This Soy-free Raw Nut Milk recipe is a fast, easy and affordable way to make plant based milk. It requires no soaking, filtering or straining and can be made in a blender in less than 10 minutes.
We have been using plant based milk for YEARS. Even before we switched from a vegetarian to vegan diet, we ditched cows milk. While we did eat some cheese on occasion, the whole idea of consuming cow’s breast milk on the regular made me a little sick. (For REAL, we are the only species that consumes breast milk after we are weaned and, guess what, we use the breast milk of ANOTHER species. We have been so programmed that the thought of consuming human breast milk as adults is more noxious than consuming cow’s breast milk. What? I digress….) We have tried it all, from soy milk to almond milk and now coconut and oat milk. (ok, guess I haven’t tried hemp milk yet.)
DIY Nut Milk Started with Oats!
Several months ago I tried making oat milk. My motivation had nothing to do with any dissatisfaction I had with available plant based milks, but really was about reducing the amount of trash we were producing. Greg and I have been committed and mindful about making small changes when we can to decrease our carbon foot print, realizing that recyclable trash is still trash that has to be managed. Sadly, much of it, we have learned, ends up in landfills with regular non recyclable trash.
Anyway, I always have organic oats on hand so I made it and posted a picture on IG (don’t we all?). I got some requests for recipes and replied that I would post the recipe when I had played with it enough and was happy with it.
DIY Plant Milk Shouldn’t Be Fussy
I never was. Don’t get me wrong, I ended up with a milk that I was happy with, but the process was too much. I could never ask someone to do it. Soak enough to soften, but not get slimy. Blend. Drain through cheese cloth. End up with a few cups of wet blended oat bits along side the milk. Nope. A creative friend suggested I make cereal bars with the oatty pulp. I don’t know about you, but I rarely get jazzed about making one recipe that requires me to make a second one to avoid food waste (aka trash) even when it is a great idea.
Soy-free Raw Nut Milk: Good and Good-For-You
There are also some nutritional benefits to using nuts for plant-based milk. Nuts provide healthy omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturate fats as well as minerals like magnesium and selenium. They also are a natural source of vitamin E.
The Best Things Start With Friends
My recipe is based on one shared from a friend, but I have made some adjustments to make it easier. This nut milk stores for several days, but some settling in the jar definitely happens. (remember that this is free of any thickeners or stabilizers) All you need to do is give it a gentle shake before using. I hope you enjoy this recipe! Please let us know what you think in the comments – we love to hear from our readers!
Georgia is an unpretentious foodie who, at 50, transitioned from a vegetarian diet to a whole foods plant based diet and is loving it. She works as a nurse, plays as a quilter, loves to run, hates to race.
She thinks dogs are actually angels (in dog suits).
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