Last week, I shared my recipe for how we make cashew butter. So this week, I thought I would share with you how we also make cashew milk!
We’ve been using store bought almond milk for a while now. However recently, I’ve been hearing a lot about how many ingredients are in that stuff — and I also heard there is only the equivalent to one almond in each half gallon (not sure how true that is). This made us want to start making our own, and we’ve made almond milk a few times.
As a general rule though, we like cashews lots more than we like almonds. So, we’ve been scouring the internet for a cashew milk recipe that we liked. After a few trial and error runs, we have created a recipe that we really like.
Like before, we are going to start with 1 cup of cashews.
First, you will need to soak the cashews and a pinch of salt in 2 cups of filtered water for 2 hours.
After the cashews are done soaking, rinse them off in a colander until the water runs clear.
Now, put the rinsed cashews into a blender with 2 1/2 cups of filtered water and a pinch of salt. This is also when you will want to add any sweetener. It’s all about your taste and how sweet you want it to be. We have tried both dates and honey. This time we used 2 tbsp of honey. When we use dates, we use about 4. You could also add a splash of vanilla.
Blend the cashews for 2 minutes. After blending, let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes to “steep”.
Place the nut bag into a bowl and pour the cashew mixture through to strain it.
Once you’ve poured all the mixture into the nut bag, squeeze the nut bag until the cashews inside are a dry paste-like consistency. You can throw away this paste or use it for other recipes.
Pour your milk into an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.
Just a note about this recipe, we like our milk pretty thick — almost bordering on creamer. If you like your milk thinner, then adjust the amount of filtered water you use when blending the cashews. A lot of recipes we came across used 4-4 1/2 cups of water, but we found that amount to be too thin.