I am a woman - Geez, you didn't know that already?
I have two kids.
I have two kids who were nursed when they were babies.
Does it make me a cow?
Yes - for them.
One need not be a cow to make milk.
One need not be a woman to make milk either. Not any more.
I made Almond milk sometime back. I made Oats and Cashews Milk now.
If I can do it, you can too.
One year back - Kesar Nan Khatai and Molasses oat bran cookies
Adapted from - Joy the baker
Cashews - 1/2 cup
Rolled Oats - 1/2 cup
Raisins - 3 TBSP (I used golden raisins - optional)
Sweetener like maple syrup or agave nectar - optional - I didn't use any.
Water - 4 cups plus to soak the cashews.
Soak cashews in 1 1/2 cups of water overnight or for about 6 hours. Drain. Set aside. In a blender or a food processor, take 1/2 cup of rolled oats. Process to make fine powder. Add cashews to it, raisins if using and slowly add 1/2 cup water at a time and process till smooth. If using food processor, don't use all the water. It will make a mess. When it is smooth, transfer it to a container and add the remaining water. Let it sit for about an hour. Strain through a fine mesh strainer or through a cheese cloth if you don't want the bits of cashews and oats. I strained through a strainer and didn't get much of the solids at the end at all. Refrigerate and use within 4 - 5 days. This milk will settle, so stir before using.
I drank some. And it is not too sweet. You can add more sweetener if you like. Or boil it and add some cardamom and sugar and make a delicious sweet drink or payasam. You get about 4 cups of milk which cost me less than a quarter. To buy the same, you probably will end up spending about 2 dollars or so.
Happy Memorial day.