Pick the right one
Does your brain say “Yes!” to a tall, creamy, ice cold glass of cow’s milk, but your body says “No way!” Here is a great, easy and affordable solution that can also enhance your health. Nut mylk is a tasty beverage made from nuts. It has all the creaminess factor that you need without the phlegm causing element of dairy products. If you buy a raw nut mylk in the store it can run you about $10 for a 16 oz container. With a little bit of work you can make your own for much less.
A while back I did a review of the fantastic vegan cookbook, D.I.Y. Vegan by Nicle Axworthy and Lisa Pittman. I wanted to revisit this book because there is so much to explore in the way of fast, easy, and affordable recipes for vegans and those who love them. These girls have many excellent ideas about how to make and use vegan nut mylks.
An easy substitute
Nut mylk is a great alternative to dairy. This tasty beverage can be used wherever you put milk; in your cereal, your smoothie, even in a casserole! I enjoy mine with matcha (a Japanese green tea) for an afternoon pick me up. Nut mylk is easy to make,. If you want to make it even more nutricious, try using sprouted nuts. However you do it, it will be a tasty protein rich snack.
You can use different nuts depending on the taste that you are trying to create. For a “low fat” milk taste, use almonds, For a “full cream” taste use cashews. For rich and delicious flavour, try macadamian, brazil or pistachio. I usually mix them.
Nut Mylk-Sweet and Nutricious
This is a recipe taken from the book “D.I.Y. Vegan” by Nicole Axworthy and Lisa Pittman.
This is a simple nut mylk to do. If you are rushing off to an adventure, throw some nuts into a blender with water, a bit of sweetener and blend until combined. If you don’t have nuts a scoop of nut butter will work just as well. If you have more time, take the trouble to soak your nuts. That will ensure a richer, more nutritious end result.
- Prep Time: 1 min
- Cook Time: 5 min
- Total Time: 6 minutes
- Yield: 8 oz.
1 cup organic nuts, can be a mix. Use walnuts, pecans, sesame seeds, macadamian, pistachio, pepito, cashews, brazil, whatever you have on hand. They must be raw, not roasted.
1 cup good quality water
1 tbl. vanilla extract
2 tbl. sweetener of choice (agave, raw honey, monk fruit, coconut sugar are all good)
Put all ingredients into a blender. Blend on high until combined. If you want a smoother product, filter the mylk. Keep the pulp in the freezer for baking, or facial scrubs
You can change the flavour by adding 1-2 tbl. of matcha, cinnamon, cocoa, or almond extract. Also adding a bit of fruit and ice makes a nice drink to give to your favourite guests at home.