I planned on posting this recipe earlier this year but was waiting for the right time to post it. While I make it in the summer I find that I make more nut milks in the fall and winter.
I have been playing around making nut milks for awhile and my favorite has been almond milk with cinnamon sweetened with dates, agave, or honey. Then I started mixing the nuts and this Vanilla Cinnamon Almond Cashew Milk has been my new favorite! You can make a smaller batch by dividing in half. If you like thinner milk you can add more water. You can also make this with just almonds, I like to soak my almonds 8-12 hours as the milk is smoother and creamier.
I don’t use homemade almond milk for my daily smoothies or when the flavor, texture, and deliciousness will be lost but will save it for coffee, tea, enjoying on it’s own, or other “special occasions”. I go in spurts making a lot of nut milk some weeks/months and not so much others.
If you haven’t made nut milk at home before I highly recommend trying it. I think you will be surprised at how easy it is and how amazing it tastes!
Vanilla Cinnamon Almond Cashew Milk
Makes about 54-56 ounce
1c raw cashews
1c raw almonds
6 1/2c cold filtered water
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 whole vanilla bean
3-4 Medjool dates, pitted
pinch of sea salt or pink himalayan salt
Soak cashews and almonds overnight or approximately 8 hours. Rinse and drain nuts and place in a Vitamix with water, cinnamon, vanilla bean, dates, and salt and blend 3-4 minutes on high. Use a nut bag to strain pulp from milk. Store milk in an airtight container and enjoy within 2-3 days. Reserve pulp for other recipes such as cracker, smoothies, or protein/power balls.
Oh how wonderful. I am really getting curious about making this. I love my almond milk, and I am seeing more recipes on how to do it. Just need to get a nut bag now!
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Thank you Tina! You can make it with cheesecloth instead of a nut bag but it is so much easier and comes out smoother when strained through a nut bag. You can get one pretty cheap off Amazon.
Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
I’ve never made my own nut milk-it doesn’t look too hard either
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Speaking from experience I waited far too long to make my first batch and wish I would have started sooner. It is really easy! You will have to let me know if you try it.
I NEED to make this! I have yet to make my own nut milk but this will be the first one I do! YUM!
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Thank you! I think you need to too! 😉 I think you will really enjoy it!
Sam @ PancakeWarriors
I’ve always been hesitant to make almond milk at home because I didn’t know what to do with the pulp. Lightbulb moment suggestingn them in protein bars or smoothies. I can’t wait to make this now! Love that you sweeten with dates. They are so dreamy! Thanks for sharing!!
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There are so many things to do with the pulp! I hope you enjoy it, I think dates give it the perfect sweetness!
Linz @ Itz Linz
ok i’ve never had cashew milk before but i love cashew butter and vanilla is one of my most favorite flavors! i need this milk!!! (vanilla almond milk is one of my favs!)
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You can purchase cashew milk, So Delicious make some shelf stable cashew milk. I love cashew butter and vanilla too, and almond milk and I think this a perfect combination of all of them! I hope you enjoy it!
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