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
Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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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21 comments

  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!

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    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 :)

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  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!

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  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

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

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  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!

    Nazneen

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    1. Sounds amazing on top of chicken and waffles!

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

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

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  8. Yummy !
    Huuuum

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

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

    Cheers
    CCU

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  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!

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  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!!!

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

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

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

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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

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  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.

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  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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