DIY Oat and Hemp Milk

Jan, 29, 2020

I read an article today in the Guardian about milk  and it’s carbon foot print. Of course cow’s milk have a huge impact on the planet and almond milk is not a good option either. I was happy to read that the best non-dairy milk to drink for the planet is oat and hemp milk. I found that making my own milk is easy and saves a lot of money. Here are some of my favorite nondairy milk recipes. Of course, as with everything homemade without preservatives, it does not last as long. I found the milk usually last at least 2-3 days, so I like to make smaller amounts more often instead. For these recipes you do need a blender and some sort of strainer such as a cheese cloth , or you can invest in a nut milk bag. I store my nondairy milk in sterile glass jars or bottles. Sterilize them by dipping them into boiling water.

Oat milk: Oats is a budget-friendly food and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.

· ½ cup organic oats

· 5 cups water

· ¼ vanilla bean, seeds used

· 1 small pinch of salt

· 1 tsp. raw coconut oil

· 1 tbsp. sweetener such as agave, maple syrup, raw honey (optional)

Soak oats in water for at least one hour in fridge. Blend water/oats and oil in a blender for a minute or two. Strain in a cheesecloth or milk bag. Add salt, vanilla and sweetener if using.

Hemp milk: This tiny seed is a powerhouse of organic minerals and are 33% protein and packed with Omega-3 fatty acids.

· ¾ cup raw hemp hearts

· 4 cups water

· 1 tsp. raw coconut oil

· ¼ vanilla bean, seeds used

· 1-2 tbsp. sweetener, same as recipes above

· 1 pinch salt

Blend seeds  with water in a blender for 1 minute. Strain and return to blender. Add vanilla bean seeds, sweetener, salt and oil, and blend another 20-30 seconds.

Fredrika Syren

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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Hello there! My name is Fredrika and I’m a Sweden native living in San Diego, California with my husband James and our three children. I’m an environmental writer and have been sharing my family’s journey of living zero-waste since we shifted our lifestyle back in 2016.

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