Barb Hodgens
Barb Hodgens

Barb Hodgens loves to cook with alternative, healthy whole food ingredients, with a focus on gut health. Barb has overcome her own gut health issues through healthy eating. Share your ideas, comments and photos at the end of this post :)

homemade almond milk

Raw, creamy and delicious!

Making nut milk sounds tricky but in fact it’s incredibly simple. Our recipe is paleo-friendly and vegan, and if you follow our blending method the nuts remain raw so that you end up with a plant-based milk teeming with live enzymatic goodness. With the Luvele Vibe blender in your kitchen, the hands-on time is about 10 minutes; even less with practice. Scroll down for the how-to video.

WHY MAKE YOUR OWN?

If you’ve sampled homemade nut milk, you’re sure to agree that nothing compares! Commercial almond milk might be convenient but nutritionally it just doesn’t stack up – it’s basically bereft of nutrients, and often contains additives and preservatives. Our homemade nut milk recipe puts you in control of the finished product – the freshness of the nuts, the texture, and the sweetness. We even give you three exciting flavour variations to try when you feel at ease with the process.

WHICH NUTS ARE BEST?

Nut milk can be made from any nut you fancy. Experiment. I tend to stick to almonds because they are readily available, are incredibly nutritious, affordable to buy organic and a rich source of prebiotic. Food for your good gut bacteria, that is. But, first up, always use raw nuts. Organic and raw is even better. The toasted variety may be tastier, but the heating process destroys some of the nutrients as well as their prebiotic potential. I also vouch for skin on rather than blanched. Basically, nuts with zero processing and zero pesticides are best. If you can find locally grown nuts, even better!

ACTIVATE NUTS

I know this may seem a pain but soaking and activating raw nuts is absolutely essential. Nuts are amazing but can be hard on your gut if they are not prepared properly. There are several reasons why activating nuts for nut milk is necessary. Straight up, nuts are full of natural chemicals (enzyme inhibitors) that are impossible for human stomachs to break down and can cause digestive stress in sensitive tummies. Soaking nuts in water with a little bit of salt is a simple way to ensure nuts are more digestible.

Once the enzyme inhibitors have been broken down and washed away our body can then actually absorb the nut’s abundant nutrients. You might imagine that all those toxins don’t actually taste that great. And you’re right; activated nuts produce a yummier tasting milk. And finally, if you need any more persuading, the last activation pay-off is that soaked nuts soften and blend quicker to produce a rich, creamy milk.

TO SIEVE OR NOT TO SIEVE

Running the nut milk through a cloth bag is not essential. Leaving the skin fibre and pulp in nut milk will result in a wickedly hearty, prebiotic pumped, nut cream that contains the nutrient spectrum of the whole nut. Really it is up to your own textural preference. Pulp left in the milk will be grainy and chewy. Pulp free, will be smooth and creamy. If you plan to only use nut milk in smoothies – leave it in and a feed your gut microbes all that nut fibre! 

If you want to sieve, a cloth nut bag makes the process a cinch. A square piece of muslin cloth does the same job, but the process can get rather messy. 

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