Believe me when I say that once you make your own nut milk, it’s impossible to go back to the store bought version. Yes it is more expensive, however I use milk sparingly anyway so it works for me. Not only does homemade nut milk actually taste like the nut it’s made from (unlike the tasteless watery milk sold in stores), but you get to bypass all those weird additives and binders that come with store-bought milk as well.
Thus far I’ve made cashew, almond, and even peanut milk, all with great success. While it does take a little forethought (you need to soak the nuts for several hours), it’s well worth it. Once you’ve soaked the nuts, it’s incredibly easy to make.
Vanilla Cashew Milk
- 1 cup cashews, soaked in water for 8 hours then drained
- 4 cups water
- Pure vanilla extract, cinnamon (both optional)
What to do:
- Blend the soaked cashews with 4 cups of water in a high powered blender (such as a Vitamix) until silky smooth.
- Pour the liquid through a nut bag, straining out any remaining cashew pieces. You can use the strained mixture as a spread on crackers or a dip for fruit and vegetables (depending on if you added the vanilla and cinnamon).
- Enjoy by the glass, in cereal or oatmeal, in smoothies (see recipe below), and so much more.
Green smoothie time!!
This smoothie is the perfect breakfast meal, as it’s packed with so many nutrients to help you start your day right.
To name a few…
- Vitamin K from the greens
- Potassium from the banana
- Healthy monounsaturated fat from the cashew milk and avocado
- Omega 3 fatty acids from the chia seeds and flax meal
- Protein from the chia seeds
- Flavonoid antioxidants from the cocoa powder
Creamy Green Smoothie with Cashew Milk
- 1 cup homemade cashew milk
- 1 cup of ice
- 1 cup greens of your choice (i.e. kale, swiss chard, spinach)
- 1 medium banana
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 1 tbl chia seeds
- 1 tbl flax meal
- 1 tbl fair-trade cocoa powder
What to do:
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.