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How to make your own Cashew Milk

Cashew milk

Ever reach for a carton of cashew milk at the store, only to balk at the price tag? You’re not alone. But what if you could whip up a delicious, healthy batch of cashew milk right in your own kitchen? It’s easier than you think!

Why Cashew Milk?

Cashew milk is a superstar among plant-based milks. Here’s why:

  • Rich in Nutrients: Cashews are a good source of healthy fats, protein, and essential minerals like magnesium and copper [1].
  • Dairy-Free: Perfect for those with lactose intolerance or following a vegan diet.
  • Naturally Creamy: Cashews blend into a super smooth and creamy milk, unlike some nut milks that can be watery.
  • Mild Flavor: Cashew milk has a subtle nutty taste that complements coffee, smoothies, and cereal without overpowering them.
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From Lukewarm Milk to Creamy Cashew Delight!

Like many people, I enjoy milk, but traditional dairy milk doesn’t always agree with me anymore. After trying various lactose-free options, I finally found one that works. However, for some reason, a cold glass of lactose-free milk just doesn’t hit the spot for me.

Here’s where things got interesting! I craved the comforting warmth of a hot beverage with a hint of spice, like nutmeg or ginger. Unfortunately, heated lactose-free milk often loses its appeal.

That’s when I stumbled upon the magic of homemade cashew milk. It turns out cashews blend into a remarkably creamy milk that heats beautifully! This discovery transformed my mornings. Now, I can enjoy a steaming cup of creamy cashew milk with a touch of nutmeg or ginger – pure comfort in a mug!

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Strong Bones Start with Cashews!

Keeping our bones healthy is crucial throughout life. According to MayoClinic.com, three key factors play a vital role: calcium, vitamin D, and regular exercise [1].

While calcium and vitamin D are well-known bone supporters, some people might experience difficulties with them, like bloating. Here’s where cashews come in!

Cashews are a delicious source of magnesium, a mineral essential for healthy bone development alongside muscles, tissues, and organs [2]. They’re also one of the creamiest bases for homemade nut milk, offering a refreshing and flavorful alternative.

Beyond magnesium, cashews are a powerhouse of other bone-friendly nutrients. They’re one of the lowest-fiber nuts, making them easier to digest, and are packed with vitamins E, K, and B6, along with copper, which contributes to bone strength [3].

So, next time you’re looking for a way to support your bone health, consider incorporating cashews into your diet. They’re a delicious and versatile way to get a dose of essential nutrients!

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Creamy Cashew Milk in 2 Easy Steps (No Straining Needed!)

Making your own cashew milk is surprisingly simple! Forget store-bought varieties and whip up a fresh batch at home with just a blender and a few ingredients.

Why a Good Blender Matters:

While any blender will technically work, a high-powered blender will create the creamiest cashew milk. It ensures the cashews are fully pulverized for a smooth and silky texture.

Straining? Not Necessary!

The beauty of cashew milk? You don’t have to strain it! Unlike some nut milks, cashews blend into a naturally smooth consistency. However, if you prefer a completely pulp-free milk, the video demonstrates a simple straining method using a nut milk bag or cheesecloth.

The Easy 2-Step Process:

  1. Soak the Goodness: Start by soaking your cashews in water for at least 4 hours, or ideally overnight. Soaking neutralizes enzymes, preserves nutrients, and makes blending a breeze.
  2. Blend it Up!: Drain the soaked cashews and blend them with filtered water. For extra flavor, add a touch of vanilla extract and a pinch of Himalayan salt (or regular salt!). Blend for 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth.

Fresh is Best!

Enjoy your homemade cashew milk within 48-72 hours. Since it’s free of preservatives, it’s best enjoyed fresh.

Tips and Substitutions:

  • Use Filtered Water: Filtered water will give your cashew milk a cleaner taste.
  • High-Powered Blender is Best: A high-powered blender will ensure perfectly smooth milk.
  • Cashew Milk Pulp: Don’t toss the leftover cashew pulp! Use it in dips and spreads, or add it to baked goods for extra nutrients.
  • Cashew Substitutions: If you’re out of cashews, you can try making almond milk, oat milk, or another nut or seed milk using the same basic method.

Enjoy Your Creation!

Homemade cashew milk is not only delicious and budget-friendly, but it’s also free of additives and preservatives. Use it in your coffee, pour it over cereal, or experiment by adding it to homemade soups and sauces. With this simple recipe, you can enjoy the creamy goodness of cashew milk any time you like!

Reference:

How make your own Cashew Milk

Homemade Cashew Milk is the perfect way to enjoy a healthy glass of milk.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Soaking Time 3 hours
Course beverage
Servings 2
Calories 368 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup of cashew nuts
  • 4 cups of filtered water
  • 1/8 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt
  • 2 teaspoon of vanilla extract optional

Instructions
 

  • Soak the cashews in tepid water (not the filtered water) for 3 hours or overnight.
  • Drain the water that the cashews were soaked in and rinse several times.
  • Add the cashews, filtered water, optional vanilla extra and pink salt to the blender.
  • Pulse the contents on high speed for 1-2 minute, during the given time the nuts will have broken down in their entirety (depending how powerful the blender is)
  • Double check the nuts have completely broken down by running the liquid through a strainer or cheese cloth.
  • Store in a glass or preferred container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 4gramsCalories: 368kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 12gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gSodium: 177mgPotassium: 432mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 4mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

Keyword cashews, healthy milk, nuts, nuts milk, plant-based
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Corn Allergy:

Always choose ingredients without corn or corn derivatives.

Originally published May 16, 2016. Revised and updated.

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