This is comprehensive guide on how to make your own plant-based milks.

It is easy and can be fast and gives much satisfaction knowing you made your own milk.  You can control fully the flavour and texture of your own plant-based milk creations which of course can differ to the shop bought variety, although these too are a fabulous and convenient way to enjoy alternative milk with no fuss!

 

Oat Milk (gluten free)

Ingredients

125g gluten free oats
Water to cover oats
1 litre cold water
Pinch of salt
Optional extras: 1 tsp vanilla essence, 1 tsp maple syrup or 1 small mejdool date

Items needed:
1 medium muslin bag
1 large jug/bowl

Method

  1. Soak the oats covered in cold water overnight (or a minimum of 4 hours)
  2. Drain the oats and rinse
  3. Add oats to blender with water and salt (and any extras you desire) and blend until smooth
  4. Pour the mixture into the bag (which is over the jug/bowl) and let the mixture drip through (you can use a spoon to speed this process up)
  5. When the liquid has seeped through the bag, give the bag a good squeeze to remove any excess liquid
  6. Depending on the thickness of the ‘milk’, you can add extra cold water to achieve the desired consistency
  7. Enjoy with hot drinks, over cereal and in porridge.  Delicious as a cream substitute in soups.
  8. Mixture will keep fresh in a sealed bottle/glass container in the fridge for 5 days.

 

ALMOND/CASHEW MILK

Ingredients

200g whole raw almonds/cashews
1 litre cold water
Pinch of salt
Optional extras: 1 tsp vanilla essence, 1 tsp maple syrup or1 small mejdool date

Items needed:
1 medium muslin bag
1 large jug/bowl

Method

  1. Soak the nuts covered in cold water overnight (or a minimum of 4 hours)
  2. If using almonds and they have skin, remove these (it will be easy to do this now that the almonds have soaked overnight)
  3. Drain and rinse to remove any bits of skin
  4. Add the nuts to a blender with water & salt and any additional extras you desire and blend until a smooth consistency
  5. Pour the mixture into the bag (which is over the jug/bowl) and let the mixture drip through (you can use a spoon to speed this process up)
  6. When the liquid has seeped through the bag, give the bag a good squeeze to remove any excess liquid
  7. Depending on the thickness of the ‘milk’, you can add extra cold water to achieve the desired consistency
  8. Enjoy with hot drinks, over cereal and in porridge.  Delicious as a cream substitute in soups.
  9. Mixture will keep fresh in a sealed bottle/glass container in the fridge for 5 days.

 

COST OF BUYING NUTS

Nuts can be quite pricey therefore if you are going to be using nuts to create your own plant-based milks, enjoy as a healthy snack, start using in making raw desserts etc. it is worth considering buying your nuts in bulk and *organic where possible as it will prove cheaper.  You will have to do your own research to find the best value offers online.

 

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