Cashew milk (otherwise known to me as mylk cause it’s FUN to see it and spell it that way) has greatly transformed my view of non-dairy milks. Not just any cashew milk either – specifically, homemade. The ease of making this beverage comes from the fact that unlike most other nut milks that have to be strained, cashews blend up fine enough without leaving a gritty coating in your mouth.
I used to think that only half and half could do the job in my cup of joe or morning tea. I was proven wrong the morning cashew milk walked into my life. Stick-to-the-side-of-your-glass creamy and refreshingly nutty, I don’t even feel like calling it a dairy “substitute” does it justice. This mildly nutty milk leaves no aftertaste and is the most similar to real milk compared to any other substitute I’ve had. Most non-dairy milks you purchase at the store have an ingredient list that makes your brain hurt because of the additives and thickeners. It has replaced my go to coffee creamer and saved me a chunk of change in doing so.
Perks of making your own
- The ingredient list is all whole foods. No additives. You KNOW what’s going into your body.
- Easy easy easy. Just soak and blend. No straining required like most other nut milks.
- Over the top creamy.
- Better flavor with lots of depth.
- Can be used to make homemade yogurt, unlike store-bought non-dairy milk.
- Ability to leave the pulp, adding a higher fiber content.
Health Benefits of Cashew Milk
Putting flavor aside, cashew milk also hosts a list of health benefits. Since giving up dairy milk, I’ve noticed a dramatic difference in my skin and less redness and acne, as well as a happier tummy and better digestion. Nuts in general have a wealth of nutritional benefits, but specifically on cashews Dr. Axe gives a great perspective:
“Beyond its taste and versatility, cashew milk is super healthy. Cashews nutrition includes being rich in unsaturated fatty acids and plant-based protein, plus dietary fiber, minerals and antioxidants. Their healthy fatcontent has been linked to reducing risk for coronary heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity. They can even help maintain bone health because they contain lots of vitamin K, which can help prevent fractures and naturally treat osteoporosis. Kinda gives a milk mustache a whole new meaning, doesn’t it?” – Dr. Axe
What I Do
- 1 cup cashews, soaked overnight
- 4 cups filtered water
- Optional: 1 tsp vanilla, 1-2 medjool dates or 1 dried fig
- Blend ingredients in Vitamix or blender of choice on high for 1-2 minutes
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