Non dairy milk

Great Non-Dairy Milk Recipes with a straining bag AKA a Nutmilk bag

Non-dairy milks are really easy to make at home. They can be made with grains, nuts or seeds and many of them are delicious in a hot drink. Others are more suitable for cereals and then others are great when flavoured just as a drink of milk.

The basic method is to soak the nut or seed, cook the grain, other than oat milk which can be used as is. Blend with water and strain non-dairy milk through the straining bag AKA a nutmilk bag.

So who uses non-dairy, plant-based milk, as opposed to dairy milk from cows or goats?

  • Many people are lactose intolerant. Most humans lose the enzyme that digests lactose at weaning age of about 3 years old, which makes them lactose intolerant. Unfortunately so many people who suffer from sinus, hay fever , asthma, excess mucous, nasal congestion do not realise how these conditions are aggravated by dairy milk and how a move to plant-based milks will give them great relief. The hormones and casein in dairy are also also
  • This is not the subject of this post so enough said about the health issues related to

Almond Milk

Equipment: High powered blender (I use a Vitamix or a MiHealthmaker Blender), a bowl and a straining bag (Aka Nutmilk bag)

Method:

  • Soak 1 cup of raw almonds in water for 6+ hours (Cover well with enough water as they expand – discard this water when done)
  • Place the soaked almonds + 4 cups water into the blender jug and blend on high for 2 minutes
  • Pour through the straining bag (Keep the pulp to make a nutmilk cheeze)

Options: 

  • If you want the milk creamier reduce the water to 3 cups
  • To sweeten, add your favourite sweetener
  • To flavour add E.g. ½ tsp cinnamon or 2-3 tsp cacao or ½ tsp vanilla

Keep covered and refrigerated. It should last 4-5 days in the fridge.

Shake or stir well before use.

Coconut milk from Coconut Flakes

Equipment: High powered blender ( I use a Vitamix or a MiHealthmaker Blender), a bowl and a straining bag (Aka Nutmilk bag)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of coconut flakes, unsweetened
  • 2 cups of boiling water

Method:

  • Add the coconut flakes to a bowl with the boiling water.
  • Cover and allow to soak for 1 hour.
  • Blend in a power blender such as the Vitamix for 2 minutes on high or the MiHealthmaker blender on the smoothie preset.
  • Allow to cool.
  • Strain through the straining bag (nut milk bag).  Squeeze until the pulp is fairly dry. Pour the milk into a jug and keep covered and refrigerated.

Optional: Add a pinch of salt.

Dry coconut in flake form

Sunflower Seed Milk

Equipment: High powered blender ( I use a Vitamix or a MiHealthmaker Blender), a bowl and a straining bag (Aka Nutmilk bag)

Ingredients:

125g Sunflower seeds (soaking is preferable but not necessary)

3 Cups water

Pinch of salt

Method:

Add the sunflower seeds into the power blender jug with 3 cups water and a pinch of salt
Blend until smooth
Pour the contents through the straining bag

Options:

To sweeten:  1-2 dates (remove the pit),  or your favourite sweetener.

To flavour:  add 2-3 tsp raw cacao or 1/3 tsp vanilla
Tip: Mix the cacao in a little warm water until the chocolate is melted.

Keep covered and refrigerated. It should last for 4-5 days

Shake or stir well before use.

 

Oat Milk

Equipment: High powered blender ( I use a Vitamix or a MiHealthmaker Blender), a bowl and a straining bag (Aka Nutmilk bag)

Ingredients:

  • ½  cup oats
  • 2 ½  cups of cold water
  • ½ cup ice
  • Pinch salt

Method:

  • Blend together the oats, salt, water and ice for 2 min
  • Strain through the straining bag (nut milk bag).  Squeeze until the pulp is fairly dry. Pour the milk into a jug and keep covered and refrigerated

Options:

  • To sweeten, add your favourite sweetener
  • To flavour add E.g. ½ tsp cinnamon or 2-3 tsp cacao or ½ tsp vanilla

Keep covered and refrigerated. It should last for 4-5 days

Shake or stir well before use.

Soya Milk

Equipment: High powered blender ( I use a Vitamix or a MiHealthmaker Blender), a bowl and a straining bag (Aka Nutmilk bag)

Ingredients:

    • ½ cup Non-GMO Soya Beans
    • 4 cups water
    • Pinch salt

Method:

Soak the beans overnight in a lot of water (They swell a lot)

Rinse them well and pour the beans into the blender jug with 4 cups water

Options:

If you want to flavour the milk add a few dates or other sweetener, or cinnamon or cacao or any other flavour that your prefer.

Blend the beans, salt, and optional flavours together in the water for 40 seconds in a Vitamix or on the sauce preset in the MiHealthmaker power blender.

Strain through the straining bag (Aka a nut milk bag).  Squeeze until the pulp is fairly dry.

Pour the milk into a non-stick pot and set it onto the stove.

Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce the heat to simmer for about 10 minutes.

Strain the milk again, pour it into a jug and keep covered and refrigerated.

It will last for about 4-5 days

Remember to stir each time before use

A selection of other plant-based milks

Method:

  1. Place the grain / nuts/ seeds together with the water into the jug of the power blender and blend on high for 1-2 minutes until creamy.
  2. Strain through the straining bag squeezing firmly but gently as not to damage the bag until the contents are fairly dry.
  3. Remember to use the left-over pulp of the nuts and seeds to make cheeze and pâtés.

Grain milks

Rice  and Quinoa – 1 cup cooked grain to 3-4 cups water and a pinch of salt

Seed Milks

Pumpkin seed – 1 cup soaked seed to 3-4 cups water and pinch of salt

Flax seed – ½ cup flax seed to 3-4 cups water and a pinch of salt

Nut milks

Brazil, Cashew, Hazelnut, Walnuts, Macadamia
All the nuts should be raw
1 cup raw, soaked nuts to 3-4 cups water and a pinch of salt

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