Homemade non-dairy milks are a great way to customise your smoothies and discover new flavour combinations. Plus, making nut milks like almond milk and cashew milk -- or soya milk, rice milk, or coconut milk options -- is easy in the Vitamix machine and tastes better than store-bought varieties.

All these dairy alternatives are made by blending nuts, coconut, rice, or soybeans with water. The mixture is then strained through a fine-mesh colander (lined with cheesecloth for the smoothest results) over a large bowl to filter out the solids, or through Vitamix’s reusable filtration bag. Use the milks as-is, or add vanilla essence, sweetener, or salt to taste for added flavour. The milks will keep up to three days in the refrigerator.

Whether you’re vegan, lactose-intolerant, or simply prefer the dairy-free taste, try swapping these mild and creamy milks for water or dairy in the following smoothie recipes:

Watch how easy it is to create homemade milks in the Vitamix machine.