Cold Brew & Cashews
I've never a been breakfast eater. As a nutritionist, I know I should probably eat before 10 (or sometimes even noon) but most days, it's a real challenge. In my quest to get some nutrients and fuel into my body other than an apple or tea, I discovered the cashew latte. Basically you blend up some cashews into your coffee and voila. It's fine for the weekends, but my sleepy self can't get up with enough time to make coffee before I have to be out the door. Enter cold brew cashew milk.
This cold and creamy beverage is my new obsession. I've tested out a few variations on it so I'm sharing what I've found to be the perfect ratio of creamy cashewy goodness & delicious cold brew nectar of the gods. The trick is to make sure you have cold brew concentrate ready. Not sure how to make cold brew concentrate? I use this method from Detour Coffee.
Cinnamon Cold Brew & Cashew Milk
- 6 ounces cashews (soaking makes them easier to blend)
- Dates to taste - soaked in warm water for a few minutes (I use 10 deglet dates)
- 2 cups cold brew coffee concentrate
- 3 cups filtered water
- 2.5 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 - 1/2 tsp cinnamon (again, depending on your taste)
Soak cashews for 2 hours (up to overnight) in filtered water, in the fridge. Drain cashews and rinse. Add them to your blender (if you don't have a high speed blender, you might want to strain the finished milk with a nut milk bag). Add dates and one cup of water to blender and blend the hell out of it on high until it's smooth and creamy. Turn off the blender, add coffee, vanilla and cinnamon. Blend on high for a few seconds then at medium speed for a minute or so. Slowly add the remaining water and continue blending a few minutes more. You may need to lower the speed again because this recipe will come close to the max capacity of a 64oz container. Pour into clean, air tight containers and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. It will separate a bit, but give it a shake and it's good to go.
On mornings that you know breakfast isn't going to happen, a serving of this + a scoop of protein powder makes getting some fuel easier. And delicious.
This recipe is what I've found works for me (enough coffee flavour!) but it's easy to change the ratios of water and coffee or switch out the dates for a sweetener of your choice (maple syrup is also yummy). If you give this recipe a try or make a different version, I would love to hear about it.