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What's With the Vegan Obsession with Cashews?

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Cashews are creamy

If you haven’t tried using cashews as a substitute for cream, or for making plant-based cheeses, you’re missing out on a tasty alternative to dairy products.
Cashews are a soft nut. When you soak raw cashews in water, then blast them on high in the blender with some water, they dissolve and make a thick, smooth nut cream that can play many roles. Some nuts, like almonds, are much harder and take longer soaking and blending times to reduce them to a smooth consistency.

Uses for cashews

Soups and Appetizers

Cashews are great in soups and as part of sour-cream-like appetizer dips.
Hearty Potato ChowderCreamy Mushroom SoupGracious Vegan Corn ChowderCurried Butternut Squash Soup,Creamy Broccoli Soup, and Creamy Artichoke Spinach Dip

Sauces

Cashews also help make sauces creamy. 
Gracious Vegan Creamy Tomato Sauce

Curries

Cashew cream can substitute for coconut milk, saving about 12 grams of saturated fat (the amount found in a Burger King Whopper) per serving. 
Curries Made Healthier

Cheeses and sour cream

It’s easy to combine cashews with a few other ingredients to make cheese and sour cream substitutes.
Gracious Vegan Parmesan CheeseGracious Vegan Ricotta Cheese, Gracious Vegan Crema

Desserts

Cashews can be made into a wonderful whipped cream substitute and as part of other creamy desserts.
Vegan Whipped CreamRich and Creamy Vegan Tiramisu

Cashews and “cashew cream” are a fantastic way to please the palate while avoiding the cholesterol, hormones, and toxins in dairy foods. 

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