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Organic Walnut Milk Recipe

My friend M. was asking about raw vegan walnut milk. I haven’t seen many people write about walnut milk. So I decided to experiment in the kitchen to answer my friend M.’s questions. Assuming that you’re using high quality raw organic walnuts1, it ends up that walnut milk is really quite nice. The recipe below is an adaptation of the recipe I use to make vanilla almond milk.

Special Equipment

  • blender, ideally a high-powered blender like a VitaMix

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup high-quality organic raw walnuts (soaked for 8-12 hours or overnight, then rinsed extremely well)
  • 1/4 cup dates
  • approx. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder (optional)
  • 2 1/2 cups water

Directions

  • Blend all the ingredients well in the blender.
  • Optionally, strain the milk to remove any walnut and date grit.

Now that I have a Vitamix in my raw vegan kitchen, I can safely double this recipe. Any milk that you don’t use immediately can probably keep in the fridge for a few days.

If you decide to strain the milk with a nut milk bag2, you can use the grit in a batch of raw vegan Better Than Brownies. The basic ingredients in that recipe are walnuts, dates, and vanilla powder afterall :)

If you want a less sweet walnut milk, use less dates (or none at all). After you’ve made the milk, you can also try mixing in some cacao powder or organic chocolate energy mix3, if you’re up for a chocolate kick.

After this experiment, I think I’ll make walnut milk more often. I’m guessing the reason I’ve seen less written about walnuts as a base for nut milks is that when walnuts go slightly rancid, you can really taste it, more so than other types of nuts. So for this recipe I think it’s vital to have really good quality organic walnuts like those grown in the Hunza valley or if you’re fortunate enough, from a organically raised walnut tree in your own back yard like M.’s brother. :) You also should make sure you soak & rinse the walnuts to help rid them of some of their natural bitterness.

QUESTION: Have you ever tried making walnut milk? Did you like the results? Why or why not? Please share your thoughts in the comments section of this post.

Notes
  1. I get my organic walnuts, vanilla powder, and dates from OrganicLives Enterprises. I also purchased my VitaMix Pro from OrgancLives.
  2. You can get quality nut milk bags from NatureProvides.
  3. I get my raw cacao powder and organic chocolate energy mix from OrganicLives.

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8 Comments

  1. Michelle says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I’ve been using commercial almond milk but I get headaches when eating too much almonds. Also I love that walnuts are good for omega 3s. So I’ll definitely be trying this instead!! Plus it should save me some money over buying commercial almond milk!

  2. Michelle says:

    P.S. I can’t eat dates because they are high estrogenic, maybe I’ll try sugar or raisins instead!

  3. Michelle says:

    I’ve been making this without any sweetener at all, it’s coming out great! I just soak the walnuts overnight, then blend with 4x the amount of water, then strain. It’s delicious!

  4. Matt d says:

    Can’t wait try this! ;-)

  5. dina says:

    i make walnut milk for my son who won’t eat meat he is three. i mix it with a little whole milk and he has no idea. i like it with cereal. it is very easy to make and you don’t need a high powered blender just let it run a little longer and make sure you strain it. i had vanilla and honey and it is wonderful,

  6. Marsha says:

    I was wondering, why all these almond milk and walnut milk recipes require organic? I cannot find it easily where I live and don’t have the funds to purchase it online. Can the regular unorganic walnuts and almonds be used if they are washed very well. I mean after all they have the shell on them I assume when they are being sprayed with pesticides. Is this not the same as a banana? Thank you in advance for any response.

  7. Hi, Marsha,

    The emphasis on organic is to reduce exposure to pesticides and herbicides. At the end of the day, you have to do the best you can with what you have at your disposal. Almost all recipes will taste better when you use the best ingredients you can get your hands on – in the case of the almond milk and walnut milk, my personal experience is that the organic almonds and walnuts are generally better overall in terms of taste. The result is better tasting almond and walnut milk.

    You may be interested in checking out EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. They have a list of produce one should definitely avoid if they are not organic and a list of foods that have very low detectable levels of pesticides on them – i.e., safer to eat if they are not organic.

    On a related note, other than personal exposure, another important reason people choose organic is that pesticides and herbicides are being sprayed into the environment. This will effect every living being and will also likely get back to you in any case. For example, pesticides that are still registered for use in many countries can be found in the high arctic – see: Arctic Pollution and Global Transport of Chemicals.

    Have a great day!

    Marcus

  8. Marsha says:

    Thank you for the link. It was very helpful. And thank you for your reply.

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