How to Make Tigernut Ofio Milk Drink


In my Lose It Nigerian book, I presented tigernut milk aka ofio (imumu) drink as a diary free alternative to cow milk. I have had so many amazing feedbacks on the recipe and I thought to share it with the bigger 9jafoodie audience.  You will be surprised by how easy it is to make this recipe, it’s pretty much just 3 simple steps. The process of making this is similar to soy milk, you can find that recipe HERE . If you dont live where you can easily source tigernut, feel free to substitute almonds in this recipe. If you use fresh tigernuts, there is no need to pre-soak them.

Dried dates can be used as sugarfree way to sweeten the milk. I have heard “read” that adding date and coconut into tigernut makes it an aphrodisiac, I cannot confirm or deny this claim. If you try the combination for this purpose and it happens to be true, please let a sister know.

I have a post on the amazing health benefits of Tigernuts here .

How to Make Tigernut (Ofio) Milk Drink

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Serves: 6

  • 1 cup almonds or tigernut (soaked overnight)
  • 4 cups water
  • 6 dates - to sweeten
  • ½ fresh coconut - to increase creaminess
  1. If using dried tigernut or almond, rinse and soak in generous amount of water. leave overnight.
  2. Drain soaked nut and pour into a blender. Add in 4 cups of water, coconut and date if using. Blend until smooth.
  3. Place a sieve bag (same type used for pap) over a large bowl and pour the blended almond.
  4. Squeeze the bottom of the bag to release the milk
  5. Pour into a jar store in the fridge. nut milk has tendency to coagulate in the fridge, simply shake before each use.

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By |September 22nd, 2016|23 Comments

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  1. Olly October 25, 2017 at 2:42 am - Reply

    Hello Please where can I find the sieve bag please?

  2. Mor October 19, 2017 at 11:19 am - Reply

    I just tried this with cinnamon and nutmeg o my! We finished the drink before we could even refrigerate. truly delicious!

  3. edith john October 19, 2017 at 3:01 am - Reply

    thanks, i will try it out.

  4. tess September 30, 2017 at 1:49 am - Reply

    Thanks for the post. Pls can I mix this drink with soya milk drink?

  5. Agnes August 11, 2017 at 5:13 am - Reply

    I really appreciate ur tutorial mma, I want to ask apart from dates n coconut what else can be added?

  6. david August 10, 2017 at 4:16 am - Reply

    thank you for this, but I want to know if any preservatives can be added, I tried using vinegar but it didn’t still last…

  7. Justina August 3, 2017 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    Flavor can also be added when you don’t have the real coconut

  8. Lois August 3, 2017 at 11:45 am - Reply

    I’ve noticed my drink changes taste quickly and this is worse if kept till the next day. Is there a way to prevent this/preserve it please?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 7, 2017 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      keep it in the freezer. Tigernut will ferment if it’s exposed to heat.

  9. nessy July 19, 2017 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Madam i also saw cook time do we need to cook it? or it is the approximated prep time?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 20, 2017 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      it’s just preparation time, no need to cook anything.

  10. nessy July 19, 2017 at 9:31 am - Reply

    I appreciate this tutorial Ma. Thanks. But what if i am using the wet tiger nut do i still need to soak overnight? what is the essence of soaking overnight?

  11. MOS April 10, 2017 at 5:17 am - Reply

    what can i use the left over shaft for, will it suitable for baking in addition to wheat flour

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 9, 2017 at 5:53 pm - Reply

      Yes, It can be dried in the oven and ground into powder to increase fiber 🙂

  12. ADELEKE KAZEEM February 6, 2017 at 7:04 am - Reply

    Thanks for this recipe…can I use pineapple in place of date? Cant seem to find it every time in this area

    • Chinyere March 29, 2017 at 8:46 pm - Reply

      Dates are sold with the ofio just ask the abokis that sell them they are called deibino in hausa

  13. 4arinola January 13, 2017 at 5:45 am - Reply

    Yes ma’am it is an aphrodisiac for both men and women.

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