediment left from straining the milk can be used for making humous or add it to pancakes and cakes.
Soak 1/2 cup of almonds in water overnight. In the morning drain the almonds, blanch in boiling water for 2-4 minutes, drain and remove any skins. Now add 2 to 3 cups of water and blend well. Some people like their milk with pulp, but I prefer a smooth milk so I strain the blended almonds through a fine sieve and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Keeps for up to 7 days.
Soak 1/3 cup of hazelnuts in water overnight. Drain the hazelnuts and add 2 to 3 cups of fresh water and blend well with a saucer. Again drain through a fine sieve and season with sugar, cinnamon etc. if you wish. Store in fridge, shake before drinking and use within 7 days.
Soak 1/3 cup of cashews overnight. Drain the soaking water and add 2 to 3 cups of fresh water and blend well. Run through a fine sieve, season if you wish and store in fridge for up to 7 days.
Soak 1/2 cup of hemp seeds overnight. Drain the seeds, add a little fresh water and blend for 1 to 2 minutes. Strain trough a sieve and store in fridge for up to 7 days.
Sunflower Seed Milk
Soak 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds in water for up to 4 hours. Drain, add 2 to 3 cups of water and blend well. Strain with a fine sieve and store in fridge.
Soak 1/2 cup of quinoa in water for up to 6 hours. Drain, add 2 to 4 cups of water and blend well. Strain and store in fridge for up to 7 days.
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