How-To: Nut Milk, 3 ways!

I’m excited to share with you all today some really fun alternatives to cows dairy for those of you practicing dairy-free lifestyles, are intolerant to dairy, or simply want to switch it up! I’m sharing 3 of my favorite variations on nut milk including Brazil Nut Milk, Classic Almond, and Strawberry Vanilla! These nut milks (or should I say NOT-milk, ha) are also perfect for those of you who may suspect your body isn’t tolerating dairy well or simply want to have some fun in the kitchen and beat the bloat at the same time.

Nut Milk, 3 Ways

What is nut milk?

Nut milks are simply non-dairy containing milks made out of 1) filtered water, 2) nut or seed of your choice, and 3) possible flavor additions. Nut milks are a perfect way to still enjoy the versatility of cows milk without the dairy proteins involved (which are typically the cause of inflammation/allergic reactions); it’s easier on digestion, tastes great, humane, environmentally sustainable, easy to make, affordable, and did I mention tastes great? Yes, well it’s delicious!

I often read in magazines lists of foods for flat abs and stomachs; however, they fail to mention limiting or avoiding dairy. Some of these lists actually recommend dairy to decrease bloating, this is simply not effective for those who have intolerances, allergies, or even small sensitivities- in the end, it can be very inflammatory to most. What can help you better “beat the bloat” are Nut Milks. They’re digestive friendly, meaning incredibly simple to digest and most contain omega-3 fatty acids naturally found in the nuts and seeds which also help fight inflammation. So let’s get started!

Classic Almond Milk (makes 4 servings)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of raw almonds
  • 4 cups of filtered water

How to: (use these how-to instructions for the remaining 2 recipes here!)

  1. Soak the nuts for at least 4-8 hours in water, rinse.
  2. Simply blend all the ingredients in a Vitamix/ or other high speed blender until all of the nuts/seeds have been broken down.
  3. The color of this mixture should be a variation of white (depending on the nut/seed used).
  4. Using your nut milk bag/cheesecloth, line a large mixing bowl until the entire bowl has been lined.
  5. Pour your nut milk mixture into the nut milk bag/cheesecloth.
  6. The pulp or solids of the nuts/seeds will be caught in the cloth, creating a natural filter.
  7. Wait until all the liquid has settled into the large mixing bowl and then take each side of the cloth and bring it up to form an enclosed cloth “ball” around the nut/seed pulp within.
  8. Squeeze the pulp in the cloth until no more liquid pouring into the large mixing bowl.
  9. The liquid that remains in the large mixing bowl after squeezing the pulp, will be the nut milk.
  10. Store in an air tight glass jar, mason jar, pitcher, etc., for up to 4 days max.
  11. Serve chilled.
  12. Use in place of dairy milks or wherever you’d use dairy milk.
  13. Enjoy!
Nut Milk, 3 Ways

Brazil Nut Milk (makes 4 servings)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of raw brazil nuts
  • 4 cups of filtered water

Strawberry Vanilla Almond Milk (makes 4 servings)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of raw almonds
  • 4 cups of filtered water
  • ½ cup strawberries, hulled
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

I hope you all enjoyed these and be sure to click “share” so your friends can try these out too!

Eat well, live well, be well,

McKel

McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN

Nutrition Stripped

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