I thought in this Eating Healthy 101 series that it would be good to start simple. Instead of loading you up with lots of complicated recipes we can start with a basic staple recipe and build as we go. Sound good?
First up is replacing dairy milk with a nut/seed based milk. You can use pretty much any nuts or seeds and many times they can be specific to the recipe. Some are sweeter, smoother, nuttier..etc. Here I’ll share one of my favorites – Cashew Nut Milk. Cashews blend up nice and smooth so no straining with a nut milk bag is required. That comes in handy when you’re just getting started with homemade milk or you’re in a rush.
- RAW Cashews (cheapest I’ve found near me is at Trader Joe’s. I personally don’t currently use organic because of the price, accessibility and the quantity of nuts I use, but that’s up to you.)
- Medjool Dates – Costco has The Best deal on them (and now they are even organic), Trader Joe’s is my second choice. Dates are one of the top natural, good for you, sweeteners out there, used in sooooo many ways so there are no worries the Costco container is too big, you’ll use them. 😉 They can also be stored in the fridge to stay fresh longer.
- Vanilla Extract
- Soak 1 Cup of Cashews in water for 4 hours in a bowl on the counter, or overnight.
Drain and rinse a couple times. That dirty water contains the digestive enzyme inhibitor nuts have on them to deter predators and to keep the nuts in a holding pattern until they are ready to sprout and grow. It’s also what makes nuts difficult for people to digest and why many people think they are allergic. The nuts will have soaked up some water and expanded to more than 1 cup, that’s perfect.
- Put 4 cups clean Water in your blender and all of the soaked Cashews. (adjust to 3 cups water if you want a thicker/creamier milk)
- Add 2 1/2 Dates (you won’t taste them!)
- Add a capful of the Vanilla Extract.
- Blend until it’s super smooth, no pieces. Drink away! Or add as cream to your coffee.
I LOVE the foam on fresh milk when I add it to my coffee.
If you want your coffee sweeter you can add Pure Maple Syrup (a bit goes a long way, be sure to stir well before adding more, it likes to sit at the bottom)
Store the milk is a glass container with a lid in the coldest part of your fridge. It’ll keep for 3 days. The nuts will go rancid after that, you’ll know when that’s happened. Always shake before using as it’ll separate a bit.
This milk is also the base of the smoothie recipe I’ll share with you next. Plus, it works for Hot Chocolate, milk for granola cereal or chia seed pudding, just to name a few!
If you have any questions please ask. 😃 I’d how your milk turns out!
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