When I first became dairy (casein) free, my first thought was what was I going to do for milk? Since we are also gluten free, we cannot use oat milk (not certified GF). It wasn’t until later that I discovered nut milks!
My husband, Malcolm, is a huge lover of nut milks. He usually makes walnut milk — which is his favorite. (Personally, I am very fond of coconut milk, but that is a subject for another post).
So how, do you make nut milks? Believe it or not, they are easier to make than it sounds.
1. Soak 1 cup of your favorite unsalted nuts overnight in filtered water
2. Drain the water and rinse nuts
3. Add 3-4 cups of fresh filtered water to your 1 cup of nuts, 2 tsp. vanilla and 4-5 drops of stevia (Note: If you plan to drink your milk right away, substitute one cup of water with ice cubes.)
4. Blend well in your VitaMix.
5. Run nut milk through cheese cloth or fine stainer to remove the pulp or, if you are like my husband, leave nut pulp in the milk.
6. Refrigerate until chilled before drinking.
Nut milks are delicious and nutritious.
But why soak them first? My friends at Tasty Yummies explains the reason:
Most nuts, seeds, grains and beans are covered in natural chemicals – enzyme inhibitors and toxins – that protect them while growing, both from sprouting prematurely and also from predators. … Once harvested, those same chemicals, the major one being phytic acid – are indigestible to the human body and must be broken down before consumption. When food containing phytic acid is consumed, the acid combines with important minerals like calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc in the intestinal tract and blocks their absorption which inhibits our digestive systems’ ability to break the nut down properly.
The very simple process of soaking releases these chemicals, helping you to absorb your food’s essential minerals and nutrients. Additionally, by soaking the nuts with the removal of these nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances, the flavor and taste is much more ideal and appealing.
Read more about nut milks in the Tasty Yummies article!