DAIRY FREE NUT MILKS
Nut milk is an example of when healthy versions of conventional food actually taste better. Nut milk is more flavoursome and even creamier than normal cows milk, and is so much more nutritious. Furthermore, it doesn't come with the side effects of cows milk, which many people aren't even aware of. Dairy products have long been associated with acne, increase mucus production, inflammation and acidity in the body. Give it up, experience this even tastier alternative and notice the positive effects it has on your body.
1 Cup Nuts of Choice, soaked for at least 4 hours
Himalayan Pink Salt
2 Cups Water or Coconut Water
Agave / Organic Raw Honey / Coconut Blossom Nectar / Date Syrup
One Stick Vanilla or Organic Vanilla Extract
Cinnamon / Nutmeg / Mixed Spice / Ground Cardamom
Drain the nuts from the water they have been soaking in. Rinse thoroughly then blend for 2-3 minutes until the water has turned white and the nuts are no longer visible. Sit your nut milk or jam strainer in a sieve and place this over a bowl or a jug. Pour the milk into the bag and let it run through the sieve into the bowl or jug beneath. (I find, if using cashew nuts, this process isn't necessary as the nuts are soft and there isn't much pulp). Gather the nut or jam strainer around the nut mixture and twist tightly closed. Squeeze and press with your hands to ensure as much milk is extracted as possible. Do this for at least 2 minutes.
You should end up with about 2 cups of nut milk. Rinse the blender and return the filtered milk to it. Add your sweetener and flavours of choice (cacao, vanilla and dates work well with the cashews) and blend again to combine.
Transfer to a jug, airtight bottle or a bowl covered with cling film, and store in the fridge. Serve cold - alone, or with cereals - or heat in a saucepan for a creamy hot chocolate alternative. Store in the fridge to add to tea, coffee, smoothies or use in cooking.
+ Try this recipe with any kind of nuts. I love cashew milk, pistachio milk, almond milk and hazelnut milk (combined with cacao). Add your super foods and sweetener of choice, combine and strain in the same way as instructed above, and enjoy.
Recipe by Danielle Copperman.