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Raspberry Cashew Smoothie – Plant Milk Power

Raspberry cashew nut milk smoothie in bottles with straws.

New year, new me, new you, perhaps. Veganuary is a good time to explore plant milks. And what a coincidence, there’s a splendid new book out which will help you do just that. Read on for a review of Plant Milk Power by Dr Aparna Prinja & Shital Shah. Plus there’s a chance to win a copy for yourself. You’ll also find a recipe for a delicious raspberry cashew nut milk smoothie.

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Veganuary

For the second year running I’m taking the Veganuary challenge. I’m over a week in now and I’m loving it. This book along with the raspberry cashew smoothie has helped, but I just find it really exciting to come up with three meals a day that are entirely vegan. So far this year I’ve posted a recipe for roasted hazelnut bliss balls, but do watch out for some more substantial recipes further down the line.

You can find all of my Veganuary posts by clicking on the link. Most of them are recipes, but you might find these ideas for 31 healthy vegan breakfast recipes useful as well.

Plant Milk Power

Authors Dr Aparna Prinja and Shital Shah debunk the myth that plant milks are difficult to make. Their book, Plant Milk Power: delicious, nutritious and easy recipes to nourish your soul is stuffed with gorgeous recipes for easy and quick to make vegan milks and smoothies. There’s no need to strain or sieve anything. How fabulous is that?

Plant Milk Power - a recipe book review.

From the title, I was expecting worthy recipes for conventional nut milks such as my hemp seed milk. But Plant Milk Power is actually a lot more interesting than that. The premise is that they are delicious drinks in their own right. Yes, you could add them to hot drinks or your cereal, but that’s not the real point of them. I haven’t tried to use them this way as they are sweetened with dates and I prefer my conventional milks to be unsweetened.

As the subtitle suggests, the milks and smoothies are meant to be nourishing to both body and mind. So they taste good, look good and are healthy too. Dr Aparna Prinja is a professional nutritionist and Shital Shah runs a nutrition-based catering business. So I reckon their credentials for coming up with nutritious and tasty recipes are sound.

In Love with Plant-Based Milks

As well as recipes for various nut and seed milks, there are lots of what I’d call light smoothies. As you can see from the front cover, these are beautifully coloured and range from green to yellow to pink to purple. If you like green tea, I can highly recommend the matcha, chia and almond milk. My matcha is a bit past its best, so the photo below is not as vibrantly green as it should be. But it was still a great way to start my day. I’d definitely call it a smoothie rather than a milk though. The chia seeds made it quite thick.

Glasses of almond matcha smoothies.

Almond Matcha Smoothies.

The base recipes for the plant-based milks are interesting too. They not only include the usual suspects, but you’ll find pistachio milk, oat milk and sesame seed milk amongst other less obvious  ones. As for the smoothies, you can go safe, as in this raspberry cashew smoothie. Or you can go wild. The baobab, cacao, almond, chia and sesame seed calcium punch has just got to be tried.

Walnut milk is my new favourite thing. I was expecting it to be a bit bitter, but not at all. It’s absolutely delectable. You can see a photo of one I made further down the post.

Ingredients

At the back of the book, you’ll find an ingredient section. This not only tells you about linseeds, for example and their health benefits, but also shows a photo so that you can easily identify them. Possible allergies and intolerances are not forgotten either.

Standard nuts and seeds are covered in the first section. Although oats are a grain, they have a place too. The second section covers ingredients that are used both for flavour and health. These include baobab, cardamom, maple syrup, moringa and saffron. The final section is all about fruit. These have also been chosen for their health benefits as well as their flavour.

Although some of the ingredients take a bit of effort to find, many of them are everyday ones that you can buy anywhere. Many of the recipes require nuts or seeds, dates and water only. Oh! Don’t forget that pinch of kelp, if you so desire. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, read on.

Publisher Details

Plant Milk Power: delicious, nutritious and easy recipes to nourish your soul */ Dr Aparna Prinja & Shital Shah. Published by Meze Publishing in paperback with an RRP of £15. ISBN – 9781910863411.

If you like the sound of Plant Milk Power, head down to the bottom of the post where you’ll find the chance to win a copy.

What I Really Liked

I have to say I’m completely in love with this book. It’s just perfect for jumpstarting that healthy new year, whether or not you’re vegan or participating in Veganuary. Even if I get tempted by less healthy foods later in the day, I like a nutritious start. I also like my breakfasts to be interesting. There are so many good ideas in Plant Milk Power that I feel completely inspired. I can’t wait to get going with almond, cacao, chicory and walnut milk. Sadly, I threw out my chicory powder when I was having a clear out a few months ago. I wasn’t using it so thought the compost heap needed it more than I did. Oops!

There are lots of good tips too. I’m already incorporating some of them into my morning smoothie. Iodine is one of the nutrients often lacking in plant based milks. It just so happens that kelp is full of it. So if you add a pinch to your morning milk or smoothie, it’s going to help. When I remember, which isn’t very often, I take a kelp supplement. But I’d far rather add it to a smoothie than take it on its own. It doesn’t affect the taste, so that’s an added bonus as far as I’m concerned. I’m not a fan of the flavour.

Glass of homemade walnut milk.

Walnut Milk.

Plus there are simple drink ideas to kickstart the day that are a lot healthier than coffee. As I may have mentioned, walnut milk is my new favourite drink. Every recipe sounds delicious and the photos are appealing. There are lots of pictures, so the book gets extra brownie points for that.

What Could Be Better

Really, there’s very little I can think of to improve Plant Milk Power. The main issue I have with the book is that it’s a paperback. I much prefer my cookery books to be hardbacks as I find paperbacks get tatty really quickly. Especially if they’re used as often as this one is likely to be.

The other niggle is that with my librarian’s hat on, I want and expect a recipe book to have an index. It makes it so much more useful. Whilst the book only has 43 recipes in it, it’s still quicker to go to an index to look for recipes with raspberries in, for example, than it is to trawl through the page of contents.

Top Tips

Overnight Soaking

You need to be organised. Every recipe requires overnight soaking of the nuts or seeds. I haven’t tried nearly as many of the recipes as I otherwise would have done as I keep forgetting to do this. Activating the nuts and seeds is key to these nourishing milks and smoothies.

Power Blender

You will need a power blender to make the plant milks in these recipes. An ordinary blender just won’t cut it. You need a machine that’s able to grind the nuts and seeds up finely enough to make a smooth milk.

As a Froothie ambassador, I have tried a number of power blenders. By far and away the best so far is the new glass-jugged Froothie Evolve*. I much prefer to blend in a glass jar as I’ve always been a bit wary of plastic. The Evolve is powerful and has a vacuum function so that the nutrients don’t oxidise. See my power blender review for more info on this. This makes your plant milks even more nutritious. Having said that the Nutri Force* is a powerful little blender which is the perfect size for the milks and smoothies in Plant Milk Power.

Raspberry Cashew Smoothie

It’s a rare occurrence for me to buy fruit and veg out of season. But when I spotted some reduced raspberries recently, I couldn’t resist. Raspberry cashew nut milk smoothie was one of the recipes in the book after all. Gosh, I can’t wait until the raspberry season so I can guzzle this again. Plus there’s a couple of other raspberry recipes I’d like to try. The raspberry and tiger nut smoothie has my name written all over it.

Raspberry cashew nut milk smoothie in bottles with straws.

As you can imagine the combination of raspberries and cashew nuts is a really good one. The cashew nuts make for a particularly creamy milk and the raspberries provide colour and punch. But the ingredient that got me particularly excited was the addition of rosewater. As anyone who’s been following me for a while will know, I adore the combination of rose and raspberries. Initially I was tempted to use my rose syrup instead of rosewater. But I wanted to stay true to the recipe and not use refined sugar, so in the end I went with the ingredients as stated in the recipe.

These include lemon zest. What a lovely addition this is. And why haven’t I thought of using it before? It brings a bit of extra vibrancy as well as flavour. And lemon and raspberries are another good combination.

So, once you’ve soaked your cashews overnight, it’s just a case of whizzing everything up in a power blender. So simple and so quick.

Raspberry cashew nut milk smoothie from the book Plant Milk Power.

Photo captured from Plant Milk Power.

Alternatively, you can add chia seeds and transform your raspberry cashew smoothie into a ‘Turkish Delight’ chia bowl.

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Raspberry Cashew Smoothie – The Recipe

Raspberry cashew nut milk smoothie in bottles with straws.
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Raspberry Cashew Smoothie

A zingy sweet and floral smoothie to wake you up in the morning. Packed full of nutrients, it's almost guaranteed to put a spring in your step.
Prep Time5 mins
Overnight Soaking8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: British
Keyword: cashews, raspberries, rose, smoothie, smoothie bowl, vegan
Servings: 1 glass
Calories: 167kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 6 cashew nuts (about 9g)
  • 150 g fresh raspberries
  • 2 dates
  • 1 tsp rosewater
  • ½ organic lemon – zested
  • pinch of kelp powder
  • 110 ml fresh water

Instructions

  • Soak the cashews in 60ml water overnight.
  • In the morning, remove the cashews from the soaking water and place them in a power blender. Discard the water.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and whizz until you get a smooth smoothie. I used the smoothie function on my Froothie Evolve, then gave it an extra minute at speed 7.

Notes

To transform this into a 'Turkish Delight' chia bowl, just add 15g of chia seeds that have been soaked overnight in 60ml of water.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact ingredients used.

Nutrition

Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 378mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg

Sharing

I’m sharing this healthy and delicious raspberry cashew smoothie with The Peachicks Bakery for #CookBlogShare.

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Meze Publishing is offering one Tin and Thyme reader a copy of Plant Milk Power. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Gleam widget below. You will need to leave a comment on this post, answering the question, which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received. If you are commenting anonymously, please give me some way of identifying you as I will be verifying the validity of entries. Any automated entries will be disqualified.

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Plant Milk Power

Thanks to Meze Publishing for the copy of Plant Milk Power. They did not expect me to write a positive review and all opinions are, as always, my own. This post contains affiliate links to Amazon and Froothie Optimum products*. Links are marked with an *. If you buy through a link it won’t cost you any more, but I’ll get a small commission. Thanks to my readers for supporting the brands and organisations that help to keep Tin and Thyme blithe and blogging.

37 Comments

  1. Maike

    8th January 2020 at 10:22 pm

    This smoothie recipe sounds wonderful and refreshing. I love raspberries in smoothies. Soaking the cashews overnight is a great tip, I’ll definitely do try that. Thank you for sharing.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      9th January 2020 at 8:07 am

      Soaking the nuts overnight is a really good thing to do if you can get organised enough.

      Reply
  2. angiesrecipes

    9th January 2020 at 5:14 am

    Not a smoothie fan, but I do love cashews!

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    • Choclette

      9th January 2020 at 8:08 am

      Just try walnut milk Angie – it’s so very good.

      Reply
  3. Leanne

    9th January 2020 at 11:28 am

    I usually add vegan recipes to a few meals throughout the week. With all the plant based protein options, it’s never hard to make a filling meal! And since the start of January, I’ve been on a bit of a smoothie kick. It’s cold and snowy here, but I’ve been craving them every morning for breakfast. I’ll have to add this one to the list!

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    • Choclette

      9th January 2020 at 7:49 pm

      Sounds great. Since I did Veganuary last year, I’m trying to have at least one day a week that’s completely vegan. I find it’s hard to resist smoothies as good as this whatever the weather.

      Reply
  4. Chloe Edges

    9th January 2020 at 1:59 pm

    I know this isn’t the point but I absolutely love those bottles in your pic!!!

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    • Choclette

      9th January 2020 at 7:50 pm

      Hahaha. I was sent them a few years ago now – they contained coconut water and I had to review it. The bottles were a definite incentive.

      Reply
  5. Midge @ Peachicks' Bakery

    10th January 2020 at 10:56 am

    What a lovely recipe, sounds like a great one for veganuary too! Happy New Year & Thanks for sharing with #CookBlogShare

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    • Choclette

      10th January 2020 at 7:54 pm

      Thank you and Happy New Year to you too. It is indeed a lovely recipe, though i have to say my favourite so far is walnut milk.

      Reply
  6. Rosemary

    10th January 2020 at 11:27 am

    I love the combination of raspberry and rose too and have used it in a number of cakes and desserts – none of which are at all healthy! This book sounds inspirational and I will definitely be doing a bit more experimenting with plant-based milks. I love almond milk but, so far, that is about all I have used..

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    • Choclette

      10th January 2020 at 7:56 pm

      I’m not sure any of my rose and raspberry combinations can be described as healthy either – until this one anyway. I’m in danger of becoming a bit evangelical about this, but do try walnut milk. It’s so delicious – or at least the recipe I’ve tried from this book is.

      Reply
  7. Kimberley Harris

    10th January 2020 at 1:07 pm

    I’m trying to reduce my consumption of animal products and these sound fantastic.

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    • Choclette

      10th January 2020 at 7:57 pm

      This lovely book should definitely help Kimberley. Even if it is dedicated to milks and smoothies, they are a great way to start your day.

      Reply
  8. Geri Gregg

    10th January 2020 at 8:05 pm

    I love trying new plant based recipes instead of milk. My latest switch was using almond and soya in my coffees

    Reply
    • Choclette

      11th January 2020 at 2:37 pm

      I’m not a fan of soya, but I’m loving all the nut milks available now.

      Reply
  9. Jupiter Hadley

    10th January 2020 at 8:13 pm

    These smoothies sound delicious! My partner is actually allergic to cashews, so we tend to avoid them – it’s a pain as a lot of vegan desserts and recipes call for them.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      11th January 2020 at 2:38 pm

      That is frustrating. Cashews are good because their flavour isn’t that obvious and they’re not as hard as other nuts, but you should be able to substitute other nuts for them in most vegan recipes. Unless he’s allergic to all nuts of course.

      Reply
  10. Solange

    10th January 2020 at 8:43 pm

    They are rich in calcium and are found to help control cholesterol levels.

    Reply
  11. Leslie

    11th January 2020 at 4:52 pm

    This is the second time this year that I have heard of Veganuary. I’ve never heard of it until this year. Love the concept. This post had a lot of great info. I’m also dying to try that raspberry cashew smoothie!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      12th January 2020 at 3:33 pm

      Only the second time Leslie? It’s hard to escape it over here in the UK.

      Reply
  12. Clara

    12th January 2020 at 10:05 am

    I can’t drink cows milk so always interested in non-dairy recipes

    Reply
    • Choclette

      12th January 2020 at 3:32 pm

      Sounds like this book is just what you need then Clara.

      Reply
  13. Amanda Graham

    13th January 2020 at 6:45 am

    I am attempting Veganuary this year and definitely need some inspiration!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      13th January 2020 at 9:45 am

      It’s a bit disconcerting to begin with, but I found once I’d cracked breakfast, the rest was quite easy. Oh! And found that almond butter was a good substitute for butter on toast with Marmite. You should find quite a few vegan recipes here on Tin and Thyme. And I wrote quite a bit about how I managed Veganuary on last January’s posts.

      Reply
  14. Michelle - Lost in Food

    13th January 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Wow – this looks delicious. Whilst not doing Veganuary I am trying to ensure I get some meat free meals per week. This looks a great recipe as well to help kick start my kids for the dark winter mornings here is Scotland and I always buy loads of fresh berries in the summer to freeze so I can enjoy them all year. Thanks for sharing with #CookBlogShare. Michelle x

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    • Choclette

      13th January 2020 at 8:01 pm

      Loading up the freezer with berries when they are in season is a sound idea. I don’t really like eating them when they’re imported from half way around the world and they’re expensive out of season too.

      Reply
  15. Richard Eldred Hawes

    13th January 2020 at 5:46 pm

    I am trying to live a healthier lifestyle and reduce my consumption of meat

    Reply
    • Choclette

      13th January 2020 at 8:02 pm

      It can be tough changing your diet. Doing it in small stages seems like a sensible way to go. Good luck.

      Reply
  16. Cathy @ Planet Veggie

    13th January 2020 at 5:51 pm

    I have this book – your post has motivated me to dig it out and make something!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      13th January 2020 at 8:03 pm

      Ah, mine hasn’t been relegated to the bookshelves yet. I’ve been using it whenever I remember to soak the nuts first.

      Reply
  17. sallie burrows

    13th January 2020 at 8:21 pm

    must try some smoothies and try and make my own soups.must buy a blender

    Reply
    • Choclette

      14th January 2020 at 9:06 am

      I use my blender all the time Sallie. Would be lost without it now.

      Reply
  18. Kiran Parry

    14th January 2020 at 9:57 pm

    As a New Years resolution I am trying to make some changes to my diet and I think trying these is the way to go because it’s an healthy option.

    Reply
  19. Konlish

    15th January 2020 at 8:43 am

    I love plant based milks as no animals need to be harmed or exploited to get them. They are tasty and creamy.

    Reply
  20. Helen Thurston

    21st January 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Have been using plant-based milks for a few years now – I do my own ‘quick n easy’ oat milk if I run out of shop bought. I really ought to look at making it more often as it’s not difficult (oats and water blitzed in a nutribullet and leave to settle, bottom layer gets added to porridge, top and middle layer get shaken up and used for coffee) Tastes far nicer than dairy, better for you, and far better for the cow.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      21st January 2020 at 4:39 pm

      I’m not sure why, but I’ve never tried to make oat milk. I really should give it a go.

      Reply

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