A Sunday morning treat

We’ve decided to take Kiddywink 2 completely off dairy again to see if it helps reduce his ODD (oppositional defiance disorder) symptoms. Currently we all drink lactose free milk and use lactose free cream but I’m beginning to think that the proteins in the dairy could be affecting him also. I broke the news to him this morning and he had a mini meltdown….tears, screaming and wanting to die. Yes, rather a terrible thought for a child so young to have, but that’s just part and parcel of the disorder from which he suffers. Thankfully this was just a mild meltdown and lasted only a few minutes. Once he was calm, I suggested I make him some cashew milk, something he had never heard of so was rather dubious about it. Fortunately he’s the sort of kid who will happily try almost anything, so I got to work. It can be used hot or cold and makes a delicious hot cocoa or carob.

1 cup of raw cashews
3 cups boiling water
2 tsps white sugar

Process the nuts until they are almost pasty. Transfer to a bowl and add the water and sugar. Whisk until well combined. Voila! Cashew milk. If you don’t like the “grainy” texture, you can strain the milk through a very fine sieve or some muslin. Store in a bottle in the fridge, and I would suggest to use it within a week.

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