So Chuffed With Our Chufamix That We Made Milkshakes

Did you know that most commercial nut milks contain only 2% of nut? The other 98% of your expensive “milk” is water with some emulsifiers, and sometimes the odd sweetener is thrown in, along with nutrients such as vitamin A and D that have been artificially added. Nutritious. We often assume, for example, that ‘milk’ will give us plenty of protein but 1 cup of commercial almond milk provides only 1 gram protein.  This is because that cup only has the protein from 4 almonds.

But what’s the alternative? Nuts are expensive and if we make our own nut milk, there are so many questions to answer first. How do we do it, is it a waste of money, what’s the deal with the cheesecloth and what, if like me, you have approximately zero upper body strength and just can’t squeeze the ball of nut meal tight enough.

Last month, Faithful to Nature sent us a Chufamix Vegan Milker, which has a bit of a funny name but is actually really amazing. The parts are easy to clean, a nice neutral oat colour and the inside ‘glass’ with the mesh in which you place your actual nuts changes the whole cheesecloth situation.

The Chufamix includes a clever mortar, that looks like a ten pin bowling pin, which you use to press down your nut meal and mix it around in the water once you’ve blended the nuts with your hand-blender. For me, this means I can press down to make sure I get as much out of my nuts as possible, rather than trying to squeeze the life out of them and not getting very far. 

The only pause for this product is that it does mean that you will need a hand-blender. Maybe not a big deal to some, but if you don’t have one and have been relying on your Nutribullet or similar to blitz up your nuts and water for your milks, then this does throw a little spanner in your dreams. That said, neither product mentioned has ever lain dormant in either of our cupboards. We both use our Nutribullets daily and the rest at least once a week.

Anyway, had our Chufamix Vegan Milker, we had our hand-blender and we had a whole bunch of nuts. We also had a whole Saturday – even though the whole process from nut to nut milk literally takes 5minutes! Of course we wanted to try a few different kinds of nut, but also thought it worth trying a gluten-free oat milk and a seed milk. You could basically put anything in the Chufamix Vegan Milker and zhush it up into a milk which is really exciting. Each seed or nut has its own unique properties, and adding them to your coffee or cereal or smoothies in the morning helps you to absorb them in easier ways. 

We made four different milks, the oat, a hemp seed milk, an almond and a cashew. One by one, we followed the 5 simple steps from start to finish and landed up with litres and litres of milk. We tested each and paired it with a flavour we thought it was best suited to. We blended those in, put them in a heckin’ cute bottle and voila! we had ourselves some superfood and fruity milkshakes.

But what, we hear you ask, do you do with all of the leftover pulp? The easiest solution is to mix in a few whole nuts, dried fruits etc and pop it on a flat tray in the oven and make yourself a nice granola to go with your brand new, nutritious nut milk. Or make a breakfast cookie – to dunk into your brand new, nutritious nut milk. The world is your almond.

We’ve been using this all week to whip up some tasty drinks, and can’t wait to experiment with other sources other than nuts. We know that there are pea protein milks on the market, but right now it seems like they use magic to make sure you don’t just land up with green hulk water? I guess that means we’ve just set ourselves our next little project.

Let us know if you’ve tried to make your own nut milks, do you have a favourite recipe, and if you’ve tried the Chufamix Vegan Milker, we’d love to hear your experiences too! 

Plant-Based Milks
Author: Give a Fork
Ingredients
Chocolate Almond Milk
  • 1 cup Cold Water
  • 100 grams Almonds
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 tbsp Cocoa Powder
Cinnamon and Maple Cashew Milk
  • 1 cup Cold Water
  • 100 grams Cashews
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Fresh Strawberry Oat Milk
  • 1 litre Hot Water
  • 50 grams Gluten Free Oats
  • 2 Fresh Strawberries hulled
  • 2 Dates pitted
Matcha Hemp Seed Milk
  • 500 ml Hot Water
  • 60 grams Hemp Seeds
  • 2 Dates pitted
  • 1 tsp Matcha Powder
Instructions
Chocolate Almond Milk
  1. Sperate all the parts of the Chafumix and fill the "glass" container with your cold water and place the filter attachment on top.

  2. Fill the filter attachment with your raw almonds and using a hand blender pulse gently for 1 minute, until your almonds are a fine pulp.

  3. Remove the blender and gently remove the filter attachment out of the water. Using a wooden spoon or spatula stir the mixture around until you only see pulp, then put the ChufaMix mortar in slowly and plunge until you get all the liquid out of the pulp.

  4. Place the pulp in a bowl for later.

  5. To make your flavoured milk, add your freshly made almond milk to a blender along with your cocoa powder and maple syrup. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Cinnamon and Maple Cashew Milk
  1. Sperate all the parts of the Chafumix and fill the "glass" container with your cold water and place the filter attachment on top.

  2. Fill the filter attachment with your raw cashews and using a hand blender pulse gently for 1 minute, until your cashews are a fine pulp.

  3. Remove the blender and gently remove the filter attachment out of the water. Using a wooden spoon or spatula stir the mixture around until you only see pulp, then put the ChufaMix mortar in slowly and plunge until you get all the liquid out of the pulp.

  4. Place the pulp in a bowl for later.

  5. To make your flavoured milk, add your freshly made cashew milk to a blender along with your cinnamon and maple syrup. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Fresh Strawberry Oat Milk
  1. Sperate all the parts of the Chafumix and fill the "glass" container with your hot water and place the filter attachment on top.

  2. Add your oats to the filter attachment and using a hand blender, blend on a slow position until smooth or for 1 minute.

  3. Remove the blender and gently remove the filter attachment out of the water. Using a wooden spoon or spatula stir the mixture around until you only see pulp, then put the ChufaMix mortar in slowly and plunge until you get all the liquid out of the pulp.

  4. Place the pulp in a bowl for later.

  5. To make your flavoured milk, add your freshly made oat milk to a blender along with your hulled strawberries and pitted dates. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Matcha Hemp Seed Milk
  1. Sperate all the parts of the Chafumix and fill the "glass" container with your hot water and place the filter attachment on top.

  2. Add your hemp to the filter attachment and using a hand blender, blend on high until smooth or for 1 minute. Remove the blender and let soak for 4 minutes.

  3. Gently remove the filter attachment out of the water. Using a wooden spoon or spatula stir the mixture around until you only see pulp, then put the ChufaMix mortar in slowly and plunge until you get all the liquid out of the pulp.

  4. Place the pulp in a bowl for later.

  5. To make your flavoured milk, add your freshly made hemp milk to a blender along with your matcha and pitted dates. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

 

Ultimate Almond Pulp Cookies
Servings: 12
Author: Give a Fork
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Almond Pulp
  • 1 cup Desiccated Coconut unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Orgran No Egg, Egg Replacer
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • 1/2 cup 65% Dark Chocolate chopped
  • 1/2 cup Raw Almonds chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celcius and line a baking tray with baking paper.

  2. Add all your ingredients to a large mixing bowl and using a wooden spoon or spatula stir to combine.

  3. Use a tablespoon to scoop out the batter and lay it on your prepared baking tray, press them a little flatter with the back of your spoon.

  4. Bake in the oven for 15- 20 minutes. We recommend checking on them at the 15-minute mark to make sure their bottoms aren't burning. They should be golden in colour, but not burnt.

  5. Enjoy while they're still warm!

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  1. Reply

    Tess

    October 5, 2018

    The cookies are so good. Who knew the left over pulp could be reused in such a yummy way. Im keen to try with some other flavours like dried cranberries or cinnamon or even just plain. Thanks guys!

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