Horchata de Chufa

I have recently started making my own tigernut milk as a dairy free alternative (it is also gluten free and, despite the name, nut free as they are actually tubers). I really thought I was on to something and being very creative until a client told me she used to drink it all the time in the Valencian region of Spain, where it is a very popular drink called horchata de chufa, usually served with cinnamon over ice.

It is really creamy, delicious and so much better to make if you have a blender and the time (shop bought milk alternatives usually have unwanted added ingredients)

  • I usually soak 1 cup of tiger nuts in water overnight ready to make the milk in the morning

  • Discard the water that the tiger nuts have been soaking in

  • Add the tiger nuts to a high speed blender with 2-3 cups of filtered water (depending on how thick and creamy you like it) and blend well

  • Then strain the liquid through a nut milk bag over a bowl to separate the milk from the pulp*

  • You can add cinnamon, vanilla, natural sweetener to the milk (although it is naturally quite sweet)

  • Store in a bottle in the fridge and enjoy :)

*Either discard or compost the pulp - however I am currently searching for some good recipes that uses this pulp - watch this space

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