Nut milk is a great alternative for those who may be wanting to reduce the amount of dairy they consume! Dairy-free is a popular health trend at the moment and what's great for dairy-free folks is that there are plenty of milk substitutes available at grocery stores. Like nut milk, rice milk, coconut milk, hemp milk and soy milk. I've been buying dairy-free milk for over 2 years now. But today I had a urge to make some nut milk of my own! I picked up some raw, unsalted organic cashews yesterday and decided to give it a go in my Vitamix. I made some strawberry cashew milk and cacao infused cashew milk! Let me tell you.. it was actually the best nut milk I have ever had and only took a few steps to make. Scroll below for the recipe!
First off, using a Vitamix blender is definitely preferred! It can break down the cashew to absolutely nothing. There was not even 1/4 cup of pulp left over. The better your blender can breakdown the nuts - the higher the fiber content in the milk will be since less pulp will be going to waste!
Second, I would definitely recommend using a proper nut milk bag to drain the liquid from the pulp. Mine looks like this. It's by SproutMaster!
- 2 cups RAW, UNSALTED cashews - 6 cups of filtered water - 8-10 sliced strawberries - 1 1/2 tsp. raw cacao powder (not pictured) - 1 medjool date (pit removed) - Pinch of sea salt (optional)
1. Soak cashews in a bowl with filtered water for 2-3 hours. This will help breakdown the nut better and increase the nutrient value.
2. Drain the cashews from the water and add them to a blender. 3. Remove pit from medjool date & slice 8-10 organic strawberries and add both to the blender. 4. Add 6 cups of filtered water, a pinch of sea salt and blend for 1-2 minutes until creamy consistency. 5. Split the batch in half in 2 separate bowls. In one bowl whisk in 1 1/2 tsp of cacao powder for a strawberry-cacao infusion. (This step can be skipped if you prefer no cacao) 6. Store batch or both batches in mason jars in the fridge. Nut milk can stay for up to 1 week in the fridge!