Types of Nut Milk

First came almond milk. Its epic rise in the early 2010s triggered something of a modern gold rush for all kinds of nuts one could make into milk. We've seen a good number hit the shelves: hazelnut milk, cashew milk, walnut milk, macadamia milk; and there will no doubt be more to come!

Nut milk is generally a good dairy alternative option. At its best, it has the potential to confront traditional milk through both inclusion – particularly nutrients – and omission: Nut milks are lactose-free, devoid of the milk allergen, and unaffected by concerns about hormones, antibiotics, and animal welfare.

However, not all nut milks exactly meet dairy's challenge. Particularly, they may lack creaminess, nutrients, and even nuts – at least enough to make the product worthwhile. So, Elmhurst entered the fray in 2017, closing its dairy processing plant in Queens to open one founded on plant-based alternatives near Buffalo, NY. This move was not made merely to follow the crowd, but to spearhead innovations within the alternative beverage sector by delivering products that keep their source ingredient front and center.

Let's take a tour of what Elmhurst has done in nut milks!

Almond Milk

Interesting facts about almonds:

  • Almonds are part of the rose family and are referred to as its "queen" 1
  • Almonds can be refrigerated for up to 2 years due to their high vitamin E content 2
  • In India, almonds are considered to be brain food for children 3
  • The outer shells of almonds are not edible to humans, but are widely used as cattle feed throughout the world
  • California produces more than 80% of the world’s almonds

Benefits of almonds:

  • Are rich in vitamin E, which protects lipids against oxidation (a risk factor for heart disease) and is important for the maintenance of healthy skin 4
  • Have been shown to improve the serum fatty acid profile in individuals with dyslipidemia, aiding in a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease 5
  • Help prevent weight gain by keeping hunger at bay when consumed as a snack or with meals 6

Elmhurst Milked Almonds:

Many of the benefits of almonds may transfer to almond milk. However, the most common method of production involves excessive straining and the use of blanched almonds, which have been stripped of the majority of their fiber and antioxidants. Elmhurst's HydroRelease™ method, by contrast, bespells whole almonds through a magical disassembling and reassembling that yields a creamy emulsion preserving all its macro- and micronutrients. (Don't worry. It isn't really magic, but it might as well be.) Elmhurst's almond milk – available original and unsweetened – has 5g protein per serving and is made from up to 4x as many nuts as leading competitors. Its authentic nutty flavor and rich texture – superior to other watery options on the market despite having no added gums or thickeners – showcase the innovation of this technology and its reverence for the source ingredient. Try Milked Almonds in smoothies, cereal, and oatmeal.

Walnut Milk

Interesting facts about walnuts:

  • Walnuts are one of the oldest tree foods known to man, having been cultivated as early as 7000 B.C. 7
  • Walnut trees can live 300 years or longer 8
  • The Romans referred to walnuts as Juglans regia, "Jupiter’s royal acorn" 7
  • Due to their semblance to human brains, consumption of walnuts has long been believed by many cultures to boost cognitive function and intelligence
  • China is the world’s largest producer of walnuts 9

Benefits of walnuts:

  • Have higher antioxidant content than all other popular nut varieties 10
  • Are high in ALA omega-3s, which may assist in reduction of cardiovascular disk risk and the retention of memory 11 12
  • Are rich in ellagitannins, polyphenols that antagonize hormone receptors to help prevent the development of breast, colon and rectal cancers 13 14

Elmhurst Milked Walnuts:

As with almond milk, Elmhurst's HydroRelease process converts the walnut's natural virtue, measured in taste and nutrition, to drinkable form. Both our original unsweetened versions have an astonishing 1400mg omega-3 ALA per glass, supported by a potent toasty flavor, highly unique and also characteristic of this beloved nut. Try Milked Walnuts in iced coffee, oatmeal, and for cooking and baking.

Cashew Milk

Interesting facts about cashews:

  • They are kidney-shaped seeds that adhere to the bottom of the cashew apple, the fruit of the cashew tree 15
  • Cashews belong in the same family as mangoes and pistachios 15
  • The English name derives from the Portuguese name for the fruit of the cashew tree caju, which itself is derived from the Tupian word acajú, meaning "nut that produces itself" 15
  • The shell of the cashew seed yields derivatives that can be used in many applications, including lubricants, waterproofing, paints, and – starting in World War II – arms production 16

Benefits of cashews:

  • Proven to reduce blood pressure and increase HDL cholesterol levels 17
  • Shown to increase antioxidant status in individuals consuming a diet high in cashews over 8 weeks 18
  • May reduce risk of cardiovascular disease in individuals with metabolic syndrome by improving baroreflex sensitivity 19, an indicator of cardiovascular health

Elmhurst Milked Cashews:

Given these benefits and taste popularity, translating the whole cashew's tropical flair to a milk makes sense. Cashew milk has been a successful branch in the plant-based dairy alternative tree. A number of brands – including Silk, Forager, Califia, and now Elmhurst – are involved in its manufacture and sale. The difference is that Elmhurst actually delivers upon the cashew's nutritional promise, using up to 5x more nuts per serving than other brands in its original and unsweetened milks. With a buttery, slightly sweet taste, this lactose-free dairy alternative is pleasurable as a drink – and many other things.

An additional note about Milked Cashews that might be of particular interest to traditional milk consumers: Within the Elmhurst pantheon of products, cashew milk is the very closest to dairy milk in texture. Indeed, many cannot distinguish it from cow's milk in natural richness, achieved without added gums and thickeners no less. Creamy and nutritious, this is the closest you will get to a 1:1 dairy replacement, unlocking an incredible range of opportunities for substitution, including coffee, smoothies, cereal, soups, sauces, and baking. Original Milked Cashews even holds membership in Elmhurst's Barista Series.

Hazelnut Milk

Interesting facts about hazelnuts: 20

  • Turkey is the largest producer of hazelnuts in the world, accounting for approximately 75% of total production; however, there is also a pocket in Oregon from which Elmhurst sources its hazelnuts
  • In Ancient Rome, it was customary to offer a hazelnut plant, the Corylus avellana, in the belief that it brought happiness
  • The French held this plant as a symbol of fertility
  • In Germanic countries, hazelnuts are widely used in the form of flour for preparing cakes – the most famous being Linzer Torte, a pastry torte with a redcurrant jam filling

Benefits of hazelnuts:

  • Are rich in vitamin E, and have been demonstrated to raise the vitamin E (specifically, α-tocopherol) concentration of the blood in people with mild hypercholesterolemia 21
  • High in B vitamins (specifically B1, B2, B6, and B9) which are essential in blood formation and nerve health 20
  • Shown to induce favorable changes in serum lipid profiles (e.g., decreasing VLDL and triglycerides, increasing HDL) in men with hypocholesterolemia, effectively reducing cardiovascular disease risk 22

Elmhurst Milked Hazelnuts:

Elmhurst's hazelnut milk is made with up to twice as many nuts per serving as other brands, as well as created through a process that protects the raw hazelnut's nutritional value (outlined above). Of the four varieties of nut milk, hazelnut – available original and unsweetened – offers the most distinctive flavor, with slight smoky notes and even a natural hint of chocolate. This effortlessly indulgent character recommends Milked Hazelnuts as a dairy substitute for iced coffee, chocolate milk, puddings, cream pies, and pastries.

Unsweetened vs. Sweetened Plant-Based Milk

Why Choose Elmhurst?

In a crowded nut milk field, still being crashed by new entrants, Elmhurst stands out for one primary reason: loyalty to the nut – whether almond, cashew, walnut, or hazelnut. Loyalty does not mean flooding the product with added ingredients. It certainly does not mean compromising the whole nut, or almost outright omitting it from the "milk." It means authenticity; letting the star ingredient lead and everything else follow (except for additives like gums, which aren't invited). Our unsweetened nut milk line goes one step further, using only 2 ingredients – nuts and water – for the truest nutrition and flavor possible.

Elmhurst is a clean, creamy, tasty, nutritious way to simplify both nut milk and life.

Oat Milk

Elmhurst doesn't just make nut milks. Learn about oats, oat milk, and Elmhurst's simply luxurious varieties – each with 16-20g whole grain per glass.

References

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