Culinary Inspiration

Walnut milk can be used in so many ways, in everything from your morning oats and smoothies, to your afternoon latte to your after-dinner night-cap and so much more! These days, you can find walnut milk in many local stores throughout the country. But if your local grocery doesn’t carry it, don’t despair, we can show you how to make it. Although not as simple as buying it, walnut milk can easily be made at home in a few simple steps.

What’s more is walnut milk has a smooth and velvety finish that is unparalleled, in part due to walnuts’ nutritional profile. Did you know walnuts are the only nut with an excellent source of omega-3 ALA (2.5g/oz)? As a result, they are known as THE omega-3 ALA nut. Add this to the list of reasons why you need this homemade walnut milk in your life!

Tips for Making Walnut Milk

When making your walnut milk, here are a few simple tips to keep in mind:

Soak your walnuts first.

  • Strain out the pulp.
  • Shake before each use.
  • Store in your fridge for up to five days.

Keep reading to learn just how simple and versatile this recipe is – the prep time is just 10 minutes!

Step 1: Soak

The first thing you need to do is soak your walnuts (one cup) for at least an hour, but it’s better if you let them soak overnight. Just place your walnuts in a container, cover them with water and let them soak in the fridge. You may notice that the water can turn brown—this is unique to walnuts and totally normal! After they’ve been sufficiently soaked, toss that water out and give them a good rinse.

Why is this step important?

There are really two reasons. Soaking the walnuts softens them, making them easier to blend. But, perhaps even more importantly, it also helps release their tannins, leaving a softer, buttery nut taste. Worth the extra prep time!

Step 2: Blend

Combine your soaked, rinsed and drained walnuts with three fresh cups of water; one tablespoon of honey, agave nectar or maple syrup; one teaspoon of vanilla extract; and a pinch of kosher salt. Blend on low for at least two minutes until your concoction is very smooth.

Step 3: Strain

After you’ve blended the milk, you may want to strain the pulp. You can certainly use muslin or cheesecloth (or even a coffee filter in a pinch) but consider investing in a “nut bag.” The ones made with nylon are the easiest to clean, but they also are made from cotton or hemp.

Step 4: Enjoy!

Your homemade California walnut milk is super yummy because you made it with just a few simple ingredients. Since this is natural nut milk, it can separate once it settles in the fridge. No need to worry though—just shake it before pouring, and it will be smooth, creamy and delectable.

This recipe will give you about four servings that will keep in the fridge for up to five days. On the fourth day, start soaking more walnuts for your next batch. Hack: You can also freeze some in an ice cube tray to last longer!

Fun Ways to Use Your Fresh Walnut Milk

Now that you’ve made your own walnut milk, experiment! You will love this nutty flavor in your coffee, tea or hot chocolate, but there are many more ways to enjoy it. If you want to start out simple, this Salted Honey & Walnut Milk Latte has caramel notes that are surprising and delightful. It’s warm, rich and satisfying.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, try out this Lavender-Infused Walnut Milk. The taste of lavender is uplifting. This recipe in particular presents an elegant, mild taste with notes of honey and vanilla. And the lavender flowers make for a fine garnish that is pleasing both to the eye and the tongue. Lavender’s natural sweetness is also complemented by mint, citrus and rosemary.

For a sweet treat, try a Walnut, Fig & Date Milkshake. Your family will love this unique combination of nature’s candy, Medjool dates, blended with your homemade California walnut milk, fresh fig bits and crunchy walnuts — and vanilla ice cream!

When it’s time for an adults-only beverage, this nutty cocktail will become a favorite. The California Walnut ‘Milk Mustache’ – made with walnut milk, vodka, walnut orgeat and honey syrup – is the perfect nightcap.

But walnut milk isn’t only for special drinks! Use it for a satisfying breakfast dish too. This Walnut Milk Porridge with Raspberries and Blackberries will come together in just 15 minutes. Hearty oats combine with fresh berries for a burst of flavor and a pop of color. Drizzle honey and add chopped walnuts on top for a pick-me-up full of flavor and texture.

There are so many other drinks, puddings, cakes, power bowls and even soups you can concoct with California walnut milk. It’s the perfect ingredient you can have fresh on hand at all times. And best of all, it’s simple to make! So grab some California walnuts and let your imagination run wild.

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