I always thought the store-bought nut milks were healthy “clean” choices, until I looked really carefully at the ingredients list. The almond milk I was buying contained added vitamins and minerals, locust bean gum and gellan gum (what the heck is that?), just to name a few strange items. The coconut milk I was buying did contain organic coconut, but several other weird ingredients were added like guar and xanthin gum (more gums…), zinc oxide, as well as calciums and some other things. The cashew milk wasn’t any better; lots of added ingredients I really didn’t want.
When I bought my fantastic Blendtec blender (I highly recommend) some time ago, I remember reading that it could make nut milks. Sounded complicated to me, so I never looked into it. After determining my store bought milks weren’t as clean as I would like, I checked out some recipes for blender-made nut milks. Turns out it’s really easy to make homemade nut milks if you have a good blender. What really excited me was that I could make milk out of seeds as well as nuts.
How to Make Nut Milk and/or Seed Milk
Basically, all you need to do is soak 1 cup of raw, unsalted nuts or seeds in filtered water for 12 hours. Rinse
and put them into the blender. Add 4 cups of filtered water and blend for about 90 seconds or until smooth and creamy. Pour it into a glass storage container and chill.
The milk will separate, so if you don’t want any of the nut or seed fiber in your milk, strain it out using a nut bag prior to storing. I like the extra fiber and find it perfect for a smoothie, so I don’t strain mine.
You can add flavoring like vanilla or coco if you like, and if you want it sweet a good “clean” choice for sweeter is stevia or a little 100% pure maple syrup
- 1 cup of raw, unsalted nuts or seeds (sunflower or pumpkin seeds are great, almonds or cashews are excellent too)
- 4 cups of filtered water
- Soak nuts or seeds in water for 12 hours or so (totally submerge them)
- Drain and rinse.
- Put into high speed blender and add 4 cups filtered water (avoid tap water if you can).
- Pulse for 60 seconds or so, until totally blended.
- Strain if you want to. I never do, I like the extra fiber.
- Pour into glass container and store in refrigerator.
- When ready to use, shake and pour.
- Great healthy dairy milk substitute. Try it in smoothies!
I’d never heard of pumpkin seed milk or sunflower seed milk, and was really curious to try it. Seeds are loaded nutrients like magnesium, zinc and omega 3’s. They’re also anti-diabetic and contain tryptophan to help you relax and sleep better. Here’s some information on the benefits of pumpkin seeds from Dr. Mercola.
I found a great deal on raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds on Amazon. I bought a bag each of Raw Pumpkin Seeds and Raw Sunflower Seeds by Gerbs. These seeds make awesome milk that’s not only nutritious, but tastes great too! Best of all, there’s no added “junk” I don’t want.
Making your own nut milk or seed milk is not only easy, but it will save you money. It costs about 50% less to make your own vs. buying milks in the store. It’s healthier and cleaner too!