Unsweetened almond milk & nut milk

A great alternative for those who are dairy-free and additive-free. This homemade recipe increases the vitamin availability in the nuts and promotes healthy digestion!

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Ingredients:

Almond milk - unsweetened
pinch of sea salt
1 cup almonds
4 cups filtered water, plus extra for soaking
nut milk bag

Nut milk - unsweetened
1–2 cups nuts (Brazil, cashew, hazelnut, macadamia or walnut)
4 cups filtered water, plus extra for soaking
nut milk bag

Directions:

Almond milk
1. In a glass bowl, cover the almonds with filtered water, add the sea salt and soak overnight, or for a minimum of 8 hours.
2. Discard the soaking liquid and rinse the almonds in water.
3. Add the almonds and 4 cups of filtered water to the blender. Blend until smooth (1–2 minutes).
4. Strain the almonds through the nut milk bag and then transfer to an airtight container (I suggest mason jars). Refrigerate and use within three days. Shake well before using.

Nut milk 
1. In a glass bowl, cover the nuts with filtered water and soak as suggested.
2. Discard the soaking liquid and rinse the nuts in water.
3. Add the nuts and 4 cups of filtered water to the blender. Blend until smooth (1–2 minutes).
4. Strain the nuts through the nut milk bag and then transfer to an airtight container (I suggest mason jars). Refrigerate and use within three days. Shake well before using.

Nut soaking suggestions:
Brazil: minimum 2 hours
Cashew: minimum 2 hours
Hazelnut: minimum 8 hours
Macadamia: minimum 2 hours
Walnut: minimum 4 hours
Note: Do not soak nuts longer than overnight

Tips:

  • If you are using a vitamix, you may not need to use a nut milk bag
  • I don't recommend using a cheesecloth; if you do choose this method, be sure to use double cheesecloth, and notice that the milk will not have the same smooth consistency
  • I make all my nut milks unsweetened because I use them for smoothies and they are often sweet enough with the banana or added fruit
  • Soaking you nuts increases the vitamin availability in the nuts and promoted healthy digestion, as well as removing the anti-nutrients and enzyme inhibitors