Category: Milk

OMG!! Hazelnut Almond Milk Recipe for your Coffee!

OMG!! Hazelnut Almond Milk Recipe for your Coffee!

This homemade hazelnut milk is fit for a high end coffee shop and it goes perfectly with a cup of coffee. I use a mix of hazelnuts and almonds, but feel free to use all hazelnuts if you prefer. It’s lightly flavoured with notes of caramel from the Medjool dates, cinnamon, and a whole vanilla bean.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup raw hazelnuts
1/4 cup raw almonds
3 1/2 cups water
2 1/2-3 pitted Medjool dates, to taste
1 vanilla bean, roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
tiny pinch of fine grain sea salt (optional)

Vitamix Hazelnut Almond cream

Directions:

Place hazelnuts and almonds in a bowl and cover with [eafl id=1053 name=”Perfect Water Purifier – articleLink2″ text=”filtered water”]. It’s preferred to soak them overnight (for 8-12 hours) in the water, but you can get away with soaking for 1-2 hours in a pinch.

Rinse and drain the soaked hazelnuts and almonds. Place nuts into your [eafl id=1316 name=”Vitamix 5300 Blender – Article Link” text=”Vitamix”] along with water, pitted dates, vanilla bean, cinnamon, and salt (if using).

Cover and blend on highest speed for 1 minute or so.

Place a nut milk bag (here is the bag I love) over a large bowl and slowly pour the milk mixture into the bag. Gently squeeze the bottom of the bag to release the milk. This process can take 3-5 minutes, so be patient. You should be left with about 1 cup of pulp in the bag. See my tips below on using the leftover pulp.

homemade hazelnut milk

1) If your dates or vanilla bean are dry/stiff, soak in water to soften before use. You can also use another sweetener of your choice like maple syrup instead of dates. Same goes for vanilla – feel free to use vanilla extract for a more subtle vanilla flavour.
2) Ideas for using leftover pulp: stir into oatmeal or muffin batter, add to smoothies, make crackers, or you can even dehydrate it and then blend it up to make hazelnut meal. You can freeze it for a later use too.
3) You might be wondering – If I don’t have a nut milk bag can I use a fine mesh sieve? Yes you can. I don’t find the milk gets as smooth compared to using a nut milk bag, but if you strain it several times, it comes out decent. Also, feel free to try a cheesecloth (you can even line the sieve with a layer of cheesecloth).

 

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Coconut Milk Smoothie For Weight Loss

Coconut Milk Smoothie For Weight Loss

Coconut milk, despite its high saturated fat content, can help the body burn more energy and lose weight more easily. The unique structure of the MCFAs (medium chain fatty acids) found in coconut milk allow them to be burned more readily for energy, and increases total energy expenditure over the day. Additionally, MCFAs have been shown to be more satiating than longer-chain fats, filling you up better and helping prevent hunger.

Ingredients:

8 oz. organic coconut milk, (I like the Native Forest brand, the container is BPA free)
1 tablespoon organic extra virgin coconut oil (I like the Nutiva brand)
2 eggs, organic, free range, and yes, raw!
1/4 cup organic frozen raspberries or other frozen berry
1 frozen organic banana
Optional: 1 tsp- 1 tbsp organic raw honey ( I leave this out but you might prefer it!)

Directions:

In a high powered blender or Vitamix, blend well until desired consistency is achieved. ENJOY!

Cherry-Os for kids

Cherry-Os for kids

*4 bananas, sliced and frozen
*2 cups almond milk
*small dash vanilla
*a bit of stevia, if desired
*1 cup cherries, sliced

This is a fun breakfast and is as simple as a smoothie in a bowl. Kids especially seem to enjoy the cherries sliced into rings and floated in the sweet blend of banana and vanilla.

In a blender, process the frozen bananas, almond milk, vanilla, and optional stevia until very smooth. Pour into bowls and add the cherry slices. They should rest on top without sinking easily.

Incredibly Delicious Cashew Cream

Incredibly Delicious Cashew Cream

Raw Honey Cashew Cream

Options:

  • add a tiny pinch of cinnamon – takes the edge off the sweetness and is great for fruitcake.
  • add brandy for Brandy Cream for Christmas pudding.
  • serve over fresh berries.

Drain the cashews and then place all ingredients in Vitamix and blend on high until smooth and creamy.

Who knew you could make cream out of cashews and water…this cream is absolutely incredible!

This is yummy! I put it over fruit salad and my family loved it!

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How to Soak Nuts and Make Cashew Milk or Cashew Cream

How to Soak Nuts and Make Cashew Milk or Cashew Cream

cashew milk vitamix recipe
Making home made nut milk or nut cream is delicious and it’s so much easier than you might think. Especially if you have a Vitamix blender. This recipe and how-to is focused on making cashew cream or cashew milk but the method is nearly identical for a variety of different nuts. I do believe in soaking my nuts in purified water before turning them into cream or milk. The timeline for nut soaking times is below.

Which Nuts are Best to turn into Milk?

I have made nut milks from almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts and pistachios, but from what I understand the similar methodologies apply no matter which nut you decide to use. Macadamia nut milk in particular is amazing, so rich and full of incredible flavor, but it  has got to be the most expensive nut milk you can make. I only make it as a special treat during the holidays.

How & Why to Soak Nuts for Milking.

Most nuts, seeds, grains and beans are covered in natural chemicals – enzyme inhibitors and toxins – that protect them while growing. These nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances are enzyme inhibitors, phytates (phytic acid), polyphenols (tannins), and goitrogens. Once harvested, those same chemicals, the major one being phytic acid – are indigestible to the human body and must be broken down before consumption. When food containing phytic acid is consumed, the acid combines with important minerals like calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc in the intestinal tract and blocks their absorption which inhibits our digestive systems’ ability to break the nut down properly.

The very simple process of soaking releases these chemicals, helping you to absorb your food’s essential minerals and nutrients.

Soaking nuts in filtered water makes them easier to digest and improves their flavor.

nut soaking chart

makes 1 quart
* I find that 1 cup of nuts is more than enough for 1 quart of milk, some people prefer 2 cups.

1) Soak your raw cashews and vanilla bean in filtered water for at least 2 hours.

2) Discard soaking water and rinse your cashews and the vanilla bean.

3) Place soaked cashews, honey (or other sweetener), vanilla bean, a dash of sea salt and 4 cups of water in a blender. Cover and blend on high for 1-2 minutes. It will be milky and have a bit of foam on the top.

4) If you’re using a Vitamix blender it will blend the cashews smooth. If you’re not using a Vitamix then strain milk through a nut bag, doubled up cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer.

NOTES:

Some people prefer not to strain their cashew milk, since it technically doesn’t have to be, (think about all those glorious creamy cashew cream sauces). Even though it has far less pulp than other nuts.

These same instructions work for any nut you may choose to use. Though, generally almonds & cashews are my favorites.

Store in a covered glass jar, bottle or pitcher in the refrigerator, it’ll be good for about 4-5 days.

Separation is totally natural with homemade nut milks, just be sure to shake it up just before serving.

 

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