Nigerian-Style Tigernut milk

Nigerian-Style Tigernut milk

So what exactly is a tiger nut anyway? Well for one thing it isn’t even a nut, it’s a tuber,tigernut milkwhich are actually the root from the chufa sedge plant. Popular for their nutty flavour (likened to a freshly roasted chestnut) this is beverage popular in West Africa and Spain.

It is rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium,phosphorus and vitamins C & E as well as monounsaturated fat (that’s a healthy fat) like oleic acid which is associated with high HDL (the good cholesterol), they are also a great source of fiber. It’s a great substitute for Almond milk which is high in the inflammatory Omega 6 that can cause issues over time.

This recipe is sweetened with the traditional jaggery, check out my article on jaggery in the link below!

What is jaggery?

 

Nigerian-Style Tigernut milk
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A nutty, sweet flavored beverage with a warming and grounding touch. This is a fantastic substitute for almond milk or those who aren't a coconut milk fan.
Nigerian-Style Tigernut milk
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A nutty, sweet flavored beverage with a warming and grounding touch. This is a fantastic substitute for almond milk or those who aren't a coconut milk fan.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
Soaking
  1. Put the tiger nuts and cinnamon stick into a large bowl and cover with warm water. The same process used in soaking all nuts especially when making almond milk. You want them to soak overnight anywhere from 12 hours to 24 hours is recommended. I like to soak them for 48 hours if I have the time, for an even richer flavor - make sure to soak them in the fridge so they don't ferment if you chose to soak them this long. Once they have softened they are ready.
Preperaion
  1. Take the tigernuts, cinnamon stick and the water they were soaking in overnight add the cardamom pods and sweetener if desired to a blender.
  2. Blend on high speed until blended and smooth, this will turn into a smooth paste. You can add water when necessary to ensure even blending.
  3. Take the paste and set it aside in the fridge for an hour.
  4. Take the mixture out of the fridge and spoon into a nut milk bag or some cheese cloth, press the mixture through into a separate container.
  5. Serve over ice or serve warm... up to you!
Recipe Notes

Tigernuts are a member of the nutsedge family which according to folk medicine is great in treating upset stomachs and digestive issues like IBS. Drink this warm or cold, I like a warm version in the fall, it's a great warming and grounding drink.  You should be able to find tigernuts at health food stores like Wholefoods -

sometimes they can be found in Winners or Homesense at a lesser cost than health food stores, just make sure they are certified organic (oh and they are gluten free!)

Check out this helpful video on pinterest   http://www.pinterest.com/pin/366058275936148178/

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5 Comments

  1. Interesting! I wonder if I’d like the taste of this better than almond milk? Thanks for the informative post!

    Also, I thought you might want to know that there is a random comment field in the middle of your post. 🙂

  2. I find the taste to be very pleasant, I can’t tolerate almond milk so this was a great alternative.

    I was getting people asking me where to comment on my recipes so I put it smack dab in the middle so now they can find it.

  3. I’ve never heard of tigernuts before. Would be interesting to try if I can find them!

  4. I’ve never heard of a tiger nut. Very interesting!

    Aside from the 12-24 hours of soaking, how long would you say it takes to prepare this milk?

  5. Sounds delicious and a good way to rotate milks 🙂

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