How To Make Dairy-Free Milk

Making your own dairy-free plant based milk is easy, eco-friendly and good for you. Here are 3 options – Oat Milk, Almond Milk and Rice Milk. I frequently make these at home mixing with a blender and storing in glass jars that I constantly reuse. Think of all those plastic bottles and cartons that no longer need to be processed or possibly going into landfill, depending on your recycling options.

It’s super easy and very satisfying. See the recipes below.

Oat Milk

Although I have soaked for just 2 hours when in a rush, for best results soak oats overnight.

Ingredients

  • Oats 1 cup
  • Water 4 cups
  • Salt 1/4 teaspoon
  • Maple Syrup 1 tablespoon

Method

Start by soaking your oats overnight. It doesn’t matter how much water you use as long as they are covered in enough water.

Once soaked sieve or strain them getting rid of the old water and giving them a rinse with cold water.

Place in your blender, add the fresh water, salt and maple syrup then blend for 1-2 minutes, or until you have a smooth consistency.

Then simply strain the contents of the blender through a strainer, sieve or muslin cloth, and voila! You have a creamy tasty oat milk!

The milk will last approximately 4-5days. So it is important to make enough for your use but not too much. Once you have done it a few times you really get very quick, its just remembering the soaking. You can play with the sweetening flavourings too.

Almond Milk

For best results soak the almonds in water overnight.

Ingredients

  • Almonds 1 cup
  • Water 4 cups
  • Salt 1/4 teaspoon

Method

Start by soaking your almonds overnight. It doesn’t matter how much water you use as long as they are covered in enough water.

Place the almonds (including the soaking water if you wish) salt and water into your blender and blend for 1-3 minutes or until you have a smooth consistency.

Then simply strain the contents of the blender through a strainer, sieve or muslin cloth, and voila! You have a creamy tasty almond milk!

The leftover Almond pulp can be frozen and utilised like breadcrumbs for soups and/or a covering. The milk will last for approximately 4 days.

Rice Milk

Ingredients

  • Rice 1 cup
  • Water hot 4 cups
  • Salt 1/4 teaspoon
  • Dates 3-5

Method

Put the rice in a jar and cover with hot but not boiling water and soak for 2 hours.

Once soaked sieve and give the rice a good wash.

Put the rice, water, salt and dates into the blender.

Blend for 1-2 minutes or until you have a smooth consistency.

Then simply strain the contents of the blender through a strainer, sieve or muslin cloth, and voila! You have a creamy tasty rice milk!

Its great to do, and you can try different sweetening or flavouring options. I quite like cinnamon and vanilla. Be adventurous and try it!

If you are interested in how to cut down the packaging in shop you may be interested in my blog post 5-easy-ways-to-reduce-plastic-in-your-food-shopping

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