Monday, March 20, 2017

Homemade Cashew Milk

Monday, March 20, 2017

I made homemade cashew milk (or any nut milk for that matter) for the first time this past weekend! It was so much easier than I thought, and the outcome was so worth the extra effort! I buy unsweetened cashew milk for convenience, but I definitely want to make my own more often now that I know how easy it is.

There is a huge difference in store-bought nut milk VS. homemade. The store bought kind is much more watered down, and homemade is much richer and creamier. Also, homemade nut milk contains SO much more nutrition such as healthy fats, vitamins & minerals, protein & fiber. So you’re getting more nutrition and feeling more satisfied. Another benefit to making your own is that you are controlling the ingredients that go into the milk. There are no gums or thickeners needed to compensate for all the water, its creamy on its own! I used Ellie's Best (@elliesbest) nut milk bags and it made this process so simple! It’s also kinda fun, I literally felt like I was milking a cow when I was straining the cashew milk..not that i’ve don’t that before but wharves. Let's get to it!

1c raw cashews (soaked overnight)
3c filtered water* (and more for soaking)
Optional Flavorings: sea salt, vanilla bean or extract, cinnamon
One Ellie's Best nut milk bag (or cheese cloth)
Large glass jar for milk
Blender (I used my NutriBullet)

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1.  First, you must soak your cashews for at least 4 hours or overnight (I soaked them overnight) in a glass container filled with filtered water so their all covered.

2.  Once soaked, drain and rinse the cashews and place in blender with 3c of cold filtered water. *You can add more filtered water if you want more milk and this will also thin out the consistency to be more watery like store-bought. I prefer rich and creamy so I used 3c!

3.  Blend away for several minutes until smooth and theres no large chunks visible.

4.  Take your nut milk bag or cheese cloth, and put it in a large bowl or measuring cup and fold the edges over. Pour your milk into the bag/cloth and let it strain while you hold the bag and gently squeeze to encourage faster straining. Once you have squeezed it dry, put the leftover cream/pulp to the side (use this for other recipes!)

5.  At this point you can add flavor if you’d like, if not, your milk is ready to drink! I added a few pinches of Himalayan pink salt, cinnamon, and 1 fresh vanilla bean pod (Love seeing the little vanilla bean flecks!!)

6.  Then Blend it for a few seconds again to incorporate (or whisk).

7.  Store in air tight jug or container for 4-5 days! 

BONUS TIP --> Don't know what to do with the leftover pulp? There are tons of easy snacks and recipes to use it in online! For the protein bliss balls I made up above, I simply mixed all of the below ingredients together until it formed a pliable dough, rolled it into balls, and stored them in my fridge for a quick snack or dessert!
I mixed: Leftover cashew pulp ^ + Nutzo peanut butter + cinnamon + cashew milk + cacao nibs + almond flour + Vanilla Vital Proteins collagen peptides + sea salt

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