Cashews are crunchy, slightly sweet and delicious.
In the vegan kitchen, they can be used for replacing egg-based and milk-based ingredients. Cashews are high in Sodium and Potassium, while they contain no cholesterol, providing a healthy alternative to animal produce. They are also extremely versatile and work in both sweet and savory dishes.
There are many innovative ways to use cashews in cooking and turn them into something completely different.
Here are 6 ways to use cashews that may be new to you.
1. Cashew Vegan Mayonnaise
With loads of fresh salads in the kitchen of a vegan chef, replacing sauces, in particular mayonnaise is a challenge. Using one cup of raw cashews, soak them in water for 2-24 hours and drain the water. Next, add ¼ cup of raw cauliflower, ¼ cup of water, ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil, 3 tablespoon of lemon juice, some yellow mustard, raw apple cider vinegar, and a bit of sea salt. Blend all the ingredients in the blender for two minutes, and the vegan mayonnaise is ready to use.
For this homemade vegan recipe, the two cups of raw cashews need to be soaked overnight. Raw coconut oil is used to provide the butter with texture.
The cashews are put in first, followed by the coconut oil. In some cases, the coconut oil needs to be mixed with a spoon or spatula to achieve the right consistency and smooth texture, stopping the blender regularly.
Because cashews are really good at absorbing the flavors of whatever seasonings you put on them, they’re excellent for roasting with flavors like this sesame curry combination. These nuts are super addictive, and you’ll just need cashews, curry powder, cumin seeds, sesame seeds, salt, and coconut oil!
4. Vegan Ricotta Cheese
try this vegan version of “ricotta” made from cashews, apple-cider vinegar, and a little nutritional yeast for an extra “cheesy” taste. Here’s the recipe.
For those indulgent moments when you allow yourself a sweetened, steamy beverage, try this dairy-free creamer made with cashew cream and sweetened with dates, vanilla, and cinnamon.
6. Vegan Chai Ice Cream
Most vegan ice creams start with a banana base, and while that can be delicious, it can leave your creamy confection tasting like…well, bananas. To satisfy your dairy-free sweet tooth with something less fruity, try a cashew-based ice cream like this chai tea blend. Here’s the recipe.
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