We are huge fans of cashew milk at our house, we drink it exclusively. I have made every nut milk under the sun, almond, walnut, Brazil, coconut plus many blends. The cashew milk is a little richer and full flavored and when well blended creates no waste, the nuts blend completely smooth into milk! The plain cashew milk we use for smoothies and hot cereal on the weekends, really anywhere milk is called for. I have also been trying to create a spiced pumpkin milk for all you pumpkin loving fools out there buying those yucky processed substitutes at the grocery store. Hopefully you all saw my post for Homemade Spiced Apple Cider Pumpkin Syrup, this is the next step to making your own perfect pumpkin latte at home. Whip some up, now! ENJOY!
Cashew Milk Two Ways- Plain and Spiced Pumpkin
1 c. raw cashews, soaked overnight, drain and rinse
Plain Cashew Milk- makes 2 cups
1/2 c. soaked/drained and rinsed cashews
2 c. water
1. Cashews and water go into the blender, blend well. I blend mine twice in my blentec.
2. Pour milk into your favorite glass bottle and store in the fridge. It will last 4-6 days.
Pumpkin Spiced Cashew Milk- makes 2 cups
1/2 c. soaked cashews
1/2 c. fresh roasted pumpkin puree (here is a old recipe using fresh roasted pumpkin puree)
2 Medjool dates, pits removed and chopped
1/4 tsp. EACH ground cinnamon, ground/fresh grated ginger, fresh grated nutmeg, ground cloves, ground cardamom and Chinese five spice, fresh lemon zest (use organic lemons) OR 1 3/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
pinch of Real salt, Celtic salt or Himalayan salt
1/2 vanilla bean, scraped- save pod
2 c. water
1. All of the of the ingredients go into the blender and blend twice. Strain through a fine mesh strainer.
2. Pour into your favorite glass jar, add the reserved vanilla pod to the milk and store in the fridge. Will last 4-6 days.
Cashews-Cashews are a great source of monounsaturated fats. Cashews have excellent nutritional value, they have a lower fat content and higher protein and carbohydrate content than most other nuts. The fat they contain is derived from oleic acid, a monounsaturated oil with benefits that help protect against heart disease and cancer.