Non-Dairy Milks Made Easily in a Vitamix Blender

Boost your nutrient intake with homemade milk alternatives made using Vitamix.

Whether you suffer from a dairy intolerance, are concerned about additives in shop bought products or have simply run out of milk for your morning coffee, homemade milk alternatives are a fantastic substitute to the traditional dairy kind. It’s possible to make from scratch a fresh almond, cashew, coconut, oat, rice or soy milk in moments with a blender from the Vitamix range.

Vitamix nutritionist, Anne Thacker, offers five facts about alternative milks...

  1. Homemade non-dairy milk may contain more calories, but they also contain protein, fibre and monounsaturated fats that are brilliant for heart health
  2. Non-dairy milks make a great base for frozen desserts, soups or sauces. Use homemade almond milk in place of the yoghurt in the Vitamix Strawberry Freeze recipe; it produces a very satisfying and firm textured frozen dessert
  3. Because they are made fresh and have no preservatives, homemade alternative milks will last just a few days in the refrigerator
  4. If you wish to sweeten your non-dairy milk, simply blend with a little natural sweetener such as honey, agave or vanilla extract
  5. Blending homemade milk alternatives give you the opportunity to adjust the flavour and consistency of the final product through using a greater or less ratio of solid to liquid. Remember non-dairy milks sold in cartons deliver very few health benefits, being heavily processed and often containing added thickeners, sugars and other additives to give them a creamy consistency

Try blending these delicious milk alternatives at home:

Coconut Milk

  • Yield: 360ml
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

  • 480 ml water
  • 75 g shredded coconut

Directions

  • Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid
  • Select Variable 1
  • Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High
  • Blend for 3 minutes or until desired consistency is reached. Chill or serve immediately

Strain through a fine mesh sieve or filtration bag for a smoother drink.


Almond or Cashew Milk

  • Yield: 840 ml
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Difficulty: Intermediate

Ingredients

  • 720 ml water
  • 140 g raw almonds (soaked overnight), or cashews
  • Sugar or sweetener, to taste (optional)

Directions

  • Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  • Select Variable 1.
  • Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  • Blend for 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
  • Store in refrigerator. Shake well before using.

If you desire to strain away any possible sediment, place a fine mesh sieve or filtration bag over a large bowl. Pour almond milk slowly into sieve and allow to filter through, or stir the milk in the sieve with a spatula to encourage it to pass through more rapidly. Do not strain if using cashews. *Note: Almond Milk is high in fibre only if it's not strained.


Soy Milk

  • Yield: 840 ml
  • Total Time: 26 minutes

Ingredients

  • 200 g dried soy beans
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 840 ml water

Directions

  • Clean whole soy beans and soak for 4-8 hours. Steam for about 15 minutes.
  • Drain soy beans and let cool.
  • Place cooked beans, sugar and water into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  • Select Variable 1.
  • Turn machine on and slowly increase to Variable 10, then to High.
  • Blend for 11⁄2 minutes until smooth.

If you wish to obtain the flavour of a shop bought soy milk, strain through a filtration bag. Then flavour the soy milk with 1⁄2 teaspoon table salt and 1⁄2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or sweeten to taste with your favourite sweetener. Store extra soaked and steamed beans in the refrigerator for a few days or freeze in their cooking liquid for longer storage.


Rice Milk

  • Yield: 480 ml
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

  • 480 ml water
  • 100 g cooked brown rice, cooled
  • Sweetener, to taste

Directions

  • Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  • Select Variable 1.
  • Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  • Blend for 2-3 minutes or until desired consistency is reached. Store in refrigerator. Shake well before using.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract if desired.

 

All Vitamix high-performance blenders come with a seven-year guarantee and are available from John Lewis, Fenwicks, Harrods, Selfridges, Lakeland and on www.vitamix.co.uk. The new Vitamix S30, the latest innovation in personal blending will be available to buy from June. For more information on Vitamix® visit our website.

 

For further information, samples and images please contact Sally, Fran or Laura at Publicasity: vitamix@publicasity.co.uk or 020 3757 6831

 

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Vita-Mix® Corporation (“Vitamix”) is a privately held family-owned and -operated company founded in 1921 that manufactures high-performance blending equipment for home and commercial use. The company’s commercial customer list reads like a “Who’s Who” of major restaurant chains, and gourmet chefs say their Vitamix machines are as important to them as their knives. A recognized leader in marketing and product innovation, Vitamix founder William G. “Papa” Barnard created one of the first infomercials in 1949 to demonstrate how the Vitamix blender could help people improve their health with whole foods, and the company developed the first true commercial blender in the early 1990s, which ignited the smoothie movement. Vitamix, whose products are known worldwide for their performance, durability, and reliability, continues to win awards for product innovation and is a recipient of the president’s prestigious “E” Award for Exports. Headquartered in Olmsted Township, Ohio, 19 miles from Cleveland, Vitamix products are manufactured in Northeast Ohio and sold in approximately 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.vitamix.co.uk.