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Easy DIY Nut Based Milk

Who is ready for the easiest and most delicious recipe for DIY nut milk?  I’m going to assume you have your hand waving high in the air, because I know I would!  When you have stopped laughing over the specific innuendos that go along with the name “nut milk” that is, I’ll wait ya’ll, I’ll wait.  I’ve been trying to prepare as much of my own food as possible lately, growing weary of all the added and unnecessary ingredients in a lot of my favorite treats.  So when I stocked up on nuts this week in my shopping haul, making homemade nut milk seemed like the only thing to do!  Macadamia nuts, cashews, and almonds were my choice testers and DAMN they came out good! Each one has it’s own gorgeously rich flavor profile that can be used in anything, or enjoyed on it’s own.

I was never a big milk drinker, as a child with a lactose intolerance, it was never a critical part of my nutrition.  Around the age of 12, my digestive system became more tolerant of dairy, but I still hated milk.  I grew up on the chalky taste of lactose, so when nut milks made there way into my life it’s like a whole door was opened!   Each one produces it’s own vibrant taste, altering the flavor profile of your favorite smoothie, desserts, or coffee drink!

Confession?  My favorite is the macadamia nut milk, of course because it is the most expensive to make.  I almost wish I hadn’t tried it, because now I want it all the time!  However, I’ll take it as a treat every here and there!  The cashew and almond milks ended up being pretty cost effective, each bag of nuts can make at least two batched of milk with some left over.  The budget-friendly side of me is incredibly happy with that!  The busiest side of you will also be happy with the simplicity!  Making and straining nut milks takes about 10 minutes tops, although there is a bit of wait time when soaking the nuts!  Why soak the nuts you ask?  It makes for a much easier blend, and creamier consistency, especially if you are not using a super high powered blender.  It’s super simple, just add a cup of the nut you choose into a mason jar then add enough water to cover them.  Nut soaking times vary so I made this little chart to be helpful!

Soaking the nuts is not 100% necessary but here’s why it is suggested.  Soaking the nuts helps get rid of any chemicals or toxins that were used in their growing.  It also helps enhance the flavor, which is never a bad thing!

After the nuts have soaked for the right amount of time, drain out the water and add nuts to the blender. Add three cups of filtered water and blend baby blend!

I let it blend for 1-2 minutes, getting it to the creamiest consistency I could.  Now it’s time to strain!  It is suggested by most people who have experience with nut milk to use an actual nut bag, but I had cheese cloth on hand so I gave it a try.  Cheese cloth worked fine for me, although I did double strain it just to make sure it was chunk free!

That’s it folks.  Seriously, it’s that easy!  Throw a cover over your mason jar and these milks stay good for 5-6 days in the fridge.

Now the fun starts!  I’m excited to come up with fun ways to use these, and you know I’ll post them here!  Today, I added some macadamia milk to my cold brew (check out my DIY cold brew recipe!)

Seriously, so good!  Add a dash of cinnamon on top and I promise your world will never be the same!

I can’t wait to see what you do with your DIY nut milk,  make sure to tag me in your pictures on insta!  It makes my day every time!  Enjoy every glorious sip lovies!

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Easy DIY Nut Based Milk
Cuisine Plant Based
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 8-10 hours
Cuisine Plant Based
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 8-10 hours
  1. Soak your nut of choice in water in a mason jar, for the directed time (see chart above)
  2. Drain the water and add nuts to the blender and pour the filtered water over them.
  3. Add vanilla extract, or whatever fun tastes you want, then blend away! Keep blending for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Strain blended nut mixture with nut bag or cheese cloth, making sure that the liquid is all that remains! Return to the mason jar and keep stored in the fridge!
Recipe Notes

Nut milks will keep in the fridge for 5-6 days in an air tight container!

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  1. Jessica

    August 16, 2017 at 2:35 am

    This is amazing, I always wondered how nutmilk was made! I’ll totally be trying this, thanks!!

  2. Anne

    August 16, 2017 at 5:57 am

    I’m ready! I always say I wanna make my own nut milk but never actually end up doing it. It really does seem so easy though so maybe I should try it.


      August 16, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      Try it!!!! My world is changed 🙌🏼 Haha!!!

  3. Chloe

    August 16, 2017 at 8:15 am

    This sounds so interesting! I’ve never tried any nut based milks because I don’t have any issue with eating dairy but you’re making me want to try some! X

  4. Scottie Draper

    August 16, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Have yet to make cashew milk! I really need to give it a go.


      August 16, 2017 at 11:22 pm

      I liked it!!! Obsessed with macadamia by milk , obv Cus ta the most expensive 😩😩😩 hahahah

  5. Rachael

    August 17, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Ohhh I’ll definitely be giving this a go! I’m dairy intolerant so I have lots of milk alternatives, my two favs at the moment are rice milk and chocolate almond milk. I’ll have to give the macadamia one a try especially seeing you think it’s the best! Looks super easy too!
    PaleGirlRambling xo


      August 17, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Yes! It was crazy easy!!! I’m pretty obsessed!! I’ve never tried rice milk! Looks like I’ll be taste testing!

  6. Kayleigh Zara

    August 18, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    I’m dying to try this, I don’t have any diary and I’ve always been really intolerant to it but the times I have tried milk I hated the taste and texture! Which is probably why I love almond soy so much haha. cashew milk sounds perfect x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿


      August 19, 2017 at 2:22 am

      The texture on these is so much more pleasing!!! So smooth!

  7. Sarah Newman

    August 19, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had macadamia milk but damn, that sounds delicious!


      August 19, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      It really was! This was my first time trying it, but the flavor of macadamia nut is so different! Love it and can’t wait to play around with it!

  8. Amerjit Kaur

    August 21, 2017 at 10:40 am

    I absolutely love Almond milk, it is so sweet and tasty.
    I’ve never tried cashew or macadamia milk before, but I’m sure it tastes just as amazing.
    Will definitely be giving them a go 🙂


  9. Hannah

    August 22, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Macadamia milk sounds incredible! It would probably be my favorite too. And I totally feel you on “nut” milk! Like I can’t say nut cheese with a straight face. It sounds so gross haha!


      August 22, 2017 at 5:16 pm

      Haha I’m so glad you share the sense of humor here, Cus I laughed the entire time I was typing 😂😂😂

  10. Johanne

    August 24, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Great you are spreading the word on the ease of making nut milks. Macadamia milk sounds unbelievably good. Perhaps I should save that one for a special occasion . ummm nope I’m gonna try that one asap. Thank you!

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