Sometimes mangoes go the way bananas do, in profoundly ripe land. Although there is no tradition of mango bread (something that needs to be addressed!), there are ways to salvage an over ripe mango besides feeding it to your chickens (which drives them a little delirious with happiness). Smoothies, for one. Milkshakes. And don't forget lassi.
When I wrote about hours disappearing from my day in my last post due to starting college and being delusional enough to think I could be a multitasking juggler, a lot of you wished me the gift of an extra hour. Thank you for that! It is the best wish anyone could have bestowed on me in this moment of time. I am also trying to steal time by combining and condensing small meals to deliver flavour, energy and long lasting fervour while maintaining a healthy diet. Like this cashew nut smoothie.
Making cashew nut milk is akin to making almond milk. You soak the nuts overnight, drain the next morning and blitz in the blender with a generous amount of chilled water to form a creamy concoction resembling milk. Once you have your base nut milk, you can add any fruit (either perfectly ripe or ones gone south because you forgot to eat them) and some natural sweetener. And you will have a delicious healthy smoothie to last you the better part of the morning.
The inspiration for this cashew nut smoothie come from one of my favourite cookbooks - Vegetarian by Alice Hart.
CASHEW NUT SMOOTHIE WITH BLUEBERRIES AND MANGO
A creamy, delicious smoothie made with cashew nut milk and summer fruit along with oats and honey to deliver a nutritious filler for your busy morning.
100g unsalted cashew nuts
300ml chilled water
1 ripe mango, stoned and flesh chopped
1 cup blueberries
1/4 cup ice cubes
1 tablespoon linseeds or chia seeds
1 tablespoon porridge oats
1 tablespoon honey
The evening before you want to have the smoothie, soak cashew nuts in plenty of water overnight. Next morning, drain the water. Blitz the cashew nuts in the blender along with 100ml chilled water. Once a thick paste forms, add 200ml chilled water and process until you get smooth creamy cashew milk.
Add all the other ingredients and blend for a minute. Pour in tall glasses and garnish with mango cubes and blueberries. Enjoy straight away.
This smoothie is not very sweet. The sweetness comes from the fruit and then some from the honey. If you would like to sweeten it more naturally, add an over ripe banana.
Hi there. Just thought I'd add my little thought to the chat after I read this. I was looking for mango and nut smoothie recipes because I just made one. Rather than making a nut milk, I simply put around 120g of mixed nuts (unsalted, of course!) into the blender with a beautiful mango and about a cup of filtered water and blitzed it. Yum.
Cashews? Mangoes? AND blueberries?
All my favourite snacks in one little glass... oh my!
Love the flavour combination. I made cashew milk this morning and blitzed it with chikoo (zapota). Its really yummy and so refreshing.
The pictures are gorgeous
I've never tried cashew milk, but I love creamy smoothies!
Cashew milk smoothies are a recent discovery for me and I'm totally addicted! I often substitute coconut water and add a whole heap of fruit! Delish!
Mango in smoothie can never go wrong. Love how this smoothie has a dose of protein form the cashews.
Ooh, this sounds great! I have been on the cashew train lately, but haven't quite gotten around to drinks. 🙂 I guess now is the time!
Smoothies are my jam. I drink one every morning before work. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration!
Gorgeous styling! I love using cashews in smoothies and sauces.
Putting nuts into a smoothie is brilliant.
This is breakfast today!
This sounds like my kind of smoothie!
Love the cashew nut smoothie idea! Looks so creamy and delicious. I will need this when the mangoes are in season in India!
A healthy and delicious beverage! Perfect for those who like to skip breakfast.
What a great idea for a busy morning. Thanks for the inspiration.
Mango and Blueberries are one of my favourite summer combinations (in fact, I just had some for breakfast this morning!). I have always wanted to make cashew milk and now I have the perfect excuse.