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Brazil Nut Smoothie

It has been crazy around here! The cookbook is in its final stages, and should be released in less than two weeks! I have been pouring all of my energy into the final stages, which has meant the blog has been a little quieter. But that will change tomorrow. All of the recipes and photos will be in the hands of the layout department, and the editor will be hard at work, so I can get back to work, here!

Lately, I have been enjoying Brazil nuts. They have a mild flavor that makes a beautiful nut milk, they can be substituted for almonds in many recipes, and they are on the less expensive side. Nutritionally speaking, they have a high selenium content which qualifies them as a “complete” protein. The fat in nuts are monounsaturated, or the “good” fat that is heart healthy. They also have copper, niacin, magnesium, fiber, and vitamin E.

Here is one of my favorite combinations, a cacao and banana smoothie made with Brazil nut milk.


Brazil Nut Milk Smoothie


Brazil Nut Milk

  • 1 cup Brazil Nuts
  • 4 cups Water

Place in high speed blender. Blend well, Pour through a nut milk bag or cheese cloth. Refrigerate. This will only last a few days in the fridge.

Cacao Banana Pick-Me-Up

  • 1 cup Brazil Nut Milk
  • 1 cup Ice
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 tablespoon Raw Honey or Agave
  • 2 tablespoons Cacao Powder

Place all ingredients in blender, blend until smooth.

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  1. Victoria wrote on July 30, 2012

    I didn’t know Brazil nuts don’t have to be soaked to remove the anti-nutrients! I just soaked a bag for probably close to 24 hours. Did I ruin them? They are still in the dehydrator. Can I still make nut milk with them, or should I start over? Thanks!

    • Susan wrote on July 31, 2012

      No, I am sure they will be fine. Cheers!

  2. Edie Galley wrote on September 12, 2011

    Absolutely delicious! First time making my own nut milk too, actually very easy and well worth it!

  3. Lisa Grifin wrote on September 12, 2010

    Hi Susan,
    I really am enjoying your web site and your recipes. You do not specify if the cacao in this recipe is nibs or powder. I only have the nibs right now, is this ok to use? Thanks.

    • Susan wrote on September 12, 2010

      I used powder. You can try nibs but it will be a little different.

  4. Mary Goff wrote on August 9, 2010

    So happy to see your great recipes. As a Raw Food prep chef & instructor, I appreciate your wonderful creations. Just made up a batch of Brazil Nutmilk and look forward to drinking this smoothie for breakfast! Of course, I’ll add a little cinnamon, as my husband and I love it so.

  5. Kyle Weber wrote on May 20, 2010

    I’ve read recently that Brazil Nuts can mold easily if not stored in an airtight container or put in the freezer. It was also suggested to use Rosemary or Oregano to help preserve them. Just wanted to see if y’all have heard of this or not.

  6. tjc wrote on May 18, 2010

    I really love brazil nuts and eat a ton of them.

  7. Jessie R wrote on May 4, 2010

    Susan..delicious!!! I am actually having a cup right now, CHEERS!


  8. Jessie R wrote on May 4, 2010


    Do you soak the Bazilian nuts as well?


    • Susan wrote on May 4, 2010

      No, Brazil nuts and Hazelnuts do not need to be pre-soaked.

  9. Helene wrote on May 1, 2010

    ABOUT THE ICE! I think it is important to mention that if you go to your freezer and put a cup of ice from there—it is going to be non purified water/tap water ice–unless your fridge system is connected to a water purifier..So what is the next best thing? To freeze purified water in ice trays–and use those….or I bet you can buy a purified bag of ice.
    It’s been so long since I have used ICE because of that very thing, it not being pure, but I imagine with all the technology and all the things that are available now–you could walk right into a Whole Foods and buy a bag of pure ice..Never thought about it..thoughts???

    • Susan wrote on May 1, 2010

      I have filtered ice so…I guess I don’t worry about it. But it is a good thing to keep in mind.

  10. Ellen wrote on April 30, 2010

    Aloha Everyone,
    Brazil nuts rate at 67 in the complete protein division at (an amazing source for looking at food values!)
    The awesome deal with this recipe is the banana puts the complete protein over the top!
    Have a great weekend.
    I am sitting listening to birds sing while I have double recipe of cashew cheese hanging!


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