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I remember the first time I tried almond milk. It was in my low-fat, whole grain days and I was all about the next “healthy” food to hit the shelves. The almond milk was store bought and I was less than impressed. I was surprised that I didn't care for it. At the time, my sense of sweet was not nearly as sensitive as it is now (a by-product of eating clean, real food!), but I found it overly sweet with a weird after-taste. I didn't give non-diary milk a second thought until making the switch to Paleo several years later.
When I first made the transition, I switched from store-bought skim milk to raw milk and cream purchased from my local farmer. Let's just say that first sip of raw milk was heavenly! Finally, I was giving my body some good, healthy fats. As my diet continued to evolve over the next few years, I found that too much raw dairy wasn't a good fit for me health-wise. I still enjoy it in smaller quantities, but now I incorporate non-dairy milks as well.
Knowing the dangers of highly processed foods, I walked up to the wall of non-dairy milks at Whole Foods and looked for what I would consider a “clean” version. Nada, zilch, zero, nothing. Every bottle I looked at had preservatives, flavorings, or way too much sugar.
Here is the ingredient list of a popular brand of almond milk: Almond Milk (Filtered Water, Almonds), Cane Sugar, Sea Salt, Locust Bean Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Gellan Gum.
No, thank you.
So I headed into the kitchen to experiment. I started with almond milk and have never looked back! Making your own non-dairy milks is really easy. You only need a few kitchen tools:
- A high-powered blender (I love my Blendtec)
- Some cheesecloth or a nut milk bag (ALWAYS look for unbleached, organic cotton or hemp to avoid pesticides and/or GMOs)
- Glass Jar(s) (I store my non-dairy milks in quart mason jars)
Are you inspired to try making your own non-dairy milks? I hope so! Let's check out some easy and delicious recipes to get you started.
- Homemade Almond Milk (with a bonus recipe for almond meal) – This is so good…
- How to Make Almond Milk – The Organic Kitchen
- Homemade Almond Milk – A Rising Spoon
- Homemade Almond Milk – Natural Fit Foodie
- Brazil Almond Nut Milk – Natural Fit Foodie
- How to Make Hazelnut Milk – This is so good…
- How to Make Tigernut Milk – Delicious Obsessions
- DIY Coconut Milk – Raising Generation Nourished
- Easy Homemade Coconut Milk – Raia's Recipes
- How to Make Coconut Milk from Dried Coconut – A Girl Worth Saving
- How to Make Coconut Milk with Unsweetened Shredded Coconut – A Rising Spoon
- Homemade Coconut Milk – Small Footprint Family
- Oat Milk – Life Currents
Flavored Non-Dairy Milk
- Homemade Dairy-free Strawberry Milk – Raia's Recipes
- Strawberry Milk (dairy-free) – A Girl Worth Saving
- Vanilla Almond Milk – This is so good…
- Vanilla Cashew Milk – Life Currents
- Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate – Simply Healthy Home
Non-Dairy Coffee Creamer
- How to Make Hazelnut Vanilla Coffee Creamer – This is so good…
- How to Make Homemade Almond Milk Coffee Creamer – A Rising Spoon
- Dairy-free Coffee Macadamia Nut Coffee Creamer – Natural Fit Foodie
- How to Make Non-Dairy Buttermilk – Au Naturale Nutrition