Creamy Cashew Milk

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Oh “happy day”! I get to celebrate all things cashew. Those of you who know me, are well acquainted with my cashew addiction. Don’t be alarmed. I assure you, it is perfectly safe, and downright delicious. I will warn you though, it is highly contagious. But be comforted in the knowledge that you can enable this addiction, without too much collateral damage.

Raw foodies, vegans, and vegetarians know all too well, the joys of the miraculous cashew. And yes, the joy extends far beyond throwing them in a salad or stir-fry. Which, hey, isn’t bad either! But there are a ton of other things you can exploit, the “all too compliant” cashew for. Cashews have long been one of the most reliable, and satisfying “cream and cheese alternative” for those of us living in the dairy free world. But we are just getting started.

Today we are going to celebrate home made raw cashew milk, which I hope you will agree, is a gift from the Gods! Raw cashew milk is smooth, rich, creamy and buttery; and most closely resembles the look and texture of regular dairy milks, for those of you having cream dreams. It has a nutty flavour, that makes it ideal for use in smoothies and soups and so many other things. 

The best thing about making raw cashew milk, like macadamia milk, is that it is much quicker and easier to prepare than almond milk, or some of the other raw milks as that is blends very easily into a buttery, smooth texture. With this cashew milk you just soak, throw in your Vitamix, pour, and scoff. I use a general ratio of 1:3. One parts cashew to 3 parts filtered water. However, this is a matter of personal preference. 

I find that a 3:1 ratio yields a raw cashew milk that is rich and creamy, and the right thickness for use in soups and smoothies. But some of you might find it incredibly rich to start off with, and might want to add in an extra cup of water. Try 3 cups and have a taste. Just like all of the other nut milks, if you're using this milk for smoothies and soups, there is no need to add in any sweeteners or flavour enhancers. But if you are using it for cereals, you might want to jazz it up a bit. I will post some suggestions and tips in the recipe below.

Now just a side note about this recipe: I have touted this milk as "raw". Some things that we embrace as “raw”, are not strictly raw. A lot of nuts that are labelled “raw”, are actually not. They are just “not roasted”. Most commercially produced nuts have been steamed out of their shells. However, there are some companies that adhere to very high standards of production. They harvest and shell their cashews without heating the raw cashew nut, and split open the cashew shell by hand, leaving the cashew nut raw. The bud is left in tact, and can sprout and grow. These "truly raw” cashews are sublime. They are quite a bit sweeter, leaving their substandard counterparts steaming!

However, they are extremely expensive, making them cost prohibitive for most of us on an average grocery budget. I don’t know about you, but I find even the most widely available “raw” cashews expensive. So for the purposes of those of us in the mainstream world, who are happy to slightly “lower our standards”, we will label every raw cashew as “raw”. But I just thought I would share some nutty knowledge.

But regardless of where you source your “unroasted raw cashews”, they are loaded with nutrients. Cashews are a good source of vitamins and minerals, such as magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, folate, vitamin E, B vitamins, and some calcium. The goodness in cashews can help maintain heart health; protect against high blood pressure; and can also help with fatigue, headaches, muscle soreness, and spasms. Cashews can also help to support healthy bones, teeth and muscles; and help the body utilize iron and eliminate free radicals.

It is important to mention that cashews do have a high fat content. However, because of the high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids, such as oleic acid, they can assist with heart health and lowering cholesterol. Cashews are actually considered one of the low fat nuts, with a lower fat content per serve than peanuts, almonds, walnuts and pecans. They also have a high energy density, and lots of dietary fibre.

Please note: I do not recommend consuming vast quantities of raw cashews on a regular basis. Yes, I do use raw cashews in some of my recipes. But, these recipes are treats. I do not consume these foods every day, or even every week. Cashews contain over 25 different strains of fungi, which means they are high in bacteria, yeast, fungus and mould, which produce mycotoxins in the body, which can lead to overacidifcation of the cells and tissues leading to diseases. This is especially important for those of you with candida issues and acute illness. 

I prefer to consume raw almonds, macadamias, hemp seeds, chia seeds etc on a regular basis. They nuts and seeds are more alkaline, and a healthier alternative. However, I do love to indulge in some raw cashews and raw cashew milk for a treat! 

Just a tip on selecting and storing cashews: like all nuts, the fat content makes them very susceptible to rancidity. To ensure freshness, always purchase cashews from a store with a high turn over, and always store them in an airtight glass container in the fridge. They should keep for about 4 months like this. 

To make this cashew milk, a high-speed blender like a Vitamix will yield the best results. Regular blenders just don’t have the grunt needed to really pulverize the nuts. Having said that, if you are using a regular blender, you will still get results, you will just have a more grainy texture.

I know we addicts can be persuasive, but please don’t miss out! I use raw cashews to replicate the nutty, buttery pastry flavour of pie crust in my apple pie smoothie, pecan pie smoothie, sweet potato pie smoothie, banana coconut cream pie smoothie, lemon cheesecake smoothie, and sweet "pistachio ice cream" sweet kale shake. Whilst I don't recommend drinking these smoothies every day, they sure are AMAZING treats! 

This raw cashew milk keeps in the fridge for about 2 days, possibly 3 days if kept very cold, and is absolutely DEELICIOUS! 

Home Made Raw Vegan Cashew Milk

Creamy Cashew Milk

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  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked for about 4 hours 
  • 3 or 4 cups of filtered water, depending on how rich and thick you want the milk
  1. Place your cashews, and 3 cups of water in your Vitamix and blend on high for about a minute until smooth and creamy.
  2. See the tips below. If you want to thin the milk out, gradually add in some more filtered water, until you achieve the desired consistency.
  3. This does not need to be strained. The milk comes out very smooth. For SUPER smooth milk, strain with a nut milk bag.

To sweeten and flavour – here are some suggestions:

  • 3-4 Tbsp maple syrup, yacon syrup, raw agave, raw honey, coconut sugar, 3-4 pitted dates OR a few drops of Stevia
  • 1-2 tsp of natural vanilla extract
  • a pinch of Celtic sea salt
  • You could add in a 1 Tbsp of coconut butter and 1 Tbsp of NON GM soy or sunflower lecithin if you want a richer, creamier milk. But I never feel like it needs it
  • You can also flavour the milk with raw cacao, frozen berries, coconut, cinnamon etc and sweeten to taste

Tip: selecting and storing raw cashews

“Raw” cashews are widely available in pre-packaged bags as well as bulk bins. Always purchase from a supplier where there is a high turnover to ensure freshness and quality. Look for plump cashews that are uniform in colour. Avoid the limp and shrivelled ones. Cashews should smell nutty and sweet. If they have a sharp or bitter smell they have gone rancid. To preserve the precious oils, store cashews in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for up to six months. Always soak cashews before using to remove the enzyme inhibitors and make them more digestible.

Ah so this is how you make it! SO easy…thanks!

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Great! So glad you are enjoying it.

Thanks to your site, I will never again buy packaged milk.

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I LOVE that. It is SO easy isn’t it?!

Hi there. How long can one keep the cashewnut milk, before it goes of? And should it be kept in the fridge?

Thanks!
Arnoud

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Hey Arnoud,
This fresh raw cashew milk will keep in the fridge for about 3 days.
Because cashew milk is so quick and easy to make and you don’t need to strain it, I tend to make small batches as I need them so it is as fresh as possible.
The milk will separate a little in the fridge. Just give it a stir before using it :)

hi, I have cashew nut milk in the fridge that I forgot about and now has gone thick and a little sour can I make it into a no bake cheese cake with agar agar..it must have been there about 7days

thanks
Jacqui

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Hey Jacqui,
Sorry for my delay in responding to this.
I was travelling :)
I wouldn’t use that sour cashew milk for making cheesecake.
You have probably figured something out by now! Apologies for that.

I am so going to try this. I just ordered a ton of cashews and almonds from nuts.com . They are suppose to be really fresh and truly raw. I will see when they come in!  I love home made almond milk (even though toddler prefers store bought) I just hate the whole straining process! Now…I never even thought of cashews! My most favorite cooking nut! I love that I will not have to strain!!!!  I will try choco milk and maybe win kids over! I am loving your site btw!

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Thankyou!
I am so glad we are connected here Katie!
You can milk out of most nuts and seeds. It is wonderful that you don’t have to strain the cashew and macadamia nut milk. Try Brazil nut milk. That is awesome too :)

Ever since I got my vitamix, this has become my favorite coffee creamer. So rich and creamy and delicious!

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Oh. I love that! Thanks for sharing Dawn!

This is SOOOO informative.  Thanks for posting :)

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