Today, tiger nut milk has been getting a good amount of attention because of the numerous benefits it provides.
It is suggested that tiger nuts can help couples increase libido, can help improve fertility among other things.
Tiger nuts also called aya (Hausa), ofio (Yoruba) or chufas (Spanish) are a highly nutritious plant food with a high energy content. They are rich in iron, potassium, magnesium and Vitamins C and E, they taste sweet, with a hint of coconut, and have a chewy texture. They are an excellent source of energy and supply easily digestible protein, good fats and essential iron and are great for pregnant women, nursing women, and beneficial when mixed with baby and children’s food for healthy growth.
Tiger nut milk is good for children as it is a good natural source of magnesium, which is needed by the body to help with muscle and nerve function and for the proper functioning of the immune system.
Tiger nut milk also contains no lactose but plenty of calcium, so it makes a great alternative to cow’s milk, for children who are lactose intolerant.
How can you make tiger nut milk for your children?
- 1 cup tiger nuts
- 4 cups of boiled/purified water
- 1 tablespoon of honey or other preferred sweetener, optional. (NB honey should not be fed to babies younger than 1 year old)
- A cloth sieve
- A high powered blender
- Put the tiger nuts and the water in a bowl, cover with a cloth, and place at room temperature for 24 – 48 hours. The tiger nuts will soften and become more crunchy.
- Pour the tiger nut water and the soaked tiger nuts in a blender. Blend on high speed for about a minute, until the mixture looks very creamy.
- Strain the milk through the cloth sieve into a container. Squeeze as much liquid as possible from the pulp.
- Add the honey or sweetener, optional.
- Chill the tiger nut milk before serving. But note that it is not always good to give children cold drinks.