Learn how easy it is to make homemade unsweetened cashew milk for all of your dairy-free needs. You don’t even need a nut milk bag to make this delicious nut milk recipe.

glass of homemade cashew milk

Cashew milk is a non-dairy milk alternative made by blending cashew nuts with water. Cashew milk is perfect for sweet or savory recipes, and can be heated or used in baking.

You don’t need to strain cashew milk through a nut milk bag, so it’s one of the easiest, most affordable, and fastest dairy-free milks you can make.

Homemade cashew milk will keep in your refrigerator for up to 5 days and is excellent for putting in coffee. Let me show you exactly how to make cashew milk.

jar of cashew nuts

Recipe Steps

Unlike almonds that usually need to soak in water for 8-10 hours, cashews only need a very quick soak and rinse to get them ready for blending.

The short soaking time for making cashew milk is one reason why I love making it so much. Honestly, even 10 minutes in a bowl of water is enough soaking time for cashews. I recommend using organic raw cashews.

Step One

So, the first step to making cashew milk is to place about one cup of cashews in a bowl and cover them with filtered water.

Step Two

The second step is to rinse the cashews and then combine them in a high-speed blender with fresh filtered water. Ideally, you would use a Blendtec or a Vitamix to ensure that the smoothie gets very creamy and fully blended.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

As I mentioned, one of the best parts about making cashew milk is that you don’t have to strain it.

Step Three

So, the third step is to blend the cashews and water until they are completely combined. That’s it! Now you have creamy cashew milk that is so much better for most people than cow’s milk.

jar of homemade cashew milk

Flavor Options

  • The most basic way to make cashew milk is to blend 1 cup of unsalted, raw cashews with 4 cups of filtered water. Use it plain in your favorite sweet or savory recipes that call for dairy-free milk.
  • Or, try blending 1/2 cup organic cashews + 1/3 cup brazil nuts + 1 tablespoon of carob or cocoa powder for a Cashew-Brazil Chocolate Milk or the base of homemade fudgesicles
  • For use as a protein-rich smoothie base, blend 1/2 cup organic cashews + 1/4 cup hemp seeds + 3 cups filtered water for a Cashew-Hemp Milk perfect for green smoothies (see my list of smoothie recipes)


Is cashew milk high in protein?

Cashew milk is not high in protein. A 1/2 cup serving has about 3 1/2 grams of protein according to my recipe.

Is cashew milk better than milk?

Cashew milk is a great substitute for dairy milk, but it’s not necessarily better. It really just depends whether or not you have a sensitivity to dairy or to nuts. Learn more about the reasons to go dairy-free.

How do I know if my cashew milk is bad?

I don’t recommend keeping homemade cashew milk for longer than 5-7 days in the refrigerator. But, if you do, you can tell if you cashew milk has gone bad if it doesn’t smell good.

More Dairy-Free Milk Recipes You Might Like

I also have a round-up post of the best dairy-free milk recipes.

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Creamy Cashew Milk

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Homemade cashew milk is super easy to make, and can be used for your dairy-free needs.


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  • 1 cup organic cashews, soaked for 10-30 minutes in filtered water, rinsed well and drained
  • 4 cups filtered water


  1. Combine the cashews and water in a high-speed blender. Process for about 45 seconds or until completely blended.
  2. Store the milk in an air-tight container for up to 5-7 days in the refrigerator.


  1. Add the seeds of 1 vanilla bean or 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract to make a creamy vanilla version!
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 min
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: High-Speed Blender
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: how to make creamy cashew milk, homemade cashew milk, dairy-free cashew milk, blended cashew milk

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