happy hippie cashew cream

Hippies,

It’s finally here! My easy guide to delicious cashew creams and sauces.

First things first – soak the cashews. I typically do a cups worth, but if you need a lot then go for 2 cups of cashews.

You can do this two ways:

1. Soak a bowl of cashews over night…

2. OR the way I always end up doing it (because I tend to wait last minute) – boil water (we use a kettle) and soak the cashews in the boiling water for at least 10 minutes or more. You want the cashews to me a bit squishy. It makes it easier to blend and get that nice, smooth, creamy texture!

What you need: 
– a blender
– apple cider vinegar
– garlic powder
– onion powder
– salt
– pepper
– water
These are the basic ingredients I use to make my cashew cream and honestly, I always guestimate how much to put in.
Instructions:
1. Add a small 1-2 caps full of apple cider vinegar first. This gives it the subtle sour cream-like taste. Start out small and add more as you desire.
2. Add a little bit of water. I typically put in more water than apple cider vinegar. Start out with a 1/4 of a cup and add more as you go.
3. Add a couple shakes of all your powders. I like mine to have a lot of onion powder and garlic powder! Please don’t skip on the salt – it’s extremely important for taste. Add some in and taste as you go because you can always add more. I’ve even added more salt after I was done blending!
3. Blend until you get a completely smooth texture. You will probably need to add more water as you go to help it blend. Add small amounts so you can keep the creaminess!
4. This is the fun part. Add your own flavors! Below are some of my favorites.
5. After you’re done blending, grab a spatula and scoop the cream into a jar/bowl. You can definitely eat it right away, however, I recommend refrigerating it before you do. This gives the flavors time to chill and settle.
 
  • ONION DIP: First one up is a simple onion dip! Chop up a shallot or some onion and sauté it in a pan until darkened. Add the sautéed onion into the blender with your cream and blend. There’s no need to add more water. Chunks of onion definitely make it more delicious. I also like to add a little splash of coconut aminos and liquid smoke. Pour into a bowl and mix in more onion powder. Finish it off with some onion flakes on top! Pair this with some classic potato chips and oh man. Best. Party food. Ever.

  • RANCH DIP: This one is ultra easy. Add a bunch of dill into your mixture and blend! After it’s done, pour into a bowl and add more dill! Use a spoon to mix it in and finish with some dill garnish on top. Yes, really. That’s it. A good ranch is all about the consistency (smoothness) and the dill flavor! Pair this with some veggies and wings and you’ve got yourself not only a yummy meal, but a delicious, dairy-free experience that everyone will enjoy.

  • SPICY CHIPOTLE DIP: This one is going to make you laugh – it’s that easy! If you want to be super fancy, all you have to do is cut up a few chilli peppers and toss them into the blender! If you’re lazy like me, then pour your cream into a bowl, grab your favorite hot sauce (I have several but this time I was feeling a garlic chipotle) and dump a bunch in. Mix and BOOM! You’ve got yourself a spicy little cream sauce that’s sure to bring your dish to a new level. Tip: You could easily turn this into a buffalo sauce by adding Franks Red Hot! I love using this dip for not only chips and veggies, but on steamed potatoes!

Those are just a few of my all-time favorite cashew creams.
So how do I turn cashew cream into sauce?
Easy.
Pour your cashew cream into a pot and bring to a medium heat. Thin the cream out by adding water! Keep in mind – the more water you add, the thinner it will get, so add lightly.
For a simple garlic alfredo sauce, I simply sauté some chopped garlic in a pan. After the garlic browns, I add it into the sauce! Sometimes I even add sautéed chopped onion and kale. A garlic-alfredo kale sauce? Mmmm….
Cashew cream is a great way to kick-start your dairy-free journey. Honestly, it’s really hard to mess this cream up. I promise, if I can do this, than so can you.
Be sure to comment below sharing your cashew creams with me! I’d love to see your creations and try some new flavors!
Until next time,

 

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