Cashew milk is the easiest and most delicious milk alternative around. It does not take long to make, unlike Soy milk.
Cashew milk made from whole cashews and water and can be made sweetened or unsweetened. It is also very easy to replace the more “traditional” cows milk with cashew milk.
Cashew milk has a rich and creamy consistency and it is loaded with healthy fats, minerals, vitamins, and other beneficial plant compounds.
Find the recipe video at the end of this article.
Cashew Milk Nutrients
Cashew milk contains healthy fats, protein, and a variety of vitamins and minerals.
Most of the fat in this highly nutritious beverage comes from unsaturated fatty acids that boost heart health and offer other benefits.
Store-bought varieties may have different amounts of nutrients than homemade versions.
Commercial cashew milks are typically fortified with vitamins and minerals and have higher amounts of some nutrients, compared to homemade versions.
However, they generally provide less fat and protein and don’t include fiber. In addition, store-bought varieties may contain oils, preservatives, and added sugars.
Homemade cashew nut milks don’t need to be strained, which increases their fiber content.
They’re also packed with magnesium — a vital mineral for many body processes, including nerve function, heart health, and blood pressure regulation.
All cashew milks are naturally lactose-free and can replace cow’s milk for those who have trouble digesting dairy.
Homemade versions have less protein, calcium, and potassium than cow’s milk but more healthy unsaturated fats, iron, and magnesium
Store-bought cashew vegan milk tends to be lower in heart-healthy unsaturated fats, as well as potassium and magnesium, than homemade varieties.
Good For Your Heart
According to studies cashew milk is linked to a lower risk of heart disease.
This plant-based drink is rich in good fats, such as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. Adding these fats to your diet, as opposed to less healthy fats, may decrease your risk of heart disease.
Cashew milk also contains minerals such as magnesium potassium. The nutrients are proved to boost heart health and prevent heart disease.
Studies show that a high intake of potassium leads to a lower risk of stroke. Other studies concluded that a high intake of magnesium decreased risk factors of heart disease such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
May Aid Blood Clotting
Cashew milk is rich in vitamin K, which is vital for blood clotting .
A normal diet lacking in vitamin k can result in excessive bleeding. Cashew nut milk may help with this, as it is a rich source of this vital vitamin.
While it is true that a lack of vitamin K in healthy adults is quite rare, there are cases where people with malabsorption issues and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are more likely to be vitamin k deficient .
May Improve Blood Sugar Control
Adding cashew milk to your nutrition plan may help with controlling your blood sugar. Cashew milk is a plant based milk, which is naturally lactose-free, therefore it has fewer carbs than “traditional” dairy milk. Using cashew milk in place of animal milk may help with blood sugar control in those with diabetes
A study found that a specific compound in cashews called anacardic acid stimulated the uptake of circulating blood sugar.
Research on a similar nut also containing anacardic acid found that extracts from the nut’s milk significantly decreased blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Still, more research is needed to better understand the benefits of cashew milk in managing diabetes.
- 1 cup (150g) Raw Cashews (soaked for 1 hour in boiling water)
- 3 cups (720ml) Fresh Water
- 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 tsp Salt
Soak cashew nut for at least 1 hour in boiling water, or overnight in cold water. Drain Cashew nut when soaking time has elapsed.
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend into a smooth cashew nut milk.
Chill and Enjoy.