I have been on a quest for an organic all natural nut milk! I finally found the Forager Project Cashew milk and I love it!! I have be using it with my cereal for months. I like the flavor, the consistency and it has minimal ingredients. After weeks of waiting for Whole Foods to get it back in stock, I just found out it is being discontinued. I am so disappointed! I know there are a lot of non-dairy milk substitutes out there but I don’t like the ingredients. Nut milk spoils really quickly, 3 to 4 days without preservatives, so most products on the market have something added to prolong the life of the milk.
Out of desperation I decided to start making my own cashew milk. This is the last thing I have time for! With no other options available – I had no choice but to make it myself!
It turned out to be really easy to make and it’s super delicious!
1 cup organic raw cashews
3 1/2 cups filtered water
Vanilla bean -1 inch ( If you do not have vanilla beans then substitute with 1/4 tsp natural vanilla extract) This step is optional. It actually tastes more like milk without the vanilla, however, you may like that subtile flavor.
2 organic dates – remove the pit if they have one ( I used Deglet Noor, but you can use any variety. The sweetness will vary with the variety and size of the date)
additional water for soaking the cashews
Place the cashews in a bowl and cover them generously with filtered water. Let this soak for a few hours or overnight.
Rinse the soaked cashews and place them in a blender.
Add the one inch piece of vanilla bean and the two dates
Add water and blend until it is completely smooth.
Place a nut bag in a large mason jar or container of your choice and pour liquid into nut bag and strain. As the sediment starts to collect, you may have to squeeze it a bit. That’s it! So simple. Cover and refrigerate.
Remember the cashew milk doesn’t last long, 3 to 4 days. You may need to adjust the amount of water if the nut milk is too thick. Mine was more like whipping cream. A little too thick for my cereal. So adjust it to your liking. Same for the vanilla and the dates. If you want it sweeter, add another date and see how that works.