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Brown Rice Milk Recipe – Easy and Homemade!

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Brown Rice Milk Recipe
Brown Rice Milk Recipe
I hope you enjoy this easy homemade brown rice milk recipe. While most brown rice milk recipes call for making brown rice milk with water, I prefer to use coconut water for the brown rice milk recipe because it makes for a sweeter and more flavorful milk. This is a cooked brown rice milk recipe that I find really creamy while still being easy to digest. It is a great base for fresh fruit smoothies and an easy way to add extra calories to your diet if you are looking to gain weight.

Prep Time: 3 hours

Yield: 6 Cups (Serving Size = 1 Cup)

Nutrition Information:
  • 173 calories
  • 1 grams of fat
  • 6 grams of sugar
  • 17 milligrams of sodium
  • 4 cups organic overcooked short grain brown rice
  • 4 cups coconut water or filtered water
  • 1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon non-alcoholic vanilla extract
  • Preferred sweetener to taste (I have used white stevia powder or liquid, honey, and maple syrup, but you could use whatever sweetener you prefer)
To cook the short grain brown rice use a little more water than usual. I personally use 1 cup dry brown rice to 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil and let simmer for an hour and then take off the heat and let the brown rice cool down for a few hours. Add 4 cups of the cooled brown rice in a high speed blender, such as the Vitamix, with 4 cups of liquid. Then add 1 vanilla bean and blend for about 1 minute on high. Strain the mixture through a nylon nut milk bag and put the strained mixture back in the blender with your favorite sweetener to taste. I usually add a few pinches of white stevia powder or a few drops of flavored stevia to taste. If you don't have vanilla beans you can add 1 teaspoon of a non-alcoholic vanilla extract at this point. Blend the sweetener and vanilla in the blender and then pour the rice milk into a sealed container and put in the fridge, where it will last for a few days. Makes about 6 cups of brown rice milk. Use it as you would regular milk.


straining brown rice milk through a nut milk bag


  • You really need a good nylon sprout bag or nut milk bag for making this recipe, but if you don’t have one you can use a mesh strainer or cheese cloth. Get a nut milk bag here.
  • You only need to blend the rice and liquid in the blender for 1 minute if you have a high speed blender such as the Vitamix, but if you don’t have a Vitamix you might need to blend for longer.
  • You can use the same method above for any type of grain milk. The ratio is 1 cup cooked grain such as quinoa, oatmeal, buckwheat . . .to one cup of liquid and follow the above directions. You can also mix and match grains and even add some soaked nuts into the equation as well. I like to mix one cup cooked oatmeal, 1/2 cup soaked almonds, and 2 cups brown rice with 4 cups liquid to make a delicious non dairy milk. You can also make the same recipe  with cooked quinoa instead of the oatmeal. The possibilities for mixing grains and nuts to make different milks are endless.
  • Some people will ask me if you can skip straining the milk in the sprout bag or nut milk bag. I would say that straining is essential unless you want a grainy milk. The only exception to this would be if you have a Vitamix and make oat milk out of cooked oatmeal. I have been able to get oatmeal milk  really smooth without straining, but I still prefer to strain for a smooth consistency. If you don’t have a Vitamix or another really powerful blender you will almost always need to strain when making grain milks.
  • You can experiment with using different liquids to make your grain milks as well. My personal favorite is to use coconut water for a sweet milk, but you could use: coconut water kefir for a tangy fermented drink or your favorite herbal tea such as mint or lemon verbena for a flavored brown rice milk.
  • Nutrition info is per 1 single 8 ounce serving using coconut water and stevia powder as sweetener.

I hope you enjoyed this brown rice milk recipe. Thanks for reading and please share your favorite non-dairy milk recipe in the comment’s section below.

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1 Deborah { 06.13.13 at 11:51 am }

How much powdered stevia would you use if making the brown rice milk using water? (Or honey, or maple syrup)

Also, my husband is concerned that it is not fortified (like rice dream). Any thoughts?

Thank you

2 Cecilia { 06.15.13 at 10:16 am }

Hi Deborah,

Thank you for stopping by. It’s hard to tell you how much white stevia powder to use because of all the different brands out there. I use Trader Joes Organic White Stevia Powder and it comes with a ridiculously small little scooper. I use 1-2 tiny scoopfuls per 8 ounces of homemade rice milk. When I use honey I probably use 1 teaspoon of honey per 8 ounces of homemade rice milk. Sometimes I combine the honey and stevia together, but then again, I like things really sweet! The rule of thumb is to start with less and then you can always add more.

Your husband has a valid point, and for awhile I did add some powdered vitamins to the milk, but then I realized that it changed the flavor and I would much rather just swallow a good quality vitamin supplement than interfere with the rice milk’s flavor. My husband and I personally take multivitamins and our favorite brands are Megafoods and ProThera. Rice Dream is fortified with calcium, vitamin A, Vitamin D, and B12 so if you are relying on Rice Dream for these nutrients this is something to consider. Calcium and Vitamin A can be found in whole food sources, but Vitamin D and B12 are a little tougher to find in whole food sources so supplementation might be in order if you are relying on Rice Dream for these nutrients.

Thanks for your comments,

3 Lynn { 11.11.13 at 10:47 am }

I tried this recipe and the milk was incredibly thick.

4 Cecilia { 11.26.13 at 5:18 pm }

Yes, it will turn out thick. You can add more water if you want it thinner. I like it thick because I like to use it as a base for smoothies and it makes the smoothies extra creamy. If you want a thinner non dairy milk, I suggest you experiment with nut milks using this recipe here. Best Wishes – Cecilia

5 Jennifer Hatcher { 09.20.14 at 2:57 pm }

Do you use the strained rice for anything afterwards? Seems a shame to throw it away!

6 Cecilia { 09.21.14 at 12:29 pm }

You can used the strained rice in baked goods, smoothies, make it into a breakfast porridge, or mix it in with your dog’s food. Best Wishes ~ Cecilia

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