DIY Macadamia Milk, Butter & Cheese

Did you know: Macadamias, pecans and walnuts are some of the highest nut sources of omega-3.

I struggle to consume enough omega-3 in my diet, so I’ve started including more of these fatty nuts into my recipes.

This fresh macadamia milk is perfect for making matcha lattes, golden milk, and even baked goods with!

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Before and after: using the macadamia pulp from a previous batch of milk to make some fresh macadamia nut milk with.

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DIY Macadamia Milk

A super quick and easy recipe, only requiring 2-ingredients – that produces the most creamy plant milk.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw macadamia nuts
  • 2-3 cups water (use less water for thicker, creamier milk)
  • Pinch sea salt

Optional:

  • 1-2 dates, pitted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp cacao powder, for “chocolate” milk

To make:

  1. Soak macadamia nuts in filtered water with some sea salt for 1-2 hours. Then rinse and drain.
  2. Add nuts, water, salt, and any additional ingredients to a high-speed blender, and process until creamy; about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Strain out milk using a cheesecloth, nut milk bag or very thin towel, into a large glass jar for storage. Save the remaining pulp to use later on to make more milk, or use in baked goods, oatmeal or smoothies.
  4. Store milk and pulp in fridge for up to 5 days. Enjoy cold or hot and shake well before use.
I love adding it to bircher, smoothies, tea, and even baked goods!

DIY Macadamia Butter

I’m am a huge fan of peanut butter (probably a little on the obsessive side), and I know it’s quite high in polyunsaturated fats, which are good in healthy doses, but I thought I should “branch out” and try other nut butters like macadamia, cashew, and almond butter.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dry roasted macadamia nuts
  • 1-2 tsp sea salt

To make:

  1. Dry roast macadamias until lightly brown. Allow to cool, then pour into food processor, along with salt, and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Every minute or so, stop the food processor and scrape down sides.
  2. Store in a glass jar in the fridge. It will keep for up to 2 months.
Macadamia butter; adding 1-2 tbsp coconut oil can help it to spread easier.

DIY Macadamia Cream Cheese

This cheese takes only 5 minutes to whip up, and you don’t even need to soak the nuts beforehand! Macadamias don’t require soaking because they’re already so tender and soft. They blend up well with just a little help of water.

Nutritional yeast is the star of the show, bringing the delicious cheesy flavour along with vitamin B12.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups raw macadamia nuts or macadamia pulp left behind from making the milk
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3-4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1-2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1-2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup water (use less if using macadamia pulp)
  • 1-2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1-2 tsp dried coriander

To make:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a food processor or high-speed blender and blend until smooth and paste-like, scraping down the sides as needed.
  2. At this point, the cheese is ready to eat! But it’s better after chilling. Transfer cheese to cheesecloth or nut milk bag and rest over a fine mesh strainer set over a mixing bowl. Twist the top of the cheesecloth or milk bag so it forms a loose ball. Place in the fridge to set for at least 15 minutes, or up to 24-48 hours. The longer it chills, the firmer the cheese will become.
  3. Store leftover cheese in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days.
I paired my macadamia cream cheese with some toasted homemade seeded bread.

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction.

Have you made vegan cheese or plant milk before? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa