Trying to steer clear of dairy and soy but bored with almond milk? Well you’re in luck because there are some new nut milks on the scene. Here’s the nutritional lowdown on Brazil nut and cashew milk. Plus, a delicious DIY nut milk recipe that’s a cinch to whip up at home!
Brazil nut milk
Brazil nuts are known for being high in selenium, an essential trace mineral with exceptional antioxidant properties. Brazil nuts also contain Vitamin B1 to assist your nervous system and magnesium to help relax those muscles. The rich taste and soft texture of Brazil nuts results in one creamy and decadent nut milk.
Cashews are high in the amino acid tryptophan, which helps to produce serotonin also known as the feel good chemical. Serotonin is also crucial in supporting the nervous system and aiding digestion. Cashews are also high monounsaturated fats, which are beneficial for cardiovascular health. If you’ve ever eaten raw desserts from soaked cashews you’ll have an idea of how creamy and delicious cashew nut milk is. You can also try combining your cashew nut milk with aromatics such as vanilla or cinnamon.
DIY healthy nut milk recipe
Makes 5 cups
1-cup raw nuts of choice
4 cups water
2 tbsp. rice malt syrup, raw honey or stevia to taste
1-2 dates (optional)
Pinch Himalayan salt
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 Soak raw nuts in a bowl of water, which covers the nuts by just a few centimetres.
2 Place a tea towel over the bowl and pop in fridge for four to six hours (or overnight).
3 Drain all excess water and rinse nuts thoroughly.
4 Add the soaked nuts and three cups of water into your blender and blitz until smooth.
5 Add your cinnamon, vanilla bean, Himalayan salt and sweeteners and/or dates to taste.
6 Strain your nut milk through cheesecloth or nut milk bag for a smooth consistency.
7 This easy nut milk recipe can be stored in a glass jar in your fridge for up to four days.
Top tip: Who says you have to stick to one nut? You can also get creative with your nut milk and create a delicious combo of almond, Brazil and cashew nut milk and use this to make warming winter treats like hot cacao or quinoa porridge.