Homemade Nut Milk Recipes
If you choose not to drink cow’s milk, there are many choices for milk substitutes available in stores today — rice, soy, hemp, almond, flax or coconut milk. Personally, I choose to make my own nut milks at home.
I am a huge proponent of a raw-food diet; I try to stay away from all the additives and preservatives in packaged foods, so I like to make my food at home. Then I know exactly what goes into my meals.
Making home made nut milk takes very little time, and it is totally worth it. One of my favorites is cashew milk. So far I’ve found cashew milk to be the tastiest, and it takes the least amount of work and time.
You can substitute other nuts, too. I’ve made coconut milk from dried coconuts and I’ve made almond milk.
Almond milk will take a little more work because you have to soak the almonds in 4 cups of water for 4 hours, drain them, blend them in 4 cups of water and strain with a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth. If you don’t mind a little thicker consistency, you don’t need to strain cashew milk.
Besides not having the preservatives and additives in your homemade milk, there are other benefits to making milk out of nuts.
- High copper content helps eliminate free radicals, great source of antioxidants.
- Promotes good cardiovascular health
- Rich in magnesium that is necessary for strong bones.
Dried coconut/ coconut water:
- Dried coconut is a great source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and amino
acids. It has tons of calcium, potassium, and magnesium, and coconut water is high in electrolytes. In fact, coconut water is known to have the same electrolyte levels as human plasma, and has been used for plasma transfusions in the past!
- It supports the development of strong bones by helping the absorption of calcium and magnesium.
- Reduces risk of heart attacks
- Lowers the bad cholesterol
- Phosphorus in almonds helps to build strong bones and teeth.
- Regulates blood sugar levels
- Riboflavin and L-carnitine help to boost brain activity
Nut Milk Recipe
1 cup of cashew (almonds or coconut)
4 cups of water
1-2 tbsp of agave honey (or I use 3-4 pieces of dried fruit or a handful of raisins to sweeten)
As an option, add vanilla extract (1-2 teaspoon), cinnamon and/or cloves to make it tastier.
Blend all the ingredients in a blender for a couple of minutes, and enjoy in your black teas, coffee or smoothies!
~For Conscious Living
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