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Cashew Hemp Milk: Day 18

9 Comments 20 January 2014

Cashew Hemp Milk: Day 18

I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen since beginning this New Year’s Juicing Challenge. A lot. I can spend anywhere from 1 to 2 1/2 hours in the afternoon or evening washing, peeling, chopping, bagging, and then I make a dinner juice for the evening. Then I clean the juicer.

In the morning I make 3 different juices to take to work. I have the juicing part down to 30 minutes. The juicing itself doesn’t take that long. It’s washing the juicer between each batch that is beginning to drive me up the wall.

I also lack a garbage disposal in my baby NYC kitchen, so my dirty juicing parts swim in a pulpy sludge making the cleaning process even more complicated.

I am getting so tired of this process! I’m definitely not tired of the drinking process, just the preparing process. So I’ve turned to my favorite juice shop in Manhattan. Organic Avenue.

Organic Avenue

Organic Avenue had a New Year’s sale that I’ve been watching for the past 2 weeks. 30% off any of their cleanses. So at the peak of my kitchen frustration, I got out my receipts for two weeks of produce and figured out just how much I’ve been spending on juicing. With my mad math skills I learned that yes, it is cheaper to juice on my own, but only 5 dollars cheaper ($10 if you factor in a tip for the delivery guy). YES, there is a delivery guy!

So I made the decision. For the next 7 days someone will bring 7 bottles of juice daily to my home before I leave for work. No washing, peeling, chopping, pulpy sludge draining will be happening for an entire week. Mentally, I need this break. I’m putting a $10 per day price tag on my sanity.

One of my favorite Organic Avenue indulgences is their Cashew Hemp Mylk. While theirs is far more decadent, sweetened with coconut sugar, mine is simply sweetened with a few dates.


You don’t even need a nut milk bag. This is pretty much nuts and seeds blended into a creamy milk.


A glass before bed and I sleep like a baby.

Cashew Hemp Milk

by Heather


  • 1 c. raw cashews, soaked 4 hours
  • 1/3 c. hemp seeds
  • 2 T. chia seeds
  • 6 c. filtered water
  • 5 dates
  • pinch of seasalt


1. Soak cashews for 4 hours or overnight.

2. Drain cashews and rinse well.

3. Put 6 cups of filtered water in a Vitamix or high-powered blender and drop in 5 dates allowing them to soften in the water for 10-20 minutes.

4. Add remaining ingredients and blend until creamy.

Yields 7 cups


***Money saving tip: Buy raw cashew pieces for recipes like this. They’re cheaper and they’re going to be crushed anyway!

Readers, dish!

  • What is your favorite nut milk?
  • Have you ever made cashew milk?
  • Would you pay to have fresh juice delivered daily?


This recipe was shared at Minimal Ingredient Mondays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Raw Foods Thursdays. Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Wellness Weekends, Healthy Vegan Fridays, and Gluten-Free Fridays.

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9 Comments so far

  1. Betsy says:

    Wow, you are my hero!! I have never even made it on a juice fast for more than a day! I love the idea of ordering out your juice and there is such a thing as putting a price on your sanity. I am going to have try this mylk. I bet my children will love it.

    • Heather says:

      Oh Betsy, there’s definitely nothing heroic going on here, but it is definitely quite a challenge…made even more challenging by this kitchen! It also helps that I’m working part time now instead of full-time plus. I don’t think I could have done 30 straight days last year at this time. I hope you like the nut milk!!

  2. Hey Heather,

    Good for you on juicing! My mom and I are getting ready to do Kris Carr’s 21-day adventure cleanse, so there’s a lot of green juice in my future. 😉 Needless to say, I’ve been ramping back up on the veggie (and fruit) juicing myself in preparation–juicing is indeed a major pain, but I always feel so good after I drink it! Now if only I could have someone deliver it–lucky you!

    • Heather says:

      Lee, that’s really exciting! I hope you’ll blog about it so I can follow along. I loved her first book and look forward to learning about this one.

  3. Ugh. Cleaning the juicer is the worst! Jealous that you can get delivery – or even buy fresh juice somewhere local! Advantange of living in the city 😉

    I don’t have a disposal at home either, but I do have screen traps on my drains, so I just dump those when they get full of pulp. I have to dump them two or three times while I’m cleaning the juicer. It’s annoying, but it prevents the icky water build-up.

    I’ve noticed that if I cut my veggies into smaller pieces, my juicer seems to juice them better and leaves less pulp in the machine. I use an OmegaVert slow juicer. I don’t know if that trick would make a difference in a cetrifrudge style juicer. (I don’t know what you’re using.)

  4. Sounds delicious Heather!

    While I want a juicer, I think the clean up would get to me too. I mean if I get one, you can bet I’ll juice a ton. I’ll just be grumbling afterwards hehe

  5. Karen says:

    I am going to make this Heather. I love that I don’t have to squeeze it through a nut milk bag!! Its perfect for my raw Complete meal muesli.. Thanks.

  6. I’m not sure how I have not yet made cashew milk. I love making nutmylk!
    Ooh, I think I would totally be up to try a juice cleanse if I found a place like Organic Avenue =)
    Great job on the juicing Heather!

  7. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Hope your week is great! Can’t wait to see what you link up this week!

    Cindy from

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