How to Make Cashew Cream
This dairy-free, vegan cashew cream is incredibly versatile. It’s perfect for dips and cream-based sauces.
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But here’s the lovely thing about cashew cream, it can be used in dozens of other ways ranging from sweet cashew cream, to savory cashew cream to cashew sour cream. This means it becomes a perfect, dairy-free replacement for heavy cream, cream cheese, sour cream and even mayonnaise in recipes.
The video above walks you through how to make cashew cream step-by-step and it’s so simple that there’s really not much more to say about it. Except, that you’ve gotta make it! I’ve included the basic recipe below, but here are a few flavor variations for you to enjoy:
Sweet Cashew Cream
- Add 2 tbsp maple syrup
- Add 1 tsp vanilla extract
Savory Cashew Cream
- Add 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
- Add 2 garlic cloves
- Add herbs and spices (such as paprika, onion powder, cumin, cilantro, dill, dijon mustard, and ground pepper)
- Optional: You can use vegetable broth in place of the water and nutritional yeast to give it a cheesy flavor
Cashew Sour Cream
- Add 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Add 1-2 tsp apple cider vinegar
Here’s some FAQ’s on the cashew cream, but if you have additional questions drop me a note in the comments below:
How long do you soak the cashews?
Soak the cashews for at least 2 hours (if you have a high-powered blender), though preferably overnight. The longer you soak the cashews the more creamy your sauce will become and the easier it’ll be to blend.
What is cashew cream used for?
Cashew cream can be used in place heavy cream, sour cream and soft cheeses in many recipes. In some recipes, it can even replace mayonnaise. This means that you can create dairy-free cheesecakes, ice creams, sweet and savory dips and cream-based pasta sauces, like my Vegan Alfredo Sauce.
How long can you keep cashew cream?
Cashew cream will last for approximately 5 days in the refrigerator. But you can freeze it for up to 6 months. So many times i’ll make a double batch and freeze the remainder. You could even freeze the cashew cream in an ice cube tray for small, individual portions. Just remember that you’ll need to stir or re-blend the cashew cream once it’s thawed.
Other recipes you might like:
Red Wine Hot Chocolate
Mini Skillet Brownies with Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (gluten-free, paleo)
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten-free, paleo, vegan)
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