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Complete Guide to Homemade Nut and Seed Milk

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There’s nothing quite as rewarding as the first time you make your own nut milk. Then you realise how super easy it is and you’ll never go back to shop bought. Especially as so many have thickeners or sweeteners that aren’t keto friendly.

I love it plain and unsweetened but feel free to experiment with other flavours too like cinnamon, adding nut butter or even Keto Nutella, it’s delicious. And it’s the perfect alternative to dairy for those who follow a dairy-free ketogenic diet or even vegan ketogenic diet.

Whether you are lactose intolerant or you are avoiding dairy for any other reason, this is the staple keto recipe for you. And it’s the perfect alternative to dairy for those who follow a dairy-free keto diet or even vegan ketogenic diet.

This creamy vegan keto nut milk goes really well with Martina’s Keto Cinnamon Toast Cereal, Anti-Inflammatory Keto Porridge or Low-Carb Chocolate Orange Spiced Granola. You can even use nut milk to make dairy-free ice-creams like this Keto Bounty Ice-Cream.

You can also substitute the almonds for any nuts or seeds you like, just make sure you check the soaking guide below for the correct times.

Soaking time for nuts and seeds

  • almonds and hazelnuts: 8 to 12 hours
  • hulled sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and pine nuts: 6 to 8 hours
  • pecans, walnuts and Brazil nuts: 4 to 6 hours
  • cashews, macadamia nuts and pistachios: 2 to 3 hours
  • flax seeds: 1 hour
  • poppy seeds and hulled hemp seeds: no soaking required
  • chia seeds: not suitable for soaking and making seed milk
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Optional extras (choose any from the list below)

  • 1/2 vanilla powder or seeds from 1 fresh vanilla pod
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp nut butter, seed butter or coconut butter (you can make your own)
  • 1 tsp fine lemon zest or orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric or matcha powder
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp – 1 tbsp powdered Swerve or Erythritol or a few drops of stevia, or other low-carb sweetener from this list

Note: Nutrition facts are per 1 cup of almond milk, not including optional ingredients. Values for other types of nut and seed milk will be very similar.

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Serving size 1 cup, almond milk

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✔  Gluten free
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✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free
Pescatarian
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Nutritional values (per serving, 1 cup, almond milk)

Net carbs1 grams
Protein1.2 grams
Fat2.9 grams
Calories34 kcal

Calories from carbs 11%, protein 14%, fat 75%

Total carbs1.7 gramsFiber0.7 gramsSugars0.2 gramsSaturated fat0.2 gramsSodium168 mg(7% RDA)Magnesium29 mg(7% RDA)Potassium366 mg(18% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 cups)

Basic ingredients:
  • 1 cup nuts or seeds such as almonds (either blanched or unblanched) (145 g/ 5.1 oz) or substitute with any nuts or seeds from the list above
  • 4 cups cold filtered water (4 cups/ about 1 L), plus more for soaking
  • pinch pink Himalayan or sea salt

Instructions

  1. Soak the nuts (or seeds) in filtered water using the minimum soaking times specified above, or leave overnight.
  2. When ready, drain the nuts and rinse in cold filtered water.
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  3. Transfer to a high speed blender, add 4 cups of fresh filtered water and blitz until smooth.
  4. Transfer to a muslin cloth or a nut milk bag and squeeze out the nut milk into a large bowl or jug. Note: you can keep the nut pulp and add to a smoothie or keto cake batter.
    Complete Guide to Homemade Nut and Seed Milk
  5. Transfer the milk back to the blender and blitz salt and vanilla (or any other suggested options). If using turmeric powder, also add a pinch of black pepper (significantly improves absorption of turmeric). Complete Guide to Homemade Nut and Seed Milk
  6. Serve fresh or pour into an airtight glass bottle and refrigerate. With fresh nut milk, the water and nut milk may separate in the fridge, just give it a shake before serving and you’re good to go.
    Complete Guide to Homemade Nut and Seed Milk
    Store in a fridge in an airtight glass bottle for 2-3 days, or pour into an ice tray and freeze for up to 3 months.
    Complete Guide to Homemade Nut and Seed Milk

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Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 1 cup, almond milk)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Almonds - for making almond milk
1 g1.2 g2.9 g34 kcal
Water, still
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving, 1 cup, almond milk
1 g1.2 g2.9 g34 kcal

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Comments (17)

I just did my first batch of almond milk following your instructions and I am incredibly pleased. It was super easy to make it and it tastes delicious!
I bought a nut milk bag 200 microns and used my vitamix after soaking blanched almonds overnight it and it came out perfect. I made crackers with the leftover pulp. A huge win win!

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Thank you so much for sharing, glad you loved it!

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Do you have the nutritional value for all of the different milks? Thanks!

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Hi Mary, I don't have the nutritional values (I don't think anyone does, at least not exact values, just estimates) but the difference between the nut milks is negligible (very low carbs, protein, fat and calories). You can use nutrition facts for almond milk.

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Hello!  Thanks for your post!  I was wondering how much Calcium would be in a serving size of the Almond milk?

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Thank you Paige! I'm not sure - I only found calcium values for almonds (264 mg per 100 g) and I think most products will have just estimated values.

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Is there a reason why Soya Milk is rarely referenced within Keto / Low Carb recipes?  It’s very low carb so I’m assuming there’s another reason for this.  

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Hi Gillian, soy products are not recommended for health reasons. Products like soy milk and tofu are heavily processed and high in estrogens. The only exception that is recommended is fermented soy products.

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What I want to know is where to get those milk bottles!
They look so perfect!
PS macadamia nut milk is the best. 💕

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I agree, macadamia milk is delicious! Regarding the bottles I'll leave this to Jo 😊

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They're from Ikea Pudgy, not expensive at all and i agree, so cute. Go grab yourself some. They come in all different sizes too. Thanks for all your support, Jo.

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Why do you soak all of the nuts first, even macadamias?

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There are practical reasons but most importantly soaked nuts are healthier. You can read more about activating nuts here: Activated Almonds with Rosemary & Paprika Salt

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Hello,
I have been taking tigernut milk - popularly called “aya” or “Ofio” here in Nigeria. I noticed that you didn’t include it, isn’t it Keto compliant? If it is, is it safe to soak it for a day or two before blending (cos that’s how long I soak it)?
Just wondering.

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That's a good point! Tigernuts are not nuts (they are a type of vegetable, more specifically a tuber) so I created a separate post here:
How To Make Tigernut Milk and Tigernut Flour (should be consumed with caution)
Also, here's a guide to make coconut milk: How To Make Coconut Milk and Coconut Flour

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