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Cashew Nut Cream
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Cashew Nut Cream

A delicious, dairy-free alternative to regular cream, this Cashew Nut Cream is a must for all dairy-free and vegan cooks. 
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 60 g raw cashew nuts (½ cup)
  • Filtered water -see below

Instructions

  • Grind the cashews to a fine meal in a high-speed blender (thermomix 5 seconds, speed 8). Place the cashew nuts into a small bowl and pour over  enough water to cover them well. Allow to soak for 2-6 hours (but no longer than 8).
  • Strain the water from the nuts and place in a high-speed blender.
  • Blend at the highest speed until smooth and creamy (thermomix 30 seconds, speed 8). You really need a good blender like a Vitamix or Thermomix to achieve a really creamy consistency and you may need to scrape down the sides a few times too.
  • Add extra water, tablespoon by tablespoon to reach the desired consistency. The more water you add the thinner the cream or the less you add the thicker the cream.
  • Eat it as is, or choose your flavour...

Make it sweet

  • Add  ½ teaspoon of vanilla and 1-2 tablespoons of rice malt syrup (fructose free) or maple syrup. Mix through until well combined.

Make it sour

  • To make sour cream, add sea salt and a little lemon juice to taste.

Make it savoury

  • Mix through a little miso paste or nutritional brewers yeast or onion powder or fresh herbs and seasoning.

Fast track it

  • If you've cut yourself short or don't have the time or patience to wait for the nut meal to soak, you can gently simmer it for 5 minutes (though it is no longer raw).

Store

  • Airtight in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Can also be frozen.

Notes

Have you tried cashew nut cream before?  How do you use it or anything else to add?