Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Make your own Rice Milk

So far, our gravitation to a whole grain plant-based diet has been going well. We're still trying to figure out new recipes to try, so we have a little more variety and aren't just eating a million and a half beans, but we're getting there.

In trying to cut out dairy (among the other animal-based proteins)  we decided to try making our own rice milk. And I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it!

Rice Milk Recipe - How to make rice Milk

Some people prefer to cook the rice first, but I find the milk ends up a little on the slimy side that way.

I followed some suggestions to roast brown rice on the stove and soak it overnight, instead of cooking it, and found that I like that much better.

If you're trying to move away from dairy, or just want to see what all this rice milk hoopla's about, give rice milk a try. It's so easy to make and really does taste good.

After trial and error, here's the way we like to make Rice Milk:

Rice Milk Recipe

1/3 c brown rice
3 cups water
Honey or other sweetener

Toast 1/3 c brown rice in a pan on the stove until you start to smell its nutty flavor
Transfer the rice into a container with more than enough water to cover it
Soak toasted rice over night

Pour out water from soaked rice and rinse the rice
Transfer the soaked rice into a blender and add 3 c water
Blend well
Gently pour blended rice milk through a wire strainer into a mason jar (some use cheesecloth)
Add honey to your liking
Add vanilla to your liking
Store in a sealed container in the fridge

I usually double the recipe and end up with two big mason jars.

We've used our rice milk on cereal, added it to recipes, and used it in veggie/fruit smoothies.
It has just the right sweetness (after adding a touch of honey and vanilla) and is very light on the tongue.

You can also buy it at most grocery stores, but it's easy enough and much cheaper to make it right in your kitchen!

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  1. thanks! my daughter has a milk allergy and we are spending a fortune on the store bought milk alternatives. I am going to give this recipe a try!

  2. would this work with Jasmine Rice?

    1. Hi Alison,
      Yes, you can use Jasmine rice, the only difference would be nutritional values and flavor. I've heard some people that have used a white type of rice sweetened their milk with vanilla and hone or agave. You'll probably just want to experiment with different additions until you find the flavor you like. Maybe it will be sweet enough for you as is. Good luck! I'd love to hear how yours turns out! :)


  3. Do you use the rice pulp at all or throw it away? xo


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