Welcome to my kitchen, where I love experimenting with homemade alternatives to everyday staples. Today, I'm excited to share with you my recipe for homemade cashew nut milk. Creamy, rich, and utterly satisfying, this dairy-free milk is not only delicious but also incredibly easy to make. With just a few simple ingredients, you can whip up a batch of this nutritious beverage that's perfect for your morning matcha, coffee, or herbal tea!
- 1 cup raw organic cashews
- 3 Medjool dates, pitted
- 5 cups filtered or spring water
- 1/2 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
- A pinch of sea salt, I love this brand
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, preferably no-alcohol, just glycerin as it tastes a bit better
* If you want your cashew mylk to be less creamy, simply add more water.
1. Soak the cashews: Start by soaking the raw organic cashews in water overnight or for at least 4 hours. This softens them, making them easier to blend and creating a creamier milk.
2. Drain and rinse: After soaking, drain and rinse the cashews thoroughly under cold water. This step helps to remove any residue and ensures a clean, fresh taste.
3. Blend the ingredients: In a high-speed blender, combine the soaked cashews, pitted Medjool dates, filtered or spring water, Ceylon cinnamon, sea salt, and vanilla extract. Blend on high until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. But, of course, blend longer if needed to reach that creamy texture!
4. Serve and enjoy: Transfer the freshly made cashew nut milk to a clean glass masor jar or glass water bottle and store it in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to 5 days, although it's so delicious it's unlikely to last that long! Shake well before each use, as separation is natural.
Homemade cashew nut milk is not only incredibly tasty but also packed with nutrients. Cashews are rich in heart-healthy fats, protein, and essential minerals like magnesium and phosphorus. Medjool dates add natural sweetness without the need for added sugars, while Ceylon cinnamon offers a subtle warmth and depth of flavor.
Cashews and Menstrual Health:
Cashews are particularly nutritious during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. During this phase, which occurs after ovulation and before menstruation, women may experience increased cravings for certain nutrients, including magnesium and zinc, both of which are abundant in cashews. Magnesium can help alleviate symptoms such as bloating, mood swings, and fatigue, while zinc plays a crucial role in hormone regulation and immune function. Incorporating cashews into your diet during this time can help support overall menstrual health and well-being. But, of course, you can eat cashews during any time of your cycle that you would like to!
Ceylon Cinnamon and Medjool Dates:
Ceylon cinnamon is not only a flavorful addition to this recipe but also offers health benefits. It is known for its ability to regulate blood glucose levels and decrease inflammation in the body. This makes it a valuable ingredient for those managing blood sugar levels or seeking to reduce inflammation-related discomfort.
Medjool dates, besides providing natural sweetness to the cashew nut milk, are a rich source of fiber. This fiber content helps slow down the absorption of sugars into the bloodstream, resulting in a more gradual rise in blood sugar levels compared to refined sugars. Additionally, Medjool dates are packed with micronutrients such as potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and iron, which contribute to overall health and vitality.
In conclusion, this homemade cashew nut milk recipe is a game-changer for anyone looking for a delicious and nutritious nut milk option. With its creamy texture, delicious flavor, and healthful ingredients, it's sure to become a staple in your kitchen. Give it a try and prepare to be amazed by just how easy and rewarding it is to make your own nut milk from scratch. Cheers to good health and happy sipping!
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