Thursday, December 18, 2014

How to Make Delicious Raw Cashew Cream

cashew cream

Cashew cream is simply cashews blended with water, and it is creamy, rich and tasty, and incredibly versatile as it is. But, with the addition of a few basic, whole-food ingredients, it can be transformed into something quite divine.

Unlike other nuts, cashews don't really need to be soaked. They are soft enough that they will blend up pretty smooth in a high speed blender. However, if you're using a conventional blender, you will definitely want to soak them for about an hour prior to blending. Use the soak water right along with the nuts when you blend; it will be rich and flavorful. I still soak mine just to ensure maximum creaminess, even with the high speed blender.


You can sweeten cashew cream with soaked dates or raw honey, or stevia if you prefer. Go ahead and soak your pitted dates, if you're using them, right along with the cashews, in enough water to just cover.


ingredients for cashew cream
Vanilla, coconut oil, cashews, and honey. These four ingredients are the main players in my cashew cream. Feel free to mess around with the recipe though; you can't go wrong.

The addition of a dollop of raw coconut oil, with all its richness, mild but delicious flavor, and wonderful melting properties is really what makes this particular recipe fantastic. You don't need to use too much- a little is quite noticeable in the final texture. 

Finally, a dash of vanilla extract will give the cashew cream more depth of flavor. Try making your own with this recipe.


Directions for the Cashew Cream:
 
soaked cashews
For small amounts of cashew cream, our little Nutri Bullet works perfectly. This is about 1 C cashews. Whatever device you blend in, be sure the liquid level is above the cashew level, for easiest blending.
make cashew cream
Add a tablespoon or two each of sweetener and coconut oil, depending on how sweet you want it, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract, or half a vanilla bean.
make cashew cream
Blend until it turns into this amazing goodness. I want some right now. Refrigerate after blending. The coconut oil will solidify the cream when it's cold, and then it will melt wonderfully when dolloped on something warm.
cashew cream on cake
It melts deliciously on warm pie, cake, or baked french toast.
cashew cream on toast
Also, try it on regular toast, instead of butter and all that. My son likes to just eat it with a spoon. Anything goes with this stuff.
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December 19, 2014 at 8:15 AM

that sounds yumazing!......... i had no idea i could actually blend any nuts into creaminess with a regular blender! i would love to try this.. mmmmmm

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July 19, 2016 at 12:12 PM

I am trying to cut the amount of sugar I eat daily and this recipe looks like it could make anything taste so decadent. Thank you for sharing!

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July 22, 2016 at 1:55 PM

Thanks for sharing the recipe. I have been making a version of cashew cream with the new Vitamix blender I got back in May - it does a great job of making it really creamy. A high speed blender is a must for it to be creamy.

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July 28, 2016 at 6:31 PM

Most of my faux cheese sauces use cashews as the base. Such a versatile nut!

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July 29, 2016 at 2:33 PM

This recipe sounds so simple!! I've been searching for an alternative for cream cheese. In our area, there is nowhere to purchase dairy-free cream cheese. I pinned and shared it.

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