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Brazil Nut Milk


Brazil Nut Milk is rocking my world. This dairy-free milk tastes just like the real thing according to my older son (now a teenager). I think this nut milk recipe is the bomb. Brazil Nut Milk is a fabulous dairy alternative. It’s creamy, smooth, and easy to make, with only three ingredients.

I serve Brazil Nut Milk with my Paleo, grain-free Mulberry Granola. It’s also delicious on top of Paleo Porridge, or in Dandelion Coffee. If you miss cookies and milk, try my Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies and a glass of this good stuff!

Brazil nuts not only taste great, they are super healthy. Loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals, brazil nuts are a fantastic source of selenium which protects cells from damage and can lower the risk of certain cancers. Brazil nuts also lower LDL cholesterol, the “bad” cholesterol.

If you’ve been wondering how to make nut milk, you’ll love this delightfully easy brazil nut milk recipe!

Brazil Nut Milk


  • 2 cups brazil nuts
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 4 cups water
  1. Soak brazil nuts and vanilla bean in a large bowl of water for 8 hours
  2. Discard soaking water, and rinse brazil nuts and vanilla bean
  3. Blend brazil nuts, vanilla bean, and 4 cups of water in a vitamix
  4. Use a nut milk bag to strain the pulp out from the milk, discard pulp or set aside for another use
  5. Store milk in a glass jar in the refrigerator

Makes 5 cups

This milk is similar to a whole milk (as opposed to skim or low-fat). If you’d like to make it a little less creamy, simply increase the water in the recipe from 4 cups to 5. If you’re looking to use the leftover pulp from this recipe, try my pulp crackers.

I hadn’t tried brazil nut milk until I went to the latest and greatest place in Boulder, Wonder Press. It’s an organic cold press juice bar that serves amazing juice concoctions and nut milks. My boys love their coconut milk. I’m rather partial to the Brite Greens drink which is a green juice without any fruit or sweet vegetables such as carrot or beet.

Here are some of my other homemade dairy-free milk recipes:

  • Cashew Milk –quick and easy, no straining required!
  • Almond Milk –a classic nut milk with rich, sweet flavor.
  • Coconut Milk –fun to make at home, though not as rich as canned coconut milk.

Which non-dairy milk will you make? What will you serve it with? Leave a comment and let us know!

posted on August 29, 2014, 41 comments

  1. Danielle @ Chits and Chats and Chocolate @ chitsandchatsandchocolate.blogspot.com

    Oooh, this looks good! I love experimenting with different types of nut milk. So far, I’ve made almond, peanut, and pecan, so it’s probably about time to give Brazil a try. Where is the best place to buy Brazil nuts for cheap?

  2. JoAnn

    I make hazelnut and put it in coffee – it’s fantastic!! I’ve also made walnut, which I love to use to make smoothies. We make a date shake with walnut milk that is a dessert for us!

  3. Judy

    I use both cashew and almond milk. I hadn’t thought of Brazil nut milk so the next time I’m at the Nifty Nut House i will have to pick me up a pound to try out.

    Question: Are your Brazil nuts raw or roasted?

  4. Sandy K

    Where to you get your nuts in bulk? Also do you buy them out of the shell?

  5. Sandy

    Hi Elana. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes, which are very helpful to me since I have a gluten sensitivity and thyroid disorder. Can I make nut milk in a regular blender or perhaps a food processor? I don’t own a Vitamix.

  6. Megan

    Hi Elana — one question about the vanilla bean. Do you use it whole or scrape the seeds out into the mix? (love to hear answers to the other questions above too). Thanks from a fellow Boulderite.

  7. Sue

    I recently quit dairy but was having a hard time finding a milk that I liked in my morning coffee. My daughter suggested Hazelnuts and BINGO I love it, to me it tastes like the half and half I used to use no added flavor. It’s definitely not like the flavored Hazelnut creams you can buy. Now I will have to try Brazil Nut you have piqued my interest. I really appreciate you and all the work you do for people like me. :)

  8. Madfortulips

    I make hazelnut, almond and coconut milk and love it! I got so tired of all the other “stuff” in nut milks so I decided to do some research and make my own. I save the nut meal in small batches then put in low warm oven to dry out, then run the stuff through my food processor to make nut flour for my GF flours I create. Have never tried Brazil nuts but you can bet I will now!

  9. Brenda

    Since Brazil nuts are high in selenium, just don’t drink to much of this especially
    if you take a multivitamin that contains selenium.

  10. Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine @ vitamin-sunshine.com

    Yum! Love this idea. Will have to track down some brazil nuts!

  11. Lor

    Elana, Do you leave the skins on the nuts when you make the nut milk?

  12. nancy

    Joann’s house of nuts in Maryland mail order check Internet may find other places.

  13. Madz

    consuming too many Brazil nuts can be extremely toxic! Look up ‘selenosis’. You exceed the daily limit after two or three nuts

  14. Jessica

    I was actually thinking about whether people make nut milk out of Brazil nuts yesterday afternoon and whether or not it would be good. My what timing!!

  15. I too was wondering about the toxicity of Brazil nut milk. About 6 Brazil nuts contain double the tolerable amount of selenium you can consume. Even eating 3 on a daily basis can lead to eventual selenium toxicity. Symptoms may include a metallic taste, garlic odor on the breath, hair loss, brittle nails, fatigue, nausea, rash, diarrhea, runny nose, cough and nerve pain. It’s a shame because I really like Brazil nuts. Does anyone know the amount of selenium in a cup of Brazil nut milk?

  16. Batya Leidner

    What can you suggest as an alternative to a vitamix?

  17. It would be even easier done this way – if there’s such a thing as brazil butter?!


  18. Lisa

    Love to mix them…..like…..coconut and almond!!

  19. kathleen deaton @ brownieandbites.com

    Brazil nuts are wonderful. This looks delicious as a beverage or to enjoy with granola!

  20. Hi Elena How do you make dandelion coffee? Thanks

  21. Wow! I never would have thought to use Brazil nuts. Thanks for sharing this great idea!

  22. Oh this looks delicious! I’ve been searching for a milk alternative for a long time and this looks super simple to make. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Jessica

    This looks great! I’m always looking for a really creamy alternative. Sometimes I get tired of Almond milk and coconut milk. I must try! thank you

  24. Morgan

    I love making Brazil nut milk. My toddler loves it and it makes the best chia pudding!

  25. Wondering how long a homemade nut milk will keep in the fridge? I just discovered your website…really enjoying it! Thank you!

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  27. Jillian (@jillian_CLS) @ twitter.com/jillian_CLS

    I’ve been wanting to try Brazil nut milk for a while. Currently, I’m obsessed with homemade cashew milk. Not only is it tasty, but cashews are a relatively cheap nut (compared to almonds and Brazil nuts). One day, though…Brazil nut milk!

  28. Marilyn

    I, also, was worried about the toxicity of eating too many Brazil nuts. Does anyone have any info on this? Otherwise it sounds wonderful.

  29. Serena

    This looks really easy! I buy almond milk and I didn’t know that it could be made so easily. I will definitely try to make it myself and I will also give a chance to this brazil nut version. I haven’t even heard about this kind of milk so it will be something new for my family as well. I’m always glad to find gluten-free homemade substitutions so that I know for sure that my food is absolutely gluten-free. I’m worried so much because lately I’ve discovered that restaurants which are said to be gluten-free don’t really have to be. Did you know? I was very surprised! Thank you once again for your milk recipes! ;)

  30. Kate Markell @ exileleadership.com

    Elana, I am a huge fan and long time user of your web site. I love your style, it is easy to follow, simple to make and always turns out great. I, too, have been healing from a long term illness. My story is a success story and I am so grateful. 4 years ago I was unable to work and was in constant, totally debilitating pain. This had been going on for 14 years prior with varying degrees of severity. After having seen everyone (meaning EVERYONE!) for a solution, I came across one and have been on that protocol ever since. My dietary needs change but the one thing that is constant is little to no grains and absolutely no wheat, corn, soy ect. I tend to augment your recipes to fit what I can use, what I have around and what is easy to pull together. My top go to recipes are: chocolate chip cookies (made in a bar), brownies, coconut bars, and muffins- either the lemon poppyseed or blueberry augmented with nuts or added cranberries. I made the most amazing batch of your honey cake with the addition of some wild roses I had harvested and made oil out of- they made the most delicious cake. The oil went into a batch of lotion. All of it filled my sensual appetite! I, too, love having savory dishes around as much as my husband loves having the sweets nearby. You asked what people were looking for in terms of this and I wanted to pipe in. Today, I am prepping for a trip- I always need to think about food for travel and orienting, not relying on eating wherever I go until I can find something. I am wanting a quiche that can be made in cupcake holders. I have done this before and there are other recipes out there but I have a hunch you will perfect it. Please! In fact, this type of thing- binder + veggies + small portable portion could be a number of recipes. I hope that is helpful to you. Thank you, you are a household name and I can not recommend you to enough people!

    • Alissa

      Hi Kate, I have made ‘portable mini fritattas’ many times.I line a typical cupcake/muffin pan with foil cupcake liners from the local grocery store. Place the foil liners in each of the muffin tins in the pan. Then you can make the mini-fritattas one of two ways: 1) in a large bowl mix up all your veggies, meats, spices or any ingredients you’s like to have in the fritatta and add egg whites or scrambled eggs. Than using a 1/2-cup measuring cup scoop the mixture into the foil cupcake liners. You can top them with a little cheese, if you eat dairy. Then bake them at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes until they are firm to the touch. Take them out of the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Then transfer them to cool on a baking rack. They are delish! They freeze well and travel well in a tupperware or similar type of container. Some ideas for combinations include – onion/mushroom/red pepper, spinach/salmon/bell pepper, brocolli/scallion/cheese, etc. etc. Enjoy!

  31. I didn’t know making nut based milk was so easy. I’m excited not to buy it at the store now that I know how to make it. Thanks.

  32. I love trying different kinds of milk and have never stumbled across brazil nut milk before. Sounds intriguing.

  33. My favorite is hazelnut milk, in coffee, in cacao or plain. And my daughter loves it too.

  34. Deborah

    How long will a nut milk keep? I’m thinking probably only a couple of days at most. Can someone please advise! :) Thank you!

  35. Laura Nugent

    This is by far my favorite nut milk and I’ve tried quite a few, both homemade and store bought. Thank you so much for this idea! It has made my morning tea so much more enjoyable.

    For anyone interested, I am still using the nut milk that I made 5 days ago and it seems just fine. There is no off taste or smell. I’m assuming that I’m near to reaching it’s limit but think that it will easily last up to 7 days in the fridge.

  36. MyMansBelly @ mymansbelly.com

    I’ll bet this milk tastes better than almond milk because brazil nuts have a much richer flavor. I might actually have to make my own nut milk now.

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