A few weeks ago our whole house hold were struck down with various levels of gross winter bugs, my three year old daughter was hit hardest, with a nasty cough (and phlem) that my doctor called the '100 day cough', and we were told to ride it out....Naturally my first instinct is to turn to diet, dairy was the first to go and nut milk as an alternative was the first in.
(I also added a heap of turmeric, ginger and pineapple to her diet and well as getting an amazing remedy from a Naturopath friend (If you're a Napier local pop into Hapi and book in with Fleur https://hapi.nz/))
Have you ever bought nut milk? Read the back of the carton next time, put it back on the shelf, go to the nut isle. Seriously the amount of sugar and thickeners in store bought nut milk is ridiculous, especially considering how simple this stuff really is.
Here are a few point to remember when making nut milk
- You can use any nut, play around, combine nuts for different flavours. My favourite is brazil nut milk for tea and with muesli, hazelnut for coffee and hot chocolates and cashew for drinking.
- You'll need a decent blender and either a nut milk bag (you can get these from most health stores or online) or a fine cheesecloth (you can buy this at any fabric store).
- Nut milk stores in the fridge for 2-3 days, although it gets used up well before then.
- You'll be left with a cup of 'nut pulp' after making the milk, hold on to it, freeze it because I have an amazing nut milk pulp recipe coming this week. Otherwise you can dry it in the oven on a low heat and use in pancakes or add to smoothies.
- 1 cup nuts
- Purified water to soak
- 1 tsp ACV (apple cider vinegar or lemon juice)
- 3 cups of purified water
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp maple syrup
Soak the nuts in water and ACV or lemon juice over night (covered with a clean paper towel).
In the morning rinse the nuts well and place them in a blender with 3 cups of purified water, blend on high for 2 minutes, add the salt and maple and blend again for 30 seconds.
Place the muslin or nut milk bag in a large bowl, pour the milk through the fabric and squeeze gently.
Pour the drained milk nto a glass bottle and place in the fridge.