Homemade Cashew Milk and a smoothie

My first time making my own milk. And I didn’t even have to go out to a ccccccc-cold barn to do it!

cashew milk

First I soaked raw cashews in water overnight. After draining and rinsing them, you just blend them up with some good stuff like vanilla, cinnamon and maple syrup and you have fresh nut milk!

Cashew milk

Frothy cashew milk bubbles!

cashew milk

I made this yesterday afternoon and this morning it was good and cold and waiting to be turned into my morning smoothie. For 2 of us I mixed up 2 cups cashew milk, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 large frozen banana and a tablespoon or so of chia seeds.

cashew milk, chia seeds, banana and blueberries

Purple Cashew Monster Smoothie! I mean…

Cashew milk, blueberry smoothie

Homemade Cashew Milk

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 4 cups water (divided)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey or agave nectar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • dash sea salt
  • pinch cinnamon (optional)
Instructions
  • Soak the cashews in water at least 4 hours, or overnight in the refrigerator (I soaked min overnight through to the next afternoon and it worked great). Drain the cashews and rinse until the water runs clear. Add the cashews and two cups water to a blender. Start on a low setting and increase the speed until the cashews are totally pulverized. This could take 2 minutes in a high-powered blender or longer in a regular blender.
  • Blend in 2 cups more water, your sweetener of choice, vanilla extract, sea salt and cinnamon (optional). If your blender can’t totally break down the cashews, strain the milk through a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth (I used my Vitamix and did not have to strain it). Store the milk in a covered container in the refrigerator. It should keep for 3 to 4 days.
Notes:
    • Yields about 5 cups cashew milk.
    • The ratio of water to cashews (4 to 1) in this recipe yields milk that is somewhere between 2% and whole milk in terms of creaminess. Use less water for even creamier results.
    • I used cold filtered water instead of straight tap water.
    • Recipe from Cookie and Kate
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Sunday Smoothie: Spinach Banana Protein Smoothie

Had a great weekend hanging out with my sister Zandria! She drove down from D.C. on Friday night. We made smoothies, worked out Saturday and Sunday, went to the Church Hill Irish Fest, played croquet in our front yard, ate dinner at Can Can and made brunch for our friends and family. Pretty amazing weekend if you ask me! Sunday brunch included a vegan apple crisp…promise to post a recipe soon!

Here’s me at the Irish fest on Saturday. We went up to the cemetery at St. Johns Church but we kicked out soon after because we weren’t supposed to take beer up there. Whoops! (pic courtesy of my sis!):

Me at the Church Hill Irish Fest

Me and Travis and our friend Brian in the background checking his phone:

Elissa and Travis

On Saturday and Sunday I made the same smoothie combo for pre-workout breakfast…spinach, green grapes and banana. The grapes add a great sweetness!

Green Madness Protein Smoothie

 Spinach Banana Protein Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup baby spinach (packed)
  • 1/2 cup green grapes
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Just Great Stuff peanut butter powder
  • 2 teaspoons flax seeds

Place in the blender in the order listed and blend until smooth. Serves 1.

Sunday Smoothie of the week: Swiss Chard, Blueberry Protein Smoothie

I know, it’s St. Patty’s Day and I should be featuring a green smoothie but following the rules is never that fun or interesting!

Smoothie ingredients

It’s not the best pic but you can see how deep and rich the color is because of the berries and the purple/red colored chard. Swiss chard has never tasted so good!!

Swiss Chard Blueberry Protein Smoothie

I’ve been drinking smoothies just about every morning and I’m gonna try to start featuring a new blend every Sunday here. Come back and check out the blog at least once a week if you want to see my newest favorite smoothie of the week 🙂

Swiss Chard, Blueberry Protein Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 4-5 small leaves of organic swiss chard, stem removed and torn into pieces
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon flax seeds
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Garden of Life)
  • a couple of ice cubes

Method

  • Place in a high speed blender in the order listed and blend until smooth. Serves 1.