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DIY Nut Milks

15 April

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In the name of “Real Food Hardcore-ness”, one of my clients, Kate* makes everything from scratch. Everything! She came in to see me for gut-healing guidance last month looking worn out. Not well. And desperately wanting to take charge of her failing health.

Together we dug through the work ahead to heal her gut. After the initial excitement about having a concrete protocol to follow she broke down and asked, through tears “But how am I going to add all of this to my life? I already live in the kitchen!“And then she described all of the things she makes for her family on a daily basis {from granola to bread to yogurt to pickles to nut milks to tortillas to…}.

I shared with her my personal mantra when the Real Food anxiety sneaks in: Do what you can when you can. And let the rest go… 

When I suggested that letting go of a few things a look of sheer panic took over her face. “But it’s healthier made from scratch! But its cheaper to make it! My husband likes it better homemade! But this is the way you are supposed to do it! But isn’t this what you do?!”

The quest for Real Food perfection was actually making her sick.

After a powerful coaching session that really became about self-care, Kate admitted that this was a critical piece missing from her health puzzle. Staying busy, especially in the kitchen, kept her from thinking, from connecting with herself, from getting quiet. The pace she had chosen for her life was holding her back from healing.

She identified self-care as an area that, if nurtured, could help her experience serious healing without even changing her food {quality sleep! stress management! 1 yoga class per week! sunshine!}. She took some time to collect herself and finally said some magical words:

“I’m ready to take care of myself by just choosing to make the foods that will be most nourishing and beneficial for me. And also keep the ones that I really enjoy making.”

Brilliant! Especially her suggestion to keep in the fun ones. Because joy in the kitchen is key to not wanting to throw a frying pan at the wall {been there!} Together, we celebrated her commitment. And then we made her list.

Bread? Buy it! Water Kefir? Make it! Sauerkraut? Buy it! Nut Milks? Make it!

I could see her face opening up, her breath relaxing her shoulders. She had permission to let go. To just do what needed to be done in that season, and say “Ok family, I know you like the homemade granola better, but for the next few months you are getting it from the bulk bins.. I need space to make healing foods for my body, and time to pour back into me!”

Kate and I both agreed on one homemade food that was a yes: Nut Milks.

They are super easy to make, taste awesome, and deliver that priceless “I didn’t buy this, I made it! And it has no weird semi-toxic ingredients in it” Real Food feeling.

All you need? A good blender, a way to strain the milks if you are making the coconut or almond {hemp doesn’t need straining!}, a mason jar, and some quality ingredients. Liz and I are sharing our tried-and-true, make-them-every-week recipes below!

Oh, & PS: I should say that even though I make coconut milk for myself, I buy Rice Milk for my son. Because the one time I made him rice milk and insisted he drink it, my dear sweet child sobbed and told me it tasted like “dead kitty cat” then begged me never to make him drink it again.

That, my friends, is a reason to buy something. At least in my world. No dead kitty cat tears! It’s not worth my sanity.


Hemp Milk

Ingredients:

¼ – 1/3 cup hemp hearts (hulled hemp seeds)
4 cups water
2 dates
a pinch of salt
1 – 2 tsp maple syrup (optional for a sweeter milk)

Directions:

  1. Combine hemp hearts, water, dates & salt (+ maple syrup, if using) in blender.
  2. Blend on high for 1 minute.
  3. Store hemp milk in a lidded jar in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Coconut Milk

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
2 – 3 cups water (less for a thicker milk, more for a thinner one)
2 dates
a pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Combine coconut, water, dates & salt in a blender.
  2. Blend on high for 1 – 2 minutes.
  3. Pour milk through a nut milk bag, fine mesh sieve, or doubled cheesecloth.
  4. Store coconut milk in a lidded jar in the refrigerator for up to a week.

 Almond Milk

Ingredients:

½ cup raw almonds (which will be 1 cup after soaking)
2 ½ cups water
a pinch of salt
¼ tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place almonds in a medium bowl, fill bowl with water so there’s double the amount of water to almonds, and let stand, covered over night.
  2. Drain soaked almonds from water, and discard soaking water.
  3. Combine soaked almonds, 2 ½ cups water, salt & vanilla (if using) in blender.
  4. Blend on high for 1 – 2 minutes.
  5. Pour milk through a nut milk bag, fine mesh sieve, or doubled cheesecloth.
  6. Store almond milk in a lidded jar in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  7. The strained almond meal can be dehydrated (in a dehydrator or on your oven’s lowest setting), and used for baking and sprinkling.

 

*Definitely not her real name!

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Ryanna Battiste, Integrative Health Coach

Ryanna is a coach, accomplished speaker, and recipe developer with extensive experience helping women cultivate a mindset of self-love so they may heal and thrive while developing new habits in the kitchen.

10 Responses to “DIY Nut Milks”

  1. Katelyn April 15, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

    Oh I so loved this! I tend to swing from contentment in my kitchen with what I’m making and buying to freaking out and feeling like I need to be doing more. It is so good to pause, consider the stage of like you are in, what is doable and find the right balance for you and your family and live in the freedom to not do it all! Thank you for this reminder!

    • Ryanna Battiste April 16, 2015 at 2:27 am #

      I’m so glad this was a useful reminder for you, Katelyn! It’s that “pause” part you mentioned this is so key. It’s not until we stop and look at what is actually happening and then think about what we want to happen that we can make a behavioral change we can feel awesome about. Keep up the amazing work doing what you are doing. 🙂

  2. Emily Kraft April 15, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

    You had me in tears with the “dead kitty cat” comment! However on a serious note, I appreciate this beautiful post so much. So often with the mission of doing good for others and our bodies, we lose our whole selves. When we interview new employees at my place of work, my question to them is always, “How do you practice self-care: mentally, emotionally, and physically to be the best YOU that you can be – as a whole?” Without a balance, other areas of life suffer. This blog gave a very clear-cut look at how to prioritize our food lives – a very significant chunk of time we spend planning, preparing, and socially enjoying. With proper education (label reading, knowing our bodies, and understanding ingredients – go GRUB!), there is no shame in buying whole foods! It seems like common sense, but sometimes, we all need a friendly reminder. Thank you so much!

    • Ryanna Battiste April 16, 2015 at 2:30 am #

      That’s amazing Emily, I love that that line of questioning is included in your interviews! How can someone give to others when they have no idea how to give to themselves? Keep up your awesome work, and thank you for leaving a comment!

  3. Latisha April 15, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

    Great post! Self care is so important but typically not prioritized.

  4. Katrin April 15, 2015 at 11:55 pm #

    I love you gals :). awesome post!! I too was laughing pretty hard about the dead kitty cat story haha!! I’m making the coconut milk as we speak….let’s have a taste….YUM! Thanks for reminding us to not be too hard on ourselves! Keep on grubbin’!

    • Ryanna Battiste April 16, 2015 at 2:32 am #

      Thanks Katrin! So glad to “see” you here. 🙂 We are thrilled you liked the coconut milk, its a winner blended with coffee into a latte, or mixed with some spices and black tea as a chai! Sending our best…

  5. Heather July 5, 2016 at 11:16 pm #

    Just made the coconut milk. Blended a little longer in the Vitamix and opted not to strain it. It’s much thicker like the canned version I like. Thanks Ry:)

    • Excellent feedback Heather! I agree about it being yummy and thick that way, but for some reason the pulpiness, even ground up, makes my throat tickle. I’m glad it works for you! Maybe no nut bag is even required?! 🙂

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