How many different ways can you serve a cashew? Really, it’s only a nut. Just eat it.
Before changing the way I eat to avoid all animal products my answer would have been two, or maybe three. Really, it’s just a nut. There can’t be too many different ways to eat a cashew, can there? I have eaten raw cashews, salted cashews and sometimes I might even eat salt and pepper cashews.
But now, after a few years of experimentation, there are plenty of other ways that I can eat and serve cashews. Obviously, there is still the raw and salted cashews, but now I’ll also eat them in cheesecakes – I included four of them in The Little Book of Vegan Desserts, avocado cream pie, bannoffee pie, vegan mayonnaise, quiche, raw vegetable pie, savoury dips … the list goes on.
Fun Fact: Cashews are technically not nuts! Cashews are seeds. They are a little seed growing on the end of the cashew apple and are related to mangoes and pistachios.
The best thing about cashews is that they can be used for sweet and savoury dishes.
Here’s a sweet cashew cream that has the consistency of a Greek yogurt. I love it because you can flavour it to suit your taste buds and what you are going to serve it with. You can serve it on top of fruit salad; scoop the seeds out of a rockmelon, fill the hole with cashew cream and top it with berries; you can use it on pancakes; it can be used as a garnish for cakes and pastries and fruit desserts. You’re really only limited by your imagination.
The key to creating good cashew cream is a good blender. Froothie have some excellent blenders that will make your cashews smooth. Soak the cashews for a couple of hours and then blend until smooth.Print
Sweet Cashew Cream
- Prep Time: 10 mins + soaking time
- Total Time: 10 mins + soaking time
- Yield: 2 cups
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: Australian
- 1 ½ cups cashews
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp psyllium husk
- ½ cup water
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 dates
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 cup water (extra)
- Soak cashews in water overnight, or a least 2 hours.
- Drain, rinse and drain again.
- Place in a high powered blender.
- Combine psyllium husk and ½ cup water in a mug.
- Stir until combined and set aside for 5 minutes to thicken.
- Add lemon juice, dates and vanilla to blender.
- Blend on high, adding water as needed.
- Depending on how juicy the dates are and how long the cashews have been soaking will determine how much of the 1 cup extra water you will need.
- Blend for 6-8 minutes until smooth and creamy.