Have you heard of tigernuts? They are actually not a nut but a small root vegetable with many health benefits (see below) and a wonderful whole food ingredient suitable for those with (and without) food allergies. Tigernuts have been around for a very long time and were used in traditional medicine and as a food source in early civilisations. They are naturally gluten free, dairy free, grain free, soy free and nut free and have a delicious and unique flavour. Their flavour and texture remind me of a nutty, sweet and chewy almond.

Tigernuts are a great nut free alternative in recipes and can even be purchased as flour for nut free Paleo and grain free baking too.
Here’s how to make a simple dairy free and nut free tigernut mylk below.

Nourish 101:

  • Tigernuts are extremely high in fibre and rich in resistant starch. Resistant starch is a prebiotic (basically food for probiotics), making them excellent for gut health and digestion. Prebiotics stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria in the intestines and are essential for a healthy digestive system and overall health.
  • Resistant starch also helps improve insulin sensitivity and is beneficial for balancing blood sugar levels.
  • Tigernuts also contain a source of good fat with their lipid profile offering similar benefits to olive oil.
  • They are also rich in vitamins C and E as well as minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium and phosphorus.

Tigernut Mylk (Nut Free)

Have you heard of tigernuts? They are actually not a nut but a small root vegetable with many health benefits (see below) and a wonderful whole food ingredient suitable for those with (and without) food allergies. Tigernuts have been around for a very long time and were used in traditional medicine and as a food source in early civilisations. They are naturally gluten free, dairy free, grain free, soy free and nut free and have a delicious and unique flavour. Their flavour and texture remind me of a nutty, sweet and chewy almond.
Keyword Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low FODMAP, No Added Sugar, Nut Free, Preservative Free, Refined Sugar Free, Soy Free, Vegan
soaking time 1 day
Servings 750 mL

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a small bowl cover the tigernuts with a generous amount of water and soak in the refrigerator for 24 hours. 
  • Drain tigernuts and discard soaking water. Rinse with fresh water. 
  • Combine tigernuts and 3 cups of fresh filtered water (plus optional flavour boosters) in a blender or food processor and blend at high speed for 2 - 3 minutes. 
  • Using a fine strainer, nut milk bag, clean chux or cheese cloth strain the milk into a  bowl or jug. Make sure you squeeze out all of the milk through the bag. Discard pulp. 
  • Store in an air-tight glass container in refrigerator.

Notes

Personalise:
  • Use more or less water depending on how creamy or thin you like your milk.
Serving Suggestions:
  • Enjoy chilled as a yummy beverage, served with muesli/ cereal, use in cooking and baking or use in smoothies.
Recipe Tips:
  • You can purchase tigernuts online or from health food stores.
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