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Why You Should Be Eating Brazil Nuts

Brazil Nuts

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.

Brazil Nut Milk
Serves 4
Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
143 calories
11 g
0 g
11 g
3 g
3 g
266 g
10 g
8 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 143
Calories from Fat 93
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 10mg
Total Carbohydrates 11g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 8g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1/2 cup Brazil nuts
  2. 4 cups water
  3. 2 dates
  4. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. In a blender, add the above ingredients, and blend on high speed for one minute, until well blended.
  2. Place the nut milk bag in a large container (like a large measuring cup or bowl).
  3. Pour the Brazil nut milk into the nut milk bag and squeeze until no more liquid remains in the bag.
  4. Transfer the Brazil nut milk to a glass container. Refrigerate and enjoy for up to 5 days.
Tania Mercer http://taniamercer.com/

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  • Marci April 27, 2014, 12:21 pm

    So I’ve never considered making my own nut milk! I love your posts, Tania, I learn something new each time. :) I love almond milk, but have never tried brazil nut milk, sounds yummy. You mentioned too many brazil nuts could be toxic, is there any danger of that transferring over into the milk? I’ve wondered how much of the actual nutrients/properties are expelled when we juice, or extract the juice from nuts or veggies.

  • Deb Lange April 27, 2014, 1:35 pm

    I love making nut milks! But have never dine Brazil. Just one thing, how long do you keep the water soaking with the blended nuts before you strain it?

  • Michelle April 27, 2014, 5:51 pm

    Kismet! Guess what, Tania? I made nut milk for the first time this week, and it was BRAZIL NUT MILK!!! I love it when these coinkdinks happen. :-) The milk was absolutely delicious. I like that you include cinnamon in your recipe. I will try that next time!

  • Lorna April 27, 2014, 5:58 pm

    I need to give these babies another try. I never liked the brazil nuts when I was eating mixed nuts as a kid. I’ve come a long way from then and I bet I would like them now. Thanks for the alternative nut milk recipe–sounds delicious!

  • Susie April 27, 2014, 6:18 pm

    I have never had Brazil Nut Milk. I am always cautious around nuts because I tend to eat too many. Nut milk just might the trick!

  • Elizabeth MacLeod April 28, 2014, 12:37 am

    I LOVE your posts! So what’s the big deal about these nuts!!! LOL … I’ve never used a nut milk bag… I think I might try this… for the first time I made almond meal for a casserole and felt pretty smart. I think the next thing I might do is a nut milk!

  • Dana April 28, 2014, 2:20 am

    I can’t wait to make brazil nut milk! I usually make almond milk. Thanks for all this wonderfully useful info!

  • Karen Yankovich April 28, 2014, 12:55 pm

    I take a selenium supplement to assist my thyroid function, so this is great stuff for me! I never realized how easy making nut milk was, thanks for this! Do you have a nut milk bag you recommend?

  • april April 29, 2014, 7:53 am

    like lorna, i never cared for brazil nuts as a kid either. i’ll have to give them another try! i was aware of selenium’s benefits, but i didn’t realize brazil nuts contained such a high content. (i also didn’t know you could eat a toxic amount!) thank you, tania, for another informative lesson (and recipe).

  • Shaun Hogan May 25, 2014, 7:06 am

    How much Selenium is there in a glass ( 350ml / 12 fl oz ) of Brazil nut milk if I make 1.42 Litres / 48.01591 Ounces (fl oz) from 6 Cups of Brazil Nuts ? Thanks Tania.

    • Tania Mercer June 5, 2014, 11:30 pm

      Hi Shaun, It looks like you are using way too much Brazil Nuts to make only 48 ounces. With 6 cups worth, you end up with a very very thick cream, and would be very difficult to blend. Are you sure your measurements are correct? For next time, you only need 1/2 cup of Brazil nuts to make a quart. That will give you the optimal amount of selenium, approximately 300mcg.


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