This one is SO GOOD! While I don’t avoid dairy, I really wanted to try making cashew yogurt because it sounded very easy to do, and because cashews offer great things nutritionally. Let me tell you, cashew yogurt takes the cake in the world of yogurts. Somehow, it takes on this incredible mouth watering tang that is just so dang delicious. Add some orange zest and Christmas spices, and you’ve got something that could easily be mistaken for dessert.
What inspired this recipe, was an idea to make yogurt parfaits for Christmas brunch. Something that would accommodate paleo/vegan friends and family, and also those who felt the need to repent from all of the debauchery that happens over the holidays. The yogurt is excellent on its own, or you can catch the recipe for my Chocolate Orange Cashew Yogurt Parfaits here.Print
Don’t be scared off by the white sugar in this recipe! I’ve tested out a few different sources of sweeteners, and found that the probiotics thrive the best with white sugar. Keep in mind the sugar is consumed by the cultures, not you!
1 1/2 cups raw cashews
2 cups filtered water, plus more for soaking
2 Tablespoons white sugar (or, use an alternate sweetener such as honey or maple syrup however keep in mind what I’ve noted in the description)
1 probiotic capsule
zest of 1 orange
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 teaspoon nutmeg freshly ground
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of cloves
Cover the raw cashews in water, and soak for 3-12 hours.
Drain and rinse the cashews. Add the cashews and water to a high powered blender.
Blend for 1-2 minutes until the mixture is completely smooth and creamy. Test the temperature of the mixture; if it’s luke warm, go ahead and empty the probiotic capsule, and blend again for about 20 seconds. If the mixture is too warm, you will need to let it cool down before you add the contents of the probiotic capsule as heat can otherwise kill the probiotics.
Pour the mixture into a clean jar. Cover with a tea towel and secure tightly with an elastic band. Let it sit at room temperature in a dark place for 1-2 days. Once the yogurt has reached your desired tang, add the remaining ingredients (orange zest, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves).
Should keep for about 2 weeks in the fridge.
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