Friday, March 23, 2012

How To Make The Most Nutritious Regular And Chocolate Nut Milk - It's Raw, Vegan And Gluten Free!

A mixture of nuts provides a highly nutritious milk!

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Making your own Milk
We love to make our own milk. Whether it's using our SoyaPower Plus to make soy milk or using our Vitamix blender to whip up raw nut milk, it's always very gratifying to know exactly what I'm serving my family.

The Right Blend
Most people make milk from a single nut but I've developed a mixture of nuts that provide a great selection of nutrients. Most nuts provide manganese, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, thiamin and omega-6 as well as antioxidant phytochemicals. But in addition to that, I've selected particular nuts that deliver other important nutrients - almonds, English walnuts and Brazil nuts. 

Almonds provide lots of vitamin E.
Walnuts are rich in ALA omega-3 fatty acids.
Brazil nuts are packed with selenium, a natural antioxidant.

This Chocolate Milk is Good For You!
By adding raw cacao, a touch of vanilla and more stevia to this milk, you get all of the heart healthy advantages of the rich flavanols in chocolate without the sugar and the calories. So go ahead and enjoy that chocolate milk! See recipe below.

Nut Milk
Raw Vegan, Gluten Free
[makes ~ 4 cups]

1/4 cup raw almonds 
1/4 cup raw English walnuts 
4 Brazil nuts 
Filtered water for soaking nuts
4 cups filtered water
1 (1 gram) packet stevia, or to taste
pinch salt (optional)

Soak all nuts together in filtered water for 6 or more hours. Rinse well after soaking.

Place nuts, 4 cups filtered water, stevia and salt in a Vitamix or other high-speed blender. Blend until smooth.

I'm always amazed at how white nuts become when blended!

Strain nut milk through a fine mesh strainer or nut bag.

Pour milk into nut bag. You can find nut bags on the internet or in your local health food store. 

Squeeze well.
Nut residue can be used in baking or in raw cookies.
I'll think up a recipe!

Refrigerate until needed and stir before serving. Milk will keep for several days.

Per serving: Because different blenders and straining techniques yield different amount of pulp vs. milk, the exact yield and nutritional analysis is not possible to accurately calculate.

Chocolate Milk
Raw Vegan, Gluten Free
[makes 2 cups - for 1 quart, double recipe]

2 cups nut milk from above recipe
2 tablespoons raw cacao
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 to 3 (1 gram) packets stevia

Return strained nut milk to blender and add cacao, vanilla and stevia. Blend until smooth.

Yumm, chocolate milk that's good for you!


elizabeth said...

I make almond milk all the time and its delicious! I've never made a mixed nut milk. I don't have brazil nuts, but I'll try mixing some walnuts or cashews in with the almonds. I've tried making rice milk, but don't care for it. I buy unsweetened organic silk for decaf coffee and tea and like oat milk on oats. I'll have to try making soy milk someday. Thanks.

Dr. Joanne L. Mumola Williams said...

Try 1/4 cup almonds, 1/4 cup English walnuts and if you don't have Brazil nuts, throw in some cashews - the cashews will make it extra creamy!