If someone told me I’d be making my own nut milks a year ago I would have laughed in their face… but here I am, making my own almond & cashew milk!
It’s actually one of my favourite things to do now and it’s so satisfying (and so much easier than you think). And today I’m going to show you EXACTLY how to make it!
Look, I love Oatly. I also love Califia Farms, but sometimes, I like to experience the satisfaction of making my own plant based milks from scratch. And this is my FAVOURITE recipe. It’s so simple and so much easier than you’d imagine!
Why Almond Cashew Milk?
The nutrients found in my almond cashew milk can provide numerous health benefits. Here are some examples:
- Stronger bones: The calcium in almond cashew milk is essential for building and maintaining strong bones and teeth. Consuming enough calcium can also reduce the risk of osteoporosis and fractures later in life.
- Improved skin health: Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. This can lead to healthier, more youthful-looking skin. Consuming vitamin E may also help reduce the risk of skin cancer.
- Better heart health: The healthy fats found in almond cashew milk, such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, can help reduce levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and lower the risk of heart disease. These fats can also help reduce inflammation in the body, which is a risk factor for heart disease.
- Weight management: Almond cashew milk is lower in calories than dairy milk and contains healthy fats that can help keep you feeling full and satisfied. This can make it a great option for those looking to manage their weight.
- Digestive health: Almond cashew milk is lactose-free, making it a good option for those with lactose intolerance. Additionally, the fibre found in almonds and cashews may help promote digestive health and regularity.
Incorporating almond cashew milk into your vegan or plant based diet can be a simple and delicious way to reap these health benefits, without consuming dairy produce.
Dairy Versus Almond Cashew Milk
Almond cashew milk differs from dairy milk in terms of its nutritional profile.
Here is a brief comparison of almond cashew milk versus dairy milk:
- Calories: Almond cashew milk is generally lower in calories than dairy milk. One cup of unsweetened almond cashew milk contains around 60-70 calories, while the same amount of skim milk contains around 90 calories.
- Protein: Dairy milk is a significant source of protein for many, with one cup containing around 8 grams. Almond cashew milk, on the other hand, contains only around 1 gram of protein per cup and therefore isn’t a great source of protein.
- Calcium: While both almond cashew milk and dairy milk contain calcium, dairy milk is typically higher in this nutrient. One cup of dairy milk can contain up to 30% of the recommended daily intake of calcium, while one cup of almond cashew milk contains around 45%.
- Vitamin D: Dairy milk is fortified with vitamin D, a nutrient that is important for calcium absorption and bone health. Almond cashew milk is generally not fortified with vitamin D.
So as we can see, Almond Cashew Milk isn’t the most nutritiously abundant option, but one could argue veganism isn’t specifically about nutrition, and that we can get adequate amounts of protein, calcium and vitamin D elsewhere.
Homemade Almond & Cashew Milk (Vegan)
- 1 Cup Raw Cashews and Blanched Almonds soaked overnight
- 3 Cups Filtered Water
- 1 Pinch Salt
- 1/2 tsp Maple Syrup optional
- Soak the nuts overnight
- Drain them and pour away the water
- Add the soaked nuts to a blender along with the 3 cups of water, before blending for about 20 seconds
- Once blended, pour the liquid through a nut milk bag/cheese cloth into a large bowl and squeeze the bag until all liquid has come through
- Pour the strained liquid back into your blender and add in your sea salt, choice of sweetener and any other flavourings you'd like! (vanilla, cacao, cinnamon..)
Frequently Asked Questions About My Almond Cashew Milk
What are the Nutritional Benefits of Almond Cashew Milk?
Almond cashew milk is typically lower in calories and fat than dairy milk; but higher in calcium, vitamin E, and antioxidants. It is also lactose-free and may be a suitable alternative for those with lactose intolerance or milk allergies.
Is Almond Cashew Milk Suitable for People with Lactose Intolerance or Milk Allergies?
Yes, almond cashew milk is suitable for people with lactose intolerance or milk allergies since it is free from lactose and dairy proteins.
Is Almond Cashew Milk a Good Source of Protein?
In short, no. Almond cashew milk is not a significant source of protein compared to dairy milk or other protein-rich foods. It contains only a small amount of protein per serving, usually around 1 gram or less.
How Does the Taste of Almond Cashew Milk Compare to Dairy Milk?
The taste of almond cashew milk is often described as slightly nutty and sweet, with a thinner and lighter consistency than dairy milk. It is comparable in taste to other nut milks, such as almond or hazelnut milk, and may also be similar to soy milk or oat milk in terms of texture and flavour.