There’s a revolution going on in my kitchen right now. I purchased a high power blender mainly to make my own nut milks, but still, it took me a good month to dare try it. I think I was afraid to fail and have wasted precious nuts. Well, it’s a month of my life that I’ve just lost. A month without delicious creamy fresh milk. No cow involved.
From now on, goodbye store-bought milk! For the first time since I stopped drinking bovine milk, I couldn’t stop opening the fridge to take a few sips directly from the bottle.
There are as many variations as imagination goes and I plan on trying a few ones in the next few weeks before leaving for Morocco (yup, Morocco!!!).
For my first try, I chose hazelnuts in order to give an interesting taste to my chocolate & date sauce. I have such good ideas sometimes :) I used one cup of nuts, that I soaked before going to bed, with 3 cups of water, a bit of vanilla and 2 dates softened in hot water.
The result was super creamy and very slightly sweet, perfect to my taste. Depending on your preferences, adjust the quantities to obtain the milk your taste buds will prefer.
This velvety milk is the perfect addition to my homemade sugar-free chocolate sauce, Nutella style.
If you try this recipe, make sure to snap a picture and share it on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #valisesetgourmandises. I wanna see your creations! And don’t forget to leave a comment below :)
Homemade Hazelnut Milk
- 1 cup raw organic hazelnuts soaked at least 6 hours
- 3-4 cups of water
- A teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- 2-3 dates softened in hot water
- Strain hazelnuts and discard water. Place all the ingredients in a high power blender and mix for about one minute. I use the 30 second function twice.
- Place your nut-milk bag in a large bowl, pour your mixture in and press well to remove all liquid. Pour the milk in an air-tight bottle and keep in the fridge for a few days.
You can find nut-milk bags made of organic fabric in health stores or online. Mine came with my blender. You can also you a fine mesh sieve doubled with a cheese cloth.
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