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.
- blender, ideally a high-powered blender like a VitaMix
- 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
- 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.
- I get my organic walnuts, vanilla powder, and dates from OrganicLives Enterprises. I also purchased my VitaMix Pro from OrgancLives.
- You can get quality nut milk bags from NatureProvides.
- I get my raw cacao powder and organic chocolate energy mix from OrganicLives.