If you’re following an AIP diet, then you know that nuts are a big no-no. Unfortunately for most people, this eliminates all nut-based milks from the menu in addition to lectin-filled cow’s milk. Luckily, there’s a tasty solution. If you’re craving something creamy, this AIP Tigernut Horchata is the perfect recipe for you. 

Tigernut milk is naturally sweet and creamy in consistency, making it the perfect base for this sweet and spicy AIP horchata. And because tigernuts aren’t actually nuts, this recipe is dairy-free, nut-free, paleo-approved, and safe for people with allergies! 

I recommend making this AIP Tigernut Horchata with a high-quality juicer, such as the Vitality 5800 Cold Press Juicer from Nama. I’ll go a little more in-depth about the benefits of using Nama juicers in a bit. First, let’s discuss how this delicious horchata can actually be good for you!

https://www.amymyersmd.com/recipe/aip-tigernut-horchata/ Finished horchata in glass jar with Nama Cold Press Juicer in the background

Tigernuts

Tigernuts are a great addition to your diet because they’re not really nuts! Tigernuts are a tuber that grows below the ground, however they resemble a nut in size, shape, and flavor. They’re gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, paleo, and are a fantastic tool for maintaining a healthy weight. 

Tigernuts are small, however one serving packs a LOT of nutrients. They’re high in healthy fats, fiber, vitamins C & E, magnesium, and amino acids. All of these nutrients work together to promote cognitive ability, combat fatigue, stimulate the immune system, support digestion, and promote weight management. That’s a lot for a little tuber!

Tigernut Milk

This delicious drink is made with tigernuts and water, slightly sweetened, and spiced with a dash of cinnamon. It’s high in calcium yet completely dairy-free and easy to make with a few simple ingredients. Additionally, tigernut milk is free of added sugars and artificial sweeteners, contains more iron and magnesium than cow’s milk, and can be a quick way to get more nutrients into your diet. 

https://www.amymyersmd.com/recipe/aip-tigernut-horchata/ Overhead shot of finished horchata in glass jar with a metal straw. Cinnamon sticks and tigernuts sprinkled around it

Cinnamon

Cinnamon has been shown to support balanced blood sugar levels. It also helps optimize your immune system. This makes cinnamon an excellent choice for anyone looking to soothe and heal their gut, as well as support the body’s stress response. 

https://www.amymyersmd.com/recipe/aip-tigernut-horchata/ Hand sprinkling cinnamon over glass full of horchata

Making Your Own Milk

Using a cold press juicer to make your own milk is not only fun, it enables you to control what goes into it; How sweet you want it to taste, how much spice you want to add, and what other ingredients you want to incorporate to make your horchata completely your own. 

Plus, the Nama Cold Press Juicer yields up to 60% more milk from the same amount of ingredients than other high-speed juicers on the market. And because it has such a slow pressing speed to minimize oxidation and heat generation, the tigernuts maintain all their nutrients and flavor by the end of the process. 

You can keep this delicious horchata mixture fresh in the fridge for up to three days. Simply shake before serving and enjoy!

AIP Tigernut Horchata

AIP Tigernut Horchata

AIP Tigernut Horchata
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Servings

Servings:

2 horchatas

2 horchatas

Prep Time

10 minutes

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Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 240 cup ml tigernuts
  • 4 960 cups ml water
  • 2 9.858 tsp ml honey
  • 1/2 2.4645 tsp ml ground cinnamon
  • 1 1 pinch sea salt

Instructions

Instructions

  1. Soak the tigernuts in 4 cups of water for 6-24 hours.
  2. After soaking, pour out water and rinse tigernuts thoroughly until water runs clear.
  3. Add 1-4 cups fresh water to a bowl along with the tigernuts. The more water you add, the lighter the milk will be.
  4. When the juicer is running, slowly alternate between pouring equal parts tigernut and water through the juicer. Make sure to go slow so the tigernuts don’t get stuck.
  5. When finished, the tigernut milk should be frothy.
  6. Combine tigernut milk, cinnamon, and honey to a high-speed blender and blend on high until combined.
  7. Pour into a glass jar and serve over ice.