I do think it’s fantastic that the world is beginning to connect the dots, recognizing that not everyone wants to drink dairy and responding with new non-dairy milks popping up on supermarket shelves left, right and centre. But unfortunately most of these boxed milks aren’t all that fantastic nutritionally-speaking.
Did you know that most store-bought almond milk contains less than 2% almonds? And of course there are usually a bunch of added ingredients – including sugar, gums, preservatives and things I don’t even recognize. All fine and dandy for a convenience product every now and again but not really something I want to be consuming day in day out.
Making your own non-dairy milk at home means you can control what goes in it and it tastes far far better too.
There is one drawback to making your own and that’s that it goes bad very quickly – lasting for only about 48 hours.
That’s why The Milk Maker from Hopps & Woolf is a real game changer. This nifty piece of equipment makes non-dairy milk that lasts up to 5 days (mine’s actually still been fine after 7 days)! Along with blending the nuts and water, it gently heats and pasteurises the resulting milk which is what means it keeps better than my usual homemade nut milk. It tastes just as good too.
At first I was slightly concerned that heating the milk would make it less nutritious but reasoned that if the Milk Maker is going to make it easier for me to always have fresh nut milk in my fridge and not have to resort to the bought stuff with all the unnecessary added ingredients, then I’m not too worried about any damage a little heat is doing. I’ve been using my Milk Maker for a month now and haven’t bought a single carton in that time.
The Milk Maker is refreshingly easy to use too. You just add your soaked nuts/seeds to the machine with fresh water, hit the “milk function” button and let it do its thing for 20 minutes. After the time is up, you strain your milk through the sieve provided or a nut milk bag, and voilà! Fresh nut milk to bottle up and keep handy for drinking on its own, pouring over cereal, making smoothies, using in baking and cooking, and however else you like to use it.
You can use any nuts or seeds in the Milk Maker or even soy beans, brown rice or oats for other non-dairy milk options. If you’re curious, have a watch of this video the boys behind the company have put together to show the Milk Maker in action!
Hopps & Woolf have kindly allowed me one Milk Maker to give away! Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post to be in with a chance. (UK ONLY)
It’s getting chillier now so I haven’t been making many smoothies lately but I got the urge to the other day and and came up with this Cinnamon & Coffee Bean Smoothie.
I’m not a big coffee drinker, and I used to only like it when combined with chocolate (!) as in my Healthy Mocha Hazelnut Shake, but I have been warming to it more recently and a sweet creamy cinnamon & coffee smoothie was sounding really good. I don’t have any instant coffee at home and didn’t want to brew a pot only to use a small amount, then it occurred to me that I could throw whole coffee beans into my blender! It worked a treat and my blender blitzed them up completely. I’m sure my homemade almond milk made it all the more delicious too.
- 2 C Almond milk (preferably homemade)
- 1 Tbsp Chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp Lucuma (optional)
- 5-10 Whole coffee beans
- 1/2 Frozen banana (optional)*
- 1 Medjool Date, pitted
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of vanilla powder
- Blend together all ingredients in a high-powered blender. Serve immediately.
* If omitting the frozen banana, add a small handful of ice to chill the smoothie. You may also want to add an extra date or your favourite sweetener to boost the sweetness a touch.
For more info about the Hopps & Woolf Milk Maker, visit their website.
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[Disclosure: Hopps & Woolf kindly sent me one of their Milk-Makers for review purposes, but I received no other compensation and, as always, all opinions are my own]