I keep hearing stories lately about the dairy industry trying to get the FDA to force plant-based drink manufacturers to call their products something other than ‘milk’. Their argument seems to be that it's confusing to consumers to be calling it milk when it comes from a plant.
I like to whip up a quick batch of ‘milk’ in the blender just before I use it so that I’m getting the real food version and skipping all the emulsifiers and synthetic nutrients, as well as the sugars. Simple and quick, this can be done using many different solids as a base. My default is usually almond milk made with some creamy almond butter and some water. That's it. No soaking or straining, just blend and enjoy. The same can be done with coconut butter, or shredded coconut for that matter (be sure to use the unsweetened version, and strain if you don't like the chunks). Oats, cooked grains like rice and quinoa, hemp, cashews and other nuts can all be used to make ‘milk’. I see no problem with calling it that, I'm not at all confused.
Blend a little almond butter and honey in with your coffee for a frothy delicious treat, add cocoa powder too if you're feeling sassy.
Three parts water to one part solids will make a nice milky liquid, but use less water if you want more of a cream. Adjust to your liking.
Sweeten milks utilizing the bees and the trees for the most nutrition (honey and maple syrup).
Try adding in things like vanilla, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cardamom etc.
Use in place of milk in most any recipe.
Will store in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days, but I just make it as I need it.