Homemade Almond and Cashew Milk

11 February 2015 | Recipes
homemade almond and cashew milk

There are two different methods of making this milk. Both taste great, but I prefer the cold-pressed version. I think the texture is nicer and more of the nutrients are retained.

I do a combo of almonds and cashews, because the cashews give it a velvety creaminess that you can’t quite get from straight almond milk.

I sweeten mine a smidge with a little vanilla powder and 2 medjool dates, but you can leave both of these out if you prefer.

Homemade Almond and Cashew Milk (makes 1 litre)

  • 1/2 cup organic almonds
  • 1/2 cup organic cashews
  • 2 dates, seed removed
  • pinch of vanilla powder
  • pinch of sea salt

High speed blender method:

1. Soak almonds and cashews in filtered water for at least 8 hours or overnight. Soak dates separately in 2 cups of filtered water overnight.

2. Drain and rinse almonds and cashews well.  Place in a high speed blender with dates and the water that you soaked them in. Add an extra 2 cups of filtered water and remaining ingredients. Blend on high for at least 1 minute.

3. Pour mixture through fine muslin or a nut milk bag into a large jug. You may need to help it though by squeezing it gently. Pour milk in to a glass jar or bottle and seal with a secure lid. It will last in the fridge for 3-5 days.

Cold-press juicer method:

1. Soak almonds and cashews in filtered water for at least 8 hours or overnight. Soak dates separately in 2 cups of filtered water overnight.

2. Drain and rinse almonds and cashews well. Turn on cold-press juicer and slowly feed nuts through adding date water and dates as you go. You will also need an extra 2 cups of water. The important thing here is to not overload the juicer. I add a small handful of nuts with about 1/2 cup of water at a time.

3. Whisk in vanilla powder and sea salt and pour milk in to a glass jar or bottle and seal with a secure lid. It will last in the fridge for 3-5 days.

You can use any nuts you like. I find that almonds are the most stable and don’t go rancid like some of the fattier macadamia and brazil nuts, although they both taste great when combined with almonds.

Do my nuts need to be organic? Almonds are a heavily sprayed crop so it’s important that if they’re not organic that they’re at least pesticide free.

Is filtered water necessary? Well kinda. I don’t see the point in making homemade organic nut milk if you’re just going to use tap water. I have a water purifier attached to my tap at home that I picked up for $130. Best money I ever spent.

Where do I buy nut milk bags? Most health food stores have them now. Muslin or even a clean chux would work (but I kinda worry about the blue dye)…

Can I make my nut milk thicker! Yep sure can, just reduce the ratio of water to nuts.

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