If someone told me a year ago that nuts can make milk, I would’ve said “well, then I’m a seahorse”.
Cause that’s just ridiculous right?
But I guess this time, the joke was on me.
That’s right, nuts can make milk (even though they lack udders… we gotta be blunt here, it’s serious milk stuff we’re talkin’ bout)
What gets me so pumped/mystified is how the simple act of blitzing plump nuts (trying not to laugh…) and water can give you this creamy milk which is so darn good in smoothies, and all things breaky – who would’ve thought! Nuts! Making milk!
Next it will be broccoli made ice-cream (in my NIGHTMARES), although, obviously, that wouldn’t result in something as good as nut milk. obviously.
Before I tried the puzzling concept of nut milk I didn’t really know what to expect…
was it going to be strong and like i’ve just eaten a whole almond?
was it going to be bland and a absolute poor excuse for milk?
Well, I’m going to be honest and put it out there for people who haven’t had nut milk before… it is more watery than your run of the mill cows milk.
BUT the ways you can play with flavours and the ease (oh the ease) of making it…. guys, you gotta try this.
And what is so fun about this as well, is, you can us any sort of nuts (and combine!) to make such fun mixtures, even add some strawberries or cocoa powder for the sake of it! (cause #yolo)
So versatile, so genius, so good.
(Note to self; next time, so totally make hazelnut chocolate milk, cause that would be heaven.)
As a fellow nut fan, I can safely confirm, that nut milk is truly the answer to your problems.
What could actually be better than more opportunities to mix almonds and macadamias into our everyday lives? That’s right…nothing..nothing could be better.
As a fun little thang, I made a lil’ video for y’all, just showing you the oh so simple steps to making your own nut milk! (note: no cows need to be present.)
(p.s. the song in the video is ‘Mess Is Mine’ by Vance Joy)
Believe me, you’ll feel like a boss next sleepover you have (cause deep down, we’re all 12 yrs old), where you offer your ‘homemade vanilla almond macadamia milk‘ to yo friend.
That good nutty stuff, money can’t buy.
Sooooo, I made a ginormous batch today (like giant ‘fee fi of fum’ size), so, natually, I’m gonna be drinkin’ this stuff until the cows come home (not that they will though, because, well, could you please pass on that I no longer require their milking services).
Plus plus plussss, I can’t pass up this opportunity to also rave about them health benefits, cause… ya know…
As all my sis is ranting about these days is protein, well, nut milk is packed with it.
Plusss, it’s lactose free, gluten free, vegetarian, vegan… the whole lot!
So, let’s jump to the recipe shalllllll we
VANILLA ALMOND MACADAMIA MILK
makes around 4 cups (note in the video, larger quantities are used, as the recipe was doubled)
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup raw macadamias
1/4 cup dried pitted dates
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
3 1/2 cups water (plus extra to soak the nuts)
you will also need a cheesecloth
1. Combine the nuts in a bowl, pour in water, enough to cover all the nuts.
2. Cover the bowl, and set aside for around 8 hrs (or overnight) to soak and absorb the water.
3. Drain and discard the water from the nut bowl and place the nuts in a blender.
4. Add the dates, vanilla and fresh water to the blender and blitz on high for around 1-2 minutes.
5. Pour the almond macadamia milk over a cheese cloth lining a bowl to separate the almond macadamia meal from the milk (squeezing to get as much milk as possible).
6. Pour the milk into a sealed container or bottle (should keep for around 2 days) and enjoy!
Delicious served with muesli and smoothies, and also great for a dairy free option.
P.S. Here’s some ideas of what to do with the left over almond macadamia meal/pulpThanks for stopping by!