Fig Hazelnut Milk {Raw, Vegan, Paleo, GF}

DIY Fig Hazelnut Milk {Raw, Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Fruit Sweetened}

{Gluten-Free, Vegan, Raw, Paleo, Refined Sugar-Free, Fruit Sweetened}

This week I wanted to share with you one of the simplest and best recipes I’ve made in ages — a raw vegan fig hazelnut milk. Hazelnut milk has been an amazing addition to my diet, and there seems to be no end to how many uses I can put it to — it’s delicious as a drink on its own, it’s amazing in smoothies, and it’s incredible as a milk to use in desserts (like this Overnight Raw Vegan “Nutella” Chia Pudding).

Best part is that homemade nut milks are incredibly easy to make, taste a billion times better than the store-bought dairy-free milk alternatives, and don’t have any questionable additives and preservatives to worry about. I recently tried to spice up my hazelnut milk by pairing it with a fig flavor, and the results were absolutely incredible! I can’t wait for you to try this out and tell me how much you love it! ;)

DIY Fig Hazelnut Milk {Raw, Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Fruit Sweetened}

Fig Hazelnut Milk Recipe:

* Makes about 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 6 dried figs
  • water (roughly 4 cups, divided)

Directions:

1. Place hazelnuts and figs in a bowl and cover with about two cups of water. Allow to soak overnight (or at least a few hours), then strain and discard the water.

2. Place soaked hazelnuts and figs into a blender (a high power blender, like a Vitamix is best), add 2 cups fresh water, and blend until the mixture is smooth. Add more water for a thinner milk (I liked this slightly thicker personally).

3. Strain contents through a nut milk bag (squeeze out as much as you can) and enjoy the resulting milk!

Alternative Directions for a Quick (Not Raw) Version:

Place nuts and figs into a bowl and cover with 2-3 cups boiling water. Allow to sit for about 1 hour, then blend thoroughly. Strain contents through nut milk bag and enjoy as a warm drink, or chill in the fridge, or add a few ice cubes and enjoy.

Additional notes:

- Use remaining pulp in baking or compost. I personally share the pulp with my pups — they seriously love this stuff!

- Store leftovers in the fridge. I’d be surprised if you have any though ;)

- You can of course have fun adding in flavors of all sorts — vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, etc. But it’s really amazing au naturel as well.

DIY Fig Hazelnut Milk {Raw, Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Fruit Sweetened}

xo Audrey

P.S. Don’t forget to check out this easy-peasy DIY Coconut Milk recipe too.

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This Fig Hazelnut Milk recipe has been shared with Fat Tuesday , Real Food Wednesday, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Natural Family Friday, Natural Living Monday, Sweet and Savoury Sunday, and with Waste Not Want Not Wednesdays.

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13 Responses to Fig Hazelnut Milk {Raw, Vegan, Paleo, GF}

  1. Laurie Barrie June 17, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

    Okay, I’m running to the store right now for some hazelnuts & figs! This sounds delicious! I found you on Real Food Forager’s Fat Tuesday. Thank you for sharing. :)

    • Audrey June 18, 2014 at 12:19 am #

      Thanks so much, Laurie. Hope you like it :)

  2. Jane (babe + bird) June 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    Can’t tell you how excited I am to make this! Huge fan of nut milks and I’ve never tried (or even though about making) hazelnut milk. The figs are an added bonus, and I happen to have all ingredients on hand already! Excuse me while I start a hazelnut-soaking party over here….

    • Audrey June 19, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

      Hi Jane. So glad I’ve helped you discover hazelnut milk :) . It’s seriously awesome. Enjoy it!

  3. Larrisa June 25, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

    I just made my first batch and it’s delicious! I didn’t have hazelnuts so used almonds instead. I then used the leftover pulp to make some yummy bliss balls. Two yummy snacks from the same ingredients!

    • Audrey June 26, 2014 at 1:52 am #

      So glad you liked it, Larissa. Fresh homemade almond milk is delicious! And the pulp is really versatile — bliss balls sound yum! I would totally do that, but I think my pups would be disappointed — they love eating the pulp :)

  4. Corinna June 29, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    What nut milk bag do you use and where did you purchase it?

    • Audrey June 30, 2014 at 8:41 am #

      Hi Corinna. I actually got mine as part of yogurt making set I purchased a long time ago via Amazon. Mine looks like this one, but if I had to buy one now, I’d go for this kind personally just because of its shape. I’ve seen them at local healthfood shops as well. In a pinch, I more than once used some clean fine linen cloth, and that worked well as well (though a little bit harder to manage than a bag).

  5. Kelsey July 23, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

    would ripe figs work in this recipe or just reconstituted dry?

    • Audrey July 23, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

      Hi Kelsey. I think ripe figs would work just fine (quite delicious, actually), but you may need to taste and adjust for sweetness a little. Dry figs are usually a lot sweeter than fresh. This milk using dried figs isn’t meant to be super sweet anyhow though (unless you want it to be). It’s got a gentle sweetness to it. So just see how you like the final result with fresh figs and maybe add a bit of sweetener as needed. I’d love to hear how it goes!

  6. Laura@Baking in Pyjamas August 17, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    I love dairy alternatives, this milk sounds great and very straightforward to make. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

    • Audrey August 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

      Thanks Laura. I (have to) use milk alternatives quite often, but this one is a whole ‘nuther kind of milk ;) It’s a treat!

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