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Over head shot of three glasses of chocolate cashew milk on a white background surrounded by a few cashews and some cacao nibs

How to Make Homemade Chocolate Cashew Milk {vegan + paleo}

  • Author: Nyssa Tanner
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x


Today we’re talking about how to make homemade chocolate cashew milk! This delicious plant based nut milk is incredibly easy to make. It doesn’t require straining, and I’ve even included a short cut if you’re short on time to reduce the soaking time to 15 MINUTES! A crazy delicious + healthier chocolate milk for everyone at your table!


  • 1 cup raw cashews 
  • water to soak
  • 4 cups of cold water 
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup OR 3-4 dates, depending on size 
  • 4 tablespoons cacao powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 


  1. Start by soaking the raw cashews. This can be done one of three ways depending on how much time you have to prepare them.
  2. You can either: soak cashews overnight in cold water, soak cashews in just boiled water for about an hour, or simmer cashews in boiling water for about 15 minutes until softened.
  3. When the cashews are ready to be made into milk, they will be plump and soft.
  4. Once cashews are soaked and prepped, strain and rinse with cold water.
  5. Add rinsed cashews to a blender with 4 cups of cold water, maple syrup or dates, cacao powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and sea salt.
  6. Blend on high for about 2 minutes, until smooth, creamy, and frothy. 
  7. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days and ENJOY! 


  • This cashew milk will last in the refrigerator stored in a covered container for about 3-4 days (if you don’t drink it all before then!)
  • For the best result start with raw cashews. I haven’t tested the recipe with roasted cashews, but I don’t think they would blend as well as raw cashews do.
  • You can easily change the recipe around to suit your taste – the vanilla and cinnamon can be left out if you don’t have them or prefer not to use them. And the sweetness can be adjusted as well. Because of the cacao powder, I don’t recommend not sweetening this recipe – it would be quite bitter without a little bit of natural sweetener.
  • I have only made this recipe in a vitamix. If you don’t have a high speed blender, you may want to start by chopping up the raw cashews before you soak them so they can be more easily transformed into cashew milk!
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American