Over the past few years I have experienced with nut milks and other plant based milks. These include almond, coconut, hazelnut, and, today’s post, cashew milk. It’s so much fun experimenting with milks and it never ceases to amaze me that I can make my own milk at home and not from a cow! Not to mention how effortless it is! Cashew milk has been the most recent nut milk I have tried out yet to date. I have to say I really enjoy it and it compliments being used as a milk because it is one of the softer nuts and therefore, in my opinion, creamier.
Making your own milk has been pretty common recently in the plant based world. You soon will find out how easy it is to do, cost effective, and healthier it is for you. I say healthier because buying nut milk at the store is healthy for you, much healthier than cow’s milk. But if you want to take it to the next level, making it at home is even healthier because it doesn’t have to have the shelf life preservatives in it and that is always a plus!
1 cup of cashews soaked
4 cups of water
Optional: pinch of cinnamon and a few drops of vanilla
Put one cup of cashews in a bowl/cup of water. Make sure it is completely covered. Soak for 6 hours or overnight. Once soaked, drain and put into blender with four cups of water. I personally like to pulse blend or you can just blend it till its smooth. Get a cheesecloth ( I actually just use a strainer with a dishtowel) and strain out the remnants of the cashews into a bowl. Pour the liquid into a jar or container to put into fridge. Will last for four days (usually lasts two in our house due to its deliciousness!).
This cashew milk is so creamy and yummy you won’t miss the real dairy, I promise! But your choice entirely, this is just a healthy at home alternative. I like to flavor with cinnamon and vanilla for my coffee or just to drink over the holiday season. In the future I will show tutorials for other at home plant based milks.
Here is a small comparison to the nutrition value of making it at home and getting store bought plant based milk; One cup of diy cashew milk made using 1/4 cup of cashews has 189 calories and 10 grams of carbohydrates. Cashew milk bought from the store has 40 calories and 3 grams of carbs in a 1-cup serving. You will receive 6 grams of protein from the homemade recipe, while store bought has less than 1 gram of protein. So you definitely get more bang for your buck and nutrition wise too.
Incorporating this into your life is easy and fun. Friends and family are always interested to try. Or if you are looking for something unique to sell at the farmers market, this is a great option. You save money and add longevity to your health! Not to mention its so so soooooo much fun to make with the wee ones!