Sunday, May 20, 2012

Homemade Hazelnut Milk (SCD Friendly)

Hazelnut milk is another popular nut milk you'll find at the store.  It's quite easy to make, and you'll discover the very nutty and unique flavor of this milk when you make it at home.  In all honesty, this isn't my favorite nut milk (my fave is walnut), but I have to say, there is something about the hazelnuts that make this a great option for smoothies and shakes (such as chocolate).  I usually make a batch of hazelnut milk and then freeze in my old homemade baby food containers and use in shakes or smoothies.  I don't like to sweeten my nut milks (I add only a touch of vanilla), but you could certainly sweeten it up.  See below in the notes for some ideas.  Have you made any nut milks yet?  I have a few more to share with you: pecan and macadamia.    
-1 cup raw, organic hazelnuts  
-7 cups filtered water 
-1 teaspoon vanilla  

How To
1.  Soak hazelnuts in filtered water for 8 -10 hours.   
2.  When the hazelnuts have been properly soaked, drain and rinse with filtered water
3.  To your blender add hazelnuts, 7 cups water and vanilla
4.  Blend on high for 90 seconds.  I use a Vitamix.  If you don't have a high speed blender, you can use a regular blender, but blend longer (about 120 seconds) and start with 5 cups water.  If you like the flavor, then add more water in your next batch.  
5.  Here's a step in the process that might be different from most (this may just apply to a high speed blender):  
After blending I let the milk sit in the blender for 5 -10 minutes.  This gives the milk time to settle and the foam to gather on the top.  After the 5 minutes I scoop off all the foam and discard into the sink.  After removing the foam my original 7 cups remain.  I dislike straining foam through the nut milk bag.  See here for foam scooping process.

6.  After you scoop off the foam, strain the milk through nut milk bag.  I strain the milk into an 8 cup glass Pyrex
Then transfer to glass pitcher with lid and store in the fridge for up to 5 days

*If using a "regular" blender (not high-speed), start with 5 cups water and blend on high for up to 2 minutes.  Add more water in future batches if you like the consistency and taste with 5 cups.
*To sweeten hazelnut milk, you can add any individual or combination of the following: 3 soaked dates, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, honey, coconut nectar, coconut sugar, brow rice syrup, yacon syrup, or drops of stevia to taste.  A common method is to add strained nut milk back into blender then add sweetener and blend.   
Check out this  great site on: what to do with your nut pulp.  There's like a zillion recipes So awesome!! 
More homemade nut milks from The Tasty Alternative
Walnut Milk
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  1. glutenfreehappytummy.comMay 21, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Wow! I've love making nut butter out of hazelnuts, but I've never thought about making nut MILK!! I'll have to try! THanks for the recipe!

    1. Well I think you'll love the hazelnut milk! Please let me know if you give it a try.

  • shelby everydayvegangirlMay 22, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    I have got to start making my own nut milks! Since getting my Vitamix I have yet to use it for this, but it sounds so easy and the link you have for using the pulp in different recipes...brilliant! I can't wait to see your macadamia nut yum! By the way, I didn't realize we live so close...I live in Orangevale!

    1. Hello Shelby. So fun to live in the same area. Yes, please give nut milks a try. They are amazing. I'll be posting that macadamia milk next week.

      Thanks and have a great rest of your week.

  • ella@lifeologiaMay 28, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Hazelnut Milk?
    WoW ~ Love it!

    1. I have to say, it's my favorite in smoothies!! Very rich flavor. Not my favorite alone (love walnut milk, hands down my fave), but there's something about hazelnut milk that tastes great mixed with fruits and other foods (ahem, like chocolate). I hope you can try it. They sell it in the store (boxed) but it's fun to make at home. :-)

  • I've been making a lot of almond milk-time to change it up! Can't wait to make hazelnut and walnut milk this week. Thanks for always inspiring me dear!

    1. Thanks Laura! My kids really love this milk. I hope your family enjoys it too! :-)



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