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The tallest tree in the forest was once just a little nut that held its ground.

Cashew Apple Tree

Cashews Have Wonderful Health Benefits

Cashew_apples copyThis is a cashew apple tree. Cashew nuts are actually the kidney-shaped seeds that adhere to the bottom of the cashew apple grown mostly in Brazil. Interesting, isn't it? Cashews are all the rage these days and used in all kinds of health food dishes - and for good reason. They're delicious and good for you.

Cashews are ripe with proanthocyanidins, a class of flavanols that actually starves tumors and stops cancer cells from dividing. They're also abundant in essential minerals, especially manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium. Plus, they taste delicious and they're my husband's favorite nut (besides me!). So I decided to make kefir with them.

cashew milkMy husband's aunt, Carolyn, sent me a message. She found an easy way to make almond kefir and wanted to share it with me. It turned out wonderfully, so I decided to try it with cashews and the result was a deliciously creamy cashew kefir. It's a different method and quite easy, no straining of the nuts in a nut bag, and I think you will love it. If you can't have dairy, I think cashew kefir is a great alternative with tons of probiotics.

Cashew Kefir
When making non dairy kefir, you just need to be sure the non dairy milk has eight grams of carbohydrates to give the bacteria something to eat. It takes the sugars and makes it into probiotics for you. You don’t get the sugar but instead lots of healthy probiotics. If it doesn’t have eight grams of carbohydrates than you can add one teaspoon of date paste, or raw sugar, per quart. I have placed the recommended amounts for cashew milk in the recipe below. ~Donna
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Ingredients
Cashew milk
  • 1cup whole raw cashewsunsalted or salted can be used
  • 4cups Water
Cashew Kefir (if using Live Milk Kefir Grains)
Cashew Kefir (if using Easy Kefir powder packets)
Servings: quart
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Instructions
Cashew Milk
  1. Place cashews and water in a blender. Blend on high speed until cashews are incorporated and blended into a smooth consistency.
  2. If you want a thinner consistency, strain this mixture through a nut bag to remove the small pieces. For a thicker consistency, leave the pulp in. (It might stick to the kefir grains but it doesn't hurt them.)
  3. Use immediately to make cashew kefir or store in the fridge for a week.
Cashew Kefir (if using Live Milk Kefir Grains)
  1. Add 1 quart of cashew milk to a glass jar.
  2. Add kefir grains and date paste or some type of raw sugar to the jar.
  3. Place a lid on the jar and let it sit for 18-24 hours or until tart or sour tasting.
  4. Strain out kefir grains and place cashew kefir in the refrigerator or enjoy immediately. This will last at least a month in the fridge but will continue to get more sour over time. Place the grains in fresh milk to culture again, making sure to add more date paste or sugar and repeat steps 1-4 again.
Cashew Kefir (if using Easy Kefir powder packets)
  1. Add 1 quart of cashew milk to a glass jar.
  2. Add date paste or some type of raw sugar to the jar.
  3. Mix in 1 packet Easy Kefir with a spoon or whisk or until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  4. Place a lid on the jar and let it sit for 8 to 24 hours or until tart or sour tasting.
  5. Place cashew kefir in the refrigerator or enjoy immediately. It should keep for at least a month although it will continue to get more sour and tart.
  6. If you like to make more kefir, take 1/4 cup of this mixture and 3 - 3/4 cups of fresh cashew milk and 1 tsp of date paste and culture again for 18 -24 hours or until tart. You can do this many many times over or until it stops working and making the milk tart. Then you will need a new Easy Kefir package.
  7. You can do this many many times over or until it stops working and making the milk tart. Then you will need a new Easy Kefir package.
Recipe Notes

Nut milk kefir tends to separate because of the water, but this is normal. It also doesn't get thick like milk kefir does, but you can just shake it and drink it! It has tons of benefits.

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