As Valentine’s Day nears, it seems that everything is tinged with sweetness. I love the movement towards DIY Valentines, and old-fashioned handmade candies make me squeal.

Strawberry Cashew Milk Shake

Who cares if Hallmark popularized the day, take it back! Celebrate this time by treating yourself , your friends, your family, and your sweetie (if you have one) with love and kindness and special treats.

Of course, I can’t go around eating cake balls, and truffles, and lollipops for the entirety of the Valentine’s Day season, but does that mean I should miss out on pretty pink things and polka dot paper straws? It most certainly does not.

Strawberry Cashew Milk Shake

This raw and vegan cashew milk is thick and creamy and so luxurious. It almost doesn’t seem fair that cashews are lower in fat that almost all other nuts, and the fat they do contain is mostly unsaturated fatty acid. To be specific, it’s the same fatty acid found in olive oil! Love that.  To that, we’re adding freeze dried strawberries which are full of antioxidants, dietary fiber, and crazy deliciousness (scientific term).

Strawberry Cashew Milk Shake

All of the health stuff, cannot begin to describe how good this little shake tastes and feels.  I got a text yesterday from Joshua “Strawberry cashew milk, seriously, the best thing ever. I want to have it every day”. I guess that says it all. A little Valentine to my sweetheart, pretty, and pink, and sweet, each morning. I can do that.

Strawberry Cashew Milk Shake

A quick shout-out to my friend Tracy at Shutterbean whose amazing Raw Chocolate Milk recipe reminded me how much I adore Cashew Milk. I still haven’t tried her recipe, but it’s next on my list.

Also, thank you to Michael Procopio of Food For the Thoughtless who asked about sources for both raw cashews and freeze dried strawberries. If you live near a Trader Joe’s, I highly recommend their freeze dried fruits and their nuts. They are both low cost and good.

Otherwise, check here for raw cashews and here for freeze dried strawberries

  • INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups raw cashews soaked in water to cover for 2 hours
  • 1.4 ounces freeze dried strawberries
  • ½ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2+ cups water for blending

 

  • INSTRUCTIONS
  • In a spice grinder, pulverize strawberries until they are a very fine powder
  • Drain cashews
  • Add 1 ½ cups of water to a blender, pour in sugar, dried strawberry powder, and cashews and blend for at least 5 minutes. Check consistency of the shake. Add more water if needed and continue blending. There should be no grit. Add more water if you’d like it thinner.
  • Cool it in the fridge and serve- with two straws if you’re sharing.
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The Cozy Herbivore February 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Just gorgeous! I love the pretty pink color, and as I am totally in love with the creaminess of cashew milk, this seems like the perfect thing for Valentine's Day.

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The Tomato Tart February 9, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Thank you so much. I love cashew milk too. I also love cashew cream cheese, and cashew cream cheese frosting, and cashew nacho cheese…. and well, just cashews too.

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tracy February 9, 2012 at 7:47 PM

holy sheeet what a fantastic idea! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. xoxo

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The Tomato Tart February 9, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Thanks for the reminder Miss Bean. Smooches!

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Sophie33 February 10, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Waw! This shake is tremendously tasty!

I have made it yesterday & it tasted the best! Yum!!!

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The Tomato Tart February 10, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Sophie, I\’m so glad you enjoyed it. Today, I made a version with cocoa powder, coffee extract, and maple syrup. It is also very good, but the strawberry still wins.

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singerinkitchen February 10, 2012 at 6:41 PM

YUM! This looks amazing!

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cpersisa February 11, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Found this through Tracy- amazing recipe!

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The Tomato Tart February 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Thank you so much! And yay, Tracy! She's the bestest!

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@anneliesz February 24, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I've never tried cashew milk before but am definitely intrigued… Beautiful photos Sabrina.

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lisa October 31, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I want to try this recipe…but I am SO in love with the glass it’s in! lol

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