A few days ago as I cruised by the juice aisle in Whole Foods, a small white container from the Blueprint Cleanse caught my eye. Cashew Cinnamon Vanilla Agave Juice? Yes, please!
I don't usually splurge for juices, but that flavor combination totally whetted my whistle, pardon the pun. That is, until I spied the price tag – nearly $12 for an 8 ounce bottle of juice. I'd have to be nuts to pay that much! [groan] Seriously, I almost choked. I put back the juice, and took a detour to the raw cashew bulk bin. Then I swiped my debit card and was on my merry way, determined to make a better, cheaper version.
|There's a new nut milk in town: DIY cashew-vanilla-agave|
|Ice pop made with the cashew milk. Check out the vanilla bean flecks.|
Enjoy your 4th. And please check out these tips to keep your pets safe during this loud, rollicking holiday.
Cashew-Vanilla-Agave Nut Milk
- 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 3-4 hours, then drained
- About 2-3 cups pure water [depends on how thick you want your nut milk]
- About 3 T raw agave nectar, or to taste
- Scrapings from one vanilla bean [You can substitute about 1 tsp vanilla extract – but please try the vanilla bean version at least once!]
- Pinch sea salt
Pour everything in a blender and process on high until completely smooth. Strain, if desired [I didn't] and decant into glass jars. Serve well chilled.
Store in refrigerator and drink within a few days.