Listen…we are very familiar with almond milk and cashew milk. We love both of these nut milks dearly, but it’s time for a change, and that change is homemade brazil nut milk. Not only does this mix things up and show flavor diversity, but it also opens your world up to a variety of nutrients. More specifically, Brazil nuts are excellent sources of vitamin E, phenols, and selenium.
Brazil nuts are native to the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru. They have a smooth, buttery texture and you can enjoy them raw, roasted, or blanched. Researchers confirm that they are one of the most concentrated dietary sources of selenium, with a one-ounce serving offering 989% of the recommended daily value (DV). One Brazil nut contains 175% of the DV of selenium, so you can’t overdo it with your consumption. Selenium can help enhance immune function and may be helpful in the treatment of infections, infertility, heart disease, and certain mood disorders.
Brazil nuts are also rich in methionine, an amino acid that promotes antioxidant production to fight free radicals. They also supply the body with calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, vitamin B, and omega-6 fatty acids. When buying Brazil nuts, purchase raw shelled nuts from a source that has a high turnover in order to ensure maximum freshness. Raw Brazil nuts also retain more nutrients than roasted varieties.
- Prep Time:5m
- Total Time:5m
- Serves: 4 servings
- Yield: 2.5 cups
- Category: Full Body Cleanse Approved, Smoothies & Juices, Raw, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free
- 1 c raw Brazil nuts
- 3 c filtered water
- pinch of sea salt
- 2 tbsp. grade A maple syrup (optional)
- Soak the Brazil nuts in water at room temperature for three hours and then strain the liquid.
- Rinse the Brazil nuts and then add them to a blender with the filtered water, sea salt, and optional maple syrup, which naturally sweetens the Brazil nut milk.
- Blend until completely smooth (about 60 seconds) and then pour the blended mixture through a fine mesh sieve, cheesecloth, or nut milk bag. That will get rid of all the pulp.
- Store the strained Brazil nut milk in a sealed container in the fridge and consume within two to three days.