Three Nut Milk

i.e. cashews, walnuts, and pepitas have a higher purpose 

Happy May 1st everyone! Rent is due. But on a happier note, Mother's Day is on the horizon! Chroma Kitchen is joining Simple Foods in its campaign to make May 14th "A Day for All Mothers" and encourage people to go dairy free for the day. Or maybe forever!! Humans are the only species that drink other animals' milk. Let's honor the bond between mother and child (or calf, or kid) this Mother's Day.   

Prep time: 8 hours 10 minutes | Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup raw walnuts
  • ⅓ cup raw cashews
  • ⅓ cup raw shelled pepitas
  • 3-4 cups water*
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup** 
  • Pinch of sea salt

Preparation 

  1. Soak walnuts, cashews, and pepitas for eight hours. Drain and rinse. 
  2. Using a high speed blender, blend nuts, vanilla extract, sea salt, and maple syrup with water. 
  3. If it pleases you to do so, strain the nut milk through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer. This will give you a smooth, silky texture. (I prefer not to strain, however, because I like to keep all the fiber in.)  
  4. Chill and store for three or four days.  

Notes

*You can adjust the water content depending on how creamy you want the final product to be. 

**Super optional, but I prefer it slightly sweetened. 

Nutrition

Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 150 | Total Fat: 12g | Carbohydrate: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Dietary Fiber: 1g | Protein: 6g | Vitamin A: 0% | Vitamin C: 0% | Calcium: 1% | Iron: 4% 

Whenever veganism comes up, people invariably say, "I don't know how you do it. I could never give up cheese." In my experience, though, ditching dairy is not all that hard. After a few days, I barely missed it. 

It became even easier when I discovered that dairy consumption is linked to acne, type I diabetes, and breast cancer. Dairy is not a health food. Check out this Vox video to understand how advertising campaigns have shaped the way we perceive dairy.