Milk is a grocery staple that has evolved from cow’s milk to many dairy-free alternatives. Cartons of almond, cashew, hemp, and oat milk fill the shelves next to cow’s milk. Depending on the type of milk, it can cost twice as much as a classic gallon of whole milk. If you feel that it may not be worth the price but love the different alternative milk options, we have simple DIY recipes for you! And, compared to many store-bought versions, these recipes are preservative, gum, and oil free!
This milk is light, slightly sweet, and nutty! I love adding this to my smoothies.
- Soak 1 cup of raw almonds overnight in water.
- Add soaked almonds in a high-speed blender with 4-6 cups of filtered water (depending on desired thickness).
- Blend on high for 1-2 minutes until smooth.
- Strain and squeeze the mixture using a nut milk bag until all liquid is extracted.
- Discard the pulp and enjoy your freshly made almond milk!
Feel free to add dates and vanilla extract for some extra sweetness and flavor. You can also add a few tablespoons of cocoa powder for chocolate milk!
This is my go-to DIY nut milk. It’s easy to make since you don’t have to strain the mixture and incredibly versatile.
- Soak 1 cup of raw cashews overnight in water.
- Add soaked cashews in a high-speed blender with 6-8 cups of filtered water (depending on desired thickness).
- Blend on high for 2-3 minutes until smooth.
- Enjoy your rich, nutty, and creamy cashew milk!
Vanilla bean extract, cinnamon, and sea salt are great additions to this milk if you want to mix things up.
Hemp milk is a great nut-free alternative milk. The blended seeds make a light and thin mixture that is comparable to skim milk.
- Combine ½ cup of hemp hearts with 3-4 cups of filtered water (depending on desired thickness) in a high-speed blender.
- Blend on high for about 1-2 minutes until well combined.
- Strain if you want extra smooth milk, but this isn’t absolutely necessary.
- Enjoy this simple 2 ingredient milk!
Maple syrup or dates can be added to the mixture for subtle sweetness. You can also create berry milk by adding a handful of fresh berries before blending.
Oat milk is another delicious nut-free alternative that is slightly sweet and creamy.
- Add 1 cup rolled or steel cut oats with 3-4 cups of filtered water to a high-speed blender (depending on desired thickness).
- Blend on high for about 1 minute until well combined. Be careful not to over-blend!
- Strain with a cheesecloth or nut milk bag.
- Discard the pulp and enjoy your fresh oat milk.
Try this milk with your cereal for a fun breakfast flavor combo!
Store all milks in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 4-6 days. Hope you enjoy them!