Homemade Cashew Nut Milk with Dates & Vanilla – vegan, dairy-free

  • Homemade cashew milk (with date and vanilla) - absolutely delicious, plant-based, vegan

I was at a friends house recently where she treated me to the most divine hot chocolate, made with homemade cashew date milk. Oh my word! Heavenly.

I believe that she’d intended to make it with almonds, although since she hadn’t had time to soak them in advance, she opted for cashews instead. It reminded how rich, creamy and delectable homemade milk with cashews is. I thought it was essential to share here at in the Kind Earth Kitchen this week since I’ve been enjoying it so much lately.

I’ve created a super quick video for you to show you how simple and easy this is, so be sure to scroll down and check that out too.

Homemade cashew milk (with date and vanilla) - absolutely delicious, plant-based, vegan


This recipe involved three ingredients plus water. We’re talking cashews, dates, and vanilla. That’s it!

If you have a high powered blender, you can even get away without soaking the cashews and dates. I do however prefer to soak them for three hours (or overnight) ahead of time since my blender isn’t particularly powerful.

It’s ridiculously simple to make this plant milk. After soaking and straining, then all you need do is add the water, blend for about 90 seconds and wowzers, you’ve got the creamiest, most delicious plant-based milk ever!

Homemade cashew milk (with date and vanilla) - absolutely delicious, plant-based, vegan


This serves beautifully on granola or with muesli. You can also use it in place of regular animal-based milk in beverages. Makes excellent milk for hot chocolate or chai latte. Oh goodness me… yes!

One of my favourite ways to enjoy it is to sip it all day long straight out of the fridge. Be warned though it is very moreish.

Quite filling too.

Homemade cashew milk (with date and vanilla) - absolutely delicious, plant-based, vegan


Furthermore, I thought you might like to know that cashews have some well-documented health benefits. I’ve heard that they are a very good source of magnesium. Magnesium is essential for hormone balance and is great to help regulate our mood. It is also important for healthy development of bones, muscles, and organs and blood sugar regulation.

Like all nuts and seeds, cashews are a bit of a nutritional powerhouse since they are full of protein, essential fats and vitamins. As well as their excellent levels of magnesium, they also are said to contain good levels of calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, copper and potassium – all essential for healthy functioning of the body.

Homemade cashew milk (with date and vanilla) - absolutely delicious, plant-based, vegan


Watch my quick video guide to show you how easy this is to make…


Homemade Cashew Nut Milk with Dates & Vanilla #vegan #dairyfree

Homemade Cashew Nut Milk

Yield: 700ml

Homemade cashew nut milk with dates and vanilla. Easy, delicious and incredibly creamy.


  • 100g cashew nuts ( 3/4 cup)
  • 50g pitted dates (8 to 10 dates)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 500ml water (2 cups)
  • Extra water for pre-soaking


  1. Soak the cashew nuts and dates in spring water for at least three hours to soften for blending (you can actually skip this step if you have a high powered blender).
  2. Drain off the water.
  3. Pop the cashews and dates into a blender.
  4. Add the vanilla extract.
  5. Add the 500ml of water.
  6. Blend for about 90 seconds, until everything has blended in nicely. There may be a small amount of sediment, which you can strain off with a nut bag or fine sieve, although it is usually minimal, so I just leave it.
  7. Pour into a glass container and enjoy immediately or put in the fridge to chill before serving.
  8. Enjoy!

Pint for later…

Homemade cashew milk (with date and vanilla) - absolutely delicious, plant-based, vegan




  1. Hedi Hearts May 1, 2018 at 7:08 am - Reply

    Trinity you have inspired me to stop being lazy and start making my own milks again! And yes to hot chocolate too!

  2. Dianne May 1, 2018 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    I used to make homemade almond milk all the time, but I stopped for some reason. This cashew milk looks so much easier than the almond milk I used to make, since there’s no nut bag and leftover pulp. Thanks for the reminder that it super easy to make “milk” at home!

  3. Nicole Dawson May 1, 2018 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    We cannot drink any nut-based milk due to an allergy BUT if we could, I’d so be making this!

  4. Linda from Veganosity May 4, 2018 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    I actually had a cinnamon cashew milk at the hotel I’m staying in in Denver. It was heavenly! I actually think I like it better than almond milk.

  5. Kristina May 7, 2018 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    cashew milk is BY FAR my favorite – I buy and make it more than any other kind. and I love the idea of a cashew milk hot chocolate…

    • Maria April 9, 2020 at 7:35 am - Reply

      Thank you for the recipe. I’m in the UK too, what brand of vanilla extract do you recommend? Many I find have alcohol or sugar in it. Namaste!

      • Anastasia April 9, 2020 at 10:05 am - Reply

        Hi Maria – I use Taylor & Colledge fairtrade organic vanilla extract… it does however have alchohol and sugar in it though. Sorry I can’t help more with that.

  6. The Vegan 8 May 8, 2018 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Love the shots Trinity! I make homemade cashew milk almost weekly and love it!! It is so good in savory recipes as well!

  7. Kim May 23, 2018 at 4:53 am - Reply

    First timer here….Do I need to use raw cashews?

  8. saad shah October 16, 2019 at 10:48 am - Reply

    thanks, Anastasia for this article. can I use other nuts with milk? as I dnt like cashew much.

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