how to make dairy free milk

video and recipes at the end of the post

The battle continues to rage in regards to whether we as human beings should endeavor to live a dairy free life; and regardless where you stand on the debate, evidence- STRONG EVIDENCE– suggests that dairy free living means less inflammation, allergies and digestive upsets. Most people are lactose intolerant and don’t even know it. And although I am advocate for raw milk and organics, for all intents and nutritional purposes, our bodies don’t need the milk of another animal.

A great many people are beginning to understand that we don’t need cow’s milk in order to feel vital; in turn, the consumption of nut and seed milk is on the rise. Not only are they dairy free, but they are incredibly nourishing too. However, store bought nut and seed milks often have binding agents, added sugar and additives; and, although, switching to nut or seed milk is a step in the right direction, I want to show how easy it is to create your own dairy free milk at home.

All homemade dairy free milks require a few essentials in order to come to fruition.

1) A Blender
I don’t want you to think that you need a high falutin blender to get your dairy free on, oh no, most blenders will do the trick. From Hamilton Beach and Cuisinart to Vitamix and Blendtec, if it can blend, it can make milk.

2) Nut Milk Bag, Fine Mesh Strainer or Cheesecloth
These are used in dairy free milk making to separate the pulp from the milk. The nut milk bag is a sac that makes straining easy; however, layered cheese cloth or a fine mesh strainer, which I use the video above, work great as well.

3) NUTs and SEEDs
This goes without saying, but our nuts and seeds require some preparation before they are ready to be milked. Nuts need to be soaked anywhere from 3-8 hours, the weaker your blender, the longer the soak; and because seeds, like chia and hemp, are so delicate, they only need to be soaked 15-20 minutes.

Delicious Dairy Free Milk Nuts and Seeds are:

  • Pistachio
    Hemp Seeds
    Chia Seed
    Sesame Seed

**Whatever seeds or nuts you choose, they must all be raw; roasted nuts make you dairy free milk taste rancid.

4) Flavorings
This is where the fun happens! Because you are making your own dairy free milk, you can make them custom creations; vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, raw cacao, dates and the like can be put into your milk. This is where you can get creative, so use your imagination!

Classic Almond Milk
1 cup raw almonds, soaked
3/4 cup hemp seeds, soaked
1 date, seeded
1/2 tsp vanilla

Blend all ingredients until completely combined and “milky”; strain and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Coconut Hazelnut Milk
1 cup hazelnuts
1 cup coconut
2 dates
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp raw cacao
1/2 tsp vanilla

Blend all ingredients until completely combined and “milky”; strain and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.