Sunday, February 23, 2014

Spiced Cashew Milk

Making my own nut milk has been on my “list” for a long time. The process is really easy, and I don’t know what took me so long, especially since most store-bought nut milks have some undesirable ingredients…

For my first try, I decided to make cashew milk as I had read that you may not need to strain it if you use a high powered blender, which was true for me. But the milk will be a bit thicker than what you are used to; if you want thinner milk, strain it. I believe hemp milk is another milk that doesn’t need to be strained, but I was out of hemp seeds.

I flavored the milk with a little cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg, vanilla extract, and a little honey. The result was delicious, and I’ll definitely make more nut milks soon.


Spiced Cashew Milk

Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight and drained
  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • a dash of nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey
Directions
  1. Put the soaked and drained cashews, 2 cups water, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, and honey into a blender.
  2. Blend on high until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the rest of the water, and process for another 30 seconds. If you are using a high powered blender and are happy with the consistency (smooth but a little thick), pour the milk in a storage container at this point. If you want thinner milk, strain it through a small mesh strainer, cheesecloth, or a mesh nut bag.
The milk is slightly sweet and perfect to use in other dishes. You could definitely increase the honey and spices, especially if you want to drink it by itself and enjoy a bit more sweetness and spiciness. Store the milk in the fridge and shake it well before drinking as it will separate. We enjoy it most when it’s really cold.

On Saturday, we went on another beautiful 4-mile hike.

Hiking Instagram

We have been doing quite a bit of walking and hiking lately. Last Monday we all had the day off and went on a 6.5-mile hike in the morning, and then the kid and I went on a 2-hour afternoon walk. He ended up walking 31,000 steps, and I made it to 25,000 steps. The kid and I had actually been waiting for the perfect day to walk over 30,000/25,000 steps respectively to get our next Fitbit badge. It had to be a holiday with no other plans so that we would have enough time to walk that many steps. I love that he is at an age where he can go hiking and walking with us and that he enjoys it (at least for now; I sure know that things can change…).

Questions: Have you ever made your own nut milk? If so, what’s your favorite? Do you have any tips to share? What was the highlight of your weekend?

Be well,
Andrea

31 comments:

  1. Sounds good, Andrea! I don't drink milks though...so not anything that would work for me. Have you tried almond milk? That might work. I DO love cashews!

    that hike looks gorgeous!

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    1. Hi Gwen,

      Yes, making almond milk works the same way, but it has to be strained. That's why I started with an "easier" milk that didn't need straining.

      I'm very thankful that we live near such nice trails... :)

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  2. SO INTERESTING
    Ive never considered making my own milk---until now.

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    1. It's so simple and good. You should give it a try! :)

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  3. Yum! I like making almond milk, but I've never thought to put spices in it. It would be really nice to have a warm glass of this before bed as something a little sweet but not too sweet :) Glad you had a nice hike! It's looks gorgeous out there - I'm looking forward to above freezing temps ... eventually ;)

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    1. I haven't tried heating it up yet, but now I will! I'll definitely up the spices a bit though...

      We actually desperately need rain, but in the meantime we have been very thankful for the gorgeous hikes were are able to go on!

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    2. I've wanted to try this! We switched to almond milk last year and I've yet to try making my own.

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  4. I've never made my own nut milk before - it looks easy and sounds delicious! Great job to you & your little one for walking so many steps!!!

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    1. Yes, you should give making nut milk a try!

      And, thanks! We were quite proud! :)

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  5. I didn't I didn't know that cashew milk didn't require straining. That is so awesome. I haven't made nut milks yet but after seeing ho w easy this was I should.

    I love my fitbit and seeing all those steps add up. I think it's wonderful that your little guy wants to walk and hike with you,

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    1. Yes, it's super easy. I'll definitely experiment with other nuts. I also want to make some hemp milk, which doesn't require straining either.

      And, yes, we love that the kid loves his fitbit and our hikes, at least for now... :)

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  6. I cannot imagine getting myself to go on a hike, much less a walk. Congrats on your family fitness. That is something in itself. :-)

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  7. I have no interest or desire to make my own nut milk.To be honest, I don't think I would like it either.

    My highlight was a long walk with Bella on a beautiful Sunday morning.

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  8. Jealous of your weather Andrea! I love how active you are with your son. Nope, never made my own milk, but you have me intrigued! :D

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    1. I know, we are spoiled. But we are in the middle of a drought, so we are going to pay for it eventually... In fact, it's supposed to start raining tomorrow, and we can't wait!

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  9. I don't have a high powered blender or food processor so.. :)

    I do love all your post of the family hikes on IG & here!!!!

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    1. I actually believe you could make cashew milk in a "regular" blender since the cashews get really soft when you soak them overnight. You would probably have to strain it though... :)

      I'm glad you enjoy our hiking pics! :)

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  10. Wow 25,000 steps, this is great Andrea...I am speechless...I need to start to walk. You make me feel so guilty...
    I love the idea of cashew milk...I can see myself making this spiced milk...
    Have a wonderful week my dear :D

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    1. Thanks, Juliana. No need to feel guilty though! :)

      Have a great week, too!

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  11. I AM IN LOVE with the flavors you added to this milk, SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!! If only I used this type of milk with my CHEERIOS when I was little! Ha! I would have appreciated my bowls and bowls of cereal SO MUCH MORE! Yum! :)

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  12. That looks amazing!!! What a great idea. I've got three pounds of raw nuts and maybe I will try this!

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    1. You should try it! We are really enjoying it!

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  13. I've never made my own, but I do like store-bought Almond Milk! Cashew Milk sounds like it's worth a try. Beautiful hiking pictures!

    Amy @ http://livinglifetruth.blogspot.com/

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    1. Cashew milk is really easy to make, and we all like it a lot. You should give it a try! :)

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  14. I love spiced cashew milk - I really want to try the turmeric one as well! I prefer dates or maple syrup for the sweetness in my cashew milk - they are really tasty! I'm also a huge fan of almond milk, yummm!

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    1. Yes, dates and maple syrup are yummy sweeteners! And I want to make the one with turmeric, too.

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  15. I've always wanted to try some kind of nut milk...because everyone always talks about almond milk and it sounds amazing! I've never heard of cashew milk until today, but I do love cashews (more than I do almonds) so I think I'd love this! And it looks pretty easy too- I might have to try this sometime!

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    1. Yes, cashew milk is really easy to make. You should try it! :)

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