Caramel Vanilla Bean Hazelnut Milk

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I buy almond milk every week from the store to use in cereal, oatmeal and smoothies (I don’t drink animal milk). This however is my first foray into making my own nut milk. I have to say it was kind of fun and the milk was delicious. You can use a full 1 cup of hazelnuts or use 3 parts hazelnuts and 1 part almonds. If you don’t have a nut milk bag (I ordered mine from Amazon, see bottom of this page) you can strain the milk through a fine-mesh sieve a few times or line a sieve with cheesecloth. I plan to try plain old almond milk next and cinnamon pecan milk. I’ve been drinking this plain all week all by itself, but it was also yummy mixed with some coffee and in my morning oatmeal.

from: Oh She Glows

3/4 cup raw hazelnuts
1/4 cup raw almonds
3 1/2 cups water
2 1/2-3 pitted Medjool dates, to taste
1 vanilla bean, roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
tiny pinch of fine grain sea salt

Place hazelnuts and almonds in a bowl and cover with water. It’s preferred to soak them overnight (for 8-12 hours) in the water, but you can get away with soaking for 1-2 hours in a pinch.

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Drain and rinse the soaked hazelnuts and almonds. Place nuts into a blender along with water, pitted dates, vanilla bean, cinnamon, and salt.

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Cover and blend on highest speed for 1 minute or so, until completely smooth.

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Place a nut milk bag* over a large bowl and slowly pour the milk mixture into the bag. Gently squeeze the bottom of the bag to release the milk. This process can take 3-5 minutes, so be patient. You should be left with about 1 cup of pulp in the bag. See tips below on using the leftover pulp.

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Rinse out blender and pour the milk back in. Now, pour it easily into a Mason jar or another type of jar with a secure lid. Chill in the fridge. It will stay fresh for 2-3 days. Give the jar a good shake before enjoying. Drink it alone, use it in cereal or smoothies, make hot oatmeal, or for a creamer in your coffee and tea.

I ordered the bag that Oh She Glows recommends and I love it. Find it here.

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Ways to use leftover pulp : stir into muffin batter stir into oatmeal add to smoothies use it to make crackers or cookies dehydrate it and grind it up to make hazelnut meal

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