Guest Post, Spunky Coconut: Making Cashew Milk for a Yummy Yogurt Drink

If you haven’t yet heard, Wednesdays are our Guest Blogger Series day! It’s a day where Stacy and I get a bit of a mid-week break while getting to share with you some of our favorite online bloggers.  And for their hard work, they get the benefit of your readership – we encourage you to please show all of them your support by visiting their blog and social media links!

This week we are happy to hear from our friend Kelly of The Spunky Coconut, author of The Spunky Coconut CookbookThe Spunky Coconut Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts, The Spunky Coconut Dairy-Free Ice Cream Cookbook (which we love and reviewed here) and the upcoming The Paleo Chocolate Lovers Cookbook! Kelly was one of the very first bloggers Stacy followed when we went Paleo (back then, there weren’t very many family-friendly real food bloggers and now we’re thrilled there’s so many!). Even though not all of her recipes are Paleo, most are easily adaptable (see our example of her Bagels). Bonus for those with allergies, many of her recipes are egg-free! It’s surreal to now have podcasted together, reviewed oneanothers’ books and be “buddies”.

Since this is Blendtec week, even our guest post will be a recipe ideal for use with our wonderful new kitchen appliance! Don’t have a high speed blender and want one? Enter to win your own Blendtec Designer Series with Twister Jar on Monday’s post. Even if you don’t acquire one, we hope this post is still helpful for you! Today Kelly’s going to teach you how to make cashew milk and a recipe for her Yummy Yogurt Drink

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I talk a lot about my kids on The Spunky Coconut, especially my daughter, Ashley. I owe everything to the kids, because my husband and I would not be who we are today if it wasn’t for them. Our children led us to discover how food was making us sick.

But today I’m not going to talk about our girls. I’m going to tell you a little bit about my own health issues, and how I overcame them.

From the time I was a little girl I struggled with my weight, with constipation and bloating, and with depression. When I hit puberty I developed endometriosis, a long-standing tradition among the women in my family. In fact, I am the only woman in my family with a uterus and ovaries. On top of the endometriosis I was also covered in pimples throughout high school and into college.

Battling weight, bloating, depression, endometriosis and pimples makes for one miserable teenaged experience. Unfortunately, it didn’t end there. It carried on into college and well into my twenties. Oy vey.

But like I said, it wasn’t until my children were born that I discovered the power to change my life. I was seeing a family friend named Cheryl (who is a nutritionist and naturopath) for help with the girls. She asked about my own health, and I told her. After finally being tested and finding out I was Celiac I began to recover. However, the gluten-free diet wasn’t enough. All of my problems were better, but they were far from over.

Then one day Cheryl said something that really got through to me. “Organic milk [products] still contain natural hormones, Kelly. All milk contains hormones.” And that’s when it hit me. Human milk, cow milk, all milk—of course it does—it all contains natural hormones. Adults aren’t meant to have milk. No species nurses for life, and no species other than human beings drinks the milk of another kind of species.

So I went dairy-free. I really didn’t want to at first. I was so bummed. But cutting out the dairy got rid of my endometriosis, depression, and pimples. It was so worth it. I still struggled with my weight and bloating, until a few years ago when I cut out gluten-free grains. And now my weight is no longer an issue either.

Over time I’ve even managed to recreate my favorite dairy foods without dairy. One of the best ways to do this is by making cashew milk. Cashew milk tastes amazingly similar to cream when you use it in sauces. You can make it as thick or as thin as you like depending on how you plan to use it. For cashew cream use less water, and for thinner milk use more water.

Whenever we have extended family or company over and I make something with cashew cream/milk no one can tell the difference. I use it in soup, sauces, and salad dressings, just to name a few. You can see my video for how easy it is to make cashew milk below.

 

One of our favorite ways to use cashew milk is to make yogurt. I like to combine it with coconut milk for extra richness (I was never a fan of low-fat food). You can find recipes for dairy-free frozen yogurt in The Spunky Coconut Dairy-Free Ice Cream Book, or you can use our Yummy Yogurt Drink by itself and in smoothies.

Here is the recipe for my Yummy Yogurt Drink, which is taken directly from my book:

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Note from Matt & Stacy, these are the brands we recommend:

Full Fat Canned Coconut Milk
Blonde Coconut Palm Sugar
Vanilla Liquid Stevia
Dairy-Free Probiotic Capsules, although refrigerated from your local health food store would be ideal

 

Thanks so much to Stacy and Matt for having me here!

♥, Kelly

Kelly V. Brozyna, began to study nutrition in 2004 when her girls were very young. Her daughter, Ashley, was a baby and Zoe was a toddler at that time. Both girls were not well. Her naturopathic doctor worked with them to radically change their diet by removing gluten, casein, and sugar. Kelly and her husband soon realized that their own health problems could be resolved as well. It was very eye-opening to see how many kinds of issues could be treated with the diet. So, after years of research and experimentation, Kelly now creates food so similar to conventional wheat/dairy/sugar recipes so that no one feels deprived. Together, through diet and biomedical treatments, their family is overcoming Celiac disease, gluten-intolerance, ADD, and autism with great success. Kelly lives in Boulder County, Colorado with her husband and three daughters. Follow her on Twitter or like her page on Facebook!

 

About Stacy

Stacy Toth has written 365 post in this blog.

Stacy is the matriarch of the Paleo Parents family. After beginning a paleo diet and founding PaleoParents.com in 2010, she lost 135 pounds and found health and happiness for the whole family. The following three years have been a progressive journey with a mission to educate people about nourishing their bodies by eating real foods. Stacy can be found on all forms of social media as @PaleoParents as well as the top-rated The Paleo View Podcast and her two cookbooks, Eat Like a Dinosaur and Beyond Bacon.

  • NicholeK

    This sounds great! Which dairy free probiotic do you use?

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Kelly’s recommendation is in her book but we’ve noted our recommendation linked in the post.

  • Amy

    This is fantastic! I’m going to pass this information on to my sister who is lactose intolerant and is having a hard time giving up the dairy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aimee-Wise/100001474577071 Aimee Wise

    Such a life-saver finding your recipe for cashew milk yogurt has been! Having recently gone to a low-sugar, Paleo-ish diet, I wanted/needed something else to have at breakfast or snack on if I wanted something sweet and creamy. Yogurt (and cheesecake) are the dairy foods I miss the most after having been dairy-free for 4 yrs. I am too cheap to spend nearly $2 on a single-serving container of dairy free yogurt. Besides, this recipe tastes a thousand times better and is way healthier than store bought! Thanks again!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Awesome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lmjose Linda M. Jose

    Thank you for this post – as someone who also suffers from endometriosis, I’m realizing now more than ever I need to cut out dairy. I’ve cut out gluten/wheat, but was holding out on dairy because it’s so difficult to cut out. I love cheese! Cashews are very expensive, which is a downfall.

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Absolutely, dairy ruins me too. -Stacy

    • Mrs G

      Same problem as you. I eat gluten free without pork/beef (as they make some of my symptoms go worse).
      A few years ago, when I was eating wheat free but not gluten free, I went dairy free for several months. I noticed a very small improvement, but the bulk of my symptoms were still there, so I switched back to dairy.
      Today, I start a dairy free month and I hope that having cut out gluten, some kind of meats and massively reduced my carbs & sugar intake (no more white flours/sugar) will help me to get rid of the last symptoms.
      Has anyone some advice for me?
      Thank you!

      • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

        It sounds to me like there’s a stomach acid deficiency and gut health imbalance. I would HIGHLY suggest looking into Paleo or GAPS to help recovery. Practical Paleo has great information and supplements to help.

  • Amy from Tx

    I’m struggling with cutting out dairy from my diet. I’ve had an iced caramel macchiato in the morning for the last 4 years and can’t break the habit. If I can’t make my own cashew milk, what about almond milk as an alternative?

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Amy, it sounds like you’re at the front end of your journey where any replacement will be better than the sugary processed version you’re drinking now. Check online, I know there’s LOTS of paleoized recipes for Starbuck’s drinks. I would guess that coconut milk would be best for the creamy texture you want in that drink.

  • Healthnutnation

    I can’t wait to try this!!

  • Pam

    This looks wonderful. How much water (in cups) do you use for one cup of cashews when making cashew milk?

  • Ananda Westhuizen

    I’m new to gluten-free living. I started cutting out meat about 2 months ago since I really felt sick after I’ve eaten the smallest portion of meat. Even fish or chicken would make me feal a bit weird. My ‘symptoms’ never returned. Then I heard from our dentist the same about milk! It made me wonder. I kept on drinking/using milk because it’s just so delicious and where I live alternatives just does not exist. In the meantime I cut out all sugar. Recently I started using honey in our food instead of sugar and got my hubby hooked on honey instead of sugar as well. About 2 weeks ago I took the plunge to cut out all milk/dairy products. I had nothing to replace it with but it’s out! The same as you, I also have weight problems, a teenagers look-alike-skin and depression. But since my diet changes, my weight has stabilized, haven’t lost yet, but stabilized. My skin still looks terrible but I think my body is at this point due to many years of much trash just because I didn’t know. I trust from now on I will grow from health to health. I’ve not been able to buy any of the recipe books that you, Kelly and your husband, or you, Matt and Stacey, have written but I am dead set on buying them soon.
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience with us.
    Ananda

  • Tara S

    I make cashew milk all of the time using this recipe from Kelly’s book. The problem I have is that I have to strain it and I end up straining out a LOT of cashew. I make this in my Cuisinart food processor. Should I blend it longer? How long should I be blending it in the first place?

  • Tara Finlay

    The cashews are soaking. I cannot wait to try the frozen yogurt recipes from your cookbook.

  • Ally

    Can 8 cups of coconut milk be used instead? And can any sweetner be used? such as rice syrup, honey, glucose + vit C powder (from Holland and Barrett, UK), Molasses?

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      I don’t think so Ally. If this recipe doesn’t work for you, you might try googling coconut milk yogurt recipes…