Friday, 8 February 2013

Chocolate Hazelnut Milk GF DF


Flavoured milk has never appealed to me. In fact, would you believe, I've never ever tried chocolate milk of any kind until this year on holiday in Canada. The chocolate almond milk tasted heavenly, perhaps a little too sweet but the texture was incredibly smooth, almost velvety.

However, I don't really want to consume the additives so I made my own chocolate milk. Everyone knows that chocolate and hazelnuts are a classic combination of flavours so I decided to make Chocolate Hazelnut Milk. And you can really taste the hazelnuts! Of course everyone's palate is different, I actually don't like things to be too sweet so you may have to play around with the sweetener to your own taste and since there is no emulsifier, you will never achieve a silky smooth drink. But it's lovely and refreshing and very easy to make.


Chocolate Hazelnut Milk GF DF

1 240ml cup hazelnuts
3 cups filtered water
6 to 8 dates or 2 - 4 tblsps honey or other liquid sweetener
3/4 to 1 tsp vanilla extract (to taste)
2 tblspns cocoa powder
pinch sea salt

Begin by soaking the hazelnuts overnight in filtered water.


You can skip the next step if you want to and tip the soaked hazelnuts straight into the blender. The milk will have a milder hazelnut flavour which you may prefer. For a more intense hazelnut flavour, roast the hazelnuts first. Set the oven to 150° C (fan/convection oven). Rinse the hazelnuts well and tip on to a baking sheet.


Roast in the oven for about 25 to 30 minutes or until the skins begin to crack.


Meanwhile, if you are using dates, soak for about 15 minutes in warm filtered water and tip into the blender but save the water. 


Rub the skins off the hazelnuts with some kitchen towel or a clean tea towel.


Don't worry if you can't scrape all the skin off. Tip the hazelnuts into the blender. Pour three cups of filtered water over the dates and hazelnuts. You can use the water the dates have soaked in as part of this measure. If you are using a liquid sweetener this will be added later. Add the vanilla extract and sea salt and blend well.


Lay a milk bag or muslin cloth over a bowl with a spout if possible. Remove the scum from the top of the milk and pour the milk into the bag. 


Squeeze all the milk out of the bag and tip out the pulp. Pour the strained milk back into the blender, add the cocoa powder and the liquid sweetener if you are not using dates then blend well. I suggest you taste the milk as you blend the final time, adding in more vanilla extract and sweetener if necessary. Strain through the bag again.


Pour into a bottle and store in the fridge. You will need to shake the bottle before pouring since the solids tend to separate out from the liquid as you can see from this picture. If you look at the bottle it has a dark brown layer in the bottom.


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22 comments:

  1. Looks yummy - but cocoa powder is not SCD legal...

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    1. Judith, I have no idea why I put that in the title, I think I must have been working much too late! The Hazelnut milk is of course!

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  2. Wow wow wow... this looks sooo good Vicky!
    AND I just picked up the biggest bag of hazelnuts just yesterday - it's time to put those nuts to good use ;))

    Hope you're doing well ~ we're getting snowed in today! ;)
    xoxo
    Ella

    ps.There's a Potluck Party with Recipes for Valentine's Day happening :
    http://www.lifeologia.com/potluck-party-recipes-for-valentines-day-gluten-free-vegan/
    Hope you can make it ;))

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    1. Thanks Ella, I haven't sorted out a Valentines recipe this year yet but I'll certainly be over to take a look!

      I'm doing fine,thank you! I've been hearing about your Wintery days!

      Stay warm

      Vickyx

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  3. That looks absolutely fantastic to me, Vicky! What a special treat this would be for Valentine's Day or any time! :=)

    Shirley

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    1. Thank you Shirley, I never thought of it for Valentine's Day but you're right! Excellent idea! :)

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  4. Looks perfect delicious and love it.

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  5. Heaven in a glass! I make my own chocolate almond milk, but never thought to make hazelnut milk and combine it with chocolate. What a perfect treat with a different variety of nutrients to spice things up-love it!

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    1. Thank you Laura, it is! The roasted hazelnuts give the milk a very nutty flavour which not everyone wants and it just makes a change!

      Take care x

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  6. I love chocolate milk and this sounds wonderful. I love the idea of roasting the hazelnuts, it would give such a lovely depth of flavour.

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    1. Isn't chocolate milk wonderful and roasting the hazelnuts does make a huge difference to the flavour April! Thank you for your comment x

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  7. This milk looks gorgeous. I love chocolate milk for for some reason have never made it either. I wouldn't have thought to roast the nuts first. I wonder how that would alter the flavour with a normal nut milk. Hmmmm...
    Thank you for sharing this with Healthy Vegan Fridays. Check back to see if you were one of the Top 3! We hope to see you again today. You can submit a post from Friday to end of Tuesday:
    http://www.greenthickies.com/healthy-vegan-friday-30/

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    1. Hi Katherine! Thank you, I think roasting the nuts would enrich the flavour with any nut milk though I still love ordinary chocolate almond milk!

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  8. Hi Vicky,
    I pinned your Chocolate Hazelnut Milk, it looks awesome! Hope you are having a great Valentine Weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you Miz Helen! We have had a wonderful weekend thank you! Hope yours has been too!

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  9. drool, featuring this concoction this week, thanks Vicky!

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  10. I cannot wait to make this for my oldest son! He has really missed chocolate milk since going dairy-free.

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    1. Hi Alea, I think he will really enjoy it, but it's nice just made with plain almond milk as well!

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  11. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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