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How to Make Homemade Raw Nut Milk | Homemade nut milks are nutritious and delicious! And easy. If you use a high-powered blender like the Vita-Mix, straining is virtually unnecessary (but you can still do it) because it grinds the nuts to such a fine consistency. You can also make raw nut milks in a blender. The following tutorial explains those two methods, plus how to use a soy milk maker. | GNOWFGLINS.com

Raw Hazelnut Milk

In each of these methods, adjust the amount of water or sweetener to make the nut milk with the consistency and sweetness you desire. Each makes 6 cups.
Course Beverage
Servings 6 cups
Author Wardee Harmon

Ingredients

Soaking Stage

  • 1 cup raw hazelnut
  • 2 cups pure water for soaking

Method Stage

Instructions

Soaking Stage

  1. Soak the hazelnuts in 2 cups of filtered water overnight, up to 24 hours (or longer if the temperature is not too warm).
  2. They do not need to be skinned.
  3. After the soaking time, drain and rinse the hazelnuts.
  4. Proceed with your chosen processing method below.

Method 1 -- Using Vita-Mix or BlendTec

  1. Put 6 cups of fresh water, the nuts, and desired sweetener in the Vita-Mix wet container (or BlendTec).

  2. Put on the two-piece lid and make sure it is tightly closed.
  3. Turn on the Vita-Mix to low, increase variable speed to 10, and then switch to HIGH. Blend on HIGH for 2-1/2 minutes, until milk is smooth.
  4. The milk will be quite foamy on top.
  5. Let the milk sit for about 5 minutes for the foam to settle down.
  6. Pour contents of wet container into a storage container, such as a 1/2 gallon mason jar.
  7. To omit the 5 minute resting, pour the milk back and forth between the wet container and the storage container repeatedly to let the air out of the foam.
  8. If a grind-free milk is desired, pour contents of wet container through a fine mesh filter into the storage container.
  9. Store milk in refrigerator.
  10. For a thick and smooth milk, shake well before serving to reincorporate the fine grinds that settle at the bottom of the storage container.
  11. For a thinner milk without any fine grinds, do not shake the milk before serving.

Method 2 -- Using Soy Milk Maker

  1. Place drained nuts in the filter cup of the soy milk maker and attach it to the motor base.
  2. Fill the pitcher with the filtered water.
  3. Put the motor base on the pitcher and plug it in.
  4. Do not use the automatic cycle of the soy milk maker.
  5. Follow the manual to set the machine to a grind only cycle, not a heat cycle.
  6. For the SoyaJoy soy milk maker, press "Motor" five times and then press "Start" once.
  7. Note: Press "Motor" firmly until you hear a beep, then press again firmly until you hear a beep, and so on. Do not press "Motor" more than five times, or your machine may overheat during the grind cycle.
  8. Pour contents of pitcher through the fine mesh filter into a storage container, such as a 1/2 gallon mason jar.
  9. If sweetening, pour 2 cups of the milk into a blender container and add desired sweetener.
  10. Blend well and add back to storage container.
  11. Mix well.
  12. Store milk in refrigerator.

Method 3 -- Using Blender

  1. Place nuts and 6 cups of fresh water into blender container.
  2. Blend on high speed until smooth.
  3. Pour contents of blender container through the fine mesh filter into a storage container, such as a 1/2 gallon mason jar.
  4. If sweetening, pour 2 cups of the milk into the blender container and add desired sweetener.
  5. Blend well and add back to storage container.
  6. Mix well.
  7. Store milk in refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

Get video demonstrations and even more information about homemade nut milks (plus homemade coconut milk) in our online class, Allergy-Free Cooking.