I have been dairy milk free for quite a while now preferring to use milk alternatives such as almond or oat milks. When I first started to lean away from dairy the only option around seemed to be soya milk which is not a bad alternative but it doesn’t taste great and has a few health related issues when drunk in large quantities. In recent years I have seen so many new milk alternatives products appear on the shelves of supermarkets and coffee shop menu boards allowing many of us non-dairy people to enjoy the qualities of milk without having to involve an animal.
Although I am over the moon to see so many options now available, I do think its important to remember that milk alternative products like many other ‘free from’ items are incredibly processed. Just think about it, how long does a carton of almond milk need to go from production to consumption? Its a necessary evil but worth baring in mind especially when you are a coffee fein like myself.
The processed nature of my beloved milk alternatives has led to start making my own and it really is one of the easiest things to make. In fact I am almost embarrassed that it has taken me this long to get my ass in to gear and get blending. All you really need is a nut milk bag or a cheese cloth and a pretty decent blender, the rest is up to you.
I have been experimenting lately but I wanted to share a recipe that I recently made which was particularly good and loved by my little 6 year old monster. It’s 100% natural, additive free and sweetened only with dates, natures caramels. I hope you enjoy trying this little beauty out and please let me know how you get on.
Chocolate Brazil Nut Milk
- Nut Milk Bag
- High Power Blender
- 1 Cup Brazil Nuts Soaked for at least 3 hours
- 3-4 Cups Water
- 1 Pinch Sea Salt
- 2-4 Dates Depending of your sweet tooth
- 1-2 tbsp Cacao Depending of your love of Chocolate
- Begin by soaking the Brazil nuts for at least 3 Hours. This is a VERY important step so please do not skip.
- After you have soaked and rinsed your nuts, add them along with the rest of the ingrdients into your high power blender. Remember to adjust the amount of dates and Cacao powder depending on your tastes. Blend for a few minutes until your milk is creamy in appearence.
- Grab yourself a large bowl or contain and your nut milk bag and start to pour your milk through the nut milk bag making sure the bowl is large enough to accomodate around 1 litre of fluid. Make sure you strain all the fluid out of your nut milk bag, every single yummy drop. This can take a while and can be a little of the labour intensive side but stick with it!
- When you have squeezed out every last drop of milk all you need to do is decant the collected milk into a container of choice. I like to use glass bottles but thats just me.
- Keep your milk refrigerated and drink within 2-3 days.