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Nutty for Homemade Nut Milk

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By Bridget Noel Welch Jones, LMT

Making raw nut milks from scratch is a fun and healthy choice for you and the planet.

I love these drinks because they eliminate the packaging of store bought milks, don’t require something made largely of water to be shipped across the U.S. (which uses lots of fuel), and they are very fresh and healthy. No mystery ingredients, no preservatives.

Plus it’s non-dairy, which is better for many folks and for the cows!

Almonds and sesame seeds are high in iron and calcium. Walnuts and hemp contain omega fats. Almonds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts are known for causing the body to become alkaline—our bodies thrive when alkaline versus acidic. Sunflower seeds are high in vitamins D and E. Brazil nuts are a great source of selenium.

Nut Milks

Soak in water overnight 1/2 to 1 cup of a single kind of raw nut or any combination of raw almonds, walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts and/or hazel nuts. Soaking removes the bitterness and tannins (enzyme inhibitors) from brown nuts. Rinse thoroughly. Put nuts into blender and add about 2 to 3 times as much water as nuts (it’s not an exact science, very easy). Add my secret ingredients: a generous splash of vanilla extract (for sweetness without added sugar), and perhaps a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. Blend 1 to 3 minutes. Strain the pulp from the milk. I use a fine metal strainer and occasionally stir the pulp away from the bottom so it doesn’t clog it while straining into a jar/glass. Save pulp to add to oatmeal or reuse for your next batch. I usually reuse the pulp once.

Seed Milks

Quick and easy, seeds and certain nuts do not require soaking. Use any combination of raw pistachios, cashews, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds and/or dried shredded coconut (in a pinch, I have added rolled oats, too). Grind 1/2 to 1 cup of one kind of seed or any combo of these dry items in the blender until powdery. Add about 2 to 3 times as much water as seeds, then add vanilla, cinnamon and/or nutmeg and blend 1 to 3 minutes.

If the milk is for a smoothie or cereal, don’t bother straining it, unless you don’t like the texture of ground nuts or seeds.

Like your milk sweeter? When soaking nuts, add some raisins or medjool dates (after removing pits), and rinse and blend with nuts. Or, try adding a splash of pure maple syrup or honey in the blender. Delicious!

Bridget Noel Welch Jones, LMT is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Kundalini Yoga Teacher, and children’s book author in Tallahassee. She’s been eating natural, healthy, vegetarian foods for about twenty years. If you have questions, feel free to contact her at infinipede@juno.com or 850-284-7136.

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