If you want to avoid large amounts of (or any) dairy, but still enjoy using dairy-like foods in your coffee, baking, cereal, smoothies or any other food creation, it’s very helpful to know how to make your own dairy-free nut milk. While non-dairy milks are available in health food stores and most grocery stores, they often have other ingredients added that may be potentially harmful to your health, or just aren’t whole foods. Carrageenan, for example, is a popular food additive made from seaweed, in degraded form, that has been shown in studies to cause malignancies, inflammation and gastrointestinal problems. Carrageenan can be found in many non-dairy milks (you can learn more about carrageenan here on Dr. Weil’s site).
As always, if you can make it at home, you control what is going into your food. Non-dairy milks that you can purchase are convenient, but making your own milk is pretty darn easy too! We include two simple non-dairy milk recipes in our book, Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen – and now, here is one more for you!
For this nut milk recipe, we use Brazil nuts. Brazil nuts are full of amazing nutrients, including a large amount of selenium, which is helpful in preventing certain cancers, liver cirrhosis, and coronary artery disease. They are also an excellent source of monounsaturated fats, which help to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Brazil nuts are also an excellent source of B vitamins, as well as a good source of magnesium, zinc, potassium and iron (and so much more!).
If you enjoy drinking your coffee with some dairy cream or milk, you will love the creaminess of this Brazil nut milk. Especially fresh from the blender, it creates a nice froth – almost like a latte! Yum! You can save your nut milk in a pitcher in the fridge for about a week. Make a large batch and use wherever you would use dairy milk.
Brazil Nut Milk
Makes about 3 1/3 cups milk
1 cup Brazil nuts (soaked in water 4 hours or overnight)
3 cups water
Optional: cinnamon, vanilla, dates
Drain and rinse Brazil nuts and add to a blender. Add water and any optional ingredients as desired. Dates will sweeten and vanilla and cinnamon add additional flavor, but you don’t need anything besides the nuts and water to make your milk).
Blend at high speed for one to two minutes until mostly smooth. Pour through a fine mesh strainer, collecting the liquid in a container. Use the liquid as your milk!
Note: You may wish to save the Brazil nut meal collected in the strainer for use in baking.