This Easy Homemade Walnut Milk Recipe will show you how to make walnut milk. Paleo, vegan and so simple! Made in under 5 minutes with three pantry staples.
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This Easy Homemade Walnut Milk is ridiculously smooth, creamy and delicious… and so much better than anything you’re going to find at the store!
Walnut milk actually isn’t that easy to find in stores. I’m not sure why, but it hasn’t exactly caught up with its almond milk and pecan milk counterparts, which are now pretty easy to find thanks to brands like The New Barn and Malk (those are the only ones I’ll buy!).
I love that there are awesome options like these brands for when I need something quick, but 99% of the time, I’d rather make my own nut milk!
If you have a blender and a few pantry staples, you’re well on your way to having nondairy milk that is so much better than those gum filled ‘milks’ at the store. (You will also need a nut milk bag or cheese cloth).
Ingredients for walnut milk:
To make walnut milk you’ll need:
You can find substitutions for all of these ingredients below in the green shaded substitutions box.
How to Make Walnut Milk
- Soak walnuts for 8 hours.
- Strain and rinse walnuts. Add to blender with water and cinnamon and blend walnuts on high for 1 minute
- Strain through a nut milk bag
- Place in a glass jar + store in the fridge!
Now, I actually prefer this easy homemade walnut milk in my coffee versus anything from the store or milk from any other type of nut.
It’s creamy, smooth, and has almost no taste. I personally feel as if walnuts have a very earthy taste, but I think they lose most of that when you soak them!
The best part about this walnut milk is that it is paleo, vegan, Whole30, and completely dairy free!
Which means people that many people with dietary restrictions will be able to enjoy this!
Substitutions for this homemade nut milk recipe
Spices- You can omit the cinnamon or add ginger if you’d like a less flavorful walnut milk
Sweetener-You can sweeten walnut milk with maple syrup or a date, but it will not be Whole30 if you add maple syrup. Dates are compliant on Whole30, but we wouldn’t recommend adding too many and making this a ‘sweet’ drink as it’s not really in the spirit of Whole30.
Vanilla- You can add in 1/2 a vanilla bean or unsweetened vanilla bean powder to get more vanilla flavor in the walnut milk
Nut Milk Bag – If you don’t have a nut milk bag, you can strain through a cheese cloth.
How to store walnut milk
Storing: It’s best to store your own walnut milk in an airtight glass jar. The walnut milk will last 4-5 days in the refrigerator. (remember there are no preservatives!)
Walnut milk may separate, but just shake it to combine it again. If you’ve wondered if your walnut milk has gone bad, simply smell it – you should be able to quickly tell!
Homemade Walnut Milk FAQ
Homemade walnut milk will last 4-5 days in the refrigerator. (remember there are no preservatives!) It can separate so just make sure you shake it up!
Homemade nut milk is much better than store bought milk because it isn’t loaded with gums and other stabilizers.
They are both healthy homemade nut milk options. Walnut milk does have a higher fat content than almond milk which can help keep you full longer.
It can be higher in calories and fat than other milks, but it is still a healthy milk option.
Tips for Homemade Walnut Milk
- Make sure to really blend it! You don’t want to under-blend it and then have it be too chunky. It should be relatively smooth when you pour it out of the blender. I really love my Vitamix blender. It’s awesome!
- Make sure to store it in an airtight container! I keep mine in a big mason jar.
- Shake before using/drinking. The milk can separate (which looks pretty gross) so just make sure to shake it to combine it back together.
Easy Walnut Milk
- There are two options for making this recipe. if you’re in a hurry- boil the walnuts for 10 minutes to soften them, otherwise soak them over night for at least 8 hours.
- Strain/ rinse soaked (or boiled) walnuts. Place strained walnuts in blender, add filtered water + cinnamon and blend on high for 1 minute until smooth.
- Strain through nut milk bag (there should be minimal pulp with walnuts) + store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
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