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How to make Groundnut Milk (5 Easy Steps)

I prefer groundnut milk. Who else gets tired of taking the regular milk? The taste is kinda flat and soars sometimes. it may make you want to throw up, I do not hate milk but I do not like it sometimes. Most people prefer cow milk for chocolate drinks, cereals and oatmeal, and of course for baking. do not ask me to take cow milk, because I won’t even try that.

It does not have an effect on me but the point is I cannot take fresh cow milk, it is tasteless to me, I rather take Rice Milk and Groundnut (Peanut Milk) when I want to drink just milk. They have a special nutty or grain flavour that I love. It tastes different from plain cow milk.

If you are vegetarian or lactose intolerant then Groundnut Milk will be a better option. to make your groundnut milk just follow the steps and ingredients below.

Ingredients for making Groundnut (Peanut) Milk

  • Raw Peanuts (Groundnuts)
  • Cool water

Optional flavours:

  • Vanilla extract
  • Sugar

Notes on the ingredients

  1. I only keep this milk for 48 hours maximum in the fridge so I usually make the quantity I can finish within that period. If I do not boil it, I just make the quantity I can finish in one day. I get 600mls of Groundnut Milk with 300g of raw groundnuts.
  2. I always buy peeled raw groundnuts (peanuts) but if you can only buy unpeeled ones, see step 1 in the directions for how to remove the skin.
  3. When blending the soaked peanuts (see step 2 in the directions below), just add enough water to help the blades of your blender move. You will add more water later when rinsing the chaff.
  4. If you will use the flavours, add them when blending the groundnuts. I prefer the unadulterated natural delicious taste of Groundnut Milk.
  5. Raw groundnuts, corn, cassava and many other food items may contain aflatoxins which are said to be produced if the food item is contaminated with a certain kind of mould. To eliminate the risk of these aflatoxins which can affect human health, boil the Groundnut Milk before drinking. It is OK to drink it raw because the number of aflatoxins in food is said to be negligible.

Equipment used for making groundnut milk

  • To blend it, you’ll need a kitchen blender. My blender has 600W power and it did a great job of blending the soaked groundnuts.
  • To strain it you’ll need a bowl and a chiffon cloth or ladies stocking/tights (pantyhose without the panty).
  • To boil it you’ll need a pot, a stove and a spatula.

How to make Groundnut Milk

  1. Rinse and soak the groundnuts in a generous quantity of cool water for 3 hours.

If you are using unpeeled groundnuts:

  1. Pour warm to hot water on the peanuts and leave for a few minutes or till you notice the skin become baggy.
    • Pour out the hot water and replace it with cool water.
    • Rub the groundnuts between your palms and watch the skin come off.
    • Once they have all come off, decant the skin in the same manner as┬ádecanting beans peel when peeling beans.
    • Pour cool water into the bowl of peeled groundnuts and leave to soak for 3 hours.
  2. After 3 hours, blend with as little water as possible till smooth.
  3. Sieve with cheesecloth or any chiffon material that does not allow the chaff to pass through.
  4. Pour the milk into a pot and cook over medium heat till it boils. Stir often so that lumps do not form.
  5. Once it boils, leave to cool down completely, remove the milk skin and serve chilled or at room temperature.

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