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Cashew Cream

Cashew Cream 10.000

Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post

Sep 6, 2016

If you’ve ever wanted a creamy sauce but didn’t have dairy products on hand, then this is the next best thing. Made with raw cashews and water, this sauce has a nutty creaminess that is also extremely versatile. Thin it down further with water to create a savory base for macaroni and cheese, or mix in a little honey, cinnamon and vanilla extract to make a sweet dip for sliced apples.

This quick method calls for boiling the cashews for a few minutes to soften them, but you can also put them in a bowl, cover them with water, and let them soak in the refrigerator overnight.

Make Ahead: The cashew cream can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


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Tested size: 10 servings; makes 2 1/2 cups

  • 2 cups raw, unsalted cashews
  • 1 cup cold water, or more as needed
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

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Place the cashews in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium; cook for 15 minutes, or until the nuts begin to plump slightly and soften.

Drain the cashews, then transfer them to a blender along with the 1 cup of cold water, lemon juice and salt. Puree until smooth, stopping to scrape the sides of the blender, as needed.

If the mixture seems too thick while blending, add more water, one tablespoon at a time. Use right away, or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Recipe Source

Adapted from “Yum Universe: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, Whole-Food Lifestyle,” by Heather Crosby (BenBella Books, 2014).

Tested by Kristen Hartke.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per 1/4 cup: 240

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 19g 29%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 200mg 8%

Total Carbohydrates: 13g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%

Sugar: 3g

Protein: 8g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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