I have decided that hazelnut milk is the best dairy-free milk there is. It makes cereal taste like dessert, is delicious in tea and coffee, and makes the best hot chocolate ever (hot chocolate that tastes like Nutella anyone?)
Turns out, hazelnut milk is incredibly easy to make yourself. After hearing about homemade almond milk from a lot of different people, I decided to go ahead and try hazelnut milk since I love the flavour so much. Pretty much one of the best ideas I’ve had.
I made this batch of nut milk with hazelnuts, but I’ve also tried it with almonds. You can use whatever nut you would like, or a blend of different nuts.
What you will need:
Nut milk bag**
3/4 cup hazelnuts (~100 g)
4 cups water (1 L)
3-4 pitted dates for sweetness (omit if you prefer unsweetened milk)
*I have a terrible second-hand blender and this recipe still works quite well. I can only imagine the glorious nut milk I could make if I had a vitamix.
**I ended up using reusable produce bags from Whole Foods. You can buy actual ‘nut milk bags’ but if you don’t want to fork out the cash, you can use any bag that is made from thin fabric- just make sure it is clean!
1. Some people soak the nuts overnight before making nut milk, but I am not a patient person. I skipped this step.
2. Pour the water into the blender and add the nuts and dates. Set up your nut milk bag in the jug.
3. Blend on high for a few minutes, until it the mixture is as fine as possible. It will be very frothy, but the foam will settle after it has been left in the fridge for a little while.
4. Pour the nut milk into the nut milk bag.
5. Either use rubber gloves (that are clean) or make sure your hands are really clean and milk the nut milk bag! Squeeze and twist the bag to get all the liquid out.
6. Store the nut milk in the fridge. It lasts up to one week.
Enjoy anywhere you would use regular milk: in cereal, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or just drink it as is.