Nut Milk!

Nobody can argue Tillamook Birthday Cake Ice cream is absolutely delicious! I’ve had the privilege of tasting fresh-from-the-cow-milk, and to my disappointment, it didn’t exactly taste like birthday cake. I began to wonder how they create the flavors in ice creams, non-dairy creamers, and mint chocolate chip lattes. What I found was that not much of it was natural. There are an astounding amount of additives, chemicals, and dyes used to create our favorite flavors. I also found that 90% of adults have a varying degree of lactose intolerance which causes negative gastrointestinal effects (Read more on lactose intolerance here).

Because of my own reactions to dairy, I stopped consuming it 2 years ago. It was so difficult at first! What do you put in your coffee or on cereal? What could replace the mid afternoon snack of cheese and crackers or an occasional fudgesicle dipped in Kozy Shack pudding (SO delicious!)? I found the answers after reading many raw vegan blogs and taking several trips to the health food store.

I could write about all of my favorite dairy alternatives, which include fermented ricotta almond cheese and raw salted caramel bars rolled in peanut pieces (think Pay Day), but today I want to focus on the all important side-kick to my caffeine addiction… MILK! 


Recipes!

I have chosen my top three favorite milk alternatives to taste test and share with my family, which are Almond Milk, Golden Hemp Seed Milk, and Slightly sweet, oh so chocolatey Cashew Chocolate Milk.

Almond Milk

Need: Glass jar, Blender, Mixing Bowl, and Nut Milk Bag

1 cup raw almond (soak for 2-8 hours or overnight- strain before mixing)

4 cups water- This makes a 1% milk. If you like fat free milk go with more water. Whole milk, less water.

*2 tsp Vanilla or 1 tbsp Cinnamon

*Optional

Using a blender, blend almonds, optional ingredients, and water for 2 minutes.

Put your nut milk bag or cheesecloth over a mixing bowl. Pour contents of blender into the bag/cloth. Gently squeeze bag until remaining almond pulp feels firm.

Boom! You have a chemical/ additive free Almond Milk. This will last 4-7 days if refrigerated.

The pulp can be saved to make Almond Pulp Cookies, which are heavenly.

Golden Hemp Seed Milk

Need: Glass jar, Blender

½ cup raw hemp seeds

4 cups water- This makes a 1% milk. If you like fat free milk go with more water. Whole milk, less water.

*2 tsp Turmeric or Cinnamon (This is the ‘Golden’ part)

*Optional

Using a blender, blend hemp seeds, optional ingredients, and water for 2 minutes.

Pour into a glass jar.

This is so easy, no need for a nut milk bag or super powerful blender! You have a chemical/ additive free Hemp Seed Milk. This will last 4-7 days if refrigerated.

Chocolate Cashew Milk

Need: Glass jar, Blender

1 cup raw cashews (soak for 2-8 hours or overnight- strain before mixing)

4 cups water- This makes a 1% milk. If you like fat free milk go with more water. Whole milk, less water.

*2 Dates (soaked with cashews)

*1 tbsp raw cacao powder

*Optional

Using a blender, blend cashews, optional ingredients, and water for 2 minutes.

Pour into a glass jar.

This is a creamy delicious treat! You have a chemical/ additive free Chocolate Cashew Milk. This will last 4-7 days if refrigerated.


Taste Test!

To ensure my information is accurate, I found two willing taste testers (thank you mother-in-law and auntie-in-law). These ladies will be giving their true and honest opinion about each ‘milk’. Their comments are as follows:

Almond Milk:

‘I like almond milk better than I like milk- milk!’ ‘Could you add cinnamon or vanilla?’ Answer- Yes!

Hemp Milk:

‘I like almond milk better than the hemp seed milk’ ‘The turmeric tastes too much like curry’ ‘Not my favorite’

Chocolate Cashew Milk:

‘Creamy!’ ‘I like cashew and almond best’ ‘I can’t choose which wins, but I like the 1st and 3rd the best’

New Milk Created (Drum roll please…..): Because they liked the cashew and almond milk best, they began mixing the two and created their own milk alternative, Moose Milk! Deliciouso!


Whatever the milk you like, whether it’s cashew, coconut, hemp, or pumpkin (all of which are possible), feeling good and being kind to your body is what’s important. Try one, and if you don’t like it, change it, but enjoy the process and find pleasure in trying something new.

Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enjoy your new coffee companion!

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Caitlin Renz

I create healthy recipes, share natural self-care tips, provide mindfulness practices, offer private and group yoga classes, and health and wellness coaching to my amazing community of wellness seekers. I hope you'll join me on this journey to wellness by subscribing below!

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