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Classic Cashew Cream

February  4, 2013
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

An easy recipe for cashew cream is one of the most powerful tools that any vegan home cook can have in his or her arsenal. This simple cashew cream can be modified according to the application; add a bit of sugar for desserts, or lemon and sea salt for savory dishes. —Gena Hamshaw

  • Makes 2 1/2 - 3 cups cashew cream (recipe can easily be halved)
Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw cashews
  • 1 cup cold water, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 - 3/4 teaspoons sea salt (optional)
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons evaporated cane juice, demerara sugar, or maple syrup (optional)
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Soak the cashews in cold water overnight.
  2. Drain cashews. Add them to a food processor and pulse a few times to grind them up.
  3. With the motor running, drizzle in fresh water (start with 1 cup), stopping a few times to scrape the bowl of the food processor down. You can continue to add more water depending on how thick or thin you'd like the cream to be; you may want it as thick as whipped cream, or you may want it to be closer to the texture of coconut milk. Keep adding water until you like the consistency. Alternately, you can add the cashews and the water to a high speed blender and blend, adding water as needed, till you reach the desired consistency. I don't recommend a conventional blender, though.
  4. For a savory cream, add the lemon and sea salt. For a sweet cream, add the maple syrup, cane juice, or sugar. Feel free to vary flavorings as you like!

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Gena Hamshaw is a certified nutritionist, recipe developer, and food blogger. She shares her latest culinary adventures at The Full Helping. She's the author of two cookbooks, Food52 Vegan (2015) and Choosing Raw (2014). She enjoys yoga, sweet potatoes, cashews, and things that are smothered in sauce.