I’ve been trying different nut milks lately and finally got around to making Brazil nut milk.
Homemade Brazil nut milk tastes just like – mild raw Brazil nuts. No surprise there! The consistency is similar to almond milk and they are a good source of selenium. If you drink this straight, I’d recommend using the dates in this recipe to sweeten. You don’t need to sweeten it if it’s for smoothies.
Homemade Brazil Nut Milk Ingredients:
- 1 cup raw Brazil nuts, soaked
- 4 to 5 cups of water
- 3 to 5 dates, soaked for 20 minutes (optional, to sweeten)
Step 1: Place the Brazil nuts in a large bowl and fill the bowl with water until the nuts are covered. Cover the bowl with a towel and let sit in a cool place for about 24 hours. You can soak them in the refrigerator to avoid fermentation.
After the nuts are done soaking, pour out the water and rinse them with fresh water.
Step 2: Place the nuts in your blender with about 4 to 5 cups of water. Add the dates if you are using them. I have a Vitamix, but you can use any high speed blender.
Blend on high for about 50 seconds or until you don’t have any more date or nuts pieces. After you are done blending, you’ll have a thick white liquid with lots of froth on top.
Step 3: Strain the milk through a bag strainer or through a fine sieve. A nut milk bag will allow you to get more of the milk, but it may be slightly messier.
If you are going to use a sieve, use a spoon to scrap the bottom of the sieve to remove the pulp that collects at the bottom. Once all of the milk has been drained, remove the pulp before adding more milk to be strained. You can use a large spoon to press the pulp into the sieve and get more of the milk.
Store in the refrigerator and use within a week. You will need to stir or shake the milk every time you use it since it will settle. Use as a liquid in smoothies or drink it straight. Use it as you would regular milk.
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Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Health & Weight Loss Program and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.