Homemade Walnut Milk

Hi There! Hope you are all enjoying your Sunday night…

How was your weekend? Ours was pretty eventful. We got a little bit of snow, but it didn’t keep us from going out….


Friday night we took Ella to Maggiano’s. She loves going out to eat! Her latest favorite dinner (which we bring out) is beet and bosc pear puree, courtesy of mommy. It’s very messy though. Oops. Good thing I ordered red wine to cover Ella’s tracks.

On Saturday night we went out with three other couples for dinner and drinks; there were a lot of laughs. Sunday, after yoga, we took Ella to the mall where they have this big play area for kids. She’s crawling like a crazy lady and pulling herself up, it’s so cute. I had to hover over her like a body guard, there were some wild kids in there and Ella was the smallest one. She had such a blast, she LOVES other kids. Since we’re fortunate enough to have our family watch her when I am working, she doesn’t have to go to daycare, but at the same time she’s not getting a ton of interaction with other kids. I’ve been trying to find some play groups, but they all seem to be at times I am working. At the very least I may just start bringing her to the gym with me more where they have  child care. There are usually a good amount of kids in there. I of course just worry about her getting trampled on or freaking out when I leave her with a stranger, but I guess we will have to figure it out.

So….I’ve been wanting to share with you my latest DIY nut milk and the method I’ve been using.

I started making almond milk since I got a Vitamix about two years ago. In fact, making my own nut milk and nut butter was probably one of the main reasons I wanted one!


I had a ton of walnuts left from over the holidays so I decided I would try to make some walnut milk to see if I’d like it.

Walnuts, known as a “brain food” are one of the healthiest nuts you can eat! They are a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids, ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), and melatonin (<—a natural sleep aid). Eating a serving of walnuts a day lowers your risk of weight gain, when combined with a healthy diet and exercise regimen!

Many sources say to soak your walnuts to make them more digestible. In this recipe, or any nut milk recipe you will need to soak the nuts to soften them. However, if you are just snacking on them, and find your tummy doesn’t always agree, try soaking them and laying them out in your dehydrator or a sunny window (or your oven at a very low heat setting for a few minutes). If you find walnuts to be bitter tasting, soaking will take care of this for the bitterness comes from their skin. Some sources say to not soak walnuts because the skins have some health benefits…but I think you could just go with personal preference.

Walnut Milk text



Homemade Walnut Milk

© The Fitness Dish


* 1 cup walnuts, soaked for at least 4 hours (the longer the better)

* 4 1/2 cups filtered water (see note)

* 4-6 pitted Medjool dates

* 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

* a pinch of sea salt


soak your walnuts for 6 hours minimum, or overnight. I usually start soaking mine sometime before bed then make my “milk” sometime the following afternoon.

Drain your walnuts and pour them into a high speed blender. I use a Vitamix. Pour about 4 1/2 cups of filtered water (note: this makes it the consistency of 2% milk. If you like it thinner add more water, thicker add less), then start blending on the lowest setting and gradually bring it up to the highest.

*If you are using a Vitamix, you should use this method to blend all the time! Think of it as the Lamborghini of blenders! You should never just go into a high gear, it will ruin your engine.

I highly recommend using a nut milk bag. I used to use a cheese cloth, and that works just fine, but a nut milk bag is just a thousand times better (and they are cheap). You get much, much more “milk” from your batch, and I think it thins it out better!

Once you’ve “milked” the nut bag or ran it through a cheese cloth pour it back into your blender and add the remaining ingredients. I like to do this because it gives it a better consistency (in my opinion) and I like to add the flavors after I squeeze all the milk out and separate the pulp. Again, start your blender on low and gradually bring it up to high, blend until you think the dates are pulverized and then bring the blender down, pour your milk into a glass jar and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.


So easy. So delicious.


I have a really great giveaway coming up! I am so excited to share it with you! It’s something that I have never been able to pull off because it never worked for me. I finally found something that did! There are sparkles involved. I know I’m 30, but I won’t apologize for still loving sparkly things.

Have a great night…chat soon!

What’s your favorite “nut milk’?

(I actually really love seed milk too and will be sharing that with you soon)

If you make your own nut milk…what’s your method?

PS–Thank you again for all the kind words, comments and emails on the Body Image After Baby series. I can’t even put into words what they meant to me….and I can get pretty long winded on here.


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  • Reply Katharina

    Oh man! I haven’t ventured out from nut milks besides almond and soy. Although I’ve tried oat milk. Walnut milk sounds delicious! I bet cashew milk would be awesome. Actually, I was going to pick up sunflower seed milk. lol SO MANY!!! Anyway, I’ve made my own before using this “soymilk maker” machine my mom’s friend gave me from Japan. It’s pretty nifty and plays a digitalized version of “Ode to Joy” when it’s done lol.


    p.s. I’m back to reading blogs and I’m so happy to catch up with your life!!

    January 23, 2012 at 12:35 am
    • Reply laury

      Welcome back!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve missed you!!!!!!!

      Wait, you have a soymilk maker that sings!?? How cool!

      January 23, 2012 at 10:01 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    This looks great! I have only made almond milk, but I definitely want to make cashew milk…and now walnut!
    I hated walnuts when I was a kid, but now that I’ve started soaking them to make them less bitter I like them a lot!
    Thanks for sharing your milk-methods!

    January 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm
    • Reply laury

      I need a dehydrator! I never make bread so I have no use for the nut meals as it, but I love your idea of making flour out of it!!!

      January 23, 2012 at 10:02 pm
      • Reply Tawnya

        Make walnut butter, almond butter, etc!!

        May 28, 2014 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    I saw a similar recipe on a show recently and thought it was really awesome. I guess costs are limiting me at the point, since nuts aren’t cheap around here but the almond milk seems to be coming down.

    January 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm
    • Reply laury

      I found blue diamond almond milk at Target for cheap I was so excited! Yes, it can get expensive. You only need a cup of nuts to make like 5 cups of nut milk, so it is cheaper and it’s easy. I go through SO much of it though that I always still buy it. I am going to start making more hemp milk though because that’s very expensive and will be so much cheaper to make!

      January 23, 2012 at 10:03 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    I have tons of walnuts leftover form the holidays as well! I have yet to try making my own nut milk! Looks tasty!

    January 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm
    • Reply laury

      You should do it!

      January 23, 2012 at 10:04 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Healthy Diaries

    Can’t wait for the giveaway! 🙂
    Walnuts are SO good for you and I love them! I don’t know why I don’t make my own nut milks. I think I just need to get into the habit of making some on the weekend because i know it’s really easy and fast!

    January 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm
    • Reply laury

      You have your Vita you DEF should!!!!!! Almond is still my fav (or hemp) but I want to make cashew after seeing these comments.

      January 23, 2012 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply Tiff

    I never though of making my own nut milk. I guess I always assumed it had to be ultra processed or something.

    Love Maggianos! Great choice 😉

    January 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm
    • Reply laury

      Nope, super easy!!!!

      Magg is Michaels favorite!!! I used to resist it but I found some great things on the menu that I love! The salmon and the spinach salad…so good.

      When I was pregnant the buy one past and take home deal was my favorite 😉

      January 23, 2012 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply the delicate place

    oh this looks good and a nice source of omega-3s! never even thought about making this mylk before either! i’ve only had cashew & almond milk but i’d love to try pepita or sesame mylk sometime. the creamier the better!

    January 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm
  • Reply Alisa

    So wonderful that you are getting Ella out to socialize, and yourself!

    Cashew milk is still my favorite, so versatile, so creamy. I think I’ll try walnut milk tonight though!

    January 23, 2012 at 8:01 pm
    • Reply laury

      You told me that before! WHY I haven’t made it yet is beyond me!! I am going to WF tomorrow and getting cashews!

      January 23, 2012 at 10:09 pm
  • Reply Pure2raw Twins

    love it! we love making our own milks from different nuts and seeds then the traditional almonds, so glad you did too!! yay, that walnut milk looks fantastic! and yes we agree it all comes down to personal preference about soaking nuts and seeds, we try to soak when we can. we are not perfect at it but just do our best 😉

    January 23, 2012 at 11:05 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    mmm I love the sound of making my own nut milk. Looks so yummy and SO healthy! Will have to make it my goal to make some soon! 🙂 Love ur work! xo

    January 24, 2012 at 3:54 am
    • Reply laury

      Thank you, Nicole!

      January 24, 2012 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply Alexia @NamasteYoga

    i love homemade mylks, they are the best and nothing compared to the store bought version. i recently made almond milk and have yet to try walnut milk! walnuts are amongst my favourite nuts.. must taste delicious!

    January 26, 2012 at 9:30 am
  • Reply Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner

    My favorite milk is almond milk: the texture is what wins me over. 🙂

    January 31, 2012 at 6:47 pm
  • Reply Jolin

    Almond milk is delicious but high in Omega 6 fatty acids. Walnuts are 1 of the very few foods that you can eat that the Omega 6 and Omega 3 are close to equivalent. Which makes a healthier YOU.

    I am surprise that no one has asked what to do with the left over pulp. Here is a suggestion if your curiosity is starting to run wild. Go in the shower and rub it all over your face and body. The high levels of essential nutrients help FIGHT WRINKLES. Also helps with Psoriasis and Anit-Fungal infections. So save your pulp and use it on yourself.

    May 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm
  • Reply Café Au Laury ~ Homemade Coffee Creamer & Smoothies

    […] seeing a homemade coffee creamer on Gena’s blog a while back, and thought it looked delicious! I make my own nut milks pretty often, so it’s pretty much the same thing with a little tweaking! It’s much […]

    August 23, 2012 at 11:44 pm
  • Reply sandra

    Hi any idea what the calorie count per serving would be ?

    June 13, 2013 at 1:32 pm
    • Reply Jolin

      One cup of CHOPPED walnuts are 800 calories. If you use 32oz of water then that would be 25 calories per oz.. Hope this helps!

      June 13, 2013 at 4:32 pm
      • Reply laury


        Then you have to take into consideration that you remove all of the skins and pulp reducing the overall calories

        June 13, 2013 at 4:41 pm
  • Reply mmb

    Can you use regular dates?

    March 30, 2015 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Andy

    Hi Laury,
    Any idea which nutrients, fats, etc. get into the finished nut milk, and which are left behind in the pulp?

    September 17, 2015 at 6:28 pm
    • Reply laury

      Hi Andy,

      I am not quite sure! If you find out please let me know!

      September 29, 2015 at 11:11 pm
  • Reply Bharat Sharma

    Hi Laury,

    I have never tried walnut milk but remembering the health benefits of walnuts but I complely agree with their usage for achieving good health. The DIY recipe for walnut milk you have mentioned is quite easy and I’ll give it a try someday. As of now, I am happy with the regular milk.

    April 4, 2016 at 1:11 pm
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