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{Video}Making Nut And Seed Milks

Robyn Openshaw - Nov 01, 2010 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

My friend Jenni is gluten intolerant, and taught me how to make coconut milk.

Here’s my video on how to replace dairy milk with yummy and nutritious milks from sesame, almond, cashew, or even your shredded coconut from the group buy.

Jenni makes coconut milk, and then, with the pulp left over in the nut milk bag, she makes coconut macaroons:

Coconut Macaroons

6 egg whites (organic, free range eggs)

¼ tsp. Original Crystal Himalayan Salt

½ cup maple syrup

2 tsp. of no-alcohol vanilla

1 cup coconut pulp (from making coconut milk)

2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

Blend egg whites and salt until stiff peaks form. Fold in vanilla, maple syrup, and coconut with a spoon until just mixed. Drop batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet by rounded tablespoons. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

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51 thoughts on “{Video}Making Nut And Seed Milks”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    very niece and simple I still have 50lb box of almonds left from last year at a friend house fridge.

  2. Anonymous says:

    At Home Depot in the paint dept. you can buy a pkg of (2) bags they use for straining paint. They are a much finer mesh than cheese cloth.

    They are about the same size as the one your friend made. They work great for almond milk. They are washable as well.

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Ed, thanks for the tip! I’m on it!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have a few questions

    do you have to use raw almonds when making almond milk? what exactly is a raw almond? Is what I am buying a whole foods raw? where do I buy raw nuts?

    EFA…there are two (forget the names right now) that I thought could only be found in animal products/fat. Is that true?

    What type of college degree do you have? I am a nurse and would like to further my studies but nutrition schools are lacking to me.

    Thanks for your time and answers!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Deb, click on Group Buy in the store. We’re doing our annual buying through Nov. 30. Almonds are raw and unpasteurized. EFA’s are not found only in animal products, not so.

      My degrees are in English and Social Work / Marriage and Family. Not very relevant! I’ve read more about nutrition than I did in my undergrad and graduate degrees put together though! I wouldn’t get an advanced degree in nutrition because I don’t agree with a lot of what the schools teach.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hi. Thanks for another great video! I was just wondering if you switched from a blendtec to a vitamix blender? And if so, why? Also…what dehydrator do you have? I notice that yours is round? Thanks bunches!!!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Hey Linda, I love both blenders. See the “Robyn Recommends” tab on the homepage of the site–I explain what I like about both. I don’t love my dehydrator and they don’t make it anymore–also see Robyn Recommends about that.

  5. Anonymous says:

    If I order almonds or other items in the group buy at your store, how long until they are available to pick up or ship?

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Hi Jennifer, check the FAQ under the “Group Buy” tab on the site for that–they should ship within a week unless your order is very big, in which case it may take up to 2 wks.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Robyn you make it look so easy.

    I think I will be brave enough to try that now I’ve watched you.

    Whilst I’m writing – just a BIG thank you for your website. The videos are a brilliant reference point that I keep coming back to for encouragment and to re-enthuse about green smoothies and nutritionally dense food.

    Loving the hair – Type 3 suits you well.

    best wishes

  7. Anonymous says:

    Awesome video!!! I love almond milk, but I usually buy it at whole foods. Do you use raw almonds, or does it not matter?


  8. Anonymous says:

    Awesome video! I love making nut milks but I learned some new things here! How to make coconut milk, AND what to do with the pulp! I usually just go ahead and dehydrate the pulp and then when it is dry, blend it up to make a fine almond meal and then I put it into the freezer in a bag that I collect it in. When I am ready I will use the almond meal to make things like cookies, crackers, etc. This is so Fun!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I would like to know how long will the nut milk and the coconut milk last? Do you store what you do not use in the refrigerator?

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Richard, yes, I store in in the fridge, and it will last no longer than a week, plan on 5 days.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I use a rubberband to hold my nut milk bag on a mason jar for straining…saves a dirty dish! Thanks for all you do 🙂

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hi just wondering on the group buys if you ship to the UK

  12. Anonymous says:

    Using 6 eggs in a recipe seems a strange way to be moving away from animal based protein.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for always sharing new recipes! Your recipes are what I use, EVERYDAY! Thank you Robin! I don’t know what I fed my family before I found you! Muah!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Can you use this coconut milk in soups/recipes that call for coconut milk? It seems logical that it would be the same thing and more healthy than the canned stuff – but I don’t want to botch up a recipe (like a thai soup type recipe)


    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Leighann, YES!

  15. Anonymous says:


    First of all let me just say that you are an answer to my prayers. I had been searching for the “truth” for so long, and when I happened upon your website over a year ago I finally received the peace that only God can give. I have a 2 year old son so I was a “mom-on-a-mission” so-to-speak. I knew I had to get him off on the right foot because my husband is morbidly obese (300+ lbs.) And although I’m at a healthy weight (110-120 lbs.), I know what the statistics are. Statistically speaking my son is at a much higher risk of becoming obese as well. However, I’m going to do everything in my power to help him beat those odds.

    So here’s my dilema…

    As I said I’ve been up and down your website multiple times, and I suscribed to your 12 step program. I know in the long run things won’t be as expensive, but as of right now I’m having a hard time getting started on this “lifestyle change.” Some of us out there are in fact dirt poor. My husband and I simply can’t afford many of the appliances or products you recommend. Basically our only hope is to ask for them for Christmas, but such things also have to share space with items like a screen door, insulation, curtains, etc.

    Could you possibly tell me what’s the cheapest way to do things in regards to following your 12 step program? I really want to make this work not only for everyone’s better health, but also because this may be my only hope for ever having another baby. I have PCOS and possibly endometriosis. I read your blogs about your battle with infertility, and I know you can’t dispense medical advice, but do you think, generally speaking, that diet is enough? I’ve taken the drugs for years, but I am no longer taking anything. I’m also looking into accupuncture and the like. Thoughts?

    Anyway, thank you for taking the time to read this. You truly are an inspiration. God bless you.

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Katie, I wish I could tell you diet is or isn’t enough–but of course this is based on a whole host of details I don’t have access to. The human organism is a complex one, and lots of history and genetics and habits would have to be explored to even come close to answering that! I just know that diet is a HUGE part of the equation in addressing a wide variety of health problems. I’m sorry that’s not more specific–God bless you and your family, for your efforts.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Katie –

    I feel your pain about the expense – You can use a cheap walmart blender – just know that you may have to replace it many times in your lifetime and things won’t be quite a smooth – but we used one for years and it worked great. We don’t go the totally organic route right now and have found a grocery store in our area that sells produce super cheap as their “leader” item so we always stock up there. Growing a garden is a cheap way to get produce as well – start looking for seeds now or in winter and start your own plants from seed in dixie cups. Also – we have found that as we cut out the pre-packaged processed foods – that saves a TON on groceries and on medical costs so you can put those savings toward a more whole food lifestyle. I have found that it is about good better and best – just make choices with this in mind – it may not be possible to always make the “best” choice but making a good or better choice is much better than a bad one! Good luck!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robin,

    I love to use Almond Milk often, but what do you think about raw milk? It seems to be so wonderful for many reasons…


    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Lynn, it’s much better than pasteurized, fractionated milk, especially if you make it into yogurt/kefir (breaks proteins down). Even better, raw goat milk.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, thank you so much for keeping us all on track. We love and appreciate all you do and share. Your research is amazing. Life changing stuff.

    What about Rice Milk from brown rice? Any ideas? Since it is a grain, would it have to be cooked first? What about boiling water poured over it in a jar out overnight–like you can do with wheat? (I do well on rice milk.) Thank you for your nut, seed, coconut milks. So appreciated!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Joanne, also good! (Raw is better, but I like rice milk, too!) Thanks for the note!

  19. Anonymous says:

    I do know about almond milk, and coco-nut milk, and sesame milk…have already tasted them. I do not have THE TIME to “manufacture” these products at home… I buy them in a NaturaSì Bio Store in Parma where I live. I’d rather prefer oats milk and soy milk…do not like rice milk…

    I arrived at tasting them and then buying them as I think I developped kind of an allergy/intolerance when it comes to dairy milk.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Hello Robin,

    I loved the video, I usually soaked the coconut before I blended it, it is the same if I don’t soak it?, and also what kind of vanilla extract you use?

  21. Anonymous says:


    I have both the Blendtec and Vita Mix. I think the Vita Mix is a little more industrial and could run for 20min. with ball bearings. The Vita Mix has continously variable speed with a much slower minimum speed, but does not have sealed switches and does not fit on a counter under the top cubbards with the lid on.

  22. Anonymous says:


    Money is tight for us too. We used a regular blender until we could afford a Blendtec. My husband went on line and found a refurbished one, complete with warranty, for about $200. It works fantastic. We try to save $10 a week towards future bulk buys, etc. and then just buy the best we can get for the money we have. It’s definitely better than what we were doing before.

  23. Anonymous says:

    How do I get replies to questions posted on here?

  24. Anonymous says:

    I have just discovered this raw food green smoothie way of life not to long ago and I think this is my way back to health. My days normally consist of only sweets and snacks of some sort like chips for a while and then back to a bowl of ice cream and then maybe an hr later a candy bar and then maybe later on some cookies and my days have gone like this for years. I usually have to take a nap or naps each day cause Im tired often. I feel terrible, but for the last couple of days I have slowed way down on the sweets and actually think about what Im putting into my mouth. I even started rebounding!

    I went to the farmers market yesterday and got some apples and oranges and bananas. I live in a very very small town so the grocery store that we do have we can’t get kale and turnic tops and all the good stuff like that so my husband is taken me into a bigger town tomorrow to get my stuff for the week. lol It seems like a lot of money to spend for it all, but really when I look at it, its really not that much more then we are spending now.

    Anyway I just want to thank you Robyn for caring enough to share all that you know about raw foods. This is going to be my way of life for me, my husband and children forever. They are already excited about the granola video I showed them and can’t wait to try it!

    Im planning on getting the green smoothie diet book and the 12 step program. I need to lose 80+ lbs at 34 yrs old…..80 lbs seems like a really big number.

    This blog is so helpful!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Christy, God bless you. Take 5 lbs. at a time, as goals! I once had 40 lbs. to lose and it was daunting–when my thyroid died when I was young and packed on that much weight in one year. You can do it–and you’ve found THE. BEST. WAY. there is! Addressing your body’s need for good nutrition, including more whole and plant foods. Weight falls off naturally that way.

  25. I have lost 60lbs this year by changing to a raw vegan diet and I eat and eat and eat! it is fantastic. I love the vitamix blender and have a fruit smoothie every day. Today I had a lime green one 🙂 cant put tons of spinach in yet as I dont like the dark green colour but I love spinach in my salads. I will never go back to how I used to eat as it made me very ill and I am so grateful that I have been shown how to eat properly for health. Good luck to everyone just starting with this, you can do it!

    Good health

    x x x

  26. Anonymous says:


    I also suffered with problems getting my last baby here. Finally at age 43 after 7 miscarriages I had a perfectly healthy little boy. My advice would be to see a naturopath. After getting a diagnosis from a medical dr. I did a year of herbal treatments and was able to carry my son full term. Good luck:)

  27. My sons went crazy over the coconut milk we made today with a splash of vanilla agave. Good thing the coconut I ordered form your store comes next week!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Denise, yum!

  28. Anonymous says:

    Love the suggestion to go and buy the mesh paint strainers. I went to Lowes and bought a package of two for $2.00. They have an elastic top so it stays in place over a bowl or jar, so much easier than cheesecloth. I enjoyed the video with suggestions on what to do with the pulp as I wasn’t sure what to do with it when I was done. Robyn, I’m interested in some ballpark figures on how much to buy of the items in the group buy which might last my family of 5 for a year. Could you help me with this?

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Pat, that’s hard to know since every family’s eating habits are different, but as examples, I use 50# of almonds, 50# of cashews, 6 bags of Ormus Greens, 3 gals. of agave, 25# of pumpkin seeds, 3 bags of protein powder, annually. I have a family of 5 as well.

  29. Anonymous says:

    My wife is a kidney patient on dialysis. Do you have any experience with like patients reactions to this program? She is limited as to the amount of liquid she is supposed to take in daily.

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Charles, I’m so sorry I can’t advise you about specific health problems.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Great video! I love using organic and natural products. They certainly have helped me a great deal. I am also a nurse and have several certificicates in other modalities as well, iridology, reflexology, master herbalist. I am currently pursuing an advanced degree in complementary alternative medicine and the courses that I have been taking are rich in nutririon and holistic health. I have changed my way of eating about 3 years ago and have been doing green smoothies off and on for about 2 years and I can personally vouch for their healing value. I have a natural body products company on the side so I have been purchasing my organic and healthy foods from a company that has excellent products as well, and I totally support Robyn’s take on nutrition and staying away from the processed, foods that are less than adequate for nutrition. I am quite passionate about teaching my clients about nutrition and I am very glad to see someone put as much energy into such a worth while endeavor. Thank you Robyn for all of your efforts!

  31. Anonymous says:

    What type of fabric was the nut and seed bag made from? I LOVE making coconut and almond milk, but I use cheese cloth to strain and it is a pain. Also, what brand of stevia do you use? I have been buying some at winco for fairly inexpensive, but I just looked at the ingredients and it has a bunch of other crap in it. Thanks so much for this video, I love it, watched it like 4 times, Thanks!

  32. Anonymous says:

    Hello Robyn, thanks for great videos.

    Today I made a coconut milk from a fresh open coconut, not the young thai but ordinary brown you get from supermarket as I still didn’t find where to get them here. Anyway, I wasn’t sure about the ratio to water. So I did it 1 cup of coconut meat to 4 cups water, but it seemed little bit thin comparing to other nut milks I make. I was also wondering if there is too much of coconut oil in the milk after straining it, as when I was straining it my hands got covered in the coconut oil so I just rubbed it all over them, such nice moisturiser :). What are your thoughts on this? Thank you so much

    lots of love your way

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Hi Stani, those hard brown coconuts are a completely different thing. I haven’t tried that. You can buy coconut liquid in cans at Asian markets and health food stores, if you can’t get them to order young Thai coconuts for you.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Hi, thanks for that Robyn. I visited my Asian store but they had none. I think I will get them ordered on-line. Do you think that I could make a coconut milk from a meat of young coconut? Thanks again.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    I understand the importance of raw almonds, however I live in Canada and cannot be a part of your group buy. I have not found a way to get the raw ones. I buy my almonds from Cosco and I thought that they were raw until I read on here that they are not.

    Would it still be beneficial to soak them? Or am I not getting any extra nutrition from them?

    Thank you for all you do 🙂

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      I wouldn’t bother soaking and dehydrating Costco almonds.

  35. Tracey Black says:

    I make my own coconut milk too. I alternate between using fresh coconuts or shredded coconut (when I need it quick and easy).

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