Have you ever tried making homemade Hazelnut Milk? Hazelnut milk is richier and creamier tasting than say, almond milk. Unsweetened almond milk is lower in calories, with a very subtle nutty flavour with almost a clean white colour. Where as hazelnut milk, is an ivory white colour. Hazelnut milk pairs really well with chocolate and coffee flavours too!
Hazelnuts are loaded in vitamins and minerals that includes some extremely powerful antioxidants. Bake them gently and their seductive aroma and taste deepens. Add some crushed hazelnuts to your coffee or hot chocolate for an extra boost in flavour.
Hazelnuts can be found in your local supermarket and/or health food stores. They should always be stored in an air-tight jar or container. They can be eaten raw, roasted, blended into milk for delicious smoothies and make a delicious nut butter spread.
Let’s talk a little about hazelnuts what’s inside each and every little nut.
- B Complex
Helps protect your biggest organ – your skin from those dreaded harmful effects caused by ultraviolet rays. Plus fights against ageing. Vitamin E is essential for maintaining healthy skin, hair and nails. So how does it do all of this? The job of vitamin E is to prevent the red blood cells from disintegrating. Having good blood circulation strengthens the immune system, keeping illness away!
And although hazelnuts are rich in unsaturated fats, they are the “good fats” and these are good for your heart. They contain oleic acids. Their job is to lower the “bad cholestrol” and promote the “good cholestrol” in your blood. Regularly consuming hazelnuts will not only help to reduce the bad cholestrol, it will also reduce the risks of heart attacks. Go and start munching on some today!
So how many should we consume?
1 serving: 1 ounce or 28grams approximately 22 nuts = 1 serving of nutty goodness is equal to 1/4 cup.
One serving of hazelnuts contains nearly all of your daily intake of manganese. Vitamins and minerals goodness included. This is one super nut!
1 ounce contains approximately:
- 176kal Calories
- 4.2g Protein
- 4.7g Carbohydrates
- 2.7g Fiber
- 17g Fats
Skeleton & Muscle Wellbeing
Hazelnuts contain magnesium. Magnesium helps increase your muscle strength. Hazelnuts are also highly rich in manganese. A mineral required for building the structure and strength of your bones. It actually increases bone mineral density and helps fight off osteoporosis. Plus the contain vitamin B6.
So, don’t be afraid of snacking on hazelnuts. Yes, they are full of oil, (but it’s the “good” oil). And here’s the best bit….. Hazelnuts are not fattening!! In fact, just the opposite, really. Hazelnuts give us the feeling of “fullness”. Which means when we eat them, we are left feeling satisfied. And what that means, is we are less likely to eat “less” healthier foods.
Now, let’s go make our own homemade Hazelnut milk!
Step 1 & 2.
Place 1 cup of hazelnuts and 2 cups of water in a medium bowl. They can be left on your kitchen bench covered with a cotton towel or place them in the refrigerator. I like to soak them overnight for an easier application. In the morning, discard the soaking water. Rinse them under running water.
Place the 1 cup of hazelnuts along with 3 cups of cold filtered water into your high speed blender, and blend away for 1 -2 minutes. Place a strainer over a large bowl. Line the strainer with a clean tea towel, cheesecloth or even a nut-milk bag if you have one. I normally just use a clean cotton tea towel. Alternatively if you have a juicer, you can easily make your hazelnut milk in that for smoother delicate finish. I use my Hurom juicer, easy no mess process. (My boys find this easy enough to use as well. Getting them involved in and around kitchen helps them to understand the finer points about food and nutrition and what’s good for their bodies! A fun way of learning!)
Pour the milk into the lined strainer, allowing for the milk to just drip down through the strainer into the bowl. Gathering up the ends of the tea towel, twist to enclose the contents into a ball. Gently squeeze the ball pressing your fingers together to help release as much of the hazelnut milk as possible. Once you have gently squeezed your tea towel, there will be dry pulp remaining. If you don’t have a use for it, just leave it outside as I do for the birds to peck away at.
Transfer your beautiful fresh homemade hazelnut milk into a clean airtight jar or glass bottle. This will keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Just remember, before using your hazelnut milk, to give it a good shake as it will separate into two layers. Now that you have made homemade hazelnut milk, perhaps you’d like to try out my recipe for Almond Milk or Coconut Milk.
I hope you like my version of homemade hazelnut milk as it’s:
- creamy and delicious
- fun and easy to make
- without preservatives
- cost effective
- healthy and versatile
- loaded with vitamins and minerals
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