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How to Make Homemade Nut Milk (Plus 3 Healthy Smoothie Recipes)

If the idea of homemade nut milk conjures up Pinterest-fail fears or makes you cringe at the thought of giving up an entire weekend day to slave away in the kitchen, this video is about to blow your mind. Sarah Ashley Schiear, the founder of Salt House Market, an e-commerce and lifestyle site that curates all things for your kitchen and home (with some yummy recipes and entertaining ideas in the mix, too), shows you how to make homemade nut milk without having to soak the nuts or use a strainer.

It's made possible through the magic of a powerful high-speed blender, which you should totally invest in for more than just nut milk purposes, BTW. (Prime example: These must-try blender recipes that aren't just smoothies.)

First, you'll want to learn the tricks of the trade and whip up the basic nut milk recipe made with almonds and cashews (which is actually anything but "basic"). You can reserve some of the plain nut milk for all your baking, blending, and cooking needs—Schiear says it should last roughly four to five days in the fridge. (Discover these dairy-free nut milk recipes for every diet and taste.)

Then, you'll want to get creative and use all that lovely homemade nut milk for delicious smoothies. Schiear shows you how to make three of her favorites: Strawberry-Goji, Blueberry-Lavender, and Mango-Turmeric. Test them all, find your favorite, and enjoy the fruits of your minimal labor.

Almond-Cashew Milk

Ingredients
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup raw cashews
5 medjool dates, pitted
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender, and blend until smooth. Add more water as needed, and blend for a more liquid consistency.

3 Healthy Nut Milk Smoothie Recipes

Take your pick from the three yummy flavors below. Just add the ingredients to a blender, blend, and sip!

Strawberry-Goji Nut Milk Smoothie
3/4 cup almond-cashew milk
1/4 cup water
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 medjool dates, pitted
1 tablespoon goji berries

Blueberry-Lavender Nut Milk Smoothie
3/4 cup almond-cashew milk
1/4 cup water
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 teaspoon culinary lavender

Mango-Turmeric Nut Milk Smoothie
3/4 cup almond-cashew milk
1/4 cup water
1 cup frozen mango
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

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