As I’ve mentioned before, there are several instances where I have to improvise on a recipe because I don’t have enough of a specific ingredient (or also just because I feel like it). I accidentally discovered this “almond” milk recipe one day because I didn’t have enough almonds. Technically it’s actually a nut milk recipe, but either way it still tastes like almond milk, just an extra delicious version.
So why is this almond milk recipe so special you ask? Because it is made with cashews and is sooo creamy and thick. I’m not sure if I’m the only one but one thing I miss when drinking typical almond milk is the creaminess of cows milk- with this milk you won’t miss it, I promise! I recently tried the original recipe without adding the cashews and it was then that I realized what a difference they made. Thus I was prompted to post this recipe to share the creamy goodness.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 cup almonds
1/2 cup cashews
4 cups filtered water
nut milk bag (I use this one sold at Whole Foods or you can use a fine mesh strainer)
optional for an extra special treat:
1 tsp PURE vanilla extract
1 tbsp grade B maple syrup or raw honey
Soak nuts in water for at least 8 hours or overnight in the fridge. I always do it overnight that way in the morning it just takes 5 minutes or less to have your milk ready. You can combine them into one jar, I just had them soaking separately for a different use.
Drain nuts and add to blender with 4 cups of filtered water. If you are adding the optional ingredients, add them now as well. Blend for about a minute.
Pour mixture into nut milk bag over your choice of jar/container (preferable glass) and squeeze the bag to “milk” the almonds (or if using a strainer press with a spoon) until you are left with just almond meal like this (look out for a post tomorrow on what you can do with it):
Oh and as promised, here are the before and after pics. I found the before pics last night on hubby’s computer and couldn’t resist sharing the progress. It has really motivated me to keep going to lose those last 19 pounds.