Silky nut milks are a great alternative to dairy milks and are surprisingly easy to to make. Nut milks are increasingly popular due to their nutritional benefits and refreshing flavor. Try them in cereal, in tea or coffee, or a smoothie.
1 cup Walnut Halves, rinsed
1 Tbsp. Honey
1 tsp.Vanilla extract
pinch of Salt
Place walnuts in a medium bowl or jar, and fill with enough water to cover by 1 inch. Cover and set aside. Soak at room temperature at least 1 hour or up to 12 hours for easy blending.
Drain walnuts; rinse thoroughly. In a blender, combine walnuts, 3 cups of water, honey, vanilla and salt; blend on low until very smooth, at least 2 minutes.
For a smoother milk, strain through a cheesecloth.
Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Walnut Date Smoothie: In a blender, combine 1 cup of walnut milk + 1 cup of plain yogurt + 1 cup of pitted medjool dates + a splash of vanilla extract + a pinch of cinnamon and blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Add 1 cup of ice and blend until ice is crushed. Serves 1.