Latte The Ultimate Homemade: Hemp, cashew and oat milk recipes

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The vegetable milk revolution is upon us. Once it was a matter of cow’s milk and soy, but the options are now -it seems- more than we can fathom. From introducing new and unexpected players to the game, like hemp, to crafting blends to achieve better flavor and consistency, the market for vegetable milk has never been so well-stocked. Today your choices for Lattes is almost limitless!

 For coffee lovers, this is good news and bad news: On one hand, you have a wide array of choices that’ll enrich your experience, being able to taste new flavors and probably finding a new favorite companion for your morning espresso. On the other hand, however, it also means that you’ll probably struggle at first to find a vegetable milk that actually works for you.

Why you should try making your own vegetable milk

Vegetable milk is fundamentally different from cow’s milk; It will not behave similarly when exposed to heat as milk does. You will find it difficult to find one that’s creamy enough, foamy enough, and thick enough. Though there are some blends that are specific for making lattes, these tend to be way too expensive.

But what if we took matters into our own hands? Making it ourselves, we can have complete control over the flavor, thickness, and consistency of the milk. We can make milk just how we like it, save money, and have fun in the process.

In this article, we’ll teach you how to make three different types of vegetable milk; You’ll need a nut milk bag for all of them. These are much like a cheesecloth; They are made of cotton and are quite durable. If you don’t have a nut milk bag at hand, you can also use a piece of clothing that’s made of cotton and can take being stretched quite a bit.

 

Homemade Hemp Milk

 

Hemp milk is, without a doubt, the healthier alternative. Hemp seeds are in fact a superfood and boast of being one of the most complete protein sources of the vegetable world, far superior to soy and other vegan-favoured foods. 

Additionally, hemp seeds provide a significant amount of iron, along with many other vitamins and minerals; It is also an important source of Omega 3.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup hemp seeds, hulled
  • 3 cups water
  • Sweetener to taste
  • A pinch of low-sodium salt or pink salt

How to make:

1. In a blender, combine seeds, water, salt and sweetener.Blend for one or two minutes, depending on the strength of your blender.

2. Using a spoon, perform a taste test.

3. Add more sweetener if needed.

4. Transfer to a nut bag and strain until there's no more liquid in the bag.

 Cashew Milk

 

Unlike hemp seeds, cashews do not enjoy such a good reputation among nutritionists and experts. These nuts, for all their vitamin and mineral content, do have a downside: they are a bit high in saturated fats.

 However, baristas all over are more than happy to overlook that small detail. Why? Because cashew milk has amazing texture, makes a rich foam and is incredibly tasty. Arguably one of the best milks for preparing espresso-based drinks.

 Ingredients:

  •  2 cups cashews
  • 3 cups water

 How to make:

1. In a bowl, soak the cashews in very hot water for at least 4 hours. You can also soak them overnight.

2. Once they are inflated and soft, drain and transfer to the blender.

3. Add 3 cups of water and blend for one minute.

4. Strain using a nut bag.

Oat milk

 

 

Oat milk has a great flavor and texture that has helped it’s rise to popularity in recent times. However, this type of milk is very tricky to make at home; It is worth it, however, since store bought varieties are usually loaded with added oils that aren't precisely good for us.

Don't get down if it takes you a while to get this recipe right. Oats are much more difficult to handle than seeds or nuts.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 cups water
  • A pinch of salt
  • Sweetener to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

How to make:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in the blender and start blending immediately.
  2. After 45 seconds, stop blending.
  3. Let sit for 15 seconds.
  4. Blend again for five seconds.
  5. Strain using a nut bag, and serve.

Note: soaking oats or letting them rest in the blender will turn the milk slimy, which is usually undesirable. Try to go from one step to the other without delay until serving.

With any of these milks, you're sure to take your latte to the next level. The key is to keep making homemade milk until you really get the hang of it; practice makes perfect. Try one of our premium coffee grinds for your next latte!

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