Monday, October 4, 2010

Nut milk

Being an ethical vegetarian I'm now leaning towards a more vegan approach to life. The one thing that does hold me back it that I really love dairy products.

Thanks to all those wonderful blogs out there I think I may have found the answer, homemade nut milk..... my latest obsession. I know it only covers the milk side of dairy products, I'm still working on the others. Nut milk is super easy to make, great tasting and so good for you. Tastes wonderful in smoothies, on breakfast cereal and in baking. I must admit I've not gone the whole hog and used it in a cup tea, although chai tea made on nut milk tastes fantastic.

The left over pulp can be used in baking and cooking or as a face mask or scrub. Ooh I just had a thought, I wonder if you could use it in soap.
I found a couple of links that have heaps of info about making nut milk, Novel Eats and Girl on Raw

This is how I milk a nut
1 cup of nuts - cashews, soaked overnight in a couple of cups of water. If using almonds I usually soak for 24 hours and change the water twice. Nuts need to be soaked, as it removes the enzymes inhibitors found in them, making it easier to digest.

Place rinsed nuts in a high speed blender with 5 cups of water (some use up to 8) and blend for 1 minute or until smooth. Pour into a cloth lined sieve and squeeze out the milk. For the serious milk makers there are nut milk bags available.

The leftover pulp, has a rather bland taste, slight flavour of cashew. It can be dehydrated and made into flour or frozen and later used in cooking.

Cashew nut milk, keep it in the fridge and give it a good shake before using, yummo.

Banana and strawberry smoothie made on almond milk, even Tony tried this one.

Banana Current Muffins made with the leftover pulp. I'll post the recipe another day.

Hope you're having a lovely day, remember it's World Animal Day today

Cheers Lisa

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Rose said...

Hmm, intriguing.

Hazel said...

Wow, that seems simple. I am going to give it a go. But I think I will seriously not be able to give up the moo juice in tea.

Wendy said...

I drink cows milk, once a day in my early morning coffee, and use soy for my chai. I love cashews and almonds, bu they are pricey, how economical is it to make nut milk? I have seen rice and oat milk but not gone down that track.

Lisa said...

Wendy, I'll have to work out the price. I do know that a 1L UHT organic almond milk costs at least $5.00. Plus it has lots of other stuff added to it.

Welcome Hazel, yes I'm not sure I could use it in my tea, rather have it black I think. It just wouldn't taste the same.

Wendy said...

Lisa that is one thing I have noticed with the soy milk, all the weird goop they put in it - I have found Vita Soy to be the least offensive. I a going to get some nuts and have a go making my own.. May have to hide the cashews from my husband though :-)