flavored nut milks lined up with nuts in front of them

​I’ve always been nuts about nut milk but had never experimented with ​flavors ​and anything beyond almonds or cashews until this past weekend.​ And oh boy what a world of ​flavor and fun.

I mean, yes, it’s a time commitment. ​And yes,  ​you will have to stock up on what can amount to a pricey bundle of nuts.

But when you make a large enough batch the milks last forever and you have a kaleidoscope of flavors for every ​situation. Chocolate brazil nut milk with an Oreo? Warm turmeric macadamia nut milk before bed? ​​

Pistachio and cardamom for that insanely amazing middle-eastern sub-continent flavor pairing in a little ol’ jar…?

Yes, please!

nut milks flavored with spices in jars and surrounded by the nuts they were made with

​I tend to go sweeter than most with nut milks and can never have enough cinnamon. Basically I want it to be Christmas. Always.

Knowing not everyone shares this ​tendency, ​I’ve made  a conscious effort to scale back on that impulse here, so these recipes should hit all the notes evenly. ​

As always though, ​feel free to go crazy with whatever modifications you like.

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Brazil Nuts

Soak Time: None

Spice: 1 1/2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

Sweetener: 4 Pitted Dates

Color in the final Blend: Chocolate Brown

Macadamia nuts on white background

Macadamia Nuts

Soak Time: ​8 Hours

Spice: ​1/2 tsp Cinnamon + 1 tsp Turmeric

Sweetener: None

Color in the final Blend: ​Deep Gold

Pile of pecan nuts isolated over the white background

Pecan

Soak Time: ​6 Hours

Spice: ​1/2 Tsp Cinnamon

Sweetener: ​2 Tbsp Maple Syrup

Color in the final Blend: ​​Golden

Pistachio nuts on a white background

Pistachio

Soak Time: None

Spice: 1​/4 Tsp Cardamom Powder

Sweetener: ​2 Dried Apricots, diced

Color in the final Blend: ​Light Green

shelled walnut and clean walnut, shelled walnuts on white ground, dry walnut on wooden floor

Walnut

Soak Time: None

Spice: ​1/2 Vanilla Pod ​or 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Sweetener: ​2 Tbsp Maple Syrup

Color in the final Blend: ​Light Brown

​And in case you’ve forgotten all your nut milk basics when it comes to making nut milk​

  Method:

  1. For each recipe, ​add flavorings with 1 cup of nuts ​and 4 cups of warm water to the blender (use hot water for brazil and pistachio).
  2. Blend for 60 seconds then pulse, scraping the pulp from the sides if necessary.
  3. Taste and add a pinch of salt to enhance the flavor if ​you need to.
  4. Then get your nut ​bag​ (a cheesecloth ​would do but really, if you’re going to spend time making ​liquid nut joy just get a nut bag).
  5.  ​​And then pour, and squeeze, like so:

pour nut milk from a nut baghand squeezing brazil nut milk from a nut bag into a bowl

​You will no doubt find your own perfect ​partner to every one of these nut milk recipe​s. For me personally, it has to be the macadamia nut milk gently warmed before bed ​(you will sleep like a baby) and the brazil nut cocoa milk with ​shortbread. It might just be heaven.

Let me know any special combinations you dream up in the comments, and happy blending!

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