Cashew Cream

gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, vegan, soy-free, cane sugar-free

Okay.  So I’m not the inventor of the famed “cashew cream.”  However, I thought it would be beneficial to post a recipe for it because I’ve never come across one myself.  Sure, I’ve gone to enough vegan restaurants featuring this mysterious ingredient, and read enough blog posts suggesting the featured recipe would “work well with cashew cream!”  But have I ever actually read the words: “Here is how to make cashew cream?”  Nope.

No problem, though.  As we know, I like to play mad scientist in the kitchen.  So, I simply took my favorite recipe for cashew milk and made some adjustments.

The key?  The vita-mix.  I cannot adequately express how in love I am with my vita-mix.

It makes magic happen.  And it has revolutionized my kitchen.  It is a beacon of hope in my gluten-free, non-dairy, egg-free existence.

In other words, the best description that comes close to doing it justice:  Harry Potter.  My vita-mix is Harry Potter.  Done.

The bittersweet truth is that one cannot make quality nut milk without Harry.  No other blender is fast enough.  No other blender blends into perfectly blended perfection.  The first time I made cashew milk, I used my vita-mix on one of the lower speeds.  Why?  Because I was stupid.  Afraid of the vita-mix’s sheer power.  The milk that splashed onto my granola that morning was a disappointment.  Gritty.  The second time I made cashew milk, I did not make the same mistake twice.  Highest speed possible.  30 seconds.  Victory.

Best non-dairy milk I’ve had to date.

I could not believe how creamy it was!  Why haven’t non-dairy milk companies jumped on the cashew milk bandwagon yet?!  What is wrong with them?!  Maybe the answer is due to this other sad truth: the vita-mix is expensive.

But look at it this way: if purchasing human beings was not an inhumane, taboo, criminal injustice… how much money would you pay to BUY HARRY POTTER?!  I would pay… all my money.  To own him.  Keep him in a cupboard under MY staircase.  And by “cupboard under my staircase,” I actually mean “perpetual, never-ending hug.”

That is the only sufficient justification for purchasing a vita-mix.  And if you (sadly) have no idea what is special about the 19th of November, do not despair.  I will (eventually) generate another metaphor equally apt at communicating the glory of the vita-mix, though ’twill be a feat of Herculean proportions if I am able to do so.

Stay tuned.

In the meantime, go unearth every recipe involving cream you once mournfully set aside as you embarked on your dairy-free lifestyle, and start resuscitating each one…

Well, that’s what I did, at least.

Cashew Cream

1 cup raw cashews

1 2/3 cups water

pinch salt

1/2 tsp agave nectar, honey, or sweetener of choice

1) Soak cashews in water overnight or for 7+ hours.


2) Drain cashews in colander.  Rinse well.

3) Place cashews and 1 2/3 cups water in vita-mix.  Blend on highest speed for 30 seconds.

4) Add salt and sweetener.  Blend another 30 seconds on highest speed.


5) Store in airtight container in fridge.  Keeps for up to one week!


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13 responses to “Cashew Cream

  1. Suzanne Lenz

    Twin, I am commenting on your blog for the very first time! I wished I owned my own Harry Potter too. That would make my life. This cashew cream sounds delicious!

  2. I wish I had a vita-mix. :( This looks great!

  3. Now you’ve told me how to do it, now I need a Vita-Mix. Oh, wait I mean Harry Potter! I’ve entered Elana’s giveaway (I think!), but I’m still going to look on Craigslist. Can’t wait to share this post with my friend, Diane, over at The W.H.O.L.E. Gang … she’s a huge Harry Potter fan and will get a kick out of it! ;-)

    xo,
    Shirley

  4. This is great on so many levels. I’m a huge HP fan and I too adore my Vita-Mix. I’ll be sharing this post on my blog soon! Oh, and I can’t wait to try out your recipe. I had some great cashew cream in a restaurant in Berkley this summer and would love to duplicate that.

    • Hi Diane! So glad you liked the post. I LOVE your blog, and feel quite honored to know you’ll be sharing my post with your readers soon!!! And yes, do try the recipe when you have the chance. Being able to use cream again in recipes has revolutionized dinner for me! I think you’ll like it. Anyway, thank you for your sweet comment – It is so lovely to meet a fellow HP fan and Vita-mix lover! :)

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  6. Aw, this was a really quality post. In theory I’d like to write like this too ¨C taking time and real effort to make a good article¡­ but what can I say¡­ I procrastinate alot and never seem to get something done.

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