Making the switch to nut milks
If you suffer from gas, bloating and sluggish digestion it’s worth eliminating dairy from your diet to see if it may be the cause. When I switched to non dairy milk and milk products like cheese, I saw significant improvements in my symptoms. And while my body can now tolerate small amounts of butter, sheep and goat dairy, cow’s dairy and I just aren’t friends.
The problem with most commercial nut milks
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Always check the ingredient labels of any processed food you purchase. Never go by what is written on the front. Most commercial nut milks contain added salt, sugar and carrageenan. Knowing the dangers of carrageenan I decided I just had to make my own nut milks at home.
Since my very first try at homemade almond milk I have not looked back. Those store-bought versions just cannot beat the taste of fresh homemade nut milk.
Homemade Brazil Almond Nut Milk
One of the advantages of making nut milk at home is that you can customise it to your taste. I like to keep a nice rotation of my nut milks, mostly because I bore easily but also because all nuts bring their own health benefits to the table and I like to take advantage of that.
This brazil almond nut milk is one of my favourite nut milks so far and it happened one day as I set out to make almond milk and realised that I did not have enough almonds to make a proper batch.
I did however have a packet of brazil nuts on hand so I thought why not mix them. The result was a marriage made in heaven. I am not a big milk drinker, I mean a straight up milk drinker. I use milk in smoothies, porridge, coffee etc but I would never drink a glass of milk.
However this lovely white creamy nut milk prompted me to enjoy a glass straight away. I think this is an ideal milk for beginners as its naturally sweet and its texture is the closest to dare I say it cows milk.
How do I make nut milk?
Making nut milk is a simple three step process:
First : You will need to soak the almonds for at least 6 hours to release their enzyme inhibitors and improve nutrient digestion however there is no need to soak Brazil nuts because they don’t have any or very little enzyme inhibitors. I decided to soak them both anyways.
Second: Blend, blend, blend
Third : Strain
A note on soaking Brazil nuts – I have received feedback that when using soaked Brazil nuts there is a bitter aftertaste in the milk. I did not experience this but just to be safe, do not soak the Brazil nuts!
Brazil Almond Nut Milk – nuts to water ratio
I use a 1:4 nuts to water ratio in this recipe. I suggest starting off with the same but feel free to experiment and find the ratio you like best.
Homemade nut milk nutrition
Health spotlight: Brazil nuts
- Brazil nuts are a good source of the mineral selenium. Selenium supports immunity and helps wounds to heal.
- Brazil nuts are a very rich source of omega-6 fatty acids that can lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Similarly, the mono unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in Brazil nuts lower cholesterol levels, and thereby reduce the risk for heart attacks and strokes.
- The high protein and fibre content of these nuts help to control hunger and can assist in controlling weight.
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- 1/2 cup raw almonds soaked for 6-8 hours
- 1 cup raw Brazil nuts
- 6 cups water
- Dash of sea salt
- Dash of vanilla
- Dash of cinnamon
Place the nuts in a bowl or jar and cover them with water. Let them soak overnight or 6-8 hours minimum.
When you’re ready to make the milk drain the water off and rinse the nuts well. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth. I do not own a high speed blender like a vitamin and it takes my blender about 1.5 minutes.
Hold your nut-milk bag or strainer of choice over a large bowl. Pour the mixture from your blender into your strainer. Squeeze the bag if using until all the water has filtered through and only the pulp is left. It’s a bit like milking a cow.
Pour your milk into a glass storage container. It will keep for about 4 days in the refrigerator.
Save the pulp in ice cube trays for adding to smoothies or dehydrate it to make almond flour.