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A Vegan Nut Milk Latte for Coffee Fanatics

February  5, 2015

Every other Thursday, Gena Hamshaw of the blog Choosing Raw shares satisfying, flavorful recipes that also happen to be vegan.

Today: What's the secret to a creamy, frothy latte that dairy-free coffee fanatics can enjoy? Homemade nut milk.

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Most people who are contemplating going vegan worry that they’ll miss cheese. Or yogurt. Or fish. I worried about coffee. Specifically, I worried about missing rich, frothy, piping hot lattes, and so far as I could tell, there wasn’t a perfect vegan version.  

This all changed when I learned how to make homemade nut milks. Commercial nut and soy milks are great, don’t get me wrong, but I think homemade nut milks beat them by a mile -- especially for recipes in which you’re really aiming for a creamy texture. I’m partial to my homemade cashew hemp milk because it doesn’t demand any straining (which some nut milks do); it’s as quick and as easy as throwing ingredients in a blender and giving them a whirl, and the results are amazingly delicious. 

This recipe calls for a mixture of cashew milk and espresso. If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can use a 1:1 mixture of strongly brewed coffee and the cashew hemp milk instead -- you’ll still have a delicious café au lait on your hands. 

Creamy Cashew Hemp Latte 

Serves 2

2/3 cup cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours and drained
3 tablespoons shelled hempseeds
3 1/2 cups water
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons maple syrup  

See the full recipe (and save and print it here).

Photo by James Ransom

Choosing RawGena's new book Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat is a thorough, relatable guide to incorporating raw and vegan foods into any diet. It's full of no-fuss recipes for every meal, which range from fully raw to mostly cooked, with plenty of snacks and desserts to keep everyone happy.



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Gena is a registered dietitian, recipe developer, and food blogger. She's the author of three cookbooks, including Power Plates (2017) and Food52 Vegan (2015). She enjoys cooking vegetables, making bread, and challenging herself with vegan baking projects.


Sam ~. February 14, 2015
This looks like a lovely nut milk recipe! I love how you don't have to strain it, more fiber and less work! Definitely trying it.
laurenlocally February 5, 2015
I was laying in bed last night thinking about how much I will miss my latte as I go dairy free for a few weeks to help with some tummy troubles my newborn is having! Can't wait to try this.