Dreamy Cashew Milk

I NEVER liked milk as a kid. I remember my brother (hi, Mark!) would drink GIANT glasses of it, which I thought was gross. I'm not sure why I was so adverse to the stuff; perhaps I knew subconsciouly that it didn't agree with me!

So it's funny that I now LOVE milk. Homemade, non-dairy milk that is. 

If you guys follow me on Instagram or if you read this blog on a regular basis, you know I'm pretty addicted to my 2-Minute Almond Milk (check out my What I Ate Wednesday blog posts for proof).  And while the 2-Minute Almond Milk is the bomb.com, I do like to switch things up, and when I have a little bit more time this cashew milk is my go-to.

This dairy-free, dreamy "milk" is packed with healthy fats and protein and truly feels like a treat. Vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened, its a treat that you can indulge in every day, and trust me, I do! I love this in my morning matcha tea, but also straight up over ice. It's also quite fantastic with cereal, overnight oats, or in chia pudding

Don't you want to dive right in?

Don't you want to dive right in?

Dreamy Cashew Milk / raw, vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, soy free

Ingredients:

- 1 cup raw, unsalted cashews

- 1 tbsp raw coconut oil

- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

- 1 tsp cinnamon

- 3 cups filtered water + water for soaking cashews

- dash nutmeg (optional)

- 2-3 pitted medjool dates, for sweetness (optional)

Instructions:

1. Soak your cashews - Place your cashews in a medium bowl and cover with water. Soak overnight in the fridge. Note: You can get away with only soaking the nuts for a few hours, but overnight is ideal!

2. Blend it up - Drain the cashews from the soaking water. Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth and frothy. Enjoy!

No time to make your own? Check out my friends over at Lulitonix - there stuff is the real deal. 

Did you drink milk as a kid? Do you now? Let me know in the comments below!

Superfood Trail Mix

The perfect snack to keep stashed in your purse, backpack, or briefcase.  Packed with good for you fats and satisfying protein, this salty/sweet mix will power you through a long afternoon or late night (it's also a easy breakfast on the go). 

A quick spotlight on one of the superfood ingredients in this mix: MULBERRIES.

Remember that nursery rhyme "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush"?  Yup, these little guys are one and the same as the plant referenced in that song.  Dried white mulberries taste similar to dried figs - mildly sweet and chewy.  They are an excellent source of calcium and iron (two nutrients that many people think are lacking in vegetarian & vegan diets), as well as vitamin C, protein, and fiber. 

As with most of my recipes, this one is very adaptable.  Allergic to nuts? Try a mix of raw seeds!  Can't find goji berries?  Unsweetened cranberries or cherries would also taste great.  Play around with it and find a combination that YOU love best (because as we know, we all have slightly different tastes).

Superfood Trail Mix (vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, raw)

- 1 cup raw nuts (I use equal parts almonds, cashews, and walnuts)

- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds 

- 1/4 cup dried goji berries

- 1/4 cup dried mulberries

- scant 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs

Add all ingredients to a bowl, mix, and then store in an airtight container.  Sometimes I put the whole batch in a Ziploc to keep in my backpack; sometimes I like to portion it out into single serving bags.  ENJOY!