Arik is a huge fan of all things that can be consumed through a straw. That is why we frequently have this smoothie for breakfast or have various “milkshakes” such as a banana milk, this strawberry milk or this week, we tried something new, and had this hazelnut milk…with chocolate, of course.
This milk is not only delicious, it’s quite informative too. For instance, after drinking some, it informed me that I have suddenly developed an allergy to hazelnuts. I made a couple of glasses for Arik and myself, had a sip, and my throat started itching a little. Hmm, strange, I thought, must be getting a cold, oh well, back to my delicious glass of milk. After half of the glass was gone and my throat was itching like crazy, the nurse in me finally came out and I stopped drinking.
After a couple of hours, I ate a hazelnut because I wanted to be absolutely certain. And low and behold, the itching started again. Shoot! Hazelnuts are my favorite nut of all time! Arik was really empathetic of course, and asked if I was full when I stopped drinking. Before I was done answering, he had taken the glass, finished off the milk and proudly said, “Look mama, I helping you!”
- ¾ cup/100g hazelnuts
- some water for soaking
- 2 cups/480ml milk
- 1-2 tablespoons chocolate syrup or powder
- Soak the hazelnuts in water overnight.
- Drain the hazelnuts and place them in a food processor with the milk.
- Blend well and then strain the milk over a cheese cloth.
- Pour the milk into glasses and add chocolate syrup as desired.
*If you want this to be dairy-free, just replace the milk with water.
*Rather than just tossing out the left-over hazelnuts, you could use them for baking!