Creamy, flavorful and soothing spice blend, served warm.
3 cups Brazil Nut Milk, altered (see instructions below)
1 and 1/2 level teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 level teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1/16 level teaspoon ground clove
1 large vanilla bean, scraped
The Brazil Nut Milk recipe can be found via this link. Alter the original Brazil Nut Milk recipe by adding to it 4 very large pitted dates and an additional 1/4 teaspoon of pink crystal salt. The listed amount for the Brazil nuts and the pure water remains the same. Follow the Brazil Nut Milk recipe instructions as written. The milk used in Nite-Nite will need to be as silky as possible, so be sure to use a tightly woven cheesecloth to separate the date fiber and nut pulp from the Brazil Nut Milk.
Using a high-speed blender, process the altered Brazil Nut Milk along with the rest of the ingredients until all of the spices have been well blended and the mixture becomes frothy. That could take several minutes, depending upon your machine—more power, faster process. When the color of the mixture changes from white to caramel, the ingredients will most likely have been properly combined. If you have a Vitamix or other type of powerful blender, you can simply let the mixture continue blending until it becomes warm. Divide the mixture between two large mugs and garnish with a sprinkling of ground cinnamon. Serve immediately.
Nite-Nite can most certainly be enjoyed on its own, although it is absolutely lovely paired with flavor-rich dark chocolate brownies or truffles. I tend to drink Nite-Nite in the latter part of the day as it is very relaxing (hence its name), but it can be served at any time. Enjoy!
A few tips…
The listed ingredients amount to two comfortable servings. Double or triple the recipe as needed.
Definitely do adhere to the ‘level’ ingredient measurements listed above. I have been making this spiced concoction often for quite some time and know through first-hand experience that too much cardamom or too much clove can ruin the batch.
Nite-Nite is best enjoyed freshly made. Any leftovers will not store particularly well for longer than a day as the spices will become further concentrated resulting in a mixture that tastes ‘off’ and quite bitter.
During the blending process, a substantial amount of foam may be created on top of the mixture. That is actually a good thing since Nite-Nite is pretty much a raw chai latte. Plus the foam is delicious! However, if you prefer less foam, you can let your blender run on the lowest setting for a few minutes to remove some of the air bubbles.
For information on how to use and store the leftover Brazil Nut Milk pulp, see this link.