Sometimes I make my own nut milk at home, but most of the time (like 90% of it) I just buy an unsweetened almond or coconut variety from a brand that I trust. But! I haven’t bought any sort of plant milk for almost a month because I happened to make this particular homemade milk one day, and I haven’t been able to go back. It’s a half and half mix of cashews and pecans. I know, nothing particularly revolutionary, but it’s incredible. It has the creamy-ness of the cashews and the woodsy buttery quality of pecans all blended up into one luscious drink.
I’ve been using it primarily for a special coffee in the morning, kind of café au lait style with a heavy dose of cinnamon and mesquite powder in the mix. Even serving it over granola, I was dusting cinnamon on top, so I cut to the chase here, and just added the cinnamon to the milk itself. I heat up a small amount of it for my coffee, and right after I pour it in, the milk just naturally forms this beautifully rich foamy layer on top–sort of like a latte but without the steaming or blending. Pure magic! Anyway, onto the links and the recipe. I hope everyone has a lovely weekend :)
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CINNAMON MILK RECIPE
SERVES: Makes 5 cups or 1.25 litres
NOTES: I suggest sweetening with dates or maple syrup, but you could certainly leave both out if you want a more neutral base. In the recipe I suggest using a fine mesh strainer after the blending step because it’s a more common piece of kitchen equipment. If you have a nut milk bag, feel free to use that instead!
1/2 cup raw pecans, soaked for at least 5 hours
1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 5 hours
4 1/2 cups filtered water
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup OR 2 pitted Medjool dates
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Drain the pecans and cashews, and lightly rinse them. Transfer the nuts to an upright blender along with the water. Blend this mixture on high for a full minute.
Set up a large bowl or measuring cup on the counter or on one side of your sink. Place a fine mesh strainer over your bowl. Pour the blended milk through the strainer into your bowl. Carefully return the strained milk to the blender pitcher. To the milk, add the maple syrup (or dates), sea salt, and cinnamon. Blend the milk on high for 30 seconds to combine.
Store the cinnamon milk in clean glass jars in the refrigerator for up to one week.