Cashew Milk

IMG_2921 (2) Did you know you can milk a cashew?!  😉

Cashew milk is a great alternative to almond milk.  Personally, I feel like almond milk has a consistency closer to 2% milk where cashew milk is closer to whole milk.  I enjoy how easy it is to make and how you only need to soak your cashews for 4 hours where almonds need to soak overnight.  When making cashew milk, most people choose not to strain it but I like to.  And the left over cashew meat looks like a paste and can be turned into “cheese” or a filling for various recipes.  Here is how you make it!

Ingredients:

1 cup raw cashews (soak ahead for 4 hours)

2 cups water

Instructions:

Using a high powered blender, blend your cashews and 2 cups water until the cashews are pulverized (about 30 seconds to 1 minute).

Pour the cashew mixture through an almond milk bag into a bowl.  The cashew leftovers/pulp is very thick so you will have to be patient when you strain it–almond milk strains much quicker and easier.  Squeezing little by little you will get all the liquid out and end up with some great tasting milk! IMG_2913 (2)

This makes about 2 cups cashew milk (you can make a thinner cashew milk, closer to 2 % milk, by using 4 cups of water to 1 cup of cashews).  Store in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. IMG_2923 (2)

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Kid Friendly Chai

Kid Friendly Chai

Sometimes you want chocolate and sometimes you don’t. This chai recipe is for the times chocolate won’t cut it. There are two versions- the kid friendly and the caffeinated adult version (I figured your kids are probably bouncing around the house enough without black tea added to the mix).

For this particular recipe I took all the parts of chai I love and left out the parts that I felt were too “spicy” for little ones. The result is a delicious treat that anyone can enjoy. It is on the sweeter side so if it’s too much for your liking you can decrease the maple syrup.   I also chose an earl grey tea because I just can’t get enough of it but a black tea works well with this recipe too. Enjoy with a dollop of whipped cream if your little heart desires (click here for my coconut milk whipped cream recipe).

2 cups Almond Milk (see recipe here)
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
1/8 tsp Cloves Seasoning
1/8 tsp Ginger Seasoning
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Vanilla

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Heat almond milk, vanilla and maple syrup on medium. Add all the spices and whisk until incorporated. For the adult version steep 1 bag of Earl Grey or Breakfast Tea for 3-5 minutes after adding the spices.  Continue to heat until Chai reaches the desired temperature.  Do not bring to a boil.  Serve warm.

Makes 2-3 cups.

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Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate tastes amazing.

BUT sometimes there is a little something missing…(Pst!  It’s cinnamon!)

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The cinnamon and vanilla complement each other in such delicious ways that I just had to share this secret with you!  You will never drink hot chocolate the old way again–instead, this will warm you up on the coldest of winter days.  My only requirement is that you top off your cup with whipped cream too!  It is too delicious not to.

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Ingredients:

2 Cups Almond Milk

1/3 Cup Chocolate Chips (Paleo Friendly)

½ tsp Vanilla

¼ tsp Cinnamon Powder

A dollop of Coconut Whipped Cream

Instructions:

Heat all ingredients (except Whipped Cream) on med-low and whisk until blended. Add a dollop of Coconut Milk Whipped Cream.

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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2 Cups Almond Milk
1/3 Cup Chocolate Chips
1/8 tsp Mint or Peppermint Extract
Coconut Milk Whipped Cream

Heat Almond Milk and Chocolate Chips together on med-low and whisk until blended. Add peppermint extract.   Serve into cups, add whipped cream, garnish, and serve.

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