How To Make Rice Milk - An easy method to create your own allergy-friendly milk using your favorite kind of rice. NO added oils or unnecessary ingredients.
I make multiple homemade milks each week, including Coconut Milk, Pumpkin Seed Milk and today's recipe.
The latter I make primarily for my daughters, Jade and Miki, who don't tolerate cow's milk very well.
I used to drink Rice Dream until I became skeptical of the added oils. The watery texture also left quite a bit to be desired!
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What I love about this recipe
- NO added oils or preservatives - Store-bought brands add polyunsaturated fats, like sunflower, safflower, or canola oils to their milks, which can be inflammatory to the body.
- I can control both sweetness and salt - I typically give this milk to Jade or Miki, so I'll add in a date to give it some sweetness!
- It's thick and luscious! - I've yet to try a rice milk from the store that didn't resemble water. This recipe is thick and creamy!
- Add in any flavor you like - Additions of vanilla, cinnamon, or even pie spice could jazz this up nicely.
How to make the best rice milk
Add the raw rice to a saucepan with water and bring it to a boil. Lower the heat and cook for three hours.
After the rice cooled, blend it with (or without) a date and a bit of salt.
Rice milk benefits
- This easy recipe is not only thick and delicious, it's also allergy-friendly. Rice is one of the most tolerated foods for highly allergic individuals.
- Low in both fat and calories.
- Cheap to make! A quarter cup of rice is mere pennies, even when buying organic. Compare that to the four bucks you'd pay for a carton of Rice Dream.
- NO nut milk bag needed. I just pour the final blended milk quickly through a sieve to catch any large bits.
What is the best rice to use to make rice milk?
What is the consistency like?
Can I use rice milk like I would use regular milk in a recipe?
Can't I just blend cooked rice and water instead?
Recipes to use with rice milk
Smoothies are our favorite way to enjoy this dairy-free milk, but it also goes great atop a bowl of oatmeal or granola!
Jade's Chocolate Sunbutter Shake
How To Make Rice Milk (Thick and Creamy!)
- ¼ cup uncooked rice see FAQs above for which rice to use
- 4 cups water
- ⅛ tsp sea salt
- 1 soft date optional
- Rinse and drain the rice very well.
- Add the rice and water to a medium saucepan.
- Bring the mix to a boil and let bubble for 10-15 seconds.
- Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and let cook for three hours.
- Remove the pan from the heat and let cool a bit.
- Add the mixture to a high speed blender, along with the date (if using) and salt.
- Blend on high for 30-45 seconds or until smooth.
- Strain out any rice pulp by pouring the milk through a sieve (there shouldn't be much).
- You can add a bit more water at this point if you want it thinner.
- Chill and use as desired.
If you have a chance to try this recipe, please leave a star rating and a comment below letting me know how you liked it!
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Hate rice, but this is probably the best rice milk I ever had🌝💐
Do you cook the rice with the salt or do you add it when blending everything together? Have you switched to another milk with arsenic as an issue with rice? I also can't tolerate almonds. Is this recipe too sweet to use in mashed potatoes?
The salt is added in during the blending process. I'm personally not concerned with arsenic at this point, since rice is one of the foods my family and I tolerate best! I think you could use it in mashed potatoes if you leave the dates out.
Very good, I think your use of short grain is better because it contains more starch than others. Thank you!
Great recipe, Lauren! So much healthier than store bought!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Almond milk is the best!
Oh my god. I love you. I am trying this when I get home tonight (and by tonight I mean tomorrow night since I have plans tonight - I KNOW! I. Have. Plans. Can you believe it? Me either).