I must admit, I am never been a fan of brown rice milk. Why? Cause I never thought it had any flavour! I have tried every rice milk variety on the market and have not been itching to return to the rice milk trough. That was until I made my home-made rice milk. Oh wow! I discovered that by not embracing the potential of rice milk, I had been missing out!
I will be honest, brown rice milk is not my first port of call when I make a vegan smoothie, as I prefer to use more nutritionally dense vegan milks to indulge in. But for those of you nut allergies, or those of you who love rice milk, or even for the rest of you -- this milk is a winner.
The Chinese have given us so many delicious culinary gifts. Brown rice would have to be at the top of the whole foods list. The Chinese have been cultivating rice for about 9,000 years. Yeah, and we have just recently caught the bug in the last century! Gosh, it is like that with so many healthy wonders from the East -- yoga, colonics. Oh, I could go on and on. There are about 8,000 different types of rice. That puts me to shame. I can only name about 8!
You know what I love the most about brown rice? It is cheap! That is something brown rice milk has over vegan nut milks. Those of you who have milked raw nuts on a regular basis know that it can prove to be a strain on the piggy bank. No wonder rice is one of the most vital food staples in the world, and accounts for about half of the caloric intake of almost half the world’s population!
I don’t know about you, but texture is critical to my enjoyment of anything I eat. For those of you who are used to consuming fluffy white rice and are cringing – Fear not! If you soak your rice, it takes a lot of the grittiness away, and more closely resembles the texture of white rice, with all the added nutritional benefits. Refer to my page about Why Soak Grains to learn more about that.
Soaking is also beneficial when making home-made brown rice milk. Like all of the home-made vegan milks, if you are using this brown rice milk recipe in a vegan smoothie, you need do nothing else than blend and pour. But if you are going to use this milk for cereals, then you will want to jazz it up. Once again, any natural sweeteners and flavourings will work with this home-made rice milk.
**I have listed more information about home-made vegan grain milks in the recipe instructions.