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Eat Well Jul. 11. 2014
Beverages

Blue-green Spirulina Milk

Jul. 11. 2014
Beverages
McKel Hill

McKel Hill

MS, RDN, LDN, Dietitian

A creamy protein- and mineral-rich milk made with blue-green algae, spirulina and a combination of nuts. Vegan, raw, paleo and gluten-free!

If you’ve all stuck with me so far- through encouraging you to drink your greens, sneaking vegetables into desserts, or turning a simple zucchini into past, then I have a hunch this you won’t be a surprise that I’m telling you to drink blue milk. I’ve made many recipes here on Nutrition Stripped using this blue-green algae, spirulina, but have yet to share with you all a staple drink I love making as well, Blue-green Spirulina Milk! First, I know the color and thought about drinking an algae can be completely off-putting and intimidating, but I promise once you get over the color (which I think is quite beautiful), the taste will speak for itself. It’s delicious and incredibly nutrient dense in comparison to the cow’s milk counterpart.

Whole foods are fun. I love being able to transform a simple vegetable, fruit, and spirulina in this case into something everyone can enjoy yet is completely innovative. Blue-green Spirulina Milk is a play on traditional nut milks that I’ve shared here before, it’s incredibly mineralizing due to the nature of spirulina, which contains a host of minerals, amino acids, and vitamins. I mix this with a classic nut milk recipe and it’s subtly sweetened with dates and vanilla. The end result is a beautiful blue-green colored nut milk that’s creamy, cool, healthy, and looks beautiful!

Spirulina is a blue-green algae, hence the name Blue-green Spirulina Milk, visually it’s beautiful and reminds me of the natural source of where spirulina is harvested, the water. I’ve talked at length about the health benefits and nutrition profile of spirulina in my pantry and the spotlight on spirulina– check those to get more detail. Spirulina is versatile as well making it one of my favorite concentrated plant-based proteins to use. I use spirulina in many recipes, in smoothies in the morning, sprinkled into porridge, shaken up in protein shakes on the go, in raw desserts, and of course used in this recipe for a snack.

 

This milk is fantastic to introduce to the little ones as well. As mentioned, spirulina is an incredibly nutrient dense food and is perfect to sneak into growing kids bodies- an added bonus is the fun color. Have fun with them and present the milk in a way that’s recognizable to them (i.e. calling it “supermans milk” or “little mermaid milk”, etc.) while still educating them on it’s health benefits. Blue-green Spirulina Milk isn’t just a great swap for cows milk for the little ones, it’s great for us adults too- especially great for all my fellow recreational athletes and plant-based eaters. Spirulina is packed (almost 80% protein by dry weight) of protein, which is essential for rebuilding muscle tissue after workouts, maintaining lean body mass (especially if you’re on a weight/fat loss plan), and essential for a host of other metabolic processes in the body. If by chance the blue-green color is off-putting to the little ones (or you), simply add 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and blend, it’ll be a chocolate variation yet no one will know you’re actually drinking something green.Also, depending on the spirulina you use, your milk may turn a bit darker, that’s okay! I’m all about sharing my love for greens loud and proud, so it’s very common to see me drinking this out in public, bright blue-green color in all- no shame! 😉

A couple variations |

  • Try adding 1-2 tablespoons of good quality cocoa powder to create a chocolate milk
  • Lower in sugar option: use stevia to taste instead of dates
  • Higher protein option: add a scoop of your favorite plant-based protein powder, shake well. 1 tbs. of spirulina contains roughly 4g of protein!
  • Mineral and protein boost: add double the amount of spirulina, which will also make this richer in color

If you’ve never tried making your own nut milk, you’d love my Guide to Nut Milks where I share all the reasons why I love making my own, a tutorial, items you’ll need, and of course recipes!

 

Blue-green Spirulina Milk
Recipe Type: to drink, beverage
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
A creamy protein and mineral rich milk made with blue-green algae, spirulina and a combination of nuts. VGN, RAW, GF, Paleo
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons spirulina, organic and powdered
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1/2 cup cashews, raw
  • 1/2 cup almonds, raw
  • 3 dates, pitted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Soak the cashews and almonds for at least 2 hours in water, discard the water after soaking.
  2. Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  3. Chill before enjoying.
  4. Shake well before serving if it’s been stored or a quick reblend will help.
  5. Keeps for 2-3 days in the fridge.

BUY // If you’re not sure where to purchase spirulina, check out my Spirulina pantry page AND always keep in mind to get organic. What are some of your favorite ways to use spirulina? I hope you all try out this Blue-green milk and let me know how you like it! Keep tagging me on instagram to show 🙂

Hope you all have a beautiful weekend!

xx McKel

The Recipe

Serves 4

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons spirulina, organic and powdered
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1/2 cup cashews, raw
  • 1/2 cup almonds, raw
  • 3 dates, pitted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  1. Soak the cashews and almonds for at least 2 hours in water, discard the water after soaking.
  2. Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  3. Chill before enjoying.
  4. Shake well before serving if it’s been stored or a quick reblend will help.
  5. Keeps for 2-3 days in the fridge.

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  • Emma

    This looks so good, McKel!

    What would you recommend as a good way to “get back on track” after not eating well, taking care of yourself in general for a couple of months? I’m feeling unwell after not focusing on nutrition. Any advice for a good kick off?

    Thanks for your amazing site!!

    -Emma

    • Such a great (and common!) question Emma! I work with so many clients on just getting back on track, setting goals, and getting a solid nutrition/lifestyle plan in place to feel your best- I’d be more than happy to talk to you about this further, it’s way too in depth to answer in a quick comment. Email me so we can connect!

  • This was such an interesting post, McKel, and what an amazing recipe you have created!!

  • This looks so delicious and creamy – I bet it would be great for kids too!!
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  • Laura

    This is great! I have to try it! Just wondering, where do you get your organic powdered Spirulina?
    Thanks!!
    -Laura

  • What a smart idea for sneaking in spirulina! I love to include it in my smoothies, but I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with green smoothies (don’t hate me!). This looks so delicious!

  • Philan Tokarz

    hi, i just tried making this drink and was wondering if you have the right measurement of spirulina? mine is super dark green not a pretty color like yours?

    philan

    • Colors of spirulina may differ per brand, I like using a larger amount of spirulina and it will be a bit dark than pictured, I noted that in the post;) As long as it tastes good, it’s good!

  • Crysty

    Hi Kel. I can’t wait to try this milk, but I did have a question first. After soaking and rinsing the nuts, everything just goes in the blender? No straining the nuts through a nut bag first? Thanks!

    • After you blend the nuts and water, you have the option to run it through a nut milk bag to thin the milk or keep it thick without straining. Both great!

  • Christine

    Made this milk to have as a snack with your spirulina raw bites this week – deeeelish! When I first tried it warm I was a little off put by the spirulina taste being so strong so I added a little stevia and let it cool in the fridge. Much better!! This would be an amazing base for smoothies.