DIY Non-Dairy Milk Recipes

We don’t eat any dairy products at our house (a subject for another day), and we don’t often buy packaged soy, rice, or nut milk, so when I found out about this post with 6 different non-dairy milks that you can make at home, I thought it was worth sharing. I’ve not made these specific recipes, but we have experimented with some similar ones (especially cashew and sunflower seed milk), so I’m looking forward to trying these.

From GoFrugalBlog:

Lactose intolerance is more than just inconvenient and occasionally painful: It’s also expensive. Milk alternatives are pricey and some don’t really taste all that good. The best way to get around this problem is to make your own substitute.

The following milk alternatives must be refrigerated and tend to last from three to seven days. Fortunately, you can whip up another batch of most in less than 10 minutes.

Almond, Cashew or Sunflower Seed Milk

While almond is the most common nut used for this milk, you can substitute cashews or sunflower seeds. Of course, the more water you use the less flavor. The standard balance is one-part almonds to four-parts water.


  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) blanched almonds, cashews or sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 to 4 ice cubes


  1. Soak or blanch brown-skinned nuts.
  2. Rinse to bring out the strongest flavor.
  3. Blend ice, almonds and honey on medium until smooth.
  4. Slowly add water until mix is of a milky consistency.
  5. Strain through muslin or cheese cloth.
  6. Squeeze until no liquid remains.
  7. Store in refrigerator for up to three days.

Read the rest of the post: 6 DIY Milks for Dairy Alternative Month

Derek Markham

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2 thoughts on “DIY Non-Dairy Milk Recipes

  • June 11, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Wow, that doesn’t seem to hard. Never would have thought of sunflower seed milk…I know almond butter is good, but never tried almond milk.

  • December 3, 2010 at 4:50 am

    On reading this post I thought I’d share some information with you that perhaps you, and no doubt other vegetarians, health foodists and non-dairy eating persons may not be aware regarding soy.

    And no this is not the typical response you might expect, telling you it’s bad for your health and bashing vegetarians (I have no problem with vegetarians), even though Soy in large quantities is bad for your health and especially so for children.

    No, what I want to tell you is that in this day and age, where the environment is of extreme concern, that today, in 2010, Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of soy globally.

    This should be of grave concern to every person who cares for the environment, themselves and their fellow man and nature, when they purchase a product that contains some form of soy in its ingredients list (it is impossible nowadays to find products that don’t contain soy).

    In an insidious fashion, the large food corporations have turned soy and its many by-products into the next “high fructose corn syrup” of the day.

    All I’m saying is “be aware”.

    You can read about deforestation in the Amazon (those forests are the lungs of our planet) by simply typing in the key-words “amazon deforestation soy”.

    Thanks for listening!


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