Who has not had a brazil nut? If you have not, perhaps you have not known about the amazing health benefits contained in these guys! In fact, it only takes about two to three a day to get the benefits offered up by this South American nut. This nut is called a Brazil nut because, you guessed it, it comes mostly from Brazil! In fact, this tree does not grow outside the Amazon basin which includes parts of Bolivia and Peru, so this nut can come from one of these three countries. I will show you below how to make a delicious dairy free milk using Brazil nuts. This is one of the best ways to gain all the nutritional benefits of this nut. Of course, you can always pop two or three in your mouth as well
So what is the big deal about these nuts?
Brazil nuts contain the highest selenium of any food on the planet! Selenium is a trace mineral we all need in our bodies. Selenium is one of the bodies’ most effective antioxidants which keeps our cell membranes healthy by eating up all the nasty disease causing free radicals.
Selenium helps protect against cancer, and heart disease, reduces allergies and inflammation (think asthma and rheumatoid arthritis). Selenium is even needed by our thyroid. An enzyme that is involved in metabolizing thyroid hormones is dependent on selenium. Ok, enough with the science lesson, let’s move on to the fun stuff – The recipe!
Feel free to experiment and use this recipe for other nuts and seeds including: Almonds, hazelnuts, sesame seeds and even hemp seeds, using the same method. When making nut milk, you get the best results when you use a nut milk bag. You can find these online, or at your local health food store.
One last thing before I get to the recipe. You CAN have too much of a good thing. Don’t go eating Brazil nuts by the bagfuls, cause too much can be toxic. There’s a sweet spot for selenium intake, and that’s 2 -3 Brazil nuts per day.
- 1/2 cup Brazil nuts
- 4 cups water
- 2 dates
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- In a blender, add the above ingredients, and blend on high speed for one minute, until well blended.
- Place the nut milk bag in a large container (like a large measuring cup or bowl).
- Pour the Brazil nut milk into the nut milk bag and squeeze until no more liquid remains in the bag.
- Transfer the Brazil nut milk to a glass container. Refrigerate and enjoy for up to 5 days.