Sweet Cashew Dream... I Mean, Cream
Now that the holiday season is coming to a close and we've moved into the new year, I find myself looking for sweets that aren't so sweet and heavy. Sweets that can be used year-round for breakfast or dessert without guilt. This delicious refined sugar and dairy free cream fits the bill. The recipe is amazing as is, but can also be made more warming by adding extra spices to change the flavor profile to meet whatever your palate desires each season (chai cream anyone?).
Not only is this recipe tasty, it also provides some nutritional value to boot. Cashews support bone and heart health, as well as, boost your beautiful mood. Who can't use that as the winter skies add grey to our lives?
The healthy fats from the coconut milk and cashews satiate and slow down the speed that the natural sweetener enters your blood stream, leaving you without the sugar crash that comes from sugar entering your blood stream too quickly.
Sweet Cashew Cream can be enjoyed in your morning oatmeal, in a bowl with granola and fresh fruit, drizzled on your favorite cake or pie, or eaten by the spoonful (let's be honest, I do this more often than not). Go make this right now! You can thank me later.
Sweet Cashew Cream
- 1 cup organic raw cashews
- ¼ cup full fat coconut milk (from can)
- ½ cup water
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- 2 Tbs. maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
- Touch of sea salt
- Soak the cashews in small bowl of water for 2-8 hrs. to soften (overnight works great), then drain and rinse well.
- Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy, pausing to scrape down the sides of the blender every now and then.
- Chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes before serving. This allows the mixture to thicken and firm up a bit.
Storage: keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Soaking: forget to soak? Boil water and soak cashews in boiling water for 20 minutes. This is not optimal for retaining the nutritional value of the cashews, but it will work in a pinch.
Shopping: buy cashew pieces vs. whole cashews to save a few duckets.
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