One of the greatest expenses for those of us who are ‘dairy-free’ has got to be milk substitutes, such as rice, almond or soy milks. Our family used to go through 2 litres of bought rice milk most days, which cost us at least $2.50 per day. The other day I met a lady who has many allergies, and she buys organic almond milk which costs her $10/litre!!! EEK! So I am very thankful for my wonderful Thermomix, which helps me save money, as well as helps keep us healthy. (Most bought milks contain vegetable oils, emulsifiers and preservatives.)
Here is my recipe for rice-almond milk made in the Thermomix – it’s very quick, and tastes good. And it’s very cheap! The almonds help the flavour, and add calcium. I buy insecticide-free almonds bulk, for about $11/kilo, and bulk organic brown rice.
If you don’t own a Thermomix, try and make friends with someone who does, so you can use theirs! (Ha Ha!) Sorry, but I can’t think of any other way to easily make this recipe! If you cook the rice, then blend it, it gets too thick and ‘ricey’ tasting – I used to try that before I had a Thermomix. Doing it this way, you don’t get that thick ‘rice-water’ consistency.
If you’d like a grain free, dairy free milk, just make a raw nut milk – that’s the simplest. 100g soaked raw almonds or cashews and 500g water, blended until smooth and strained.
- 100g brown rice
- 80g raw almonds (or raw cashews for a smoother, creamier milk)
- 1.8 litres water
- 2 T coconut oil (optional, for creaminess)
- 50g honey or pure maple syrup (or to taste)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Cover rice and almonds with warm water and leave to soak overnight. (For quick soak method, cover with boiling water and soak for 30 mins.) Strain off water.
- Place soaked rice and almonds into Thermomix bowl and add 1 litre water. Blend 1 min/speed 9.
- Add coconut oil, honey and salt and cook 6 mins/60C/speed 4.
- Blend 1 min/speed 9 then add remaining water. Mix for a few seconds on speed 5, then strain through a nut milk bag.
- Cool, and enjoy!
- For a quick version, when you don't have time to soak, mill dry rice 1 min/speed 9; add almonds and mill another 10 sec/speed 9; add 1 litre water, coconut oil, honey and salt, and cook; then add remaining water, mix, and strain.
- For plain rice milk, use 200g rice and omit nuts.
- If you don't have brown rice, any rice will do.
- You can use the 'pulp' that's left over in any cakes/muffins/cookies etc, especially the 'blender-batter' ones; or in custard or soups and stews, to thicken.