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Unbelievably Good Cashew Coffee

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Two words: CASHEW COFFEE.

Oh my word, you guys. This could be – has been – is currently – a game changer in our collective coffee lives. It fits anywhere and everywhere into your life because when something is so luxuriously creamy, nutty, and sweet with a bite of salt, how can it not be? For example.

  • It’s 6am and you’re getting up for an early work meeting, and you’d like to not hate the next two hours of your life. CASHEW COFFEE.
  • It’s 10am and you work from home and it’s kind of rainy, so naturally a cozy pre-lunch pick-me-up becomes necessary. CASHEW COFFEE.
  • It’s 2pm and you’re a stay-at-home mom and the kids are finally napping (I used to be a full-time nanny and I semi-know this feeling), and you want to give yourself a hug in celebration of fifteen minutes to yourself. CASHEW COFFEE.

Holy creamy goodness. This is heaven-sent.

Cashew Coffee in two mugs.

About a year and a half ago, I made an important discovery with a tiny bit of help from my friend aka counselor: maybe it’s for the best if I don’t drink coffee. 

It’s one of those things you always think about, right? You always say that you should probably start cutting back on coffee, pop, caffeine, whatever… but for some people it’s not so much a thing-would-be-nice-to-do thing and more of a this-is-really-important-for-my-overall-well-being kind of thing. I found out last year that I am that person. Hi. Nice to meet you.

I have some perfectionist, anxious, zero chill tendencies (gasp) and caffeine makes my brain WORSE, not better. If I am already a high-strung person, caffeine just takes the high-strung-ness to new heights that should not be humanly experienced. When I stopped drinking coffee, or more accurately, swapped my default morning coffee for the occasional decaf latte or Americano or – get this – MORE WATER, I found that my overall well-being dramatically leveled out. For those not familiar with being constantly in overdrive, leveling out is a good thing. It means calm. Normal. Eyes not bulging out of head, hair not standing on end, life not spinning wildly out of control.

So I do love good coffee. Big fan over here. I still try to stay away from regular coffee for big-picture wellness reasons, but I love a deep, dark, mildly creamy cup of decaf in the morning. My two rules are that it has to be good coffee, and it has to be decaf.

This is where my beloved (decaf) coffee journey will now merge with an old, trusted friend: wrinkly, buttery, roasted cashews.

Cashews close up.

That’s right, I just said cashews. Here’s the secret that will unlock some morning magic for you:

You can, in fact, BLEND CASHEWS INTO YOUR COFFEE and it will give you the best latte-like beverage of your life.

What have I even been doing! This is hands-down the best latte – er, coffee? – I’ve ever had. I love the cashews both in theory (dairy free, healthy fats, etc.) and in taste (lightly sweet, nutty, and so super creamy). And when you add a spoonful of honey and a pinch of sea salt? Game over. Cashew coffee is going exactly nowhere. This is a new level of coffee enlightenment.

Coffee drips.

Hey Mom, look at me! CREAMY FOAM ON MY COFFEE. Made it at home. By myself. NBD.

Woman pouring Cashew Coffee into a mug from a blender.

Did I mention that there is no draining or straining or nut milk bags or any such fussing with this? No thank you, ma’am.

For those who are concerned with this development and are having visions of cashew pieces floating in their coffee: I see you. I hear you. Let me calm your anxious hearts.

If using a high powered blender (preferably Vitamix, Blendtec, or equivalent), you should not have any trouble with cashew chunks. I used both types of blender and, with enough blend-time, I never had any issues with flecks that bothered me. You can see a few tiiiiny tiny flecks of cashew on the side of the blender in a few of these pictures, but it should be virtually imperceptible when you drink it. Just silky-smooth, luxe cashew latte texture. I don’t even know how it happens, but thankfully my job isn’t to know. My job is just to tell you about it.

Cashew Coffee in a mug with foam on a spoon.

Okay, friends. This could be a game changer. TBH, I am so curious to see if you like it as much as I do. Bjork doesn’t love it – it tastes too cashewy for him, but I am ALL OVER IT. It is my new morning or afternoon “treat” coffee.

If you try it and like it – either leave a comment and a rating, OR snap a picture and tag me on Instagram so I can see what you think.

Cashew Coffee pouring into a mug.

And PS. if you’re high strung like me? A) We’re awesome, and B) decaf all the way.

Watch How To Make Our Cashew Coffee (30 Sec):

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Unbelievably Good Cashew Coffee


  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x

Description

The creamiest morning coffee you’ve ever had! Made with just coffee, cashews, honey, and sea salt.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 serving of strongly brewed coffee (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup cashews (roasted and unsalted is my favorite)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (more or less to taste)
  • a small pinch of coarse sea salt

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients for about 45 seconds in a high-powered blender. Start on a lower speed and gradually work your way up, ending with about 15 seconds on a very high speed to ensure smooth and creamy texture. Pour into a mug and enjoy, or chill for later (see notes)!

Notes

Notes about cold vs. hot cashew coffee: Cashews straight out the package should blend just fine with hot coffee (although if you’re particular, just give them an overnight soak). If you want to a COLD cashew coffee, you have two options.

  • Option 1) Blend everything while the coffee is hot and then chill it overnight in a jar with a lid. It will separate, so just give it a good shake in the morning and pour over ice and you’ll be good to go.
  • Option 2) Soak your cashews in water for a few hours and give them a good rinse. Now they should blend up nicely with cold coffee – either cold press or just chilled brewed coffee.

I used very coarse flaked sea salt in this coffee, so just a word to the wise that it might not be best to put 1/2 teaspoon of regular table salt in the coffee! That will be way too salty. If using table salt, just start with a tiny pinch and taste and adjust from there.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cashew coffee, blender coffee, dairy-free coffee, coffee, cashews

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I love making my own almond milk and cashew milk! I never add salt to the coffee when i make it though. I am going to try this tomorrow morning 🙂

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I love the idea of a mild cup of coffee. I am one of these weirdos who don’t need coffee. I have low blood-pressure and usually sip one cup in the late morning, so this is really helpful, thanks for the idea!

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      Nikki B

      Simply amazing and delicious! I’m so glad to own a blender that can handle cashew coffee. Pure creamy coffee deliciousness (from a black-coffee only girl). Thank you for the recipe! P.S. I found the unsalted roasted cashews at Aldi.






  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I love to be surprised and you perked me right up with this coffee this morning. I wasn’t expecting a “drink” recipe. So with you on the decaff, a high strung, type A, busy busy busy person like myself who already doesn’t sleep at night, does not need caffeine! And make my life complete, tell you you use a straw to too keep your teeth white when drinking coffee =)

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    Amy

    what. oh my word — this sounds amazing. I’m also so impressed that at some point you thought, hmm, might as well just blend the whole nut with my coffee & see how it goes! 🙂 Time to go buy some more cashews.

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    Diana

    what coffee do you use? I’m not a huge coffee drinker but maybe that’s because I haven’t found a good quality coffee yet. Excited to try this though!

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      Jeri

      I’ve not been much of a coffee drinker either; bitterness, aftertaste, and all that. Cold brew coffee has been a game-changer for me, as the things I dislike (bitterness, hot) are gone and just the smooth flavor and cold remain. Buy a cold brew sometime and see what you think. It takes 12-24 hours of steeping grounds in the fridge, removing the mesh filter and tossing the grounds, and you’ll have a coffee concentrate which lasts in the fridge for days. Pour, add milk or whatever you want, and drink cold or heat it.

      Cashew coffee is outstanding, by the way.






  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This sounds so dreamy…or should that be creamy? How about both. Love the added protein to the coffee! Maybe the new bullet proof???

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Coffee + high-strung personality = crazy. Yes, I’m with you! I switched away from regular coffee about 8 years ago (shortly after graduating college and no longer really needing the anxiety jolt) when I made the connection. Even decaf makes me buzz a little too fast sometimes.

    But I drink green tea, occasionally earl grey (usually sipped slowly all day), and kombucha!

    However, I’m really intrigued by this recipe, and I’m considering buying some decaf coffee just to give it a whirl. I’ve got cashews already, why not?

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    Brittney

    I am with you on the -shouldn’t drink coffee because it turns me into a pinball machine but i love it and keep drinking it anyways- boat. However, I’d happily switch to decaf if I could find one that didn’t taste awful. I tried decaf once, long long ago, likely a bad brand, and thought “never again”. What decaf(s) do you like?

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      Carol Wilcox

      I use our local Camano Island Coffee Roasters…they have shade grown coffee that they use Swiss Water Process for making decaf. I don’t get acid stomach from it ever and LOVE it. They roast in small batches and ship immediately. Check them out. I can’t drink any decaf but theirs. Plus they support small farmers around the world with their coffee. Their story is ah-mazing. <3

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        Kelly

        Thanks for sharing, I’m checking them out next. So funny because we are actually looking into relocating to Camano Island.






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          MARY MICHEL

          just made the cashew coffee with unroasted cashews (that’s what I had on hand) and no salt as on a low sodium diet. you are right was fantastic! I was out of creamer & looks like I will be staying that way!!

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          MARY MICHEL

          they are located at Terry’s Corner or Camano Commons depending on what map you look at. Can’t miss it. they also have a coffee club. place lets you indulge in great pastries as well.

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    Megan

    This looks amazing! What blender do you use? I’m in the market for a high powered one and can’t choose!!

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    Liv

    Wow … Coffee from Cashews … who would have thought?! Amazing 🙂 I like that photo with Lindsey pouring the coffee into a mug. She looks that she enjoys it and that she can’t wait to drink that coffee 🙂 haha






  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    After giving up dairy, I quickly found a replacement non-dairy creamer for my coffee, but my husband didn’t like it and is still struggling to find something that he loves. Hoping this will be the winner!

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      Kari

      Update: He tried it this morning and said, “Why have I been drinking coffee with cream all these years?” In other words, he likes it! It came out with a real cool froth on top. Going to post the pic on Twitter.

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    Liz

    I LOVE my morning coffee but also gave up caffeine a few months ago. What is your favorite decaf to brew? I’m having a VERY hard time finding one that doesn’t taste watered down…

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    Pamela

    I am excited to try this, except it sure won’t be during naptime – that Vitamix is super loud 😉

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Oh my unbelievable wow!!!

    As a person who is trying to cut down on coffee for the exact same reasons you mention in the post, I just HAVE to try this!

    Thanks so much Lindsay!

  15. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Dang, Gina ( er… Lindsay) that’s awesome! I’ve never heard of cashew coffee before, but that looks and sounds ridiculously good!

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    Ashley

    WHAT?! Crossing my fingers I have some cashews at home so I can try this tomorrow. It sounds and looks just perfect!

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        Julie

        I think you’re right, Adam. They’re so gorgeous! I’m a wee bit obssessed with mugs lol