Finding the right plant-based milk has never been easier, with more and more options popping up in local supermarkets, but sometimes nothing beats making your own dairy-free milk at home. Creating your own plant-based milk ensures that the ingredients will be pure and free from preservatives, and it allows you to get creative with your flavor combinations.
You can make the most delicious homemade milk in just minutes, and there are even recipes that are allergen-friendly for those with soy, nut, or wheat allergies. Below is a list of common ingredients used in plant-based milks with recipes from this Food Monster App that will taste just as good as or better than any store-bought variety!
Creamsicle Cashew Milk/One Green Planet
Raw, soaked cashews make for the creamiest plant-based milk out there, and now you can make your own at home with just a few simple ingredients and a blender! By drinking just one glass of homemade cashew milk, you are receiving 15% of your daily value of vitamin K, an essential nutrient for maintaining strong bones. Preparing cashew milk at home will also insure that you aren’t consuming added oils or thickeners, such as xanthan gum or guar gum, found commonly in store bought nut milks. If you are looking to save money on cashews, be sure to check out the bulk bins at your local supermarket! Nuts are often cheaper when purchased in bulk, and you’ll cut down on your plastic consumption by bringing a reusable jar or container.
For a basic, yet delicious cashew milk recipe, try this Homemade Cashew Milk. If you are looking to spice it up, try this dreamy Creamsicle Cashew Milk, pictured above, or this Vanilla Nut Coffee Creamer to compliment any caffeinated beverage.
Simple Vanilla Oat Milk/One Green Planet
Oat-based milks are the perfect alternative for those suffering from a nut or soy allergy and they are super rich in calcium! Rolled oats are also less expensive than nuts, and you’ll end up saving a lot of money by making your own oat milk at home rather than purchasing the store-bought variety. In order to achieve an extra smooth plant-based milk using oats, be sure to strain your blended mixture with a nut bag, so that no clumps remain!
For a deliciously sweet oat milk to pour over your cereal try this Simple Vanilla Oat Milk, pictured above.
Sesame Seed Milk/One Green Planet
Seed-based milks are another great alternative for allergy sufferers as they are nut, soy, and gluten-free! Seeds are also a great source of fiber, omega-3 fats, and protein, and there are a ton of variations (hemp, sesame, sunflower, you name it).
Raw Cacao Milk/One Green Planet
Almond-based milks seem to be a universal favorite. Not only is almond milk wonderful in savory and sweet recipes due to its mild flavor, but it is also loaded with nutrients such as vitamin E, potassium, and magnesium! When making almond milk at home, it is recommended to use a nut-bag to keep almond pulp out of the finished product, but don’t let that pulp go to waste! Almond pulp can be lightly dehydrated or baked to make almond flour, or can be added to these Pulp “Not Fiction” Muffins!
If you are just starting out and looking for a basic almond milk recipe try this, Homemade Almond Milk. For the health enthusiasts with a sweet tooth, this Raw Cacao Milk, pictured above, tastes exactly like a chocolate truffle, but is filled with vitamins and antioxidants!
Homemade Soy Milk/One Green Planet
Soy Milk has been around for quite some time and is probably the most widely available plant-based milks on the market. The advantage of making soy milk at home, besides being delicious, comes largely from the okara, or soybean pulp, that is produced during the process. Okara can be used as an egg substitute or thrown into baked goods, but it’s also great at mimicking the flakiness of fish, especially in these Okara “Crab” Cakes! Miyoko Schinner raves about okara in her cookbook, The Homemade Vegan Pantry.
Unsweetened Coconut Milk/One Green Planet
Coconut milk is naturally sweet and creamy, plus it contains nutrients that are known to have antiviral, immune-boosting properties. Making coconut milk at home requires only two ingredients, water and shredded coconut, and comes together quicker than it takes to go to the store and buy a carton of coconut milk. You will also be able to monitor the sugar content of your milk by making it yourself!
If you are looking for a comprehensive guide to making homemade coconut milk, look no further than this Unsweetened Coconut Milk recipe, pictured above. It makes this Sunshine Turmeric Latte extra satisfying.
8. Gourmet Nuts
Hazelnut Fig Milk/One Green Planet
Another benefit of making your own plant-based milk, is that it allows you to come up with intriguing combinations that aren’t readily available at supermarkets.
Get creative and delight over some of this gourmet nut-based milk recipes like this Hazelnut Fig Milk, pictured above, Maple Pecan Milk, and this vibrant, nutrient-dense Turmeric Peppercorn Wellness Milk.
To learn more about plant-based milk like How to Pick the Right Dairy-Free, Plant-Based Milk, we recommend downloading this Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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