Nut mylks are currently all the rage in Melbourne. And you know what, I think we're on to something. Cutting back on our milk consumption can only be a good thing and nut mylks make a great alternative. As a black coffee drinker (strong, not too much water - thank you very much) milk is not a massive concern to me, but for people who have their daily fix or up to 3-4x per milk coffees per day nut mylks can be an awesome answer!
But....making your own almond milk can be a time consuming process that involves straining the milk through a cloth and you get a whole lot of wasted product which I don't love. SO instead I offer you cashew mylk. Super easy to make, no waste and almost no mess I reckon this could be the new thing...cashew latte anyone?? Seriously though, it tastes pretty good and it is awesome in a turmeric latte + most commercial nut mylks contain sugars, thickeners and preservatives. (Just another incentive to make your own.)
Anyway, sorry about the tangent on coffee....I must have had too much of it today! This recipe is super simple if you have a nutri bullet ( and if you don't, you should definitely go buy one - best investment EVER) please give it a go and let me know what you think!
1 cups cashew nuts
1/4 cup of dates
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla (optional)
4 cups of water.
Place the cashews and dates in a bowl and cover with water and soak for 3 hours minimum ( I soaked mine overnight. )
Once soaked, strain off the water and place nuts, dates, salt, vanilla and two cups of water in a nutri bullet or food processor. Blend everything until you have a really smooth paste. If you're using a nutri bullet you may need to pour half the mix into a seperate container at this point as you will not fit the remaining 2 cups of water in with everything else.
Add the remaining 2 cups of water ( 1 cup into each batch if you have separated your mix.)
Blend again until smooth. Store in an airtight bottle or jar in the fridge until ready to use. You may need to give your mylk a good shake before use as it while seperate over time!
This mylk will last 4-5 days in the fridge.