Looking for a super easy cashew milk recipe or thought about making your own plant-based milk but not sure where to start? I recommend starting with cashew milk. It is simple to make and tastes so delicious.
Cashew milk was the first plant-based milk I made because it did not require straining through a cheesecloth or finely meshed strainer.
Why make your own plant-based kinds of milk? Here are a few awesome reasons:
- Does not contain any extra chemicals or fillers, and no or less sugar.
- Better nutritionally than store-bought. Nothing added but whole food!
- Made with positive vibes versus in a factory
- Eco-friendly. No extra trash from containers and no traveling in a truck across the country to get to the grocery store.
- Extra delicious and fresh!
Once you start making your own plant-based milk. I promise you will never go back to store-bought.
Cashews are a seed that is grown on a cashew tree along with a cashew apple. The cashew tree is native to Central and South America and the Caribbean Islands and can grow to a height of 46 feet. Cashews are an excellent option for the nut and seed category of a balanced of a plant-based diet, a source of plant-based protein, healthy fats and, fiber, along with magnesium, copper, iron, and calcium.
Cashews are a softer nut and used to make cream sauces and nut cheese. They make creamy, rich milk that does not require to be strained through a cheesecloth. Both of my daughters, love the cashew milk and use it in their coffee and cereals. When everyone is home, I need to make it every few days to keep it in stock!
- Blender or Vitamix
- 1 cup raw cashews soaked overnight in water or at least 4 hours
- 4 cups water
- 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey optional sweetener
- 1 dash salt optional
- In a blender, add the soaked cashews (drain soaking liquid) and 1 cup water. Blend until smooth (about 2-3 minutes)
- Add the remaining 3 cups water, optional maple syrup or honey, and dash of salt
- Blend until smooth and creamy (2-3 minutes)
- Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Shake well before using.
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1-2 tablespoons of cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder for a chocolate flavor
- 1 tablespoon homemade date paste (see video below recipe)
- Swap in for regular milk in coffee
- Use in hot or cold cereals
- Add to smoothies
- Substitute in recipes that require milk
- Drink on its own
The recipe can easily be cut in half depending on how much nut milk is needed every few days. If you have children, it would be fun for them to make the milk too, especially the chocolate milk!
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