How is Nut Milk Made?

It seems like everybody is making Plant Milks nowadays. With so many to choose from, it can be hard to figure out where to start. Whether you’re interested in trying plant-based for your health or to help the planet, you’ll want to pick a nut milk made with only the simplest ingredients and free from any junk additives. 

Many people even take their first step into trying nut milk by making it themselves. Now, you can do this – and we'll tell you how – but you might be missing out on some of the amazing nutrients you can get from nuts in the process.

With Elmhurst® 1925’s plant-based milks, you can enjoy wholesome and delicious nut milks made with ingredients you’d find in your own kitchen. We’re able to use more of the protein, vitamins and healthy fats from the nuts.

But before we talk about us, let’s look at how you might go about making your own nut milk.

What is nut milk exactly?

Nut milks are simply non-dairy alternatives to traditional milk made by soaking nuts in water and blending until smooth, then straining.

While it really is that simple, many brands load up on hard-to-digest oils, gums and emulsifiers that mimic the creaminess of dairy instead of using more nuts. You don’t want all that junk, especially if you’re making the simple switch to plant-based to improve your health! 

So how could I make it?

You can make nut milk at home by following the steps below:

  1. First, buy raw nuts –  choose your favorite from the grocery store, making sure they're raw nuts vs roasted and as fresh as possible.
  2. Soak the nuts overnight –  cover a cup of nuts with around an inch of water and leave to soak overnight in the fridge.
  3. Drain the nuts and rinse them in cold water.
  4. Put the nuts in a blender and add two cups of water.
  5. Pulse the blender to break up the nuts, then blend for three to four minutes.
  6. Strain out the nut meal/pulp, leaving you with your creamy nut milk. Remember to squeeze and press so you get every last drop of milk!
  7. Add sweeteners if you wish, but we’d suggest just enjoying the refreshing taste of your “naked” nut milk.

Store your nut milk in the fridge and use as needed– it should last up to four days.


Elmhurst plant-based milks mean you don’t need to do all this

Making your own nut milk is a lot of work. And when you strain out the nut meal, you waste most of the nutritious good stuff. Sure, you could leave it in– but all that pulp wouldn’t be much fun to drink.  

With Elmhurst, you can enjoy nourishing and deliciously creamy plant milks made with the same simple ingredients you’d use yourself - you’ll never look at the label and need to Google the name of some obscure additive! Our unique HydroRelease™ method allows us to pack more nuts in every carton, so every sip is truly creamy and nutritious. 

Plus you can order online as you need, save money by setting up a subscription and check out our store locator to see where you can find us in your neighborhood– getting the world’s simplest Plant Milks has never been easier!


A little about our unique process

Our HydroRelease™ method allows us to craft more wholesome Plant Milks than you can make at home or get from other brands. So many nut milks are mostly water with just a few nuts and little nutrition. If you’re switching to plant-based, you’ll want one that really delivers the natural nutritional goodness of the nuts themselves. 

HydroRelease™ uses just water to separate the nutritional components of whole raw nuts– or grains, if we’re talking about Oat Milk. This way we’re able to maintain more of their proteins, vitamins and healthy fats, as well as their rich flavors without having to add unnecessary ingredients. 

With the HydroRelease™ method complete, we mix everything back together into deliciously creamy Plant Milks. The best part? There’s no need for the added oils, gums, emulsifiers or other junk ingredients many brands use. 

What does this all mean for you? You get an indulgent and nutritious nut milk made with just two ingredients. Nuts and water– it’s that simple. 


What can I use my Elmhurst milk for?

Because HydroRelease™ makes our Plant Milks smooth and creamy without adding gums or oils, you can use your favorite Elmhurst plant milks for pretty much anything you’d use dairy milk for.

Enjoy a refreshing glass, pour over cereal, or add to coffee, smoothies, baking, soups and sauces– Elmhurst milks are tasty and versatile enough to do whatever you need!


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