Hazelnut Milk 101

February 06, 2012

Looking to experiment with alternative milks? Or are you lactose intolerant? Check out this quick reference 101 on hazelnut milk for the basics

What is Hazelnut Milk? Hazelnut milk is made from mixing roasted ground hazelnuts and water and pressing the soaked nuts to extract its milky liquid to use as a beverage. It can be used in place of milk in coffee and in baking.

How to Buy: Available as a powder drink to mix with water or as a liquid drink, usually in aseptic cartons. Some brands may contain added flavorings like vanilla or chocolate so always read labels to know exactly what you are getting. Organic and non-organic choices are available.

How to Use: Alternative milks, including hazelnut milk, are excellent for those who are lactose intolerant, they can be used in place of cow’s milk as a beverage or in baking. Use in place of milk in coffee or desserts where the essence of hazelnut is desired or where flavored milk is appropriate. Tastes lightly of hazelnut with a silky texture; plain hazelnut milks may be sweetened to enhance the nutty flavor profile.

How to Store: Store unopened boxes in a cool dark cabinet up to the “best by” date, usually 1-2 months. Opened cartons should be refrigerated and consumed within 1 week.

Health Benefits: Hazelnuts contain healthy unsaturated fats and omega 3 fatty acids. (60-70% of hazelnuts are oil) and are a rich source of folic acid, linoleic acid, Vitamins B1, B2, B6, and E and fiber, and some protein. Fortified brands may include Vitamin D, riboflavin and calcium. Powdered drink mixes and ready-to-drink milks are gluten and cholesterol free with high quality proteins and low sodium content; but always read labels to be sure. Check labels for added evaporated cane sugar, or brown rice syrup (which makes them more palatable), and for organic ingredients. Powdered products may contain maltodextrin and maltose, which are corn sugars. 1 cup contains about 120 calories.

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