Courtesy of Carie Bernard - Licensed Acupuncturist in Portland, and Global Dance Party dancer!
Great dairy substitute, and I bet it would be great as a frozen treat too! Keeps up to a week refrigerated , use 1:1 for a cream substitute.
In a small bow combine 1 cup of cashews and enough boiling water to cover. Let stand, covered, 15 minutes; drain. Rinse and drain again. (You could also let them sit in the water overnight).
In a blender or food processor combine cashews, ½ cup water and salt. Cover; blend 5 minutes or until creamy. (Carie used a VitaMix and it only took 30-60 seconds to blend to desired creaminess.) Store in the fridge up to 1 week. Makes 16 servings (1 Tbsp. each).
SWEET CASHEW CREAM Stir in 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup or honey an d ½ tsp vanilla.
SAVORY CASHEW CREAM Stir in ½ tsp. lime or lemon zest, 1 tsp. lime or lemon juice, 1 clove garlic minced; and if desired, ¼ tsp. ground chipotle chile pepper. (Carie added ground rosemary.)
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