Despite it’s name, rice milk is not milk at all. This rice milk recipe is totally dairy-free and a great alternative milk if you don’t drink cow’s milk. I rely a lot on plant-based milk in our house, we have them on cereals and in smoothies mostly. Although, I must admit I still have a dash of cow’s milk in my tea. I love a proper cup of tea!!

I realised that buying plant-milks was a big part of my monthly shopping budget so I thought I would look into making my own. Homemade rice milk is by far the most simple (and cheap!) recipe to make. I, personally, am happy to leave my rice milk ‘rustic’. When you are using it in a smoothie it really doesn’t matter. If you want to try using it in tea or coffee and want a smoother finish then you can strain the liquid through a nut milk bag at the end.

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Cooked Rice – Any rice will do, I always cook with brown rice and make a little extra for rice milk the next day*

2 Dates, pitted

1 tsp Vanilla extract

1 pinch of Salt

4 cups of filtered water

Instructions:

There isn’t much to say here. It is so easy. Add all the ingredients in a high powered blender. Blend. That’s it!

Strain your milk if you prefer a smoother texture.

I store my milk in a swing top glass jar in the fridge. It will keep in the fridge for a couple of days but it’s normally gone with 24 hours in my house!

*A note on storing rice – there is some scaremongering going around about rice and a belief that it is not safe to reheat. While there is a small risk of food poisoning with rice – if you know how to handle it – you’ll be fine! Let me explain…

Uncooked rice can carry spores which survive the cooking process. If cooked rice is left at room temperature, these spores will develop into a bacteria that will cause food poisoning. If you would like to save leftover rice, cool the rice very quickly after cooking and store in the fridge. I always cook extra rice at dinner time, serve what I need and then plunge the remainder into cold water. I will rinse the rice in cold water until cool and put straight into the fridge before I sit down to eat dinner.

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