Nut Milk

We've got another great recipe from Kristen Suzanne, noted raw chef and author of some amazing cookbooks. For more great recipes, check out Kristen's blog or website.

Nut milk is a great alternative to cow's milk for children, and it's healthy and easy to make. It's cholesterol free, full of nutrients, and it's much easier on the planet. It's also a great option for kids who have a lactose intolerance. Nut milk is perfect for drinking by itself, adding to smoothies, or eating with Raw granola (or any cereal!). Yum!

When I make a nut or seed milk I usually make it with hemp seeds, because they're packed with nutrition and I love their flavor. Hemp seeds' amino acid profile dominates with the 8 essential amino acids, making it an excellent vegetarian source of "complete" protein. My favorite brand for hemp products is Manitoba Harvest which you can find at Whole Foods Markets.

However, you can make nut milk out of a variety of nuts/seeds. Here are some things to keep in mind. Always try to get raw, organic nuts and seeds if you can. A great online source is SunOrganic.com. .If you use cashews, hemp seeds, macadamia nuts or Brazil nuts, you basically don't have to soak them before hand. Just put them in the blender with the following ingredients in the recipe below, and blend. Based on the consistency that you (and your family) would like, you can simply increase or decrease the amount of water. If you don't have a high powered blender you might want to chop the cashews, macadamia nuts, and/or Brazil nuts before blending to make it easier.

CREAMY DREAMY HEMP MILK
By Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com

Yield 4 cups
2 1/2 cups water, more if desired
1 1/2 cups hemp seeds
1 - 2 tablespoons raw agave nectar or 2 - 3 dates, pitted (optional)

Blend all of the ingredients until creamy and smooth.


Variations:- Make it vanilla by adding the seeds of a vanilla bean or some vanilla extract- Make it chocolate by adding 1-2 tablespoons of raw chocolate powder.

If you're using pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, etc... then you should soak them before you blend them for 6-8 hours (or overnight). Simply put them in a bowl on your counter, with enough water to cover by about an inch. Drain and rinse. Use.

Nut / Seed milk will stay fresh in your refrigerator for up to five days. It'll separate when it's been sitting in your refrigerator so simply shake it up before serving. It also freezes well (you might want to make a couple of batches at once and freeze them in glass mason jars).

4 comments:

  1. Wow! I had never thought to make my own! Very cool.

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  2. Very Cool! I have one kid who is lactose intolerant and one who is allergic to nuts. I am going to research this seed milk and see what kind of a transferance there might be with nut/seed allergies. This sounds fun!

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  3. Hi ladies,

    Glad you enjoyed the post... in case you can't get to my blog from the link above, you can try this.
    www.KristensRaw.blogspot.com

    I'm off to make some hemp seed milk now. :)

    Cheers,
    Kristen

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  4. Never heard of this one..wow!
    sandy toe

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