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Homemade Dairy alternative milks

Milk alternatives are easy to buy in store but even easier to do at home.

A lot of store bought milk alternatives are pumped full of nasties like gums, refined sugars and vegetable oils. So although it might seem easier to pick it up off of the shelf, give these recipes a go and I am sure you will provide you with so much nourishment that you will never turn back!

Almond Milk 

Ingredients:

  • 112 g raw (organic if possible) almonds – SOAK overnight in cool water or 2 hours in hot water
  • 960ml filtered water
  • 2 dates (omit if wanting unsweetened) 
  • 1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt 

Coconut Milk 

Ingredients: 

  • 160 g shredded unsweetened coconut – this is different to desiccated coconut 
  • 720ml  filtered water 
  • 1 date or splash of maple syrup (omit if wanting unsweetened)
  • Pinch of sea salt 

Rice Milk 

Ingredients:

  • 150 g uncooked long grain white rice (soak for 2 hours in very hot water until soft but still raw) 
  • 960 ml water 
  • 1 date or splash of maple syrup 
  • Pick of sea salt

Hemp Milk 

Ingredients: 

  • 80g hemp seeds 
  • 720 ml water
  • 1 whole date 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Directions 

  1. Make sure any soaked ingredients are drained first
  2. Add almonds/ coconut/rice/hemp seeds into high speed blender 
  3. Add dates, salt, vanilla into high speed blender 
  4. Blend for 1-2 minutes 
  5. Strain using a nut milk bag from amazon or a thin dish towel 
  6. To use dish towel lay dish towel over a big bowl and pour the milk into the middle of the dish towel, carefully gather all the corners and lift up, twist and squeeze to drain the liquid into the bowl but keep the pulp in the towel. Discard pulp.
  7. Transfer milk to big jar or anything with a lid and pop into the fridge. 

Make sure to shake before use, separation is normal in home made milks. Keep for 5 days.

Feel free to be creative with what you drink and eat, you can replace almonds with cashews or other nuts, add ingredients for flavour like berries or 2 Tbsp of cocoa for chocolate milk.

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Thomas Faulkner
With ten years of experience working as a chiropractor in Jersey, Tom has a passion for helping our island to discover true health and vitality.