Flavored Nut Milks by Amy Chaplin

omkara Recipes & Nutrition

A note by Amy: “Lately, when I forget to soak almonds I make nut milk with a combination of hemp and macadamia nuts. Since neither has a skin, you won’t need to soak them to remove phytic acid (a nutrient blocker in the skin that protects the seed from sprouting—there is plenty more info about this my book up coming cook book). Not only is it simple to make, but it’s also deliciously rich and flavorful. I usually don’t strain the milk when pouring it over my regular oat and chia seed breakfast but for these flavored milks, I recommend getting out your nut milk bag. The silky consistency of the strained milk allows their more delicate flavors to shine and gives a perfect clean and refreshing finish.

The addition of coconut butter gives a nice hint of sweetness and adds a little richness too. They’re best served cold and keep well in the fridge for a few days. I can’t decide which one I like most, as they’re all unique and tasty.”

 

Flavored Nut milks

This hemp macadamia nut milk is my latest favorite nut milk with or without the added flavors. Rich in protein and omega fatty acids, hemp seeds taste fresh and slightly grassy when made into milk. The macadamias add a mellow sweet flavor and luscious creamy texture.

Hemp macadamia nut milk base

Don’t worry if you forget to soak the macadamia nuts, they blend pretty well in an upright blender.

Makes about 4 cups.

½ cup macadamia nuts, soaked in a cup of water for 2 to 4 hours

½ cup hemp seeds

4 cups filtered water

2 to 3 teaspoons vanilla

Tiny pinch sea salt

Drain and rinse macadamia nuts. Place in an upright blender along with remaining ingredients. Blend on high speed until smooth and foaming.

Use as is or strain milk through a nut milk bag, several layers of cheesecloth or a thin kitchen towel. Pour into a jar and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Matcha

Matcha is great for promoting mental clarity and alertness. Although I’m not a fan of adding milk to my matcha tea, I do love the way the green powder flavors nut milk with its delicate, grassy notes. When served chilled it will refresh your body and mind but be careful if you’re sensitive to caffeine!

1 cup strained nut milk

1 teaspoon matcha tea

1 teaspoon coconut butter

Blend all ingredients until smooth and serve chilled. 

Turmeric

Famous for its anti-inflammatory properties, fresh turmeric (if you can find it) also has an intriguing tropical flavor and beautiful golden color. It’s slight astringent and bitter flavors are mellowed out by a touch of honey but you can drink it strait up if you’re used to the unusual flavor. Dried turmeric can be used instead of fresh, start with ¼ teaspoon and add more to taste.

1 cup strained nut milk

½ inch piece peeled and chopped fresh turmeric root, or more to taste

½ to 1 teaspoon honey or other liquid sweetener

1 teaspoon coconut butter

Blend all ingredients until completely smooth and serve chilled.

Raw cacao

Raw cacao is high in magnesium and contains more antioxidant flavonoids than green tea, blueberries or red wine. It also has a deeply satisfying chocolate flavor without the sugar or dairy.

1 cup strained nut milk

2 to 3 teaspoons raw cacao powder

2 teaspoons coconut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

Blend all ingredients until completely smooth and serve chilled.

Goji

When blended with nut milk the strong and slightly astringent flavors of goji berries are mellowed out and you’re left with a pretty colored sweet drink that’s loaded with antioxidants. If you don’t have goji berry powder soak 2 to 3 tablespoons goji berries in a little water until soft, drain and blend with the ingredients below.

1 cup strained nut milk

3 to 4 teaspoons goji berry powder

1 teaspoon coconut butter

Blend all ingredients until completely smooth. Serve chilled.

Blueberry

This milk is great with any fresh berries; since there are no other strong flavors in the mix, the fragrance of blueberries really shines.

½ cup strained nut milk

½ cup fresh blueberries

1 teaspoon coconut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients until completely smooth. Serve chilled

Vanilla spice

This milk makes the perfect light dessert. The medjool dates add a sweet caramel flavor while thickening the texture slightly and vanilla beans, cardamom and nutmeg add an irresistible exotic flavor.

1 cup strained nut milk

½ a vanilla bean, seeds scraped

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch ground cardamom

Pinch freshly ground nutmeg

2 pitted Medjool dates

Blend all ingredients until completely smooth and serve chilled.