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Milk Alternatives: 9 Recipes

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Milk Alternatives: 9 Recipes

There are dozens of methods for making milk alternatives. Some call for the soaking, blanching, and peeling of nuts, some donít. Some are straightforward, some are more complicated. Raw nuts are often specified to meet the needs of people who prefer raw food, but cooked nuts work just as well. Sweeteners are a big issue here. Agave nectar is a wonderful alternative to honey because it is low on the glycemic index and is veganóbut can be hard to find. Honey and maple syrup are good alternatives to processed sugar. Pitted dates and banana can be used to sweeten as well as to create a thicker texture. I suggest playing around with the recipes here (and the different sweeteners) until you find the perfect fit for your needs. All of these milks need to be refrigerated, and should keep for at least 2 days.

30-SECOND NUT MILK
Inspired by Raw Food, Real World (Regan Books, 2005)
2 heaping tablespoons raw nut butter
2 cups filtered water
Pinch of sea salt
2 tablespoons agave nectar or 1 packet stevia
Ĺ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon coconut butter (optional)

1. In a blender, puree all ingredients until smooth.

BASIC ALMOND MILK
1 cup raw almonds, soaked at least 4 hours
3 cups filtered water

1. In a high-speed blender blend the nuts and water for about 2 minutes until the nuts are completely blended.
2. Strain the mix through multiple layers of cheesecloth in a colander two times.

ALMOND NOG
1 batch basic almond milk
5 large soft pitted dates
2 very ripe bananas
1 vanilla bean, scraped
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup raw macadamia nuts (optional)

In a high-speed blender add all ingredients and blend until combined.
Adjust sweetness to taste by adding more or less dates.
The macadamia nuts are optional but they will give the drink a thicker consistency.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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5:07AM PDT on Aug 1, 2015

Thanks. :)

8:09AM PDT on Jul 28, 2015

Almond milk , you are advertising STEVIA,, which is known to cause MIGRAINES ,, please do your research and stop choosing the "fashionable " ingredient.

6:04AM PDT on May 30, 2015

I think I will skip the cinnamon in the rice milk and give it a try!

6:13PM PST on Mar 6, 2015

Lovely recipes

11:34PM PST on Mar 5, 2015

Delicious!

8:53AM PST on Nov 29, 2014

Thanks for sharing

7:00PM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

cheers :)

6:42PM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

Uh .... how discouraging! I thought I was onto a good thing when I started drinking almond milk. .... Making my own from now on!!

4:17AM PDT on Jul 25, 2014

thanks

10:43AM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

Appreciate the recipes. Can't wait to try a few.

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