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How To Make Non-Dairy Milk at Home

22 July 2020
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Searching for a dairy-alternative for your coffee or breakfast cereal? You’ve come to the right place. Using only natural ingredients, you can now indulge in these non-dairy milk guilt-free.

If you are wondering which milk alternatives are suited for your coffee or food allergies, here’s a comprehensive guide to get you started.

Oat Milk

a measuring spoon placed atop steel cut oats
Oats make a mildly creamy yet lightly flavoured dairy alternative for your coffee. Photo from Melissa Di Rocco.

Oat milk is an ideal alternative for those who have dairy and nut allergies as it is made from only oats and water.

If you are conscious about your sugar intake, this recipe is perfect as it uses Medjool dates – a healthier alternative to highly processed sugar and honey.

What you need:

  • 1 cup of steel-cut oats
  • 4 cups of cold water (ensure that it is ice-cold to prevent the milk from getting slimy)
  • 1-2 pitted Medjool dates, depending on preferred sweetness
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions (serves 8):

  1. Soak the steel-cut oats in water for 30 minutes then drain and rinse with water.
  2. Add all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend for 25 seconds.
  3. Pour the mixture into a tightly-weaved cheesecloth, gently squeezing it to strain the oat milk.
  4. Transfer into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Pro tip: Refrain from blending for more than 30 seconds as it will cause a warmer and slimy texture.

Soy Milk

soybeans scattered across a grey table mat
Most of us are familiar with soy milk as it is readily available in most supermarkets and cafes. Photo from Jing.

Unlike oat milk, soy milk boasts a rich, velvety flavour that is likeable to cow’s milk. As a result, most baristas use soy milk as a dairy alternative as it enhances the flavours of coffee.

Find out how different types of milk can change the taste of coffee.

We recommend using organic soybeans which are grown naturally without artificial fertilisers and herbicides. Moreover, they are higher in protein; a nutrient essential for strong and healthy bones.

What you need:

  • 4 cups of organic soybeans
  • 4 litres of water

Instructions (serves 8):

  1. Soak the beans in water overnight, or at least 12 hours. Ensure the beans are submerged in 5cm of water.
  2. Drain the beans and remove its outer layer.
  3. Add beans and 3 litres of water into a blender. Blend until mixture is smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture into a tightly-weaved cheesecloth, squeezing it to strain the mixture.
  5. Add mixture and 1 litre of water into a pot. Stir and remove foam while bringing the mixture to a boil.
  6. Continue to stir occasionally over medium heat for another 20 minutes.
  7. Transfer to cool in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Almond Milk

a bowl of almond milk with almonds scattered around the bowl
Almond milk has a strong, nutty flavour which might overpower the taste of your coffee. Photo from Couleur.

Homemade almond milk is a healthier and cheaper alternative than store-bought ones. Although it is low in calories and is a favourite amongst nut-lovers, its flavour might overpower the taste notes of coffee.

Nonetheless, if done right, almond milk can complement light-flavoured coffee such as the Arabica and Liberica.

What you need:

  • 2 cups of raw almonds
  • 8 cups of water
  • 2-4 pitted Medjool dates, depending on preferred sweetness
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions (serves 8):

  1. Soak the almonds in water and a pinch of salt for at least 12 hours.
  2. Drain the nuts and rinse with water.
  3. Add nuts, water, and Medjool dates into a blender for 2-3 minutes until smooth and creamy.
  4. Pour the mixture into a tightly-weaved cheesecloth, squeezing it to strain the almond milk.
  5. Transfer into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Pro Tip: To prevent spillage, blend the mixture in batches as it expands while blending.

Coconut Milk

Dalgona coffee with fresh coconut milk and white chocolate
The full-bodied richness of coconut milk adds an interesting dimension to coffee beverages. Photo from Tijana Drndarski.

If we had to use two words to describe this homemade coconut milk, it would be “fresh” and “fragrant”. This recipe requires some hard work because coconut flesh needs to be extracted from fresh coconuts – but it’s worth it.

What you need:

  • 4 fresh coconuts, medium-sized
  • 4 cups of water

Instructions (serves 8):

  1. Halve the coconuts and save the coconut water for blending.
  2. Remove the flesh using a flat serving spoon.
  3. Add the coconut flesh, coconut water, and water to a blender. Blend for 5 to 10 minutes until smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture into a tightly-weaved cheesecloth, squeezing it until the shredded coconut is completely dry.
  5. Transfer into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Pro Tip: Use coconut milk for your homemade Dalgona coffee to give it a flavour burst. Find out how to make Dalgona coffee and other fancy coffee beverages here.

Cashew Milk

Cashew nuts are not only a healthy mid-day snack but also a healthier alternative to dairy. Photo from ReadyElements.

Cashew milk remains an uncommon option at supermarkets and cafes but is an ideal dairy-alternative especially for coffee. It has a thicker consistency similar to coconut milk but its subtle flavours enhance a cup of coffee like no other.

Moreover, if you are sugar-conscious but prefer sweeter-tasting milk, cashew milk is a great choice as it has a naturally sweet finish.

What you need:

  • 1.5 cups of raw, unsalted cashew nuts
  • 6 cups of water
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions (serves 8):

  1. Soak the cashew nuts in cold water overnight.
  2. Drain the nuts and rinse with water.
  3. Add the nuts, water, and salt into a blender. Blend on low speed to break up the nuts.
  4. Gradually increase to high speed and blend for 1-2 minutes until mixture is smooth and has no nut chunks.
  5. Pour the mixture into a tightly-weaved cheesecloth, squeezing it to strain the almond milk.
  6. Transfer into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Always shake or stir well before serving.

Now that you have learnt how to make non-dairy milk, find out how to froth them at home for your favourite hot beverages.