Today I am going to be making tiger nut milk, very delicious! The tiger nut ( chufa ) is actually not a nut but a tuber which makes it allergen free so this makes this tiger nut milk a nut free milk, right!? The tiger nut grows under the ground like potatoes and carrots, it is plant based and gluten free. Tiger nuts have a brown skin and have a sweet, almond- and chestnut- like flavor. I usually buy them peeled, this makes eating and blending easier.
Tiger nuts are Gluten free, Nut free, Allergen Free, fiber Rich, are Low in Calories, GMO free, Raw and paleo friendly. And they are just wonderful for making tiger nut milk. Sweet and rich in nutrients!
Tiger nuts are a wonderful source of resistant starches, a pre-biotic. These pre-biotics are not digested by the body but are food for the healthy bacteria in our guts we so need, the probiotics. They are rich in iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus, needed for the repair of cells and tissues in our bodies.
Tiger nuts have a sweet taste, something between almonds and chestnuts. On the packaging it says it can be eaten as it is, I usually soak them between 6 to 24 hours to make them softer and more crunchier instead of chewy. It makes a great snack. You can add these nuts to salads or enjoy them as a snack but I love them the most in tiger nut milk. The milk is naturally sweet and great in many dishes and meals.
Ingredients for 1 liter / 32 oz tiger nut milk,
- 1 cup of ( peeled ) tiger nuts, soaked between 6 to 24 hours, the longer you soak the easier on your blender
- 3 to 4 cups of water, depending on the thickness you desire
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp. liquid sweetener of your choice
- pinch of pink salt
Add the soaked and rinsed nuts with 3 cups of water to your blender and blend until totally broken down. This takes about 1 minute using my Blendtec blender. Using a very fine sieve or nut milk bag squeeze out all the milk until only the dry pulp is left. This can also be used in recipes, I will post some soon.
If you use the added flavorings add the milk back to the blender with may be an extra cup of water and blend briefly. It is wonderful and sweet, great for pancakes, puddings and in smoothies. If you like this idea you can pin the picture below to your Pinterest board,