vanilla walnut milk

I made walnut milk on Saturday. Milk from walnuts. I know, I know. I wasn’t sure about it, either. But I just kept thinking, if almond milk works then why not walnut milk?

Walnuts are super good for you but I’ll be honest, I don’t ever get the urge to sit around and snack on a handful of them. That’s where this milk comes in handy. The plain version has only a slight hint of walnut flavor, making it perfect for oatmeal, cereal, green smoothies and baking. The vanilla version is delicious all on its own and I bet it would be super tasty in sweet smoothies, as a base for dairy-free ice creams, in coffee, etc. The possibilities are endless.

The best part? After soaking the walnuts, it took only 10 minutes to make. Easy peasy.

Vanilla Walnut Milk
Recipe inspired by Raw Epicurean
Makes 5 cups of milk
Printable recipe


  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup walnuts, soaked and drained
  • 1 tablespoons agave nectar*
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract*
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

*The agave and vanilla measurements are to taste. 1 tablespoon each worked out well for my taste buds, but be sure to do a couple taste tests as you go along to reach your desired flavor.

Start by soaking the walnuts for 6-8 hours, preferably overnight, and then draining and rinsing them.

Place the walnuts and 5 cups of water into a blender and blend on high for roughly 1 minute, until the walnut pieces are about as small as you think they’re going to get.

Slowly pour the milk over a cheesecloth and into a large bowl, catching the walnut bits in the cloth.

Discard the pulp, or save it and then head over to Café Janae to learn about some great uses for walnut pulp.

Pour the milk back into the blender and add in the agave, vanilla and salt. Blend on high for another minute and then taste the milk to see if you might want to add some more flavoring. If not, you’re all finished!

Note: Walnut milk is for humans only, not for kitties! Sorry, Sebastian and Court.

22 thoughts on “vanilla walnut milk

  1. You do NOT want to soak walnuts overnight. Walnuts should be soaked for about 4 hours tops, with a couple sprays of food grade hydrogen peroxide in the soaking water. Walnuts give off high amounts of toxins during soaking. make sure to rinse really well, and even more than once if you have the time. hope this helps… :)

    • Thanks, Rick. I’ve been looking into this all morning and I’m having a hard time finding anything that says you should cap off the soaking at 4 hours for walnuts because it is dangerous to soak them longer. Can you send me any other information you have found on the subject?

      I did go back and add that they should be rinsed well, though. Thanks for pointing that out.

  2. I’m a huge fan of all milks made from nuts (I just read a book from the 60s that suggested making milk from sesame seeds!). What did you do with the leftover walnut meal????? And Nikki, these photos are awesome!

  3. This is inspired! My New Year’s Resolution for 2011 was to get more walnuts in my diet–they’re so good for you, and I just don’t really like them. But I’ve been adding them in to risottos and pastas and quinoas, and now I’m adding this to my list! Thanks!

  4. Ohmygosh i love you.
    me and walnuts are like best friends.
    look out almond milk, i’ve got a new dairy free beverage!! 😀

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  7. Looks yummy! I make almond milk a couple times a week, I’m going to try this next! I’m thinking it’d be tasty to use it to make nondairy walnut maple ice cream!!

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    • Hi Roxanne! I’m not on Pinterest yet, although I do spend quite a lot of time over there, looking at kitty photos and cake :)

  9. ty all for that i am just about to make some walnut milk for the first time i didn’tknow about the soaking time i thought it was the same than almond milk ty

  10. I love walnuts and plan to run right out to store for some cheese cloth so I can get quickly on this. Question: is it necessary to use the agave nectar?… and if so where would I find it at the supermarket? Sorry to be so ignorant but I have never even heard of it before. Thank you Sonya for the diabetes enlightenment. That is good news. What does 28 grams equal in kitchen measurements, anyone?

    • Hi Dale! The agave adds sweetness to the milk, so if you’re okay with a more nuttier flavor feel free to skip it. If you want to try it, you’ll find it in the baking aisle or with the honey and jams. You can use the rest of the bottle to substitute for sugar or honey in tons of recipes, from tea to cookies.

      Also – 28 grams is just under one ounce :)

  11. Hi! This is great, as I don’t think almonds and I go well together — I think they exacerbate my eczema. How long will this keep in the fridge?

    • Hi Robin! Sorry for the delay in responding, I just found your note in my spam for some reason. This milk should keep in the fridge for around 5 days. Just make sure to keep it covered. Thanks!

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