easy homemade cashew milk

Easy Homemade Cashew Milk

You will love how quick and easy this cashew milk is to make!  With just a few ingredients and just four steps, this is the perfect homemade plant milk recipe. Unlike other nut milks that typically need to be strained, this recipe can go straight from the blender to the bottle.

All the ingredients go in, blend on high and pour into your favorite glass. Presto! You’ve got your own creamy, fresh, homemade, cashew milk. This is the perfect recipe for people who want to know how to make nut milk without a nut milk bag.

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Vegans and Calcium

Hi friends, Luna here.

Even before I became fully vegan, milk was the first dairy product to go. As a kid I never liked it much. My grandmother once told me that I wouldn’t get enough calcium to build strong bones if I gave up milk. It’s been 15 years now, and I haven’t had a single drop of cow’s milk. As a testament to any skeptics out there, my calcium levels are perfectly fine. Thank you very much! 

The reference daily calcium intake for adults is about 1,000 mg. For those over 50 years old, this increases to 1200 mg. For children it’s about 1300 mg.

I began my journey drinking soy milk as an alternative. Soybeans are naturally rich in calcium. One cup of soy milk, depending on the brand, could contain 325 mg of calcium. This is roughly 25% of an adults daily recommended intake.

As I got older and the options for dairy milk alternatives blossomed I found myself trying all of them. Although each variety has its own unique nutrition content, it’s incredibly easy to find at your local health food store. Better yet, learn to make them at home!

Plant Based Milks

  • Almond milk
  • Brazil nut milk
  • Cashew milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Flax milk
  • Hazelnut milk
  • Hemp milk
  • Macadamia milk
  • Oat milk
  • Pea milk
  • Pepita (Styrian pumpkin seeds) milk
  • Rice milk
  • Soy milk
  • Sunflower seed milk

I’ve tried every dairy-free plant milk there is. All of them have a special place in my heart and my recipes. I have to say, cashew milk is the creamiest, smoothest, light, nut milk ever. It’s absolutely delightful. I began buying cartons of cashew milk, when I first discovered it. Until I realized how easy it is to make at home. 

Homemade Cashew Milk vs Store Bought

Making your own cashew milk is easy to make. It can be blended up in 5 minutes. Let’s compare making it yourself vs buying from the store.

HomemadeStore Bought
Less expensiveMore expensive
Control what goes into your plant milkLong list of ingredients
No preservatives or weird bindersMay not be organic
No excess sugar addedFilled with sugar
No trip to the storeHave to drive to the grocery store

Best Cashews for Nut Milk

It’s worth mentioning that the brand Terrasoul exclusively sells organic, non-GMO, Mylk Grade Cashews. Roasted or salted cashews won’t yield that creamy light cashew milk we’re all going for. We have previously used Terrasoul milk cashews to make milk and creams.

Honestly, these cashews are perfect for making cashew milk. Somehow these cashews are naturally really, really buttery. Almost like, melt in your mouth type of buttery. Crazy, right? We’re honestly pretty nuts about these cashews. When we can get our hands on them we grab ’em.

raw cashews
Raw cashews

Our go to brand at the moment, besides Terrasoul, is Costco Kirkland 2.5 lbs of organic unsalted cashews. Since we live in Hawaii, it’s easier to buy them from Costco for us, than to have them shipped.

If you do try Terrasoul Mylk Grade Cashews let us know in the comments!

For this recipe it’s important to use raw cashews. When raw cashews are pre-soaked, they become super soft. Soft, soaked cashews are best to use for making nut milk. We have tested the recipe with non-soaked, raw cashews and the milk came out a little grainy. While it’s possible to use dry raw cashews, it’s definitely worth it the pre-soak.

Vitamix is the Best Blender for Nut Milks

Have you ever wondered what is the best blender to make nut milk? The Vitamix has proven time and time again its power and blending capabilities. We personally use a Vitamix for all our blending needs, like making creamy sauces, smooth dips, and refreshing drinks.

In our experience, it’s the strongest motor out there. Since the vitamix is so strong it can easily blend the cashews into the water without leaving any pulp. If you are using a vitamix there should be no issues with this recipe turning out smooth. 

If you are using a lower power blender, you might have some pulp left over. In this case, strain the liquid with a strainer or cheesecloth into a large glass and enjoy!

Great Recipes with Cashew Milk

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Peace,
Luna & Nate

Easy Homemade Cashew Milk

Recipe by Cooking Up Vegan Course: DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Total time

5

minutes

Easy, creamy, 5 ingredient cashew milk. All you need is a blender to make this delicious dairy-free milk.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Water

  • 1 cup Cashews, soaked

  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup

  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract (optional)

  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Directions

  • First, soak the cashews in water 4-8 hours
  • Drain the cashews
  • Add all of the ingredients to the blender and blend on high until smooth.
  • Use immediately and place any leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Nutrition Facts

6 servings per container

Serving Size1 servings


  • Amount Per ServingCalories150
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 10.6g 17%
    • Saturated Fat 2.1g 11%
  • Sodium 101mg 5%
  • Potassium 144mg 5%
  • Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
    • Dietary Fiber 0.7g 3%
    • Sugars 5.2g
  • Protein 3.5g 8%

  • Calcium 15%
  • Iron 1%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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