This dairy-free alternative to cow milk has so many benefits. Adding dates and coconut, as we hear, also makes this drink an aphrodisiac.
• 3 cups tiger nuts, washed
• 1 cup dry dates, washed and de-seeded
• 1 coconut, carved out and broken into small pieces
• 1 tsp vanilla essence
• 1/4 tsp cinnamon
• 8 cups water
1. Put the tiger nuts in some water, cover with a cloth and leave at room temperature for 24-48 hours until softened. Drain.
2. Soak the dates in hot water to soften.
3. Add the soaked tiger nuts, water, softened dates and coconut to a blender. You can do this in parts if your blender isn’t big enough, and then mix later.
4. Blend on high speed until creamy.
5. Strain the milk through a small sieve or muslin cloth, squeeze as much of the liquid as you can from the pulp, and keep the chaff aside for future use or discard.
6. Add the vanilla and cinnamon and any other spice of your choice and blend.
7. Sieve one last time.
8. Chill the drink for up to a week and use as needed.
9. For benefits of tiger nuts and more recipes, visit the Guardian Life website.
Five Health Benefits Of Tiger Nuts
BY FEJIRO ONOHWOSA
Tiger nuts are popularly known as “Hausa groundnut” and they do a lot more than being crunchy, Tiger nuts have quite a number of Nutritional, health and beauty benefits.
Here are a few that’ll help you eat this tuber more:
The benefits of Tiger nuts make them an amazing food for anyone. Traditionally, tiger nuts were used to treat stomach upsets, irritable bowels, and other digestive issues. They have been used by local doctors as a remedy for many illnesses like; flatulence and diarrhoea.
The high insoluble dietary fibre present in tiger nut flour regulates blood sugar levels and helps the diabetic patients remain healthy.
Water poured on Tiger Nuts. Photo:
3. Rich In Vitamins E And C
Recent studies suggest that tiger nuts are loaded with vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins C and E and potassium and phosphorus. Yoghurt and tiger nut milk has been found to be exceptionally high in these vitamins and other nutrients.
4. They are a rich source of protein
Protein is a vital ingredient used in the building of muscle, skin and bone, and tiger nits provide a rich source of protein. Tiger nuts are in fact one the best, non-meat, sources of protein that there is.
5. Tiger nut milk can be used as a cow’s milk substitute
Tiger nut milk contains no lactose but plenty of calcium, so it makes a great alternative to cow’s milk, for people who are lactose intolerant.