Peanut Milk Recipe

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Makes 800 mL or 1 1/3 pints

Vegan nut milk is no twenty-first century invention. A hundred years ago, George Washington Carver, Director of Agriculture at the Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, promoted exercising creativity by making peanut milk. As he said: “When you can do common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.”


  • 100 g or 3 1/2 oz shelled peanuts, soaked overnight
  • 1 liter/1 3/4 pints water
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)


  1. Rinse the soaked peanuts, drain and tip into a blender. Add the water and honey for a sweeter milk. Blend for 3 minutes.
  2. Pour into a sieve lined with muslin (or a nut bag) set over a bowl. Squeeze the pulp in the cloth to drain the milk.
  3. Store in the fridge for up to three days.

Now, what to do with the nut pulp?

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