Raw Vegan Cashew Cream

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Hi all! I recently discovered a lot of recipes for raw desserts and have been quite intrigued by the many varieties out there. A lot of the recipes actually look a lot more appealing than the processed and evidently unhealthier stuff that most people make.  I am by no means vegan, but I don’t eat a lot of red meat and try to embrace a vegetarian diet a few days of the week.  I have been looking at a lot of recipes on Pinterest that are raw and vegan and majority of the ones I came across actually sound incredible.  There are so many creative ways to use raw ingredients to develop a tasty and wholesome dessert that embodies purity and flavour. 

During my raw dessert research, I was super excited to receive an email from Hannah over at BitterSweet telling me that I've won the Raw Dessert cookbook from a contest she recently hosted.  I thought to myself what perfect timing, I’m going to become a raw dessert freak now!  I can’t wait to try out some of the recipes from the book and all of the other ones I have pinned away.  Since I have such a sweet tooth, the most perfect guilt-free way to satisfy it is by making some of the raw treats that I know are full of wholesome foods and natural flavour. I won’t forever be a raw dessert girl because I really do enjoy a slab of frosted chocolate cake from time to time, but if I can get used to making most desserts this way than that’s a step in the right direction and a huge success for me.
Cashew Cream was the first raw vegan dairy-substitute I came across and I immediately was enticed by it.  The next morning after discovering the recipe, I picked up a bag of raw cashews from the bulk barn and soaked them over night.  In the morning I followed the recipe I found with a minor modification and was amazed at how easily this cream came together.  The cashews had softened so much that my cheapo blender whipped up this creamy mixture in no time; I was impressed.  I took a spoonful of this and dug right in. Such a soft and creamy texture had developed and it was similar to a whipped cream but less thick. I can’t even really say what cashew cream tastes like because the flavour is very mild. I for one have never ate a raw cashew until this recipe was found and they actually taste a lot different than a roasted cashew.  They are much creamier and mild in flavour and so that’s basically what this cashew cream tastes like. The vanilla and coconut almond milk gave it a hint of flavour too.

I started to eat this right away with a bowl of strawberries and the combo was perfect, I literally didn't give a crap about real whipped cream at this point, the cashew cream was SO satisfying!  I was so happy that I found such an amazing recipe that I wanted to add it to another raw recipe.  My sister and I thought about making some raw tarts and came up with an easy crust within 10 minutes.  We refrigerated them for a few hours and then dug in.  Seriously amazing! My whole family loved them including my sister’s boyfriend who is a 'I eat junk food' kind of guy, he was really surprised at how good these tasted.

If you want to use this as a dairy substitute in pasta sauces and other dishes, just omit the vanilla, almond milk, agave and use filtered water instead.
I will post my raw fruit tart recipe shortly :)

Raw Vegan Cashew Cream
1 cup organic raw cashews (soaked overnight in a bowl of water)
1/4-1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened, vanilla, coconut…up to you) depending on desired thickness
1-2 Tbsp agave or honey
1/2 tsp natural vanilla extract, or a little more to taste
a pinch of Celtic sea salt

Throw everything into the blender and puree until thick and creamy.
It is a good idea to start with ¼ cup of water, and then gradually thin it out in order to achieve the desired thickness.

recipe adapted from healthyblenderrecipes

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  1. Oh man, cashew cream is the stuff of dream, prepared in both sweet and savory renditions. I don't know what it is about that nut, but it makes everything delicious!

    1. I can't wait to try it out in a bunch of recipes, so good! Also I'm loving the Raw for Dessert cookbook, I just received it in the mail today. Thanks again :)

  2. This cashew cream looks delicious! I love cashews generally, but when it's all soft and creamy like this... it's hard to stop at one serving!

  3. i been wanting to try cashew cream for so long, this looks so goood.. raw foods is def good i been liking more and more lately

  4. Cashew creme has to taste magnificent! Looks so delicious with the strawberries! Love the recipe!

  5. I just tried some of this the other day at a great restaurant in Boulder. They served it on top of their chicken and waffles. It was so good.
    Good to know that its easy to make. We use a lot of cashew in Indian cooking to add the creamy consistency to curries.

    Looks yummy Natalie!


  6. Gorgeous dipping sauce. Who knew that eating healthy could be so delicious. Take care, BAM

  7. I've never made cashew cream - it looks incredible. And so easy to make! Definitely something to try - thanks so much.

  8. Yummy !

    New post - Kisses

  9. I love cashew nuts, but haven't thought or tried it in raw food. The cream sounds fabulous.

  10. I never knew this was possible, it sure looks delicious :D


  11. I have heard about cashew cream before but never knew quite what to make of it. This looks incredible and is healthy and I bet super yummy! I am not vegan either, but sometimes a good vegan meal makes me feel healthy and can be super yummy!

  12. Looks so rich and creamy. I would never tell that this white cream is made with cashews. Wonderful raw dessert recipe. I have to try it out!!!

  13. Looks great! I love cashew cream to interchange with dairy varieties sometimes, you can also make a great tzaziki with it.

  14. WOW! Raw Vegan cashew Cream sounds great. Would love to try it one of these days.

  15. That is an interesting recipe! I bet this cream tastes wonderful.



  16. It looks so creamy! I've never had a raw cashew before, so I'm curious to try this.

  17. The blogosphere does seem to have a lot of raw desserts out there nowadays. I really appreciate the healthiness of it :)
    The cashew cream sounds delicious.

  18. I am very intrigued by this recipe. Cashews are so good I can imagine them in a delish creamy form. And so healthy with protein. Looking forward to your other tryouts from this cookbook.


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