RAWR! Is what I think of when I hear the word “tigernuts” Anyone with me?!? They sound so exotic-ly jungle themed and I wanted to really let them shine which is how this Tigernut Horchata was created.
I never tried tigernuts before, but I had purchased a box of these dried, shriveled up looking nuts so I thought why not give them a try. Once soaked (for 48 hrs to be exact) they are crunchy and have a flavor like OH BANG CARAMEL! Tigernuts also have a subtle natural sweetness that is just oh so addicting. Once I popped one in my mouth, I couldn’t stop!
HEY WAIT, YOU’RE NOT A NUT
As deliciously crunchy as they sound, tigernuts are actually not a nut at all, but instead a tuber which is basically a root (think potato). It has me wondering who actually named them tigerNUTs. Shouldn’t they be called tigerROOTs?!? Or better yet, tigerTUBERs?!?! I think so! Maybe I will rename them in my household to feisty tiger roots!
You can find tigernuts at any health food store. They are quickly becoming the new popular thing and you can even find tigernut flours, granolas, flakes, etc. I recently made some tigernut brownies with tigernut flour and they turned out great!
Tigernut Fun Health Fact: Tigernuts are jam-packed
with resistant starch which is a prebiotic. Prebiotics are what feed your healthy gut bacteria and probiotics. This is why you should get all tiger nutty for tigernuts because they really help your digestive system thrive!
TIGERNUTS AREN’T INTIMIDATING
I think it took me so long to try tigernuts because I honestly just didn’t know what to do with them. They looked scary and intimidating and just a little unappetizing. So I thought the perfect way to see what they are was to make a nut milk. Nut milks are easy to make and really highlight the flavor of what you are blending up.
Upon whizzing up these tigernuts in my Vitamix, I discovered the sweet, caramel notes of these little guys. This is why I paired the milk with cinnamon because sweet caramel and cinnamon are a match made in heaven. It turned out delicious and is now my new favorite nut milk!
I love using this milk in my lattes, on its own or with a big bowl of granola. It’s mmm mmm good!
Nut Milk Bag Tip: Always always ALWAYS use your nut milk bag inside out, so that the seams are on the outside. This makes it so much easier to get all that yummy pulp out of the bag!
What’s your favorite way to use nut milk pulp?
I think I am going to use this tigernut pulp to make brownies…or crackers…..or granola bars….or bliss balls….or a dip….or I don’t know! The possibilities are endless!