Vegan "Milks" or "Mylks" as they're often called are nuts or seeds that are blended with water, then strained. They are creamy, full of nutrition, and delicious! These easy recipes will help you blend your own creative nut milks to be enjoyed alone or with your coffee, tea, or cereals.
You'll Need: blender, cheese cloth or paint strainer bag/nut milk bag (They're the same thing. Get them for less at a hardware store. Looks like this), pitcher to store your milk
Soak Your Nuts! Use raw nuts and seeds. Soak the raw nuts and seeds (in this post, pumpkin seeds and almonds) overnight. This isn't just to make them easier to blend. It allows the nuts to release tanic acid and enzyme inhibitors, with those out of the way you'll get more nutrients from your nuts and milks. Dump out the tanin-filled water and give your seeds/nuts a rinse in the morning before you blend.
Creamy Coconut Milk Blend half a cup of coconut sheds with four cups of water.
Almond, Hazelnut, or Cashew Milk Blend half a cup of nuts with four to five cups of water.
Pumpkin Seed Milk : Blend half a cup of seeds with four to five cups of water.
Sweetener options: I recommend stevia (I use 3 packages of nu stevia) or 3-5 dates. Blend these along with your water and nuts or seeds. A pinch of sea salt is delicious, too!
Flavor Options: Your milks will be delicious with vanilla extract, cinnamon, chocolate or carob powder, or banana slices to add creamy sweetness.
Making Milk: Two easy steps to delicious vegan milk!
It's as simple as blending your three ingredients, then stretching your nut milk bag/paint strainer bag (recommended!) over your pitcher and pouring the milky goodness through it to strain out the pulp. I highly recommend the Vitamix blender, it blends up nuts quickly and finely and makes straining a breeze. I'm a Vitamix affiliate so if you choose to buy it, please choose to buy it through my site and throw a couple of pennies my way ;)
Pour your nut milk through to strain it, then squeeze the bag to "milk" out all of the goodness.
Keeps for... these milks keep for up to a week in the fridge, but I'm sure you'll drink 'em down before the end of the week! You may to shake or stir them before your drink as the oil will sometimes separate from the water.
Nuts and seeds, especially pumpkin seeds, are an excellent vegan source of omega fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. These milks will heal you from the inside out, giving you glowing skin and energy. Making them fresh at home is inexpensive, easy, and delicious! Have fun playing with these easy recipes.
Got questions? Any Vegan recipes you'd me to share next? Let me know! By the way, any recipes to share with me? I'd love to read 'em.