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How to Make Cashew Cream

➤ by Sylvie Fulson

How to make cashew cream is really quite simple. At its most basic, it is a combination of cashews, water, and salt. Cashew cream is one of the many delicious dairy-free recipes made with cashews.

How to make cashew cream is really quite simple. At its most basic, it is a combination of cashews, water, and salt. Lemon juice is optional, but we love it so we always add it in. Cashew cream is one of the many delicious dairy-free recipes made with cashews.

What is cashew cream a substitute for?

A lot of German recipes call for cream, and if you’re looking to cut down on dairy, learning how to make cashew cream will come in handy when you need a creamy dairy substitute for things like sour cream, mayonnaise, or even salad dressing.

In our house, we make cashew cream on a weekly basis and use it in all sorts of ways:

  • we like to smother our boiled potatoes with it
  • we spread it on toast, plain and simple
  • we spread it on toast topped with tomato slices and sprinkled with salt and pepper for delicious toasted tomato sandwiches
  • we add apple cider vinegar and dill weed to it and then mix it with either mashed chickpeas as a sandwich spread reminiscent of tuna salad, or with leftover boiled potatoes for a quick and easy potato salad
  • we like to mix it with pasta and tomato sauce for a deliciously creamy pasta dish
  • we add a nice big dollop to a bowl of hot soup, such as lentil or beet soup, and swirl it in
  • it is delicious in tacos and on veggie burgers
  • I like to mix it with some dijon mustard for a yummy dipping sauce for baked potato wedges (also yummy with steamed or roasted broccoli or cauliflower!)
  • and my son loves to eat it as a side dish! :)

As you can see, it makes a great substitute and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. I’m sure it would be delicious with many of your favorite German meals as well.

Turn basic cashew cream into delicious concoctions

This cashew cream recipe is so versatile and makes a great base recipe for amazing sauces, dressings, and dips. As mentioned above, it’s as simple as adding a little apple cider vinegar and dill weed, or some dijon mustard. But you can get super creative and take it to a whole new level!

You can blend it with some nutritional yeast and garlic for a cheesy version. Maybe add some hot sauce for some extra kick! Perfect for dipping your favorite tortilla chips.

Or experiment with your favorite herbs and spices. Maybe add some fresh spinach for a creamy green sauce with a little extra nutritional oomph.

This basic cashew cream recipe can also be transformed into a delectably sweet delight by adding in a few dates or some maple syrup, a little vanilla extract, and perhaps some cinnamon. Perfect for dipping fruit or as a delicious garnish for fresh apple strudel! 

My favorite way to eat it lately is to mix two to three tablespoons of cashew cream with a little bit of water, about a tablespoon of dijon mustard, and a little bit of salt and pepper for a delicious salad dressing. It is amazing mixed with greens, but it also tastes so good mixed with leftover rice, edamame, and sauerkraut. A quick and easy lunch!

How to make cashew cream is really quite simple. At its most basic, it is a combination of cashews, water, and salt. Cashew cream is one of the many delicious dairy-free recipes made with cashews.

To soak or not to soak

A lot of cashew cream recipes call for soaked cashews. If you’re pressed for time, there is no need to soak the cashews if you have a high-powered blender. You’ll still get deliciously creamy results. However, soaked cashews do tend to yield a lusher product. But if you’re using a regular blender or food processor, soaking the cashews ahead of time is a must. 

To make sure you always have soaked cashews on hand so that you can make cashew cream anytime you desire, simply buy raw cashews in bulk, soak them for 5 - 8 hours, drain and rinse, then store them in 1 cup portions in the freezer.

When you want to make cashew cream, simply add them directly to your blender or food processor and you’re ready to go. No need to thaw! If you have lemon juice in the freezer also, even better! You can have delicious and creamy cashew cream ready to use in a matter of minutes.

Enjoy!

This recipe is just a guideline, really. Start with the amounts suggested, then play around with the ingredients to get it tasting just right for you. Enjoy it just the way it is, or have fun adding in different ingredients and make it your very own. Enjoy!!

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How to Make Cashew Cream

How to make cashew cream is really quite simple. At its most basic, it is a combination of cashews, water, and salt. Lemon juice is optional, but we love it so we always add it in. Cashew cream is one of the many delicious dairy-free recipes made with cashews. 

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

none

Total Time

5 minutes

Servings:

Makes 1.5 cups

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp water 
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 2½ tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor. Blend or process until completely smooth.
  2. Adjust ingredients, to taste, if necessary.

Notes/Hints:

  • If you do not have a high-powered blender, be sure to soak the cashews in water ahead of time for 5 to 8 hours. Alternately, you can boil them in a pot for 10 to 15 minutes. Simply drain and rinse the softened cashews and add them to the recipe. 
  • Add a little less or a little more water to get your cashew cream to the desired consistency.
  • It will thicken in the refrigerator. If you find it too thick, simply add a little bit of water and stir.
  • Save time by juicing a bunch of lemons ahead of time and freezing the juice in ice cube trays. Each cube is approximately 1 tbsp.
  • Cashews are expensive, but one cup of cashews will give you one week’s worth of cashew cream.

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How to make cashew cream is really quite simple. At its most basic, it is a combination of cashews, water, and salt. Cashew cream is one of the many delicious dairy-free recipes made with cashews.
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How to make cashew cream is really quite simple. At its most basic, it is a combination of cashews, water, and salt. Cashew cream is one of the many delicious dairy-free recipes made with cashews.

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