Overview

Try this sweet raw cashew milk instead of your usual milk on cereal. No straining required! A blender is required.
  • Prep Time

    5 min
  • Total Time

    5 min
  • Suggested Servings

    8 servings
  • Yield

    3 cups
  • Shelf Life

    3 days in fridge
  • Equipment

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts

Directions

  • 1. Blend the cashews and water in a high-speed blender. I use my VitaMix blender, which is the best blender in the world! Blend very well so that the liquid resembles a thin milk.
  • 2. Add the remaining raw cashew milk recipe ingredients and blend again.
  • 3. Drink this delicious raw cashew milk recipe and experience heavenly bliss! As mentioned above, your raw cashew milk can be drunk straight, or served as a milk substitute in cereals and other recipes.

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

Raw cashew milk recipes do not come close to this sweet, almondy cinnamony raw cashew milk recipe.

Raw cashew milk can be used for many many purposes in your raw food lifestyle.

I tend to drink this cashew milk as a delicious sweet treat, perhaps as a dessert, or I serve it over home-made dry cereal or I even splash a 1/4 cup on top of a bowl of my raw oatmeal.

If you have all these ingredients on hand this recipe really only takes a minute to prepare. Cashew milk can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days, but I would reblend before serving it in case any ingredients settle. But a batch of raw cashew milk doesn't last long in my house anyway!

PS: If you have any left over raw cashew milk from this recipe, try making raw chia seed pudding with your raw cashew milk recipe.

Please let me know how you like this recipe and any ideas of how you like to use this raw cashew milk recipe.

Nutrition Overview

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  • This recipe is very low in Calories, Carbohydrates, and Sodium.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Protein.

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I was wondering if it is necessary to soak the cashews? I've tried a few different nut milk recipes that require soaking the nuts, so I just wasn't sure if it made a difference or not?

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Hi Kimberly, it is not necessary to soak the cashews in this recipe

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How long should I soak cashews or almonds (and in what) before blending? Would it soften them enough for a blender not as strong as the Vitamix?

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This is so yummy I could drink it all by itself. I cut the honey in half. Much better than the almond and coconut milk I've been using for a while.

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Never, EVER buying any other type of 'milk' from the store again. Much love for that. This is delicious <3

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Thanks, Hazel! :)

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Thanks Rawtarian, you have made nutmilk easy. No soaking and no bag. You simplify things which is what I like. Thanks, this one was easy and taste great- 10/10 from Ireland!

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Lovely! And thank you for the compliment! :)

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Hi Laura,

Can the Raw Cashew milk be kept and consumed beyond 4 days? I love this milk< but because I'm trying to loose weight by restricting my carb/fat/protein/sugar intake, it is taking me a bit longer to consume before 4 days.

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Hi Yvette, It will go a little sour after 4 days. Perhaps a better idea in your case is to reduce the recipe size by half. Hope this helps!

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i made this this morning to go along with my raw oats porridge and it was delicious it tasted like ice cream.I am still full :) and it midday

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That's great, Anne. And yum, you're making me want some now!

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I have a cheap blender and the cashew milk started to foam at the top, is that normal?? Next time I will omit the cinnamon since I am not a cinnamon person, but taste pretty good! I have to get used to the taste as I am avid almond milk drinker.

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Kinda normal :) You can strain that off if you like - even using a spoon!

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I have a regular/crappy blender and it did not blend the cashews well enough. It tasted pretty good, that is why I commented above, however, after a few hours in the fridge, the milk clumped up. I even gave it a good shake, but clumpy pieces and the intense cinnamon flavor turned me off, so I discarded the whole thing. It is a shame that this is my first recipe and it is a fail.

I really want to try your mayo recipe, but could I use a food processor instead of my blender since my blender won't blend the cashews well enough??

Peace, Love and positive thoughts,
~Amber

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Amber, are you sure you didn't put too much cinnamon in -like maybe a tablespoon instead of a tsp? cinnamon makes things clump up and it would make for an intense flavor... I would try it again with just cashews and milk and maybe agave and see if it does the same thing! good luck!

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I could have, Thanks. Will do.

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and one other thing :)... you should consider getting a vitamix or something like that... they are amazing and last for literally years! -esp if you are making things like cashew milk and other fun things! a great investment! -or ask for it for xmas! :)
-also the reason why I know about the cinnamon, is once I added a lot of it to my coffee ... and then it sat for a while... when I drank the coffee again, it was disgusting! thick and clumpy and the texture was so bad I couldn't drink it.

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Thanks, Andrea! :)

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Where can one get high quality non irradiated raw nuts?

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Hi Audrey - you can try The Raw Food World online (google it)

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Hi Amber.

I'm sorry that the cashew milk wasn't a success for you. It does sound like you didn't blend enough, or your blender isn't very powerful so it was still too chunky.

Re: mayo, it won't work very well in the FP - it will be too chunky. Best to look for different styles of recipes that work with the equipment that you do have.

Hope this helps!

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Get a high speed blender. Problems solved.

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You got it!

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I am looking for milk for ranch dressing. Do you think this would work if I deleted the vanilla and cinnamon? Will the milk last longer in a dressing or still only three days? Thank you. (I always thought you had to soak nuts before making milk)

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Yes - you can just do water and cashews alone for sure :)

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I would love to be eat raw, your recipes are fantastic! But I'm under weight, so what can I eat raw that would put on weight, or at least not let me lose weight? This is what's keep me from going raw. I tried to be a vegetarian and lost weight. I can't afford that. I appreciate your help, if you know what foods I could eat.

Thanks Sandy

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I love this! So creamy and no straining. I substituted the maple syrup for two fat medjool dates; maple is so expensive here in Ireland :-)

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A perfect substitute, Joanne! xox

PS: Hi to Ireland from Canada!

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Alison's Review

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This cashew milk is gorgeous ! I highly recommend it.
I put in less honey and 1 vanilla pod ( they are expensive) and it is perfect for me. I put it on the raw breakfast and on chia seeds and drink it straight so far - yum.
Thank you again for sharing your great recipes.

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It's my pleasure Alison. I am glad to have you here with us :)

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brendan's Review

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Thanks for making my store bought organic almond milk obsolete! do you have a sister with your ideals?

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Lol, what am I, chopped liver? ;)

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How long can the cashew milk be stored, if you make a large batch. And is there any other nut milk you can make without straining?

Thanks

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Hi Sandy,

Cashew milk can be stored for approx. 3 days in fridge

It's not a nut milk, but you can make hempseed heart milk which doesn't require straining.

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You mentioned re-blending it...does it work just to shake it up or does it really need another whirl in the vitamix?

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Hi Sarah, a vigorous shake with something that has a tight fitting lid (mason jar, for example) should do the trick :)

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This was awesome. I didn't know what vanilla seeds were but I had some vanilla bean (some friends brought it back from Madagascar) and it tasted delicious. My husband is lactose intolerant and I had been trying to make almond milk but the soaking and straining was a dealbreaker. This is easy enough for him to probably even handle himself. Thanks for a great, yummy, easy recipe! Looking forward to trying others!

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Glad to have you here, Tiff :) Definitely easier than almond milk since no straining is required

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Hi, thismay be a dumb question, but I am new to Raw foods...does the cashew milk need to be strained through a nutmilk bag?
thx!

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Hi Michelle, not a dumb question at all!

Cashew milk does *not* have to be strained, but most other milks (almond, brazil nut, etc) do need to be strained. This is because cashew milk doesn't really have a fibrous, gritty pulp, whereas most other nuts do

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Love it, I'm hooked! Can't believe I get to indulge in this delicious drink and am 'doing it for my health'.

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Gotta love it, Jen! xox

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Sarah_BandB's Review

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Although I've already commented on this, I didn't rate it (not sure if I could at the time!). Anyway, I love this recipe. It's a sweeter milk than the almond but I find it really tasty - though I confess I put in slightly less honey. Very quick and easy to make too - no strain!

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Love the no strain! So glad you liked this one Sarah.

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I make this at least 3 times a month to go with various smoothies, or add in for oatmeal, and even corn meal. I love love love this recipe, it's so much easier than almond milk, and tastier too :)!

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Hi Lisa, love not having to strain, right???

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I make cashew nut milk for my one year old, I make a new batch every 3 days. I only have a crappy blender so I strain through a nut milk bag. This process is proving to be quite full on and was just wondering how it would go making a few batches at once and freezing the milk, have you tried this before and been successful?

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Hi Kerrie, too be honest I don't freeze my milk! Anyone out there reading this have any success freezing?

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I froze a cup of almond milk recently and it worked wonderfully. Once thawed the flavor and texture was the same as when it was fresh.

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Good to know, Jen. It's comments like yours that make this place great :) (if I do say so myself!)

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I'm planning on starting making Sundays my prep day because work weeks are crazy. My hope is to make a batch of milk on Sunday for the week. Will the milk keep this long in the fridge? And if not how long does it usually last? Thanks :)

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Hi Meg, it will probably only stay best-fresh for the first 4 days or so.

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I made this yesterday and it's absolutely gorgeous. I used less honey and slightly less almond essence than suggested and it still turned out fine. I used it on my breakfast bowl. *yum*

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aaah, goes perfectly with a breakfast bowl :) 

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How long should I soak cashews or almonds (and in what) before blending? Would it soften them enough for a blender not as strong as the Vitamix?

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Late comment but I'd soak it for at least 6 hours.

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Hi McKenna, I don't always soak, but if you have a crappy blender, I would suggest putting the nuts in a large bowl. Cover them with water so that all the nuts are totally swimming in water. Place in fridge. Let them sit like that for a few hours (3-6 hours), then dump the water out (without losing any nuts), rinse them clean, and then use :)

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I was wondering if it is necessary to soak the cashews? I've tried a few different nut milk recipes that require soaking the nuts, so I just wasn't sure if it made a difference or not?

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Hi Kimberly, it is not necessary to soak the cashews in this recipe

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Why are you saying it's not necessary to soak them? It's easier on digestion and it insures that any chemicals on it if any will reduce it and come out in the water. I'd soak it for at LEAST 6 hours.

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Hey there, I am new to the raw lifestyle, and although I have been doing only two months so far, I love it. However, afraid of not having enough protein in my diet, I do use a lot of nuts. I eat nuts every day a few times a day. I make cheeses and breads, and crispy apple with almonds for breakfast for example, and granola. I see that you don't use much nuts in your diet. Can you tell me your food ratio? what is the percentage of your veggies vs. fruits vs. nuts? and how bad is to have raw cacao every day. In place of coffee I drink raw cacao with cinnamon and agave for breakfast in the mornings, and sometimes through the day a few times. Sorry for all the questions, and thank you in advance!

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Hi Haydee

Re: plant-based protein listen to my podcast: http://www.therawtarian.com/rfp13-vegan-protein

If you want to know more about what to eat on a daily basis you might want to consider joining www.therawtarian.com/TRK I have 30-day raw meal plan in there.

I do tend to use quite a few nuts. In fact, I am often criticized for it :)

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Thank you so much for the recipe. First say this at whole foods with the same exact ingredients for $12.99!!!! I checked the back for the ingredients and found it to be a simple recipe. Glad i stumbled upon your site, really helpful. Tried it with almond, which was absolutely delicious. :D

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Hi Navdeep, glad to have you here :) And very glad you like the recipe. Much better than $12.99!!!!!!

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I made this using my Vita-Mix with honey and vanilla extract. I didn't have almond extract on hand but it turned out delicious! Whole Foods carries raw cashew milk made by BluePrint Juice (very similar to this recipe) for $9.99 for 16 oz. This is much cheaper to make and just as yummy and nutritious. Thank you for this recipe!

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Hi Mabel, love a good Vitamix! I have one too. Glad you enjoyed this cashew milk and that you are able to save money with it too!

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Do you normally soak your almonds/cashews before using them in your milks?

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Hi Pam, I'd say that I soak about 50% of the time. Depends how lazy I am on the day :)

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Love it!! Thanks... I added vanilla creme stevia to cut the sugar but super yum

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Thanks so much for this post, I'm very excited to make my milk today! Also very happy to have found your site!

~Ashly

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Glad to have you here Ashly! Hope your almond milk turns out well :)

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Hey lj

Me again ;) just a quick q - you make your almond milk with just almonds and water, yet cashew milk with these added extras - is this because you use this as a 'dessert' version, ie do you make regular cashew milk with just cashews and water? In nz organic cashews are cheaper than organic almonds, as the cashews are from Vietnam while the almonds are from (super expensive) Australia! So cashew milk is going to be cheaper for me as a fridge 'staple' :)

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Hi Buffy! You are lucky that cashews are cheaper than almonds in NZ!! You are exactly right that I use the cashew as a dessert version and the almond more as a blank slate. So it is definely okay to make a simple cashew milk - for example, maybe 1 cup water to a third cup cashews?  Make a small batch and see how you like it

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My son-in-law put me on to making my own nut milk. I just put nuts. (Cashews in this instance in my Bullet and cover with water. Give it a whirl and it is delish. You can add other stuff but not necessary. I drank some and I put some on my oats.

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Smooth and satisfying are great descriptors for this drink! I was very glad to find your recipe, which included the ingredients I was looking for - agave nectar & cinnamon so I didn't have to guess with the proportions. The almond extract was an added plus.

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Glad you liked, Janice!

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Do you need to strain the cashew milk?

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I didn't. As long as you have a high quality blender, (Vitamix or Blendtec) you should not need to do so.

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Agreed :)

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Lovely recipe! Thank you!

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you're welcome Katya

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Hi folks, if you are having problems with your cashew milk staying fresh, using sterilized glass containers with air-tight lids should help.

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Hi Aimee, my cashew milk went off in 1 night...:( It was in an airtight container...I did soak them overnight and then only used then later that day....do you think that was the cause?? Thank you!

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Yes, I find if you soak for too long things go haywire

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Excellent suggestion Aimee

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hi, I have cashew nut milk in the fridge that I forgot about and now has gone thick and a little sour can I make it into a no- bake cheese cake with agar agar..it must have been there about 7days, or should I just chuck it?

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Hmmmmm. I would chuck! But perhaps someone else can chime in on this one if they feel otherwise?

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DW made Cashew milk Thursday last, yesterday (Saturday, approx. 60 hrs), it had gone thick & stringy, like it had polymerized (consistency of a stretchy dough, but still 'pourable'). Still tasted good, but probably not keeping it 'til we hear from more people. 3cups wate to one cup nuts, she maintains nuts were fresh...anybody?

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Weird! My cashew milk doesn't do that.

Probably best to toss it out (sorry for delayed response!)

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i love making cashew milk/cream. I make the best pasta rose.

question, how long will this milk/cream last in fridge in a closed glass container?

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Probably 4-5 days

What's pasta rose?

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I just made this recipe last night and am so in love with it. Yummy

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:)

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I love this more than store bought soy or almond milk. It is SO GOOD! We've been making with with out almond and vanilla extract and only 1 tablespoon agave. THANKS!

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Glad you liked it James :) Pretty easy too - huh?

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Laura-Jane, do you drink soy milk ? I am very worried about the high fat content in using so much nut products, do you have any other suggestions or helpful hints??

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No, I do not drink soy milk. In fact, I don't drink much "milk" at all. My daily diet doesn't really call for it, nor do I miss having a milk-like drink. When I do want some, I drink cashew milk, but that's very rarely--perhaps once every 2 months.

I agree that it's good to be concerned about too many nuts. However, some nuts in your diet is a good thing! It's all about picking and choosing how you want to incorporate them.

I generally don't have any nuts in breakfast or lunch at all, but I do tend to have some nuts during dinner and for dessert.

What do you need "milk" for?

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Hi! Since you don't drink milk, which foods do you eat to make sure you're getting calcium?

The cashew milk looks delicious thank for the recipe!

Thank you!

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HI there,
I have a 15month old daughter who I think is allergic to cows milk! She comes out in a rash on her face. I certainly dont drink cows milk, so am wondering why I give it to my daughter.
What do you know about giving nut milks to young children? I have heard that nuts are hard to break down in little bodies, but im guessing soaking the nuts would help this process?
Any info would be great! :)

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Hi Mel! I don't know very much about it.

However, you should definitely check out a woman, "Shazzie." She has a ton of info about raising her daughter, Eva, raw.

Start here if you like:
http://shazzie.com/life/articles/raw_vegan_children.shtml

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Oops, her daughter's name is Evie

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Hi
quick question,
Do you soak the cashews first?, and if yes, how long?
Thank you I can't wait to try this

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You don't have to soak them, but you can :)

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Hi Laura!
Are vanilla seeds the same as vanilla beans? Thanks!

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Yes, sorry for the confusion!

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Hi Laura,

Is it possible to get the ebook, that contains all Raw food recipes.

Please let me know..

Thanks and regards,
Farhath

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I am working on it! Please subscribe to my email newsletter to be kept in the loop re: when it's being released. Thanks for your interest!

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This sounds great! I looove almond extract. It reminds me of Christmas.

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Me too. Although cinnamon reminds me even MORE of Christmas.

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