Easy Homemade Vegan Cashew Cream

This ultra-creamy homemade Vegan Cashew Cream is so quick and easy to make.  All you need is cashews, water and salt.  Everything goes straight in your blender and out comes homemade cashew cream that you wouldn’t believe is completely dairy-free.  Add it to your soups, salad dressing, dips, pasta or anything you want to make creamy. 

I am beyond obsessed with this simple and easy vegan cashew cream recipe!  It adds the perfect dairy-free creamy texture to any dish.  Everything goes directly into a high-speed blender and it will thicken up as it chills in your refrigerator.  You could use it right away but initially it will be a bit thinner in consistency and warm from the blender.

Vegan Cashew Cream Recipe

All About Cashews

The creaminess for this homemade vegan cashew cream comes from raw cashews which offer plant-based protein and are also incredibly nutrient dense.  Cashews are considered an excellent source of copper and a good source of magnesium, manganese, vitamin K, phosphorous and zinc. 

I buy raw, unsalted cashews in the bulk section of my grocery store and store them in my refrigerator in a large mason jar that is airtight.  In the refrigerator cashews can last up to six months.  They can actually last up to a year if you store them in your freezer.

Cashew Cream

Should I Soak My Cashews?

Yes, for the best results (creamy not gritty), I do recommend soaking the cashews. You can soak your cashews in room temperature water overnight.  Or, you can use a quick-soak method and cover them in boiling water for an hour or two.  Either way you will want to drain and rinse the cashews before using in this recipe. If you do not have time for even a quick soak, I would recommend adding more water to the recipe (about 1/4 cup) and run the blender for a long time to make sure the result is not gritty. 

In addition to soaking cashews for easier blending and smoother texture, some people like to soak cashews in advance to make them more easily digestible.  I’ve also read that soaking helps make the nutrients more available.

Easy Cashew Cream

Recipes to Use with Vegan Cashew Cream

Easy One-Pot Pasta

Simple Vegan Cream of Asparagus Soup

No-Boil Pasta Bake

Creamy Vegan Spaghetti Squash with Marinara

Best Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Cashew Cream Recipe

Now, Let’s Make Some Vegan Cashew Cream!

This easy homemade vegan cashew cream recipe will be an instant favorite condiment to make all your dairy-free recipes creamier.  It is naturally vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly and refined sugar-free so it works well for all types of diets.

I cannot wait for you to give this vegan cashew cream a try!  Let’s get blending!

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Vegan Cashew Cream

Easy Homemade Vegan Cashew Cream


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: ~ 2/3 cup
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This ultra-creamy homemade Vegan Cashew Cream is so quick and easy to make.  All you need is cashews, water and salt.  Everything goes straight in your blender and out comes homemade cashew cream that you wouldn’t believe is completely dairy-free.  Add it to your soups, salad dressing, dips, pasta or anything you want to make creamy. 


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews*
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend on the highest speed for 45 seconds.  Scrape down the sides with a mini spatula and blend again for 15 seconds.  
  2. Transfer to an airtight container and place in refrigerator for 4-6 hours to thicken up.  You can use the cashew cream right away but it will be warm from blending and it will have a thinner consistency than if you let it thicken up in the refrigerator.
  3. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.

Notes

  • To soak your cashews place them in an airtight container with filtered water.  Place the container in your refrigerator overnight.  Drain and rinse before using in this recipe.
  • Alternatively, you can use a quick soak method and pour boiling water overtop the cashews for 1-2 hours before draining, rinsing and using in this recipe.
  • Once the cashews have been soaked they will measure more than one cup since they absorb the water as they soak.  
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Blender

Keywords: homemade cashew cream

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