I never liked dairy products, except fruit yogurts. I remember thinking how they were essential to me, whether for their nutritional content or their flavor, and how weird I felt when I eliminated them from my daily diet. I spent one week searching for them, every time I opened the fridge. It was more an emotional attachment than a need or a wish, I guess. Somehow, I found some comfort in it. We may compare it to the energy that babies feel when their mothers breastfeed them. Eating dairy is probably the act of prolonging that maternal warmth throughout life.
I don’t know how it is to leave various dairy products behind, as I didn’t have that experience, but I understand how people may find it challenging, as we hear how addicted those “foods” can be.
So, here I am with another possible solution. Although it may be increasingly known, some of us never even tried to create a “milk” from a whole plant. It’s not that we can’t live without a white silky liquid, on the contrary, but it may really help bring light to the dark side of significant diet changes, especially in a transition to a vegan lifestyle.
Let’s not wait any longer! Here it goes, directly to you, several vegan milky forms.
2 handfuls of one (or more) of these:
- Seeds – Sesame Seeds | Sunflower Seeds | Pumpkin Seeds | Hemp Seeds | Almonds | Cashews | Buckwheat | Quinoa
- Nuts – Walnuts | Hazelnuts | Brasil Nuts | Pinenuts
500ml of pure water
a pinch of sea salt
Chia and flax seeds are great, but not for “milk”, as they create jelly textures. However, you may add some, if you wish.
Peanuts and pistachios may be quite toxic, so we don’t recommend them.
Be aware that we tolerate better the seeds, than the nuts.
In any case, don’t “overmilk” your body. This represents only a small portion of your varied diet.
Choose which ingredient you are going to use. If it is a seed, soak it for about 4-8 hours, if it is a nut, soak it for about 8-12 hours. You may mix more than one ingredient. Then, strain it (you may use a regular strainer or some clean cotton piece of fabric) and put it in a blender or food processor, with the water and the salt, and blend it well. After this, strain it again and your vegan “milk” is ready! Now, it’s time to become a real vegan chef and add your favorite flavors.
Here is a list of options, just to give you a quick push towards your creativity.
- Cacao powder
- Cinnamon powder
- Carob flour
- Lemon zest
- Orange zest
- Coconut pulp
- Leafy greens
- Wild Herbs
- Essential Oils (proper for consumption)
Choose your extra flavors and blend them well with your “milk”, till you get a smooth texture.
I leave you here some of our videos, where we share milkshake recipes. Have a look, get inspired and start now!