Plant milk is a perfect substitute for vegans, people with lactose intolerance or those who just do not like the taste of the normal milk. You can find it in most of the supermarkets, however many of them unfortunately include sugar and preservatives that are not welcome in my kitchen. Do not be sad, we can make our own one, more delicious and healthier. Moreover you can use whatever nuts or seeds you want, mix them with different spices or sweeten it naturally, so you can discover alternative taste varieties, that are not as simple as in the shops.
Is making your own plant milk as difficult as many people think ?
Of course, not ! Its much easier than its percieved, and you gain satisfaction while doing it. Just a few ingredients and a few steps, everyone can do this. It is really simple ! The things you really need are a 10-15 minutes, a blender and a positive attitude 🙂 Lets do it, try it once and you will never buy a plant milk in a shop anymore !
The taste of your milk will vary, depending on you and your taste preferences.
Firstly, think about the flavour. Consider what nuts or seeds do you like the most and which one to choose. Mixes are also welcome 🙂 You can choose, for example: walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, almonds, cashew nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds and also oat flakes, that I choose the most often.
Then think if you want your milk to be sweet (by adding date fruits), savoury (include turmeric or ginger), salty (add a pinch of salt), or natural.
Consider also spices, like cinnamon or vanilla.
See how easy is to make your own oat and cashew milk with a cinnamon flavour and try my recipe !
- A handful of oat flakes
- A few cashew nuts
YOU ALSO NEED:
- Cotton/Linen clout
Soak the cashew nuts and the oat flakes in a small bowl for at least 6 hours. I recommend to do this overnight. Then drain them and slightly rinse them. Put them into the blender, add bottled or filtered water and a cinnamon. Blend it for about a minute on the highest power of the blender. Set up a large bowl or pot and place a strainer over it. Spread the clout over/on the strainer and pour the blended milk into it. After the milk is drained, squeeze the cloth with the oats and cashew mixed leftovers. Do not throw them away, put them in your porridge or eat with the yoghurt and granola. Decant your homemade plant milk to a bottle or jar and store it in the fridge for no more than 4-5 days.
I mostly use my oat milk while preparing an oatmeal or millet porridge. I cook oat flakes or millet grains with it. You can also add it into pancakes instead of normal milk or water, or just eat it with the homemade granola from my previous blog post. Nutrition shakes or smoothies prepared with plant milk are also a good idea !
Enjoy it !
Share in the comments, the flavours you create 🙂