A little while back, I did a 5-day juice fast with Blueprint Cleanse. (It’s a liquids-only juice fast program that provides you with six fresh-made, nutrient-rich juices per day — and it’s awesome! Five days without food and you’re never hungry and feel totally satisfied. Amazing.) Anyway, my favorite part of the experience was juice #6, the rich, lightly sweet and cinnamon-scented cashew milk drink that you get to enjoy each day. It was like a delicious, delicious dessert and felt entirely indulgent — but was actually totally good for you.
I loved it so much that after the cleanse was over, I was on a mission to get more of it. But Blueprint doesn’t sell their juices a la carte, and my exhaustive search of juice bars and health food stores in NYC didn’t turn up anything even close.
But after making homemade almond milk last week, I had a feeling I might be able to recreate that delicious Blueprint cashew elixir in my own home. And I was right! I can’t believe how easy it turned out to be.
Almost Just Like Blueprint Cleanse Cashew Milk
1 cup raw cashews
4 cups water
3 tablespoons agave, or to taste
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
optional to make chai: 1/2 teaspoon each ground nutmeg, ginger and cardamom
1. Soak cashews in water overnight.
2. Blend cashews and their water in a blender until smooth. If desired, strain through cheesecloth. (Cashews are soft enough that they blend almost completely into a liquid, so straining isn’t really necessary. I only sort-of strained it this time, and next time I probably won’t bother. The result is a kind of “chewy” drink, but I don’t mind that. Protein!)
3. Stir in remaining ingredients. To stay true to Blueprint, add only agave, vanilla and cinnamon. To take it up a notch (which I highly recommend!), make it chai by adding the remaining spices.