Raw Vegan Vanilla Cashew Cream28
Yes piggies, I am going to champion my beloved raw cashews again, with an admission that is long overdue -- that I too, am a devout cream dreamer. But I never really liked dairy cream on top of things, or cream filled pies and cakes. It was kind of like traditional mayonnaise for me, it never really did it for me lumped on top of things. But just like almost everyone else, I have long been seduced by the cream-inspired heaven hidden inside things! Let’s face it, whenever you taste a really rich creamy dessert that you would almost rob your grandmother for; more often than not, the magic ingredient contained inside is cream and butter!
So when you adopt a dairy free lifestyle or vegan diet so you don’t have to coat check your colon and arteries, you must hunt for a satisfying dairy free alternative, and get into a program that will keep you on track. That is what I have done with this easy raw cashew cream; and I happily share it with you all today, in the hope that I will save fellow cream dreamers from a self-induced coma. This simple healthy recipe is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy free and refined sugar free. If you are looking for fantastic dairy free vegan recipes, raw recipes, great Vitamix recipes or blender recipes, this quick easy recipe is a winner!
So where would any self-respecting cream dreamer start to find a nutty alternative? The most buttery nut on earth -- the raw cashew. I wish I could take credit for this discovery. But vegan cashew cream and vegan almond cream have long been staples in the vegan world as fantastic raw vegan alternatives to the more toxic dairy creams. This basic raw cashew cream recipe is not a ground-breaking departure from those ubiquitous raw recipes that are perfect the way they are. Rather, a homage to the raw vegan recipes that saved me from cream dreaming insomnia!
This raw cashew cream recipe is so quick and easy! You will be whipping it up again and again and again. It is really versatile too -- great for eating with fruit and raw nuts; and for dressing raw vegan puddings and gluten free cakes. I have deliberately used agave to sweeten this vegan cashew cream, as I want to enhance, not override the natural vanilla flavour. But you could make a vegan maple banana cream, you could use brown rice syrup, yacon syrup, palm sugar, honey, or any sweetener that tickles your fancy. This vegan cashew cream tends to get along with all personalities. It is a fantastic base camp for any number of flavour inspired journeys: fruit, chocolate, coconut, or wherever your heart’s desire.
Raw Vegan Vanilla Cashew Cream
- 1 cup organic raw cashews soaked for 2 hours (soaking is optional)
- 1/4-1/2 cup filtered water depending on desired thickness
- 1-2 Tbsp coconut sugar or more to taste
- 1/2 tsp natural vanilla extract, or a little more to taste
- a pinch of Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt
Throw everything into your high-speed blender (I use a Vitamix) 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.
**Please note – you will need a high speed blender, such as a Vitamix in order to achieve a really creamy consistency.
Piggy Cooking Tips
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.