How To Make Plant Based Milk

Making your own plant based milks is one of the easiest and quickest ways to reduce waste and save money. Yes, you really can have it all. 

This recipe makes about 2 cups of milk but you can adjust the water to nut ratio based on your taste or increase or decrease the recipe based on your desired amount.

1 cups raw almonds, cashews or the nut of your choice (you can even get creative and use a variety of nuts) soaked overnight

1 cup of rolled oats
4 cups cold water, plus more for soaking


1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp maple syrup, honey or 1-2 soaked dates pinch of sea salt

32 Ounce Mason Jar
Blender of Food Processor

Nut Milk Bag


Soak (skip this part if making oat milk, oats do not need to soak)

Place nuts in a bowl and fill with water until the nuts are submerged under an inch of water. Soak for 8 hours or overnight. 

Once soaked drain and rinse, nuts will have swelled with water and will be a bit soft.


Place the soaked nuts or oats in your blender along with two cups of fresh, cold water and any optional add-ins. Blend on high for 2 minutes.

Place the nut milk bag in a 32 ounce jar, folding the top over the mouth of the jar. Pour the mixture into filter and let the liquid pass into the Jar.

To strain, twist the neck of the filter, wrap strap around twisted fabric, fit ring over twisted neck of filter, drop filter into the Jar.


Store the plant milk in an air-tight storage container and place in the fridge for up to 3 days. Note that homemade oat milk cannot be heated.

Don't Waste The Pulp!

There are so many great nut and oat pulp recipes. Here are a few ideas.

Make crackers
Make "cheese"
Make almond flour
Coat bread fish and meat

Make a body scrub
Add to muffins, breads and cookies
Make a pizza crust
Make an almond spread
Make power bites

Make granola or add it to a smoothie!

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Hanna Kohn

Hanna Kohn is the Operations Manager & Marketing Coordinator with Green Life Trading Co. where she has been educating and connecting individuals and small businesses with sustainable products and solutions since 2021. She holds a degree in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a Sustain Dane Master Recycler and Water Steward. When she's not at the shop, Hanna volunteers at WVMO 98.7 FM - Monona's Community Radio Station where she hosts Playhouse, a weekly broadcast of music including contemporary electronic, synth pop and jazz. Connect with Hanna via email: