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Cold Pressed Walnut Milk

 

I’m in love with walnuts at the moment and love to blend them with filtered water and vanilla bean to make the most delicious omega 3 rich walnut milk.

Nut and seed milks are a delicious lactose free alternative to traditional dairy. They can be incorporated into cholesterol lowering diets and provide your body with essential minerals and healthy fats to nourish the body. I’m not really into buying store bought nut milks as most of the time they are loaded up with added vegetable oils and sugars that make them taste a little rancid and unpalatable. Walnut milk is easy to make and I love to combine mine with a hint of vanilla bean and cinnamon to make it extra delicious. Adding a few fresh dates before blending will create a caramel malty flavour that is the perfect base for milkshakes and any power smoothie. For a calcium boost I normally add a tablespoon of tahini (sesame seed paste) before blending and to pump up the protein I just throw in a tablespoon of natural protein powder.

 

What’s good about it:
Walnuts are a delicious source of omega 3 EFA’s (essential fatty acids) which are critical for good health. Health benefits of omega 3 are helping to lower cholesterol levels, reduce high blood pressure, improves symptoms of arthritis, improves mental health as the brain is 60% fat and needs omega 3 to function properly. Walnuts are also high in the amino acid tryptophan which helps to make serotonin – the FEEL GOOD hormone responsible for feelings of wellbeing and feeling great! Serotonin is also crucial for the proper development of the enteric nervous system (ENS) to support digestion.

 

+ ingredients & methods +

ingredients (Serves 6)

125 g (1 cup) walnuts (soaked for 3 hours)
1 litre (4 cups ) filtered water
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
2 fresh dates, pitted
pinch cinnamon (optional)

method

Combine the walnuts and water into a good high speed blender.
Add vanilla, dates, cinnamon.
Blend at medium to high speed until creamy white. This should take about a 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Strain through a fine sieve or muslin or nut milk bag.
Pour into clean glass bottles or jars.
Store walnut milk for about 4 days in the fridge.
Makes approximately 1 liter (4 cups)

+ notes & inspiration +

Soaking the walnuts before blending will make them easier to blend and improve digestion.
Blend with a little golden delicious apple and Healthy Chef protein to make a purely delicious apple crumble power smoothie
Use as a substitute for regular milk in your favourite bircher or power porridge.

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