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Homemade Cashew Milk (no straining!)

This has to be the easiest dairy-free nut milk ever. Cashew Milk is so creamy and delicious and super easy to make in your own kitchen. I couldn’t believe that it doesn’t even need to be strained–just soak, blend and serve!

Vegan Cashew nut milk in bottles, closeup, white background. Non dairy alternative milk. Healthy vegetarian food and drink concept.

Cashew milk just moved into the #1 spot on my favorite nut milks list for these three main reasons.

  1. Easy- Unlike almonds, cashews are such a soft nut, they don’t even need to be strained which saves time and energy–not to mention the mess.
  2. Creamy- This dairy-free milk has a much creamier texture than I expected. It probably goes back to the nut being one of the softest.
  3. Taste- In addition to the creamy texture, cashew milk has a mild taste that is absolutely delicious. It’s a little thicker than other nut milk varieties, so it could even be used as a coffee creamer.

Benefits of cashew milk

The demand for plant milks such as cashew milk is on the rise with consumers. There are a number of reasons for the growing interest in dairy-free milk options including folks who have allergies or are lactose intolerant.

When I went whole-food plant-based back in 2013 at the age of 45, one of the first things I noticed was that my adult acne cleared up when I gave up dairy products, and I no longer needed to take an antibiotic for it. My health actually underwent many positive changes after my diet change.

Cashew milk vs almond milk

Plant milks offer alternatives for those coming away from dairy, and cashew and almond milks seem to be some of the favorites. Nutritionally, the two are similar in fiber, fat, and protein content. The difference is mostly texture.

Almond milk and cashew milk are pretty comparable in tastes, in my opinion, so it really comes down to texture. Cashew milk tends to be a little more rich and creamy, but the two can usually be used interchangablely in cooking and recipes like this 3-Ingredient Vegan Ice Cream.

No need to strain

I am completely plant-based and love all types of dairy-free milk like oat, soy, cashew and almond milk. But, up until recently, I had never made my own cashew milk. What in the world I was waiting for, I have no idea!

The main reason I decided to give it a try was because, unlike some other nut milk options, cashew milk isn’t messy and time consuming because it doesn’t need to be strained. That also means it uses the whole nut and nothing is wasted.

photo of hand straining nut milk with a large x and sign says no straining needed

Ingredients needed

There are only 2 ingredients needed to make cashew milk–raw cashews and water; however, there are a few other optional add-ins that can make it even tastier.

  • Cashews- Use only raw cashews to make milk with and not the more common roasted type that has added oils.
  • Water- The ratio of water to cashews is 4:1.
  • Vanilla- To add a little flavor, vanilla is perfect but optional.
  • Maple syrup- Completely optional but will offer a little sweetener.
  • Salt- No need to add salt unless you just want a little extra flavor.

How to make cashew milk

You’ll need to soak your raw cashews in water for at least 4-5 hours, or even overnight in the refrigerator. Even if you’re using a high-powered blender like my Vitamix.

raw cashews soaking in a bowl of water on white background

When you’re ready to make the milk, drain the water from the cashews and rinse them in a colander.

Place the drained cashews in your blender and add 4 cups of water and any of the additional add-ins that your are planning to use if any–vanilla, maple syrup, salt. NOTE: If you’re planning to use the milk to make savory recipes such as ranch dressing, potato soup, or mashed potatoes, don’t use any add-ins other than possibly salt.

Blend on high for 2-4 minutes. Lower powered blenders may require even more time to achieve smoothness.

Store the milk in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Shake well before using.

Single glass of cashew nuts milk.

Add-in options & tips

  • Sweetener- Add in a little maple syrup to make this into sweeter milk. Agave nectar would also work well.
  • Flavorings- Vanilla extract is a great addition as well as a little cinnamon.
  • Savory- This plant milk is excellent for use in savory recipes like soups and side dishes like mashed potatoes. Just be sure NOT to add any sweeteners or flavorings because vanilla potato soup would be pretty yucky.

How to use as dairy-free coffee creamer

I don’t want to open up the whole ‘Is is okay to drink coffee?’ issue here, but it is great to have a non-dairy coffee creamer at times. I love herbal coffee, and occasionally adding a little creamy texture is nice.

To use this as a non-dairy coffee creamer, simply condense it by using a ratio of 2:1 water and cashews. To make a small amount such as one cup, use 1 cup of water with 1/2 cup of cashews.

Pouring cream into a cup on a dark background of coffee

Recipes to use cashew milk with

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Homemade Cashew Milk

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

This has to be the easiest dairy-free nut milk ever. Cashew Milk is so creamy and delicious and super easy to make in your own kitchen. I couldn't believe that it doesn't even need to be strained--just soak, blend and serve!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 4 cups water
  • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 pinch sea salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. You’ll need to soak your raw cashews in water for at least 4-5 hours, or even overnight in the refrigerator. Even if you’re using a high-powered blender like my Vitamix.
  2. When you’re ready to make the milk, drain the water from the cashews and rinse them in a colander.
  3. Place the drained cashews in your blender and add 4 cups of water and any of the additional add-ins that you are planning to use if any–vanilla, maple syrup, salt. NOTE: If you’re planning to use the milk to make savory recipes such as ranch dressingpotato soup, or mashed potatoes, don’t use any add-ins other than possibly salt.
  4. Blend on high for 2-4 minutes. Lower powered blenders may require even more time to achieve smoothness. There is no need to strain it.
  5. Store the milk in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Shake well before using.

Notes

No need to strain

I am completely plant-based and love all types of dairy-free milk like oat, soy, cashew, and almond milk. But, up until recently, I had never made my own cashew milk. What in the world I was waiting for, I have no idea!

The main reason I decided to give it a try was that, unlike some other nut milk options, cashew milk isn’t messy and time-consuming because it doesn’t need to be strained. That means it uses the whole nut and nothing is wasted.

Ad-in options & tips:

  • Sweetener- Add in a little maple syrup to make this into sweeter milk. Agave nectar would also work well.
  • Flavorings- Vanilla extract is a great addition as well as a little cinnamon.
  • Savory- This plant milk is excellent for use in savory recipes like soups and side dishes like mashed potatoes. Just be sure NOT to add any sweeteners or flavorings because vanilla potato soup would be pretty yucky.


Use as a non-dairy coffee creamer:

To use this as a non-dairy coffee creamer, simply condense it by using a ratio of 2:1 water and cashews. To make a small amount such as one cup, use 1 cup of water with 1/2 cup of cashews.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 6g

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