Move over Almond Milk....this is the new milk. Not only do walnuts make a wonderful nut milk, they are a far more sustainable nut than almonds. In my opinion walnuts make the best tasting nut milk. Walnuts are also more budget friendly than most other nuts. I figure it works out to less than 2 dollars a litre(per 4 cups) to make this milk. A few months ago we had a 10 year old friend stay the night and as usual I had forgotten to get kid friendly beverages. I always remember to make kid friendly food but somehow I always forget to stock drinks. So it meant an 8 pm store run to get him some chocolate milk. I was craving some too so I made a big batch of this milk the next morning. I won't admit how much I drank in one sitting....it was oh sooo good. For those who think nut milk takes a lot of time to make, this only takes about 10 minutes to make. You just need a high powered blender and a quality nut milk bag( Ellies nut milk bag)Just be sure to soak your nuts in water overnight or for at least 6 hours to prepare to make your milk. This recipe is both for plain walnut milk and for chocolate walnut milk so two recipes in one! I use plain walnut milk in my cereal/porridge and smoothies and even in the occasional caffeine free latté. Pictured is a decaffeinated mocaccino made with both chocolate walnut milk and frothed walnut milk.
Drain and rinse the soaked walnuts and add them to a high powdered blender along with the dates, salt, vanilla and water. Whir for at least 2-3 minutes. If you are using a Bledtec brand blender, press the "whole juice" function.
Once you have a smooth mixture, take a wide glass container and pour the milk into a nut milk bag which you've placed inside the container. Twist the top of the nut milk bag so milk doesn't squirt out while you are squeezing it. Use a gentle knead and squeeze method to extract your nut milk. Once you have squeezed out the milk, return it to your blender and add the maple syrup, sea salt and cocoa powder. Pulse briefly to combine. The pulp the is left over in your nut milk bag can be either composted or used to make raw treats.
Pour into glass jars and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Shake well before enjoying!
Serving Size 3/4 cup