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It is DAY 28 of "I LOVE Vitamix" month and we are in the final 4 days of our Vitamix giveaway! If you haven't entered yet, don't miss out on your chance to win this amazing high speed blender that I swear will change your life! 

Today I wanted to share with you one of my favourite decadent smoothies that I enjoy as a treat whenever I need a bit of a lift! I will say right out of the chute that this smoothie is very rich, and is all about the fun! I don't drink this every day of the week. It is a treat. Because I have struggled with candida issues in the past, I really limit my intake of sugar, and following alkaline principles means that I don't eat any fruit. But when I indulge, this is my smoothie of choice.

Vitamix Recipe #28: Raw Vegan Strawberry and Cream Smoothie.

I don't know about you, but the combination of strawberries and cream never gets old for me! If I had one hour to live, I might just spend it in a vat of strawberries and cashew cream. This smoothie does every delectable mouthful of that dream justice, striking just the right balance to create a taste sensation that is just like a spoonful of strawberries and cream. 

As I said, this smoothie is rice and very decadent. Feel free to start with just a couple of dates or no dates if you want a milder flavour. But for my money, it is blensational just as it is. ENJOY! This smoothie will blow your head off. It is that good! 

Liquid Strawberries and Cream

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups of coconut water or filtered water 
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup chopped pitted dates (about 3-4 dates - less if you don't want it as sweet)
  • 1 tsp non alcoholic vanilla extract
  • pinch of Celtic sea salt
  1. Place the coconut water, cashews and dates in your Vitamix and puree on high until smooth and creamy.
  2. Now add the vanilla extract, salt and strawberries.
  3. Blend on high until it is rich and creamy.
  4. Serves 2.

Tip: selecting and storing raw cashews

“Raw” cashews are widely available in pre-packaged bags as well as bulk bins. Always purchase from a supplier where there is a high turnover to ensure freshness and quality. Look for plump cashews that are uniform in colour. Avoid the limp and shrivelled ones. Cashews should smell nutty and sweet. If they have a sharp or bitter smell they have gone rancid. To preserve the precious oils, store cashews in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for up to six months. Always soak cashews before using to remove the enzyme inhibitors and make them more digestible.

Oh Oh Oh decadent indeed! This was soooo good! I happen to have all the ingredients and just whipped this baby up. Had to post a grunt of gratitude. :-)


Thanks Stephanie.
I LOVE this smoothie and so glad you did too :)
Oinkedy Oink :)

This sounds sooooo good!  Can’t wait to try it!
Thank you:)


I LOVE this smoothie!
Can’t wait to hear what you think :)

I am very happy to read the post. Thanks for the information you provided.


Great to have you here :)

Just made this and it was super yummy !!! Added raspberries since I didn’t have enough strawberries and still turned out great :) Not as pretty as yours though ;) <3


Yes! Raspberries, Strawberries and Cream works for me!!!! YUMMMO!
It doesn’t have to look pretty - as long as it tastes good. LOL!
Thanks for sharing your experience :)

love all the sugar-free smoothies you’ve posted; good with veggie additions! trying to get those 8 servings + 8 glasses water less sugar; health without bulk!  thanks!


I really appreciate your kind words of encouragement.
I really love this smoothie.
It is SOOOO yummy :)

YUM! I don’t have any raw cashews on hand, but I do have a ton of unsalted roasted cashews. Would this be palatable using those? Obviously the smoothie wont be “raw” anymore but that’s ok with me!


Roasted cashews do have a different flavour than raw cashews, but if they are unsalted, I would give it a go. You just might need a bit more sweetener and fruit. But I would give it a go! Why not right?
LOVE your piggy name!!!

Hi Tess. I got a bunch of fresh strawberries with the kids from Tanaka Organic Farms. Can I use them instead and add ice? Is that what you made for us after the risotto? I thought you added agave as well.. Xoxo


Fresh berries are AMAZING in this smoothie.
Just add enough ice until you get the desired consistency :)

I made these with fresh strawberries but I don’t think I had enough. I added mores dates and cashews to to get the amazing thick shake texture you produced. I also started adding ice, because my mom’s vitamix was making it warmer and warmer and thinner. Normally I am a big fan of fresh fruit, but I think with the vitamix, strength and heat, frozen berries are better suited for this recipe. Despite the texture, it was still delicious. Thanks for teaching me about dates as a sweetener and texture add :-)

Yes! Frozen fruit is better for this smoothie.
But you can get the same consistency with the right amount of ice. Glad you enjoyed using the pitted dates in this smoothie.

You’re going to be sooo jealous; I just bought strawberry plants to put in a fabulous clay strawberry pot!  Soon I’ll be making the Strawberry and Cream Smoothie with our own berries.


Oh! WOW!
I hope you will be sharing :)

CREAM is right!!!  Delicious and oh, so healthy for my little piggy tummy!  Thanks for this fabulous recipe, Tess!  I would have made it with coconut milk, but I like the cashews better as it adds so much wonderful nutrition!


I know! The cashews add such a delicious creamy element to this smoothie. It is hard to beat. BUT…I could embrace a little coconut strawberry love too :) OINK!

This drink is the best strawberry drink I’ve ever had. I’ve made it lots of times since I saw your post back in January and it’s unreal how good it tastes and how creamy it is. It’s a favorite in our house!
All my friends and family that have tried this absolutely love it, even the non-dairy skeptical ones are surprised there is no dairy in it!


Thankyou so much for taking the time to write such a lovely comment here and on facebook Cintia.
I am so glad you are all enjoying this smoothie. I love it too.
You would NEVER guess it was dairy free!
Enjoy! So lovely to be connected in “strawberry and cream loving heaven!”

I haven’t made it yet, but will adding a tiny splash of fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar give it a slight cream cheese-like tang? If so, how much amount would you prefer?


Yes! Adding a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice does taste like cream cheese. It will taste very similar to the raspberry lemon cheesecake shake in my cookbook. I do not recommend using apple cider vinegar.

Amazing I loved it totally decadent !

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