Cashew cream is a smooth, delicious food that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Depending on how it's made, it can be either savory or sweet, which makes it incredibly versatile. It’s the perfect dip for fruit. Use it to flavor smoothies or add a cashew cream layer to parfaits. It even works wonders for thickening soup.
Cashew cream makes a delicious, vegan-friendly mayonnaise substitute and can be used to make spreadable vegan cheese. I make cashew cream nearly every single week. Today, I’ll show you how to make the best sweet cashew cream you’ve ever had. This raw, vegan, raspberry vanilla cashew cream is as nutritious as it is tasty. Even better, this recipe requires no cooking! All you need is a blender.
Raw Vegan Raspberry Vanilla Cashew Cream Recipe
- Prep time: overnight
- “Cook” time: 5 minutes
- Makes: 3 to 4 cups of cream
- Serves: 2 to 4
- Medium sized bowl
- 1 cup raw, whole organic cashews
- ½ cup organic, unsweetened hemp milk
- 2 tablespoons raw agave (or substitute raw, organic maple syrup)
- 1 teaspoon organic, fair-trade vanilla bourbon extract
- ¾ cup fresh organic raspberries
- Pinch of Himalayan salt or to taste
When selecting ingredients, look for raw, organic, fair-trade, and locally-sourced food options whenever possible.
- Soak the cashews in purified water overnight, making sure they are all completely submerged. This will soften them and make the next steps much easier.
- Drain the water from your cashews.
- Add cashews, agave, bourbon extract, raspberries, salt, and 2 tablespoons of hemp milk to blender. Be sure to add only 2 tablespoons of hemp milk at this point. Save the rest for later.
- Turn blender on low.
- Slowly increase blender speed from low to high. Each time you move to the next setting, add another 2 tablespoons of hemp milk. Change settings according to consistency.
- Occasionally turn off blender and scrape the sides with a spatula to ensure all ingredients are mixed.
- Once you’ve added all your hemp milk, run your blender on its highest setting for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Your cashew cream should thicken. You’re done when its consistency is similar to Greek yogurt.
Enjoy Your Delicious Cashew Cream
Cashew cream can be enjoyed in a number of ways. No matter how you choose to serve yours, it’s an excellent, nutritious snack with all the benefits of organic food. This recipe has the additional benefit of being made from cashews — a nutritious little nut. Let’s take a closer look at what makes cashews so good for your body.
Cashew Nutrition: What Really Makes Cashews Great
Cashews are delicious and offer impressive nutritional benefits. Below are just some of the essential vitamins and minerals found in cashews.
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin D
Cashews also contain arginine, an a-amino acid necessary for the biosynthesis of protein. They have carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, which help protect the skin and eyes from light damage. Athletes love cashews because they support natural energy production, have the highest carbohydrate content of all nuts, and are a great source of antioxidants.
Cashew cream is not just delicious, it’s also good for you. You may have heard that cashews are high in fat. That's true, but to leave it at that is a bit misleading. There are good fats (monounsaturated) and bad fats (saturated). Cashews are a source of monounsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fats seem to help reduce the rate of coronary heart disease and are a great heart-healthy addition to your diet.
I hope you’ll enjoy this recipe even more now that you see exactly how nutritious these delicious nuts really are! Try it out for yourself and let us know what you think.
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