Brazil nut milk is a favorite in the Wellynest household! I LOVE it because it's a delicious "fatty" nut so the milk comes out so creamy and decadent! Not to mention the milk is dairy-free and the leading role, brazil nuts, are quite the superfood. Made up of roughly 15% protein and 65% fat by weight, these fats come in a healthy variety of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. This makes them high in omega-6 fatty acids, along with a wide range of different amino acids making up the protein content profile.
Nutritionally, brazil nuts are packed! They have high levels of dietary fiber along with a wide variety of vitamins and minerals—including thiamin, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin E, tons of magnesium and phosphorus, manganese, and zinc to name a few. If that wasn’t enough, Brazil nuts are the number one source of selenium in our food. A simple one oz serving (roughly 6 nuts) gives you up to 775% of your recommended daily intake of selenium! Selenium is a powerhouse of health. A quick look at some of its benefits:
· Selenium assists in thyroid function. It does so by converting the inactive T4 hormone into the active and bioa-vailabie form, T3. A healthy thyroid means a healthy metabolism!
· The antioxidant effects of selenium help your body properly utilize the high levels of vit E found in Brazil nuts.
· Helps balance healthy v. unhealthy cholesterol (HDL v. LDL)
· Can help the body build defense mechanisms against cancer, before it ever even begins.
· Immune supporting
Now that we know why Brazil nuts are a great choice for your health, let’s learn how to make it into dairy-free nut milk!
· 3 cups raw organic brazil nuts (soaked, sprouted & activated)
· 2-4 dates (depending on how sweet you like it, none if dealing with Candida, also a lower glycemic option would be coconut sugar, or if you don't like or have dates honey or maple syrup would work as well!)
· 1 tsp cinnamon (option to use other spices like cardamon, clove, nutmeg, etc. too!)
· 1/4 tsp @myOjio raw vanilla powder
· 1/4 tsp salt (or to desired preference)
· 6 cups high quality filtered water, plus water for soaking (please soak in high quality filtered water or fresh spring water ~ water for making the milk should be of the highest quality)
1. Soak 3 cups of Brazil nuts in filtered water overnight for 12 hours.
2. After that, drain and rinse the Brazil nuts.
3. Place all the ingredients, including 6 cups of water, in VitaMix or similar blender.
4. Start blending on low, then work your way up to full speed. Blend until all the Brazil nuts have been pulverized and are paste-like and all ingredients are fully integrated into the water.
5. Squeeze liquid through a nut milk bag into a bowl.
6. Fill your favorite glass jars with the Brazil nut milk and refrigerate. Tada! You now have delicious, nutritious, homemade brazil nut milk
As always, these recipes are best enjoyed when shared with someone you love!