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Hazelnut milk, the herbal milk alternative - all worth knowing

Hazelnut Milk - Herbal alternative to hazelnut

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Plant milk can be found today in virtually every supermarket. It can consist of different foods and have different properties. Very often, instead of conventional milk, hazelnut milk is used, which will now be discussed in more detail. So here everything worth knowing about the milk substitute.

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Hazelnut Milk - the milk that is not really any

Herbal milk alternatives may not be called milk in the trade. The term is protected by law and may therefore only be used in the European Union for products derived from cows. Although other animal milk products, such as goats or sheep, may in principle be termed milk, the word on the bottle must not stand alone, but in the context of the animal in question, such as goat's milk. Therefore, herbal substitutes are also referred to as a drink, such as almond drink or soy drink. In the private sector, however, these will continue to be called milk.
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What exactly is hazelnut milk?

Hazelnut Milk is a herbal alternative to traditional milk made from hazelnuts. The fat content is comparable, but in terms of taste and texture, there are some differences. Hazelnut milk is darker than regular cow's milk, so the color is reminiscent of cocoa. The taste is similar to Nutella or drinking chocolate. It has a very nutty aroma and can be drunk warm and cold or be part of a cereal or a coffee.
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How can hazelnut milk be made?

If you do not want to buy finished products in the supermarket, you can make hazelnut milk yourself. However, this must be started one day before to be able to drink it the next day. For this purpose, about 500 grams of hazelnuts are soaked overnight in water. The next morning they are then rinsed thoroughly and then placed in a blender. In addition, 500 milliliters of water, some agave syrup, two or three dates and some honey are added. Now the mixture is pureed and then sifted over a bowl, with the strainer previously laid out with a clean cotton cloth.

As soon as the liquid has passed completely, the mass is wrung out to squeeze out the last drop. If the hazelnut milk is stored in an airtight container and refrigerated, it will last up to five days. If there is a residue remaining, it can be made into flour, biscuits or cake.
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Is hazelnut milk healthy?

Hazelnut milk contains no cholesterol and no saturated fatty acids. But it is rich in vitamins and valuable omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, it is good for the hair, the skin and the heart. When finished hazelnut milk from the supermarket should be paid close attention to the ingredients, as some manufacturers additionally sweeten their products very strong. On the other hand, it is advantageous that in some cases vitamin B12 is also added, which also benefits vegans. Because with this substance, they can only very difficult approach by a purely plant-based diet. Vitamin B12 is otherwise found mainly in meat, fish, eggs and different dairy products.
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What can hazelnut milk be used for?

Hazelnut milk can be used for a variety of purposes. For example, it may be part of a healthy cereal, with some fruits as well. Also in coffee it tastes very good. The advantage is that it does not clot and tastes sweeter than normal milk. In addition, the coffee gets a slightly nutty and therefore special taste that many coffee drinkers like very much. As hazelnut milk can also be heated, it is also suitable, among other things, for the preparation of cocoa. Again, the nutty taste fits very well. There are also some baking recipes in which it is used. However, it should always be ensured that it is significantly sweeter than conventional cow's milk.
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How is hazelnut milk different from regular cow's milk?

Some differences have already been mentioned. For example, it tastes much sweeter and very nutty. In addition, it contains no cholesterol and no animal fats, but many unsaturated fatty acids. Hazelnut milk can also be safely consumed by people with food intolerances (for example with lactose intolerance). The disadvantage, however, is that it provides little protein and even little calcium and is not suitable for infants. Therefore, experts recommend drinking them in addition to cow's milk and not replacing them completely.
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Make hazelnut milk yourself

Haselnussmilch lässt sich recht einfach selbst machen

All you need to do is soak hazelnuts, either from the grocery store or yourself, for a few hours (4-8 hours, depending on the hardness of the nuts) in water. If you are soft enough with nuts, you should wash them well. Then you can purify them with a purging stick or similar device with the addition of fresh water. Depending on the mixer and nuts, this may take a few minutes. The liquid should then be milky white and contain as few nut pieces as possible. Now push the water through a clean cloth into a bowl. You already have your homemade hazelnut milk. You can now refine the hazelnut milk (or even while purging) with agave syrup, date syrup, fresh dates, sugar, honey or whatever. Try different recipes, it can always create a new taste.
Letztes Update: 08.07.2019 09:58