Vanilla Cardamom Cashew Nut Milk

My first love was Blue Diamond….

Then, I discovered the creaminess of Silk Almond…

Next, I discovered some local NYC nut milk makers…

Finally, I got out my nuts and blender and crafted my own.

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Nut milk love at first sight. I’ve been enjoying my own nut milk for the past 3 weeks. And it has become part of my Sunday afternoon food prep for the week.

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There is nothing better than making something you love yourself. Also, it is hell of a lot cheaper, fresher, and you can customize the crap out it.

Sweetened with figs sure. Thicker – got it – just use less water/ more nuts. Flavored, why not??

The basic recipe, if you can call it that, is a 1:4 ratio of soaked nuts to cold water + any type of sweetener if you want it (1-2 soaked date, stevia, honey, sugar). Blend in a good blender or food processor and strainingng the pulp if you desire. Which, I do desire. And done.

After doing a basic unsweetened with both almonds and cashews, I got fancy.

Vanilla Cardamom Cashew Nut Milk

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked overnight in the refrigerator
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 pitted,soaked date (I soaked it right with the cashews)
  • couple drops of vanilla flavoring
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom

Directions:

  1. Combine everything in blender/food processor (I use the Ninja) and blend for 1 -2 minutes
  2. Strain pulp if desired using thin wire strainer or nut milk bag
  3. Place in bottle and store in fridge. Use within 5-7 days.

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Homemade nut milk literally rocks my socks! I’ve been tickled with myself every time I drink it. Just so fresh and good. I’ve been keeping the pulp and adding it to smoothies, yogurt, cereal. I frozen a lot of it to try things like:

Taco Nut Meat

Almond Crackers

Nut Pate filling for homemade sushi rolls.

Happy drinking!

And happy friday!!

What is on the top of your cooking / to make list??? I’m feeling inspired. Recipe links are welcome!

Check out yesterday’s post to see why I am having the best week ever! I also forgot to mention some big work and travel news – another good things post I guess! Never a bad thing.

 

Comments

  1. I’ve been looking forward to this post! I cannot wait to try my hand at nut-milk making.

    Recipes I’ve been wanting to try… there are so many!!! I think a cauliflower pizza crusts might have to happen next.

    • I have that pizza crust ony top too! Plus one inspired by your beet one. Ive been meaning to do a whole pizza post. Haha, its the italian in me i guess.

  2. Great looking milk and thanks for linking up my recipe!

  3. Ok, that nut milk looks incredible- I’m going to try to make it on Sunday and hopefully use it all week in my overnight oats instead of plain Blue Diamond almond milk. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hey! I just found your blog the other day. Did not even realize it was you that commented here. I’m so behind on responding lately. How did the nutmillk turn out??

      • I was so excited to see your comment on my Figure 4 giveaway post! Great to make the connection. :)

        Nutmilk turnout out a little more “piecey” than I’d prefer. I might just need to invest in a better blender. Womp womp… Do you recommend the Ninja?

        • Did you strain the milk?? You can use strainer, cheese cloth, or nut milk bag. The bag is like $7 on amazon or I got mine at One Lucky Duck for $7 as well. Really convenient.
          I got the Ninja because I can’t afford a Vitamix. I do recommend it. My mom has one and she makes the best hummus with it. I’ve made nut butters with him and my recipe for butternut squash soup was done with the ninja as well. I got it for like $50 at Overstock and it comes with 3 size different mixing containers. I like because the blades run all the way up.
          You are in NYC right?? We should hang sometime!

  4. Once you start making your own nut milk, there’s no turning back! I have yet to try cashew milk though but love the idea of spiking it with cardamom. Oh and hello from a fellow lurker :)

    • Hello!! Lurkers are always welcome. Comment more!! And yes, homemade nutmilk is where it is at! If you think of anything else fun to add let me know

  5. I made my own milk a few times, but haven’t stuck with it. I need to get a nut milk bag (which just sounds dirty, by the way) and get back in the kitchen. :)

    • I got one! It is less mess. It does sounds dirty! But as long as you keep it in the kitchen :) They are pretty cheap too. I got mine for $6.

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