Making your own nut milk is as easy as using a blender. Why use store bought when you can have home made without any added thickeners, texture enhancers, or sugars? Using raw nuts bought in bulk from my local health food store, the cost of homemade is +/- just a few cents per ounce compared to store bought.
You will need a few kitchen tools to get started. A nut milk bag is a fine mesh nylon strainer. You can pick one up at most health food stores or order online for only a few bucks. The second item you need is a blender. If you have a high powered blender such as a Vitamix, you won’t need to soak your nuts overnight. If you have a classic blender, then an overnight soak is a must.
1 1/4 C raw (not roasted) nuts. I like 1 C almonds + 1/4 C Brazil nuts for a creamy texture. You can experiment with combos & proportions until you find the blend you like best. Don’t use peanuts for this.
5 cups water + more for soaking nuts — if you have municipal tap water, use a filter (Brita, Pur, etc.) to remove any chlorine remnants
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
Cover nuts with water and soak for 1 hour (or overnight if you don’t have a high speed blender)
Discard soaking water. Place all ingredients in blender and whirl for 1-2 minutes.
Strain the liquid through a nut milk bag into a pitcher. If you have a pitcher with a lid, you can use the lid to hold the bag in place while it strains. (Otherwise you’ll have to get creative with clothespins or tying the bag to a wooden spoon to suspend over the pitcher. You’re smart – you’ll figure something out!)
When the milk is done straining, you can squeeze the bag to get out the last bit. Keep refrigerated & shake before using.
The leftover nut mush makes a great face mask! Refrigerate until you use it.