I've been posting a lot of my food photos on social medias lately, but I haven't really posted recipes and requests are coming in! The #1 reason why I rarely post recipe is that I very much cook in the spur of the moment depending on my mood and my inspiration. So much so that I don't really take the time to write things down...
Nut milks are really easy to make and so much fun to experiment with!
Here it is, my first recipe/nutrition tip sharing:
~ Use raw vs. roasted nuts to get the full nutrient range - roasting nuts over 117 degrees Fahrenheit is believed to destroy enzymes that help with digestion as well as vitamins, minerals and life force from any whole food, all sensitive to high heat.
~ Soak nuts overnight, ideally or at least for a few hours, to get rid of the enzyme inhibitors that prevent absorption of all the nutrients. Pour filtered water over nuts in a bowl at night, rinse and get rid of the water the next morning.
~ Use a 1:4 ratio nuts to water, that is 1 cup of soaked nuts for 4 cups of filtered water or, if you want to do a single portion, make it 1/4 cup of nuts for 1 cup of water.
~ Place rinsed nuts + 4 times the volume of filtered water in a blender, blend and filter! You can use a strainer/sieve, a cheese clothes (or any clean thin fabric, dare I say it.... a NEW clean sock would work too) or buy a nut sack that you can easily find online.
~ Keep the pulp left in the freezer to add to cake or cookie dough, granola or smoothies!
~ Supercharge your milk with anything you like like cinnamon, vanilla, raw cacao, lucuma, mesquite, irish moss. You can even use cold tea or herbal tea instead of water - and any kind of nuts you like (almonds are super rich in protein, walnuts and hemp seeds in Omega 3, sesame in calcium...), you can mix them up or even use grains like oats if you're on a grain free kick! Be creative!
Tip: When in a hurry, use hemp seeds - they are so soft, they dont actually need to be strained!
~ Drink up within 3 or 4 days as there is no preservative in this homemade milk.
Left picture: Walnut Almond Hemp Sesame Milk
Right picture: Oat Vanilla Date Smoothie, made with oat pulp leftover from making oat milk + a couple of pitted dates (soaked in hot water for 15 minutes if more on the dry side) + oat milk + cinnamon + vanilla, voila!
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