TV Tuesday #43: How To Make Sesame Seed Milk (Or Any Nut Or Seed Milk)

This week I wanted to share with you how to make homemade nut or seed milk. It’s ridiculously easy, delicious, inexpensive, has no preservatives, and needs no special equipment.

Anyone with a blender can do this!

I mentioned my upcoming adventure with a mini vegan experiment in my last post, so nut/seed milk will come in handy. But you don’t need to be vegan to enjoy nut/seed milk. Maybe you have a dairy allergy. Or maybe you simple don’t enjoy the taste of milk. Or you can simple try it as an alternative to change things up. Regardless of your motivations to learn, you’ll be excited to know this process takes only a few minutes to make and tastes delicious. You can even add whatever flavor you like by adding dates, raisins (for sweetness), vanilla or changing the flavor by using different types of seeds or nuts.

Ratio of nuts/seeds to water is 1:4 (eg. 1/4 cup of seeds and 1 cup of water)

Some charts show all kinds of variations on this, meaning some seeds or nuts stretch a little further. Macadamia nut milks can be made with 1/4 cup of nuts to 1 1/2 cups. However for simplicity, I’m just using a 1:4 ratio. I’ll explain my reasoning. Existing recipes state that if you want to make cream, use less water and if you want to make skim milk use more water. So essentially, the water to nut ratio is fairly loose. Adjust to your tastes. But if you use the 1:4 ratio, you can adjust the creaminess by adding more or less water.

Soaking times by type of nut/seed

Soaking your nuts and seeds before blending will give you a creamier tasting product. Though it’s not necessary, you’ll enjoy the end product of the soaked nuts/seeds better. Place the nuts/seeds in water – enough so they are covered. Soak for the length of time stated below or longer. Drain and rinse before proceeding with the recipe shown in the video.

  • Almonds: 6+ hours
  • Cashews: 2+ hours
  • Hazelnuts: 6+ hours
  • Hemp Seeds: 1+ hours
  • Macadamia Nuts: 4+ hours
  • Sesame Seeds: 1+ hours
  • Sunflower Seeds: 2+ hours
  • Note: Raw seeds are best

Leftover nut/seed pulp: This is a good recipe to use your nut/seed pulp or add it to your smoothie. If you have a recipe that uses nut milk, feel free to add it to the comment section.

11 Responses to TV Tuesday #43: How To Make Sesame Seed Milk (Or Any Nut Or Seed Milk)

  1. Koko March 12, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    Awesome tutorial! I’ve been making my own almond milk quite regularly, but I actually hadn’t ever thought about using sesame seeds!

  2. Amber H March 13, 2013 at 4:06 am #

    Hooray for nut/seed milk! Great video, France. I love how user friendly you make whole food living. You rock!

  3. Jeanette Chen March 21, 2013 at 2:31 am #

    I’ve made almond and soy milk, but never tried sesame milk – love that it only needs 1+hours of soaking compared to nuts.

  4. Donna March 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    I have a grinder and ground the sesame seeds first. then blended the water and pulp on high for 1 min. added almond extract. yum.. it is more pulpy .. but in smoothies its great…. but I long to try your recipe today.. have the sesame seeds soaking now… I would like to know more about making almond milk from soaked almonds or making own coconut milk.. thanks

    • beyondthepeel March 27, 2013 at 12:02 am #

      Making almond milk is exactly the same as sesame milk. The soaking times are listed under the video so you can try a variety of seeds and nuts. Hope that helps.

  5. Jess @ Floptimism March 29, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    Hello! I’ve been a (somewhat quiet) reader for some time now, but I saw this post and wanted to invite you to share it – or any healthy recipe you’ve enjoyed over the past month – at my link-up ( to celebrate National Nutrition Month. I’m hoping to get people to come together to celebrate all of the different ways to eat healthfully, and I think my readers would love this recipe/”how to” guide!

  6. Elizabeth Gilhuly August 18, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

    I’m looking forward to trying out this recipe! I will def add 1-2 dates soaked in water (save this date water for use as part of water used in end too) and vanilla extract to this for flavor.

  7. Patsy December 24, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    Hi there,
    Just wondering how much calcium is left in the nut milk or is it mostly in the left over nut meal that is strained? I am trying to get enough calcium in our diet without adding supplements. Thank-you very much.

    • beyondthepeel December 24, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

      You won’t get any real substantial calcium from nut milk. The best most natural way to increase your calcium intake without using supplements consume homemade bone broths (not for vegetarians however). Homemade bone broths have so many health benefits there are entire posts (hundreds) dedicated to the topic. It might be worth looking into.

    • Kari January 27, 2014 at 5:32 am #

      You need to soak the nuts because they have an ingredient that dont allow you to get the calcium when you drink it, when you soak it, you get rid off a lot of this ingredients and you will get calcium from the nut milk.


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