Recipe

Skip The Queues By Creating Your Own Easy Milk Alternatives

By Grace Noles
nut milk oat milk and almond milk

Milk alternatives (sometimes called Mylk) have quickly become popularised by those following a non-dairy lifestyle, or omnivores who simply prefer the taste and consistency. Argued to be creamier and possibly better for your body in some instances, mylk is a great alternative to get behind – even if you're just wanting to swap out your regular cow's milk latte every now and then.

As queues at supermarkets still spill out the door and into the carpark, it's useful to get creative in your kitchen and whip up a batch of essential products yourself. Luckily, mylk is much easier to make than you may be thinking – Here are our easy go-to recipes for nut milk, oat milk, and rice milk!

Perfect to add to smoothies, cheese sauces, coffees, or to just drink on their own. Don't be scared to mix and match ingredients to get your desired blend – Did someone say Chocolate Almond Mylk...?

Mix and match your preferred alternative to create a unique blend

How To Make Your Own Nut Milk

Preparation Time: Overnight

Equipment needed:

A high-speed blender

A fine mesh bag (in a pinch you could use cotton fabric, tea-towel, an old pillowcase, or a coffee filter)

Jug/Glass bottle for storage

Ingredients:

1 cup of your chosen nuts (almond is most popular) to every 4 cups of very hot (but not boiling) water (increase the amount of nuts for a creamier consistency, decrease the amount of nuts for a more watery consistency)

Pinch of salt

Optional add-ins: Honey, Cinnamon, Vanilla Essence, Maple Syrup, Pitted Dates, Chocolate Powder

Getting started:

  1. Begin by placing your chosen nuts into a jug, pouring over the water and letting this sit overnight.
  2. Once adequately soaked, place the nuts, water, a pinch of salt, and any extras you're wanting to add into a blender and blend on high speed for 1-2 minutes until well combined.
  3. Place your mesh bag or mesh bag equivalent into a large bowl and pour the mixture through the mesh. Squeeze out any excess liquid from the pulp in the bag.
  4. Transfer the liquid into a glass bottle or jug and refrigerate. Ta-da!

How To Make Your Own Oat Milk

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Equipment needed:

A high-speed blender

A fine mesh bag (in a pinch you could use cotton fabric, tea-towel, an old pillowcase, or a coffee filter)

Jug/Glass bottle for storage

Ingredients:

1 cup of rolled oats to every 4 cups of warm water (increase the amount of oats for a creamier consistency, decrease the amount of oats for a more watery consistency)

Pinch of salt

Optional add-ins: Honey, Cinnamon, Vanilla Essence, Maple Syrup, Pitted Dates, Chocolate Powder

Getting started:

  1. Place your oats, chosen amount of water, pinch of salt, and any optional extras into a high speed blender and blend for 30-45 seconds.
  2. With your mesh bag (or alternative) in a large bowl, pour the mixture through the mesh to strain. Squeeze any excess liquid out of the bag. Repeat straining 1-2 times until you reach your desired consistency.
  3. Pour the milk into a glass bottle or jug and refrigerate. Shake well before use!

How To Make Your Own Rice Milk

Preparation Time: 2 hours

Equipment needed:

A high-speed blender

A fine mesh bag (in a pinch you could use cotton fabric, tea-towel, an old pillowcase, or a coffee filter)

Jug/Glass bottle for storage

Ingredients:

1 cup of uncooked long grain white rice to every 4 cups of very hot (but not boiling) water (increase the amount of rice for a creamier consistency, decrease the amount of rice for a more watery consistency)

Pinch of salt

Optional add-ins: Honey, Cinnamon, Vanilla Essence, Maple Syrup, Pitted Dates, Chocolate Powder

Getting started:

  1. Place your rice in your chosen amount of water and soak for 2 hours.
  2. In a blender, pour your soaked rice and water, a pinch of salt, and any extra add-ins and blend for 1 minute on high speed.
  3. With your mesh bag (or alternative) in a large bowl, pour the mixture through the mesh to strain. Squeeze any excess liquid out of the bag. Repeat straining 1-2 times until you reach your desired consistency.
  4. Pour into a glass bottle or jug and refrigerate. Shake well before use!
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