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How To Make Your Own Nut Milk At Home

How To Make Your Own Nut Milk At Home

A guide to making your own nut and grain milks at home.

(Photography: Erik Putz, Propstyling: Madeleine Johari, Foodstyling: Ashley Denton)

Before being sold in supermarkets, plant-based milk had been around for centuries and was the staple in several cuisines. Take soy milk for example: In China, where this drink comes from, it’s not uncommon to make your own to use in cooking or to drink for breakfast. Coconut milk also has a long history and is a key ingredient in Philippine dishes, Thai curries, Vietnamese desserts, and Caribbean stews.

There are also other plant-based milks that have only been around for a few decades, such as oat milk. It was first developed commercially in the early 1990s by Swedish scientist Rickard Öste, who was looking for a dairy-free alternative for people with lactose intolerance and allergies.

In addition to producing fewer greenhouse gases than dairy, plant-based milk also offers health benefits. Nuts, grains and seeds (such as almonds, cashews, oats and hemp) are sources of fiber; soy is high in protein; and coconut is packed with antioxidants and medium-chain fatty acids, which can aid digestion.

Tri Ngo and Hang Vu of Rustle & Still, a Toronto cafe, say they choose coconut milk in their coffee-based desserts and drinks because they love the depth of flavor and texture. It also adds a creaminess that you don’t get from whole milk. In other words, their preference is not intentionally vegan; that’s just an advantage.

Making your own plant-based milk allows you to customize the flavor and texture to your liking — and most are pretty easy to make yourself. With a few basic ingredients and tools, you can make dairy-free milk for use in all kinds of cooking and baking. We asked three Canadian food business owners who regularly create their own recipes and tips.

you need this

  • blender
  • fine-mesh sieve
  • cheesecloth
  • Big bowl

almond milk

A handful of whole almonds against a white background

(Photography: Erik Putz, Propstyling: Madeleine Johari, Foodstyling: Ashley Denton)

Give this homemade almond milk from the folks at Greenhouse Juice Co. a turn. Get this almond milk recipe.

oat milk

A small pile of oatmeal against a white background

(Photography: Erik Putz, Propstyling: Madeleine Johari, Foodstyling: Ashley Denton)

Season your oat milk with a pinch of sea salt, a dash of vanilla, maple syrup, or even a little cinnamon. Get this easy homemade oat milk recipe.

cashew milk

Cashew milk recipe: a handful of cashew nuts on a white background

(Photography: Erik Putz, Propstyling: Madeleine Johari, Foodstyling: Ashley Denton)

Raw unsalted cashews are the key to good homemade cashew milk, says Ashley Wittig, founder of Honey’s, a plant-based ice cream parlor in Toronto. Get this easy cashew milk recipe.

Gear Guide

Three powerful blenders that can be used to follow nut milk recipes at home

Ready to make your own plant-based milk at home? Here are blenders that can cut through nuts and grains at any cost.

  • KitchenAid K400 Blender $199, kitchenaid.ca† This powerful KitchenAid offering uses preset texture to blend hard ingredients like nuts and ice cream.
  • Oster Versa $273, oster.ca† Oster’s powerful blender offers an affordable alternative to its more expensive counterparts.
  • Vitamix A2500 Ascent $769, thebay.com† With the sturdiest blades and fastest motor, Vitamix’s expensive but worth it reputation is well deserved.

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