Homemade Flax Milk

This dairy-free recipes was inspired by my trip to India earlier this year…

While I was walking along the road in the small village of Kallikadu, a random Indian woman invited me into her home for a cup of masala chai. Generally I would have said no to a stranger… but I was in India and had the opportunity to chat with a local in their home, of course I said yes!

Her house was made of concrete with a metal roof and was no larger than my ensuite bathroom. Her possessions included a couple of pots, a slab of wood she called a bed and a fire to cook her meals.

We got to talking about my life at home, her childhood, food, family, why I traveled to India, religion, and if she’d ever gotten a chance to travel anywhere. She kept a bright smile stretched across her face, a warmness to her eyes and stayed present for the entire conversation.

It was easy to see just how happy she was to be alive. Beside her, I felt so poor. As if nothing I’d ever accomplished mattered.

How can I have everything I’ve ever wanted, but feel so empty? It just didn’t make sense and it ripped at me for the duration of my stay.

When I returned home, filling my life with stuff just didn’t seem all that important anymore. I’d learned that making connections would create far more happiness from within than relying on the physical things ever would.

I’ve begun spending more time with friends, getting involved in the community and have started to become mindful of the things I buy. Instead of just purchasing blindly, I’ve been asking myself… do I really need this rice syrup, or will the honey I already have do the trick? Maybe a weird example, but from a girl with about 518 different types of sweeteners in her pantry, this is a fair question to be asking.

One of the best things in all of this has been coming up with ways to simplify in the kitchen. I’ve been making my own cereal, sprouting seeds, and cooking pulses. All easy stuff, but I’m surprised at what a huge impact it’s made to our grocery bill and my feeling of self-sustenance.

The easiest and most rewarding change I’ve made in the kitchen has been experimenting with dairy-free alternative milk recipes. From homemade sesame milk, making my own hemp milk, almond milk; and most recently, creating this tasty flax milk recipe.

This milk couldn’t be simpler to prepare. Once complete, it’s great on it’s own and even better as a smoothie base. I only tried it with brown flax, but I’ve read that making flax milk with golden flax produces a milder flavor. So, if you don’t generally like the taste of flax, go with the golden seed instead.

The cool thing about making flax milk is that it’s completely unprocessed. You don’t need to worry about the milk being rancid as you would with the store-bought varieties. Not only that, but it’ll save you upwards of $4 when you make your own as opposed to purchasing it at the store!

Have I convinced you yet?


I made step by step instructions… maybe that will?


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Homemade Flax Milk
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free, Grain free
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
Make your own flax seed milk and get the benefits of the raw seed while saving a couple bucks!
  • ¼ cup raw whole flax seeds *see note
  • 6 cups water
  • 5 pitted dates *see note
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Place flax seeds in the jug of your blender and add water. Blend on high for 1 minute until all seeds have been broken down. You want the pieces to be still visible as they’ll be filtered out a bit easier.
  2. Pull a nut milk bag or the leg of (unused) pantyhose over the top of the blender jug and slowly pour mixture into a large bowl.
  3. Squeeze out all of the liquid being careful not to squeeze too hard allowing the seed fiber to come through.
  4. Once all liquid has been extracted, strain it again by pouring the milk back into the blender jug, covering the top with the second leg of pantyhose and pouring the milk into the bowl.
  5. Return milk back to the jug, add dates, vanilla and spices or supplements if using. Blend on high until dates are completely broken down, about 2 minutes.
  6. Remove the froth at the top by passing through a fine sieve or skim from the top with a spoon.
  7. Pour into an airtight jug. Will keep in the fridge for 3-5 days. Natural separation will occur, just shake it up before serving.
Flavor boost: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, pumpkin spice… any spice you want!

Nutrition boost: add 6 servings of primal defense probiotic powder, bone meal powder or a fine protein powder like unflavored rice protein or egg protein.

Brown or golden flax will work fine. I used brown, but have read that golden will give off a much milder flavor.

Feel free to use any date you have on hand or sweeten with honey, date syrup or rice syrup.

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Let’s break it down!

Set out all of your ingredients. I purchased the pantyhose at the dollar store for 50 cents. You can reuse it for future batches it’ll just take awhile to get clean.

Add the water and let the mixture blend. You want the pieces to be still visible as they’ll be filtered out a bit easier.

Cut off the legs of the pantyhose. They should be about 2 feet long.

Pull the pantyhose over the jug of the blender and pour into a large bowl.

Hold up the hose and let it drain.

Squeeze it gently.

Return the mixture back to the jag and repeat the straining process using the other leg of the pantyhose.

Return back to the jug, add in your dates and vanilla and blend until pulverized.

Remove the froth with a sieve or skim the surface with a spoon.

Tada! You now have a tall glass of flax milk waiting for you to enjoy.

*best served chilled*

…but that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying a fresh cup ;)


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  1. How did you get yours to look so creamy? When I made this, it was on the watery side.

    • Hmm, perhaps yours needed to be blended a little longer? I used a high-powered blender (Vitamix) so maybe that’s why?

  2. Thanks for recipe, I really wanted to make some dairy-free milk at home and I absolutely love flax seeds so this is the best option for me. However, when I made it and transferred to a bottle I just left it on my kitchen table and then after an hour or so when I drank it, it was kind of slimy.. Do you have any ideas how to get rid of the slime? I want to use this milk to drink coffee mainly.

    • Uh oh! Did you strain the milk really well? Leaving bits of flax might cause it to become slightly gelatinous and slimy like soaked flax does.

  3. Have you used this for baking or cooking? I was subbing soy milk for baking and cooking but it isn’t kind to my sensitive digestion.

  4. Is that really flaxssed milk?
    Where we use the milk?
    And another query
    Can we use dry flaxssed powder with hot milk and nuts (almond, keshav, kismiss)

    • Hi, Moh! By blending the water and flaxseeds together, we make flaxseed “milk.” I believe flaxseed powder will work here, too. I hope this helps!

  5. I have some reservations about Flax milk. Flax is so good, so healthy that I have concerns about not consuming the whole seed. The consumption of flax leads to lignans being produced in your intestines – lignans have a crazy number of health benefits. The bacteria use the flax to create the lignans. Not consuming the grounds seems like an immense waste of the marvel that is flax! Whatever the case though – this wold still be far healthier for your than diary.

    • Hey, thanks for sharing! You can save the grounds and sprinkle them on salads, in smoothies, etc., so you’re not wasting the whole seed :)

    • Actually William the linseed husk is quite irritating to the gut, so linseed milk is the best way to get the best benefits of this wonderful seed. Enjoy ;0)

  6. Thank you so much for this recipe! According to The Cornucopia Institute’s Shopping Guide to Avoiding Organic Foods with Carrageenan, they are unable to find any organic flax milk brands on the market that do not contain carrageenan. I needed flax milk for a smoothie recipe I wanted to try so I found your flax milk recipe and made my own. My four year old daughter happily drank some, I drank some to try it, and then I used it in the smoothie recipe. It was great and so easy, too! Many thanks! :)

  7. I am a little late to this, but trying to find a good milk to make at home for my family. I tried this this morning, and I don’t get the creamy look or texture at all. It looks like muddied water. My not very picky 1 yr old seems to like it, but I really am curious as to why mine isn’t creamy….

    • Hi Shelby! I’m sorry to hear this didn’t go so well for you. Did you use a high-powered blender like a Vita Mix? That’s what I used and it came out quite creamy. Or perhaps yours wasn’t blended long enough?

      • We have a ninja. I don’t really know a whole lot about blenders. I tried a second batch blending longer, but it left more gritty stuff behind even after straining twice. Maybe it’s all about the blender….

        • That is so strange…. I haven’t used a Ninja before, but I figured it had the same power as a Vitamix. Maybe the flax you used came from a bad batch? So sorry I don’t have a better answer! I’m stumped!

          • hello,
            As a former Blentec rep I can say the top 2 high speed blenders are Vitamix and Blendtec. Ninja is a starter blender (read planned obsolescence) and can’t perform like either of the top 2. Blendtec (at Costco) is about 1/2 the price of a Vitamix. Both are amazing and competent machines and you can find reconditioned or used ones on line. They, unlike Ninja, are worth the investment.

        • I just bought a vitamix but used a ninja before and the ninja did a terrible job and left it like you’re saying. But, my vitamix does an amazing job of it.

      • If I used the flax for the milk, is it possible to save the ground seeds after the draining process and dehydrated them? Is it too fine?

        • I think this could work. You may as well give it a try :) You could save the dehydrated leftovers for throwing into smoothies or on top of salads!

  8. Can you translate this to metric?

    Is 1/4 cup the same as 60 ml/4 tbsp flaxseed or 37.5 gram? And is 6 cup the same as 1,5 liter of water? Sounds like a lot of water compared to the little amount of flaxseed. I have used another great measurment, but it also looks tempting trying this one :)

    • Your calculations sounds about right! It turns out beautifully for me this way. If you try it, let us know how it goes :)

  9. I am going to try this recipe today! BUT– this is not sugar free! Do you know how much sugar is in dates????? I plan to use stevia–and probably a little vanilla for flavor. If you cannot ingest sugar (as in cancer) stevia has worked well in most recipes I’ve tried so far, including cashew milk.

    • Yes! Stevia is a great alternative to other sweeteners, I love it. Thanks for sharing!

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