I am going to show you how to make the easiest nut milk available! As someone who lives dairy-free, I have attempted to make my own nut milks before. Almond milk is great, but it requires the dreaded nut milk bag to strain the bits of nuts out of the milk. Which requires cleaning said nut milk bag, which is quite tedious and a definite mental hurdle to me making almond milk on a regular basis.
Enter cashew milk: it requires no nut milk bag and no straining, which makes it a breeze to make. The only equipment necessary is a high speed blender such as a Vitamix or Ninja so that you won’t have bits of nuts floating around in your milk.
This makes an amazing coffee creamer, as well as a treat with a gluten free graham cracker or biscotti!
So here is the recipe:
(yields approximately 6 cups)
2 cups raw cashews, whole or pieces
4 cups filtered water
2 Medjool dates (optional)
2 Tablespoons vanilla extract (optional)
pinch of sea salt
Place cashews in bowl and cover with water. Place a clean dishcloth over bowl. Let sit on counter for at least 4 hours. (It was more like 10 hours for me because that’s when I got around to making the milk.)
In a colander, strain out the water and rinse cashews.
Place cashews in blender with 4 cups water, dates and vanilla (if using), and sea salt. Blend on high for 2-3 minutes.
Place in clean mason jars or glass pitcher in fridge and drink it up within 4-5 days.
You can always cut the recipe in half if you can’t drink it as fast. And you can always add more water to the recipe to thin it out if it’s too creamy for you.