Nut Milk

There are many reasons for why people choose to not include cows milk as part of their diet. So folks are allergic or intolerant or have chosen the vegan lifestyle. Whatever the reason there is, thankfully a simple way to substitute cows milk for something that does suit your diet.

Nut milk

Nut milks are super simple to make. You just need a blender, a sieve and a piece of muslin or cheesecloth (or even a clean tea towel will work).

The great thing with making nut milk yourself is that you can mix it up and make something different each time. You can use nuts or seeds, or even a combination. You can stick with just almond or maybe try cashew + macadamia, or almond + sunflower seeds.

To see how easy it is to make nut milk head on over to You Tube to watch a video.

Ingredients - To make 1 litre of milk:

100g nuts (&/or seeds) (see Variations below)

1 litre cold water


Depending on the nut (or seeds) you are using you will need to soak them first (Soaking Info below).

Place the nuts (or seeds) into a blender. Add enough water to just cover the nuts and blades of the blender. Turn the blender onto high speed and blend for 2 minutes.

Place a sieve over a bowl and line it with a piece of muslin or cheesecloth. Pour the nut mixture into the cloth. Gather up the edges of the cloth and squeeze through all the liquid. Transfer the liquid into a 1 litre bottle and make up the volume to the full 1 litre. Pop on the lid and shake.

Keep the nut milk in the fridge, shake before using. It should last up to 1 week in the fridge.

Soaking Information

Soaking the nuts helps to soften the nuts for better blending. Different nuts need to soak for different times.

  • Almonds: at least 8 hours
  • Brazil nuts: 1 – 2 hours
  • Cashews: 3 hours
  • Coconut: no soaking required
  • Hazelnuts: 3 hours
  • Macadamia: 1 – 2 hours
  • Pecan: at least 6 hours
  • Pistachio: 1 – 2 hours
  • Walnuts: at least 8 hours
  • Pumpkin seeds: at least 6 hours
  • Sunflower seeds: at least 4 hours

Rinse the nuts a couple of times during their soaking time. Don’t use the soaking water to make the milk, drain the nuts first, rinse and then use fresh water.


  • Use one or more nut at a time, or even combine a nut and a seed. Just make sure you soak accordingly.
  • Save the nut grinding to use in baking; freeze or dry in the oven.
  • This is a 10% nut milk, you can use more or less nuts depending on preferred taste, milk thickness and volume.