How to Make Non-Dairy Milk at Home
Want to know how to make your own non-dairy milk at home? You're in luck! In this blog post, we will walk you through the steps necessary to make delicious and nutritious non-dairy milk at home. While there are many different dairy milk alternatives out there, the following recipe is ideal for nut, rice, and oat milk, all very popular options in the world of non-dairy milks. So, whether you're in need of a dairy-free alternative to cow's milk or simply prefer the taste, read on for our easy non-dairy milk recipe!
Non-Dairy Milk Recipe
Step 1: Gather Supplies
1 cup of nuts (no skins), oats, or cooked rice
4 cups water (filtered, if preferred)
Nut milk bag/kitchen towel/cheesecloth
Sweetener of choice (we'll discuss this further below!)
Step 2: Soak
If you're using oats or nuts, cover them with water and soak them overnight, or for at least 12 hours. This will help soften them up, giving the resulting milk a smoother, creamier texture. It also helps with their digestion, so definitely don't skip this step if you have a sensitive stomach. However, if you're using cooked rice you're not going to have this problem, so you can skip this step.
Step 3: Drain and Rinse
After the oats or nuts have soaked, drain and rinse them before adding them to the blender. If you're using cooked rice, simply add it to the blender.
Step 4: Add Water and Blend
Add four cups of water to the blender, along with the soaked (and drained/rinsed) oats or nuts, or cooked rice. Now, if you like, you can add your sweetener of choice to the mixture.
Consider adding 1-2 pitted medjool dates, a teaspoon of vanilla, a pinch of cinnamon, or even a little maple syrup. And if you're looking to make more of a flavored milk, like chocolate, about 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder should do the trick. However, keep in mind that these are just guidelines. You're probably going to need to play around with the sweeteners a bit to suit your preferences, so be sure to taste and adjust as needed.
Once you've finished adding everything, blend on high until the mixture is completely smooth. This usually takes about 1-2 minutes.
Step 5: Strain
Pour the milk mixture into a nut milk bag or cheesecloth-lined bowl and strain. If you don't have either of these, you can also use a clean kitchen towel. Just be sure to squeeze all the liquid out so that you're left with a smooth milk.
You'll also end up with a pulpy mixture after you've strained out all the liquid, but you may not want to throw it away just yet. You can always use this pulp in baked goods or other recipes, so see what you can come up with!
Step 5: Store and Refrigerate
Pour the milk into a clean jar or container and store it in the fridge. It should last for about four days, although we recommend using it within two days for optimal flavor.
Also, don't be alarmed if your non-dairy milk separates in the fridge - it's normal! Just give it a quick shake before drinking and you should be good to go!
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