We’re not a milk-drinking household. So what do we drink? Put in our coffee? Drown our cereal with?

All kinds of plant milk! Almond and coconut milk top the list, with cashew, hemp, sunflower seed and oat milk not far behind.

A little bit about different types of plant milk:

A Guide to Dairy Free Milk

4 Alternatives to Milk

homemade-almond-milk

At any given time there are at least 3 different kinds of milk in our fridge. This is a pretty typical week: almond, coconut, and hemp.

milk alternatives

It seems a little absurd, but I like them all and I use them all throughout the week. Recently I’ve started making my own milks in order to keep unnecessary additives out of the toddler’s diet. Homemade almond milk might be my favorite. It sounds like a lot of work, but it really really isn’t, I promise.

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I by no means am the first person to make homemade nut milk, but here are 2 pretty typical combos I do each week:

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Homemade Almond Milk

almond milk recipe

by with a Side of Sneakers

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almonds + water for soaking
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medjool date {optional}
  • cinnamon + vanilla {optional}

Instructions

Place almonds in a bowl and cover with water. Let soak overnight. {I like to toss the date in to soak as well.}

After soaking, drain and rinse almonds.

Combine almonds, date, & water in blender and mix on high until completely blended. I use a high powered blender on the “whole juice” setting.

Pour mixture into a nut milk bag or cheese cloth-lined strainer. Squeeze liquid into glass jar or container.

Here is a great step-by-step visual tutorial for making homemade almond milk, plus a great recipe.

Homemade Hemp Milk

by with a Side of Sneakers

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medjool date {optional}

Instructions

Add hemp seeds and water to blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.

Straining is optional- I usually skip it, but for an extra creamy version, strain through cheesecloth or nut milk bag.

recipe for homemade almond milk

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Even though I promise making these alternative milks is a piece of cake, some of my favorite brands of plant-based milk are Whole Foods 365, So Delicious, Diamond Breeze, and Silk.

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Have you tried making your own plant-based milk before? Do you have a favorite recipe?