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.Β  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|38 Comments


  1. oloruntoba omolara February 16, 2018 at 6:23 am - Reply

    I have try it several times and it work out well. you can also add “ayu” seed but no flavour.

    • Vickie February 16, 2018 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      What is ayu seed ?

  2. Theresa February 6, 2018 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Can it be done with just tiger nuts and ginger?

  3. Vickie February 4, 2018 at 6:58 am - Reply

    How long can it be refrigerated?

  4. ife February 2, 2018 at 11:00 am - Reply

    God bless you. Please can we add banana to thicken it

  5. Miracle January 30, 2018 at 12:08 am - Reply

    What is dates plz

  6. Flourence January 26, 2018 at 4:26 am - Reply

    great i will get to try this

  7. preciousinvestmentfoundation January 12, 2018 at 2:40 am - Reply

    pls can it be made and sell

  8. preciousinvestmentfoundation January 12, 2018 at 2:30 am - Reply

    i have not tried before i will try it

  9. Lead Wilson January 7, 2018 at 1:34 am - Reply

    Please what is aphrodisiac can you explain thanks

  10. deangelle23 December 26, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Please where can I buy almonds

  11. Tina December 3, 2017 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Th banks for this tutorial. What else can be used in place of date?

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

    Hello Please where can I find the sieve bag please?

  13. 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!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 28, 2017 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      Hahahha.. thanks for the feedback.

    • Joy January 3, 2018 at 11:56 am - Reply

      The nutmeg and cinnamon did you put it in with the coconut and date, or you substituted one for the other. Please do tell, can’t wait to try it. πŸ™‚

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

    thanks, i will try it out.

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

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

  16. 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?

  17. 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…

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

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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?

  22. 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 πŸ™‚

  23. 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

  24. 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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