Vegan Sauces: Sweet or Savory Cashew Cream

March 26, 2015
Cashew cream is a vegan staple, but I'll admit that at first I was hesitant at the idea. How can something made out of blended nuts taste good on, well, everything?! Oh, but it does. Not only does cashew cream lend a thick, creamy texture to a variety of dishes, but it can also be adapted to be sweet or savory. If you haven't played around with this vegan classic, here's a little cashew cream 101. After you've given the recipe below a whirl, give these variations a try! For Savory: -Add sun dried tomato and pesto for a tasty dip -Use it as a sandwich spread in place of mayo -Add nutritional yeast for a cheesier flavor -Use it to thicken soups or sauces, like this tomato soup -Use as a sour cream alternative -Add oil and vinegar for a creamy salad dressing For Sweet: -Drizzle it over berries or throw it into smoothies to thicken them up -Add cacao nibs for a chocolate-y taste -Sub maple syrup for agave or pitted medjool dates -Make a fantastic vegan cheesecake, or how about these carrot cake cupcakes?
Sweet or Savory Cashew Cream

Vegan Sauces: Sweet or Savory Cashew Cream

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  • FOR SAVORY:
  • 1 cup Raw cashews
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup, depending on thickness desired Filtered water
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • FOR SWEET:
  • 1 cup Raw cashews
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cups Filtered water
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • FOR SAVORY:
  • 1 cup Raw cashews
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup, depending on thickness desired Filtered water
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • FOR SWEET:
  • 1 cup Raw cashews
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cups Filtered water
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • Pinch of sea salt
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Directions

The directions for both sweet and savory versions are the same.
Step 1: Place cashews in a bowl or jar and cover with filtered water. You can leave them to soak overnight, or if you’re in a hurry, you can simmer them gently for 20-30 minutes until plump. Cool before use.
Step 2: Place cashews and water into a food processor or high speed blender. Add additional ingredients depending on whether you’ve elected sweet or savory, and blend for 2-3 minutes. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides every so often for complete incorporation. Add more or less water for desired consistency.
Step 3: Enjoy!

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Sarah is a freelance writer based out of Portland, Oregon. Her top three passions in life include her family, her husband, Geoff, and her pug, Rupert. She also enjoys spending her time volunteering, traveling, and experimenting with new recipes. Follow her on Pinterest.

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