I was out and about yesterday and bought lots of organic salad leaves and yummy stuff at the farmers’s market. Walked home on a warm but extremely windy June day. All sorted for a my big salad for dinner. All my food shopping sorted, until I realised I forgot to get dairy free milk! Which would be okay but I really wanted it for my forever evolving Not so smooth energy smoothie for breakfast! Necessity is the mother of invention, or prevention of procrastination, as I have intended to make my own for ages.
You will you need to leave to stuff soak over night if you want it for your break-ie !
Homemade Oat & Cashew Milk – makes over : 600ml / a pint / 2.5cups
- Half a cup of organic fine rolled oats (Gluten free if you like!)
- Three dessertspoons of cashews / cashew pieces
- Less than an eight of a teaspoon of pink himalayan salt or sea salt
- Generous Two and a half cups of boiled water- leave to cool for a minute
- Half a medjool date
- Half a teaspoon of vanilla powder
- Some extra water to so you can have it thinner if you like
- Optional: I think a pinch of cinnamon could be lovely too!
So put your oats in a sieve and give them a rinse. I put them a big jug but you could soak them in a bowl. Add in your cashews and salt and stir them together. Add in the hot water. Leave to sit over night.
You will notice everything will have swelled up. Now you want to pour it all through a sieve. Over a bowl or straight into your blending contraption. I blended mine in a jug blender, would work in a food processor and as long as you don’t leave lots of cashews in a hand blender would work too.
Use a spatula to press the mixture in the sieve. You will see thick creamy liquid coming through. Keep pressing until you are bored or it looks like you have gotten as much out as you can. I picked out the cashews as I went and threw them into the liquid to make the milk extra fabulous. If you are having porridge for breakfast you can cook the soaked oats up with the rest! Soaking your oats pre cooking is a good idea anyway as it helps break the phytates down and makes the oats more digestable.
Add in your halve medjool date and half a teaspoon of vanilla powder. Blend as if you are making a smoothie. I tasted it and found it lovely and creamy but a little rich for me ,so I added in another third of a cup of water. I gave it another blitz just to mix it up. Et Volia! Ta-Da! Homemade oat and cashew milk!
Hope you try it! It was super easy! Xs Aissa