Creamy, homemade rice milk made with just 2 ingredients! Let me show you how.
How to Make Rice Milk
- 3/4 cup uncooked long grain white rice*
- 4 cups water (use less water for thicker, creamier milk!)
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 whole date, pitted (optional // for sweetness // or 1 Tbsp (15 ml) maple syrup)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- 2 Tbsp cocoa or cacao powder for "chocolate milk" (optional)
- 1/4 cup fresh berries for "berry milk" (optional)
Soak rice in 2 cups (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) very hot (not boiling water) for 2 hours. The rice should be soft but still very raw - you should be able to snap a piece in half with your fingernail without much effort. Drain and add to a high-speed blender.
Add water, salt, and any additional add-ins (optional). Top with lid and cover with a towel to ensure it doesn't splash. Blend for about 1 minute until the date specks are very small and the mixture seems well combined. It doesn't have to be 100% pulverized.
Scoop out a small sample with a spoon to test sweetness. If it's not sweet enough, add more dates.
Pour the mixture over a large mixing bowl or pitcher covered with a thin towel or clean T-shirt. In my experience, it benefits from a double strain through a very fine towel. A nut milk bag lets too much residue through.
*You can use brown rice, but I prefer the taste of white rice milk.
*Nutritional information is a rough estimate calculated with no additional add-ins and the leftover rice pulp nutrition subtracted from the total.
Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 8 half-cup servings)
- Calories: 34
- Fat: 0.1g
- Sodium: 4mg
- Carbohydrates: 7.5g
- Fiber: 0.1g
- Protein: 0.7g
Rice milk is a milk which is dairy free. Like almond milk and soya milk and coconut milk, rice milk is a good alternative for those who have lactose intolerance or who prefer a vegan diet. Rice milk is prepared from white or preferentially brown rice with water.
Is rice milk good for you?
Well, rice milk is not milked as it sounds, although it can be used as a substituent of milk, it definitely lacks the property of a milk. But the benefits of rice milk depends upon person to person and what types of diet you want to follow.Like normal cow milk, rice milk lacks lactose which is a type of sugar and cholesterol. Therefore rice milk is healthy for the person who is lactose intolerance or who have high cholesterol.
Health Benefits of Rice Milk
Rice milk is obtained from rice. Rice, as we all know, is a part of staple food for maximum Asia countries since 2000 BC.The main composition of rice is carbohydrate (80%), protein (7-8%), fat (3%) and fiber (3%) (1). Benefits of rice milk are as follows
1.Healthy for Heart
As rice milk contains no cholesterol, therefore it is an excellent substituent for those having a high cholesterol problem.
2. Suitable for Lactose intolerance
Lactose is a type of sugar which is made from the combination of two simple type of sugar namely glucose and galactose. Some people have a problem of digesting lactose as they are unable of producing lactose breaking enzymes in their body. Therefore rice milk thus becomes an alternative for normal dairy milk.
3. Suitable for milk protein allergic
Milk contains mainly two type of proteins casins and milk albumin. People who are allergic to these proteins may suffer severe cell damage on consuming milk. Rice milk is a nice alternative source as it does not contain any dairy proteins (2).
4. Good source of Vitamin B
Rice milk is a good source of vitamins B like thiamine, niacin, riboflavin vitamin D and calcium (1). Vitamin B keeps nervous system, skin, and eyesight healthy. Provides energy to the body (3).
5. Good source of carbohydrate
Rice milk is a good source of carbohydrate that is it provides energy and are less in fat. Carbohydrate helps in keeping body fit and fine and lowers the cholesterol level
Side effects of Rice milk
Rice milk is a good substitute for regular milk but it can not replace the breast milk