As the summer begins to cool off I automatically start thinking about eating oatmeal every morning and regular paleo pancakes on the weekends. 

...and is there not something dreamy about pouring cold milk over a bowl of warm oats?

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Our family is big on fermented dairy as it is void of lactose (the source of most peoples' dairy issues) and loaded in beneficial bacteria for the gut, so we consume a lot of full-fat kefir and yogurt and aged cheese, but when it comes to milk, we would rather skip the side effects that come with regular ole' grocery-store dairy.

This milk recipe is so seriously creamy and delicious and healthy you will probably never look back on a glass of stale grocery store cow's milk.  

By making this yourself, you not only save money but also your health by avoiding the stabilizers and synthetic vitamins which are added to store-bought nut milks. There's kinda gross guys.....

We use this milk to make pancakes, smoothies, nice cream, oatmeal and anything else you can think of needing milk for. 

It's so simply and tasty!

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Homemade Vanilla Cashew Milk

1 cup raw cashews (they must be raw!!)
3 1/2 cups filtered water
2 dates, pitted
1 tsp vanilla extract
few dashes of cinnamon
pinch of salt 

Add raw cashews and pitted dates to a small bowl and cover with hot water. Let this sit for 15 minutes. 

After the 15 minutes has passed, drain the water from the cashews and dates and add them to a high-powered blender along with the water, dates, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Blend on high for 1 minute. 

Pour milk into glass mason jars to store in the refrigerator. This can be stored up to 3 days. If you don't need this much, you can always cut the recipe in half. 

Are you a milk drinker? Do you include any fermented dairy products in your diet?

 

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