How to Make Cashew Milk Coffee

Are you dairy-free?

Or maybe you’re just looking for a deliciously rich new way to enjoy your morning coffee?

This recipe for cashew milk coffee may be just the shake-up you’re after.

I have always personally considered cashews to be the “king of nuts”.

They have a smooth butteriness that is unmatched by any other, and they’re really good for you.

So do your health, and your taste buds a favor and try this recipe as soon as possible!

Satisfaction guaranteed.

Cashew Milk Coffee

Are you dairy-free? Or maybe you’re just looking for a deliciously rich new way to enjoy your morning coffee? This recipe for cashew milk coffee may be just the shake-up you’re after.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword cashew milk coffee
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 238 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cold brew coffee
  • 1/4 cup cashews roasted or raw
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • pinch of salt optional

Instructions

  1. Put the cashews in a bowl, cover them with water and leave them in the fridge for at least 2 hours or, ideally, overnight.

  2. Strain the water from the cashews and put them in the blender. Add a half cup of the coffee and blend to a paste. 

  3. Add the maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Keep blending. 

  4. Pour the drink into a chilled glass and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t like maple syrup, or don’t have any on hand, feel free to substitute with any other liquid sweetener.


What you will need to follow this tutorial

While you may be tempted to simply buy a bottle of pre-made cashew milk to add to your morning cup of joe, I promise this recipe is well worth the additional effort.

The creaminess derived from blending the whole cashews together with coffee is unparalleled.

  • A high powered blender or food processor. A Vitamix is great, but even standard base-model blenders should work, you may just need to blend for a little longer.
  • A set of measuring spoons
  • A set of measuring cups
PRO TIP - This recipe calls for cold brew because by the time the blending process is complete, coffee that was initially hot will have cooled to a tepid lukewarm. That said, feel free to replace the cold brew with an equal amount of your favourite hot java and reheat the finished product on the stovetop. It will still be delicious.
PRO TIP - If you don’t like maple syrup, or don’t have any on hand, feel free to substitute with any other liquid sweetener. Just don’t use solid white or brown sugar because it won’t dissolve properly in the cold liquid. Honey, agave nectar, or simple syrup are all great options.

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Step #1: Soak the cashews

Soaking is both the easiest and most time consuming part of the whole process.

Put the cashews in a bowl, cover them with water and leave them in the fridge for at least 2 hours or, ideally, overnight.

This will soften them, making the blending process easier.

This is particularly important if you’re using raw cashews as roasted cashews have already been softened by the heating process.

It is also more important for those using lower powered blenders.

Step #2: Drain the cashews and blend with coffee

Using a sieve (or your hand) strain the water from the cashews and put them in the blender.

Add a half cup of the coffee and blend to a paste. 

Adding the liquid in small portions is the easiest way to ensure that you end up with a smooth paste rather than a liquid full of small nut chunks.

Once you have a smooth paste, add the rest of the cold brew a half cup at a time.

Step #3: Add the maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Keep blending. 

Add the remaining ingredients and continue to blend. 

There is no such thing as over-blending in this case, the mixture is just getting creamier, frothier, and more delicious. 

Feel free to stop and take a taste during this stage. You may want to add more salt or sweetener to find the right balance to suit your taste.

PRO TIP - Adding a pinch of salt won’t make your coffee “salty”, but will serve to brighten and highlight the sweet flavors already present. Don’t knock it till you try it!

Step #4: Enjoy

Pour the drink into a chilled glass and enjoy! 

If you were blending for a very long time, it may have warmed up a little. In this case, pop it in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill it to perfection. 

Alternatively, if you’d prefer a hot coffee, you can warm the drink on the stovetop. 

Just be careful to heat it gently so you don’t impart any burnt flavor to the coffee.

PRO TIP - You can make multiple servings of cashew milk coffee at a time. Put any leftovers in a sealed jar in the fridge where it will easily keep for a week. When you want to drink another serving, just give it a quick shake to redistribute the cashew milk before pouring into a glass.

Why Cashews?

The word cashew literally comes from the Tupi-Indian word for nut, although they actually grow on the outside of the fruit rather inside as a traditional seed would.

First discovered (by Europeans at least, and more specifically, the Portuguese) in South America — Brazil to be exact — in the mid 16th century, it was some time before the “apparently unpleasant” nuts (more on that further down) became regularly incorporated in their diet.

Once they caught on, though, they brought the newfound tasty treat with them to India where it thrived. 

From there it spread to surrounding areas like Africa and Asia until it became a worldwide phenomenon.

Cashews for your health?

For something that’s actually a member of the poison ivy family, it comes as no surprise that cashews come to us already harvested in nut form, devoid of their plant and fruit which contains the oils that can be irritating and even harmful if touched or consumed.

But just because these nuts come from a potentially harmful plant doesn’t mean that they, themselves are harmful, especially once they’ve been cleaned and roasted.

Cashews are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals and can be a great help in supporting one’s immune system and keeping their blood healthy. From vitamins B-6, K, and E to things like copper, magnesium, iron, and more, cashews come LOADED with health benefits.

They also have antioxidants, which can also play a key role in protecting your heart and can even help protect our vision! Here’s a great list of several other benefits that cashews bring with them!

Sip and Enjoy Your Creamy Cashew Milk Coffee

I hope you consider this tutorial the next time you’re hankering for a new and healthy twist to your morning coffee.

This creamy cashew milk coffee is not only great for those on dairy-free diets, but completely delicious in its own right.

If you enjoy the buttery richness of cashews, the smooth mouthfeel of cold brew, and a little jolt of caffeine and sugar to jumpstart your day, this is just the recipe for you!

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