Making your own alternative milks at home is easy and really rewarding. It’s fantastic that there are lots of options for non-dairy milk in stores these days, and I do buy them, but I’m never thrilled with the long list of ingredients. Anything you can avoid buying processed and make at home instead is a win in my book.
My very favorite homemade milk is almond milk. It’s oh so thick, creamy and delicious. However sometimes I’m in need of a change up and crave different nutrients. Plus almonds can get expensive, especially when buying organic, and there are a rising number of nut allergies. Flax milk is a great alternative.
For this recipe I used golden flax seeds because they are thought to have a milder flavor, but brown would work just fine too. The dates and vanilla add sweetness to the recipe that I would not recommend skipping. When developing the recipe I started out with less dates and found they were much need to develop good flavor. Cinnamon is completely optional, the flax milk tastes great without it, but if you’re a big fan of cinnamon for its extra nutrients and flavor, go ahead and give it a try.
To your health and happiness!
Homemade Flax Milk
6 cups filtered water
¼ cup golden flax seeds
4 dates, pitted
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp. cinnamon (optional – if you like the flavor of cinnamon in your drinks)
You will also need:
Nut milk bag or cheese cloth
Add water and flax seeds to a high speed blender. Blend on high for 1 minute.
Strain flax milk through a nut milk bag into a bowl, or through a colander lined with cheesecloth folded over a couple of times. It is helpful to use tongs or your hands to squeeze and coax the flax milk through the bag. (*Tip – If the bag becomes overly clogged and is not straining, simply poor the remaining flax milk back into the blender, rinse nut milk bag off to essentially unclog it, and poor the remaining milk through the bag again.)
Rinse flax seed pieces out of the blender, and add the strained flax milk back into the blender along with the pitted dates, pure vanilla extract, and cinnamon if using.
Blend on high for 1 minute.
Skim layer of foam off the top of the flax milk.
Store in the refrigerator, and stir or shake before serving.
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