It is not an understatement when I say that discovering cashew cream revolutionized my vegan kitchen and opened up a world of tastes and textures in our vegan lifestyle.
What is even more amazing beyond the taste is the simplicity of the recipe and the ease with which cashew cram is made.
I always have a large container of cashew cream made up in my refrigerator ready to enjoy and add to dishes. Our favorite dishes to add cashew cream to are vegan tacos, baked potato slices, cream inspired soups, and so much more. Basically anywhere we want a creamy taste or texture is fair game for a dollop or two of this protein and vitamin packed creamy cashew goodness.
Cashew cream is used to replace cheese, sour cream, and cream in vegan recipes.
The health benefits of cashews include the following:
- Unsaturated fats; proven to be beneficial to lowering cholesterol and improving heart health
- Excellent source of copper which is necessary for numerous functions in your body
- Good source of Vitamins K, B and E
- Add fiber and protein to your diet
- Beneficial in controlling blood sugar which is helpful if you are a diabetic or borderline diabetic
- Contain antioxidants which act as anti-cancer agents
So what are you waiting for? Go grab a pound or more of raw cashews and start your first batch of this amazing, creamy, versatile cashew cream.
Amazing Cashew Cream
2 cups raw cashews
8 cups water
Cover cashews with water overnight in a large bowl. If you are in a hurry use boiling water to soak cashews. If using hot water your soak time is reduced to 2-4 hours versus overnight.
Drain cashews. Place cashews in a high speed blender, I love using my Vita-Mix for this recipe. Add 1/2 to 1 cup of water with cashews in the blender. Blend until smooth and thick like sour cream. Add more water as necessary to facilitate proper blending and cream texture.
While cashew cream is amazing in its original state, there are a few taste modifications you can make depending on your preference. You can add salt, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, curry powder, or garlic to taste.
Please let me know if you try this recipe and how you enjoy it. Also, do you have another favorite way to enjoy cashew cream in your dishes?