October 22, 2020

by Alyssa

How to Make Cashew Cream

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Learn how to make cashew cream! This super simple recipe uses just 4 ingredients and is the perfect vegan replacement for heavy creamy in all of your favorite recipes.

How to Make Cashew Cream

Ever wondered how to make vegan recipes super creamy without the cream? The secret – which probably isn't an actual secret to you – is cashew cream.

Cashew cream has been a staple in many of my recipes for years – it's easy to make, it's relatively flavorless and it gives recipes the most amazing texture.

And since I reference it a fair amount in my recipes, I figured it was time for it to have its own post. So today I'm showing you how to make cashew cream using just 4 ingredients AND we're talking all about ways you can use it.

What is Cashew Cream?

Cashew cream is a vegan replacement for heavy cream which is made out of raw cashews that have been soaked and are then blended with water. The result is a heavy cream-like texture that doesn't have much flavor and works perfectly as a replacement in all your favorite recipes!

Ingredients for Cashew Cream

Ingredients in Cashew Cream

Typically cashew cream only has two ingredients: cashews and water. But I actually like to add a few extras which helps give it some tang and elevates the flavor of the recipes you put it in.

Here's what I use to make cashew cream:

  • Raw cashews: you need to make sure they're raw otherwise they'll have a toasted flavor and won't get quite as creamy.
  • Filtered water: I personally use filtered water, but really any cold water should be fine.
  • Lemon: this helps give the cashew cream a tang which heavy cream also kind of has. It will really help with the flavor!
  • Salt: a little salt goes a long way in elevating flavor and just a pinch is all you need.

Soaking Raw Cashews

Cashew Cream in the Blender

How to Make Cashew Cream

Cashew cream is simple to make but does take a bit of time because of the soaking. But I do have a trick that I'll share with you! Here's how to make cashew cream:


First you'll need to soak your cashews. Typically this takes about 4 – 6 hours, but if you're in a rush, you can get away with soaking them in boiling water for about 3o minutes. The soaking helps to soften the cashews and makes them easier to blend (i.e. get nice and creamy).


Once your cashews have soaked and softened, you'll want to drain and rinse them. They can get a tiny bit slimy sitting in that water, so a quick rinse is recommended.


From there, add the cashews, along with the water, lemon, and salt into a blender. You need to use a blender here or the cashew cream won't get smooth – sorry, a food processor won't work. Then just blend it all up until the cashew cream is smooth!


And finally, put that cashew cream to use! I've linked some of my favorite recipes down below.

Vegan Cashew Cream Recipe

What to Use Cashew Cream For

Now that you know how to make cashew cream, it's time to use it!

There so many ways to use cashew cream, but the short answer is anything that uses heavy cream (minus whipped cream), you can replace for cashew cream. That means you can use cashew cream in:

  • Soups/Stews
  • Chili
  • Pasta
  • Coffee
  • Casseroles
  • Cheesecake

And the list goes on!

Cashew Cream Recipe

What If I am Allergic to Cashews?

Now I'm guessing that if you're reading this post, you're not allergic to cashews, but if you are and you need to replace them, here are some ideas:

  • Walnuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Tofu
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Coconut milk

I haven't personally tested all of those, but I've had readers share that they all work! I personally want to try the pumpkin and sunflower seed options.

Now… you know how to make cashew cream, it's time to use it. What do you plan on trying first? Let us know in the comments!

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Recipes that Use Cashew Cream

Cashew Cream Recipe

Learn how to make cashew cream! This super simple recipe uses just 4 ingredients and is the perfect vegan replacement for heavy creamy in all of your favorite recipes.
Prep Time 35 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 119kcal
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Cashew Cream Recipe
4.72 from 7 votes


  • 1 cup raw cashew
  • 2/3 cup water + more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt


  • Soak the cashews in hot water for at least 30 minutes, preferably 4 - 6 hours.
  • Drain and rinse in a fine-mesh strainer and add to a blender with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Blend on high until smooth and creamy. If it's too thick, blend in a splash more water.
  • Use as you would a heavy cream or sour cream!



Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Alyssa… you are the best! I’ve been following for a long time now. You’re an inspiration! Even though I don’t make everything you post, I am forever grateful for all that you share. I think I’m going to try this cashew cream… but wondering if the lemon will curdle in my coffee? I’ll let you know. Keep your recipes coming! Thank you.


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