Ok. I confess, I am a closet food snob. This may not be a new confession (I think I may have owned up to this once before), but I am once again openly confessing my little secret. Not only am I a food snob, I have also successfully turned the permanent members of my house; aka my husband and sisters, to food snubs as well. One of the things my husband and I tend to turn our noses up to is store bought nut milks. Ever since I discovered that I can make my own nut milk that tastes ten times better than anything bought in the store, I have not bought any boxed or bottled nut milk products sold in grocery stores. I decided to push my snobbery a little further and attempt my own homemade hazelnut almond milk drink with raw chocolate or cacao nibs. Once I realized how good homemade almond milk tasted, I figured a nut milk combination of almond and hazelnut would taste even better. Let me tell you the story of how this hazelnut almond milk recipe was born.
Some time ago, while my husband and I strolled through the isles of one of our local grocery stores, making snarky comments about “all these processed foods that would never cross our lips” (smh, don’t judge us please, we sometimes like to channel our inner hippie), we saw a shelf of shelf-stable chocolate almond milk. Honestly, the first thing that came to my mind was how I needed to grab that, when my hippie conscience emerged: “eww, why is that shelf stable?” After I read the ingredients list, I turned to my husband with the bold claim: “I bet I can make this… better of course”… (like I said don’t judge me). That day, my adventure with fancy nut milks began.
Now that my confession session is out of the way, let me tell you a little more about this hazelnut almond milk recipe. I decided, like I mentioned earlier, that I didn’t just want to make an almond nut milk, but a ‘nutella’ inspired chocolate milk. Yes you heard that right… NUTELLA! Truth be told, I am not really in love with nutella like that, because I believe that it is just liquid candy, but people seem to get extra excited when that word is thrown into any recipe. The real nutella inspiration in this recipe was the hazelnuts, (which we can never get too much of). Hazelnuts and almonds go hand in hand like peanut butter and apples (odd simile, I know…) but I did not know it would be this much of a hit.
I have a Costco membership, and I find that it is the best place to get nuts in bulk for a reasonable price. Aldi and Trader Joe’s are the next best choice for good quality nuts at an affordable price. In general, I encourage anyone I know to get into making their own nut milks, they taste so much better, probably contain significantly more nuts than store bought nut milks, and do not contain any fillers or emulsifiers that you cannot pronounce. Picking your nuts up from a bulk store like Costco or Sam’s Club here in the U.S. also helps shave down the cost of making your own nut milk significantly.
Let me know if your tried my homemade hazelnut almond milk with chocolate recipe and how it turned out! Also, check out how I make Homemade Coconut Milk from Scratch if you like to get more into making your own nut milks. Enjoy my recipe!
Homemade Hazelnut Almond Milk with Raw Chocolate Recipe
- ½ cup hazelnuts
- ½ cup almonds
- 2 tbsp cacao nibs/ cocoa powder
- 10 pitted dates
- ¼ tsp salt
- Soak the almonds and hazelnuts in cool filtered water. The water should be enough to cover the nuts so they are immersed.
- Let them soak between 12- 24 hours. Preferably in the fridge.
- Once the nuts have soaked for at least 12 hours, they would have absorbed the water and gotten a little plump. At this stage, drain the nuts and rinse them lightly under cool water.
- Put the soaked nuts in a blender with the cacao nibs or cacao powder, 10 pitted dates, salt and 4 cups of filtered water.
- Blend the nuts until they have completely broken down.
- In a fine mesh strainer draped with a cheese cloth, with a nut milk bag, or with a clean straining cloth, drain the blended nut milk to separate the nut pulp from the nut milk.
- Be sure to squeeze the cheese cloth, nut milk bag, or straining cloth to get as much milk out of the nuts as possible.
- Cacao is raw unprocessed chocolate and can be replaced with cocoa powder.
- If you are using cacao, your chocolate milk might look paler than if using cocoa powder. Do not be alarmed and add more cacao to your chocolate milk. It will only make it more bitter. 2 tablespoons of cacao nibs is quite the chocolaty hit, it just doesn't get quite as brown because it is unprocessed