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How to Make Your Own Cream From Cashew Nuts

Non-dairy products for vegans rock! Another blogger Kristo recently gave us a recipe for how to make your own rice-milk, so I thought I would share this one for cream from cashews. I made this the other day and it came out beautifully. I love cashew nuts, although I know some people are allergic to them. This is apparently due to their containing small amounts of the toxin urushiol, which is also found in poison ivy. This substance can however be destroyed by roasting the nuts well.

This is a raw-food recipe which is a godsend to vegans, in that it is a delicious and versatile non-dairy cream, made just from cashew nuts and water! You can use it in a lot of desserts and cook with it in various recipes. The cream has a natural sweetness to it, although you can also add some agave syrup, for example, to taste. You can make it as thick or as thin as you like, and it is very easy to make, it just requires some planning.

Use raw whole cashews for best results. You need to plan ahead at least a day to make this as cashews need to soak overnight. You can also put them in a pan, bring them to the boil, then let them soak for an hour, but then their natural sweetness will leach out, so the overnight method is better.

Ingredients (Makes about 2 1/4 cups thick cream or 3 1/2 cups regular cream)

2 cups of raw, whole cashews (not pieces, which are often dry)

Water to soak


1) Rinse nuts well under cold water

2)Put cashews in a bowl with enough cold water to cover them. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

3) Drain and rinse under cold water. Place in a blender with enough cold water to cover them by one inch. Blend on high for several minutes until very smooth.*

*If you don't have a Vita-Mix, like me, which, I gather, creates a very smooth blend, you may need to strain the result through a very fine sieve.

To make thick cashew cream, just reduce the amount of water in the blender, so that it just slightly covers them.

It can be stored for up to 3 days in the fridge. Serve it wherever you would normally use cream, e.g. on pies, puddings, etc. I am currently eating it with spicy stewed fruit, yum!!!


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  1. Anita Vegana
    This sounds like a great way to make raw non-dairy milk. Thank you for this. I voted. Please come read my article, Why Aren't Some Beers and Wines Vegan?, and vote if you like it.
  2. kristo
    This is great. Cashew milk can be used in all kinds of recipes and it looks so easy to make in your recipe! voted!
  3. Veggie
    I voted! This is a very detailed recipe which is great for us first time users. I love cashews (see my pumpkin pie post) and I am learning so much about milk alternatives. Thank you!
  4. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    This is just soooo simple...I too love cashews, especially the slight sweetness, which I'd like to have even in my will prefer soaking it overnight as you said...n yesss....this cream can even be used on a variety of Indian sweetmeats! sure will try now....n before that am gonna vote on the recipe! :)
  5. Akanksha
    My husband would love me for this...Thanks for sharing this Maggie! Do check out my latest post 'Eating Right through Festivity'
  6. Carolyn
    vote number 9! I still do not have internet access....using someone else's. Hope all is going well with my Flaming Vegan friends! Happy Thanksgiving!
  7. Carolyn
    vote number 9! I still do not have internet access....using someone else's. Hope all is going well with my Flaming Vegan friends! Happy Thanksgiving!
    1. Veganara
      Thanks Carolyn. I was wondering what had happened to you! I just left a comment for you on another post, one of Akanksha's I think, which hopefully you will get.
    2. Akanksha
      Happy Thanksgiving to you too Carolyn!
  8. alan
    Awesome... I will try this at home. I voted


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