Vegan Cashew Cream Recipe

vegan cashew cream recipe

The Tofu Sesame Toast or “vegan prawn toast” recipe was so popular on my blog last week, that Alex from It’s Not Complicated Recipes and I have decided to have regular collaborations! What I love about Alex’s recipes is they are really simple to execute and they work so well – thats what my site is all about!


how to make cashew cream
Love Alex’s idea of keeping cashews in the freezer!

This easily made delicious Vanilla Cashew Cream is sure to become a favourite. It is vegan – meaning it is suitable for those on a plant based diet, or lactose intolerant. Or, perhaps for people who just want a more nutritious condiment. One of the things I like most about the vegan cashew cream is that it is extremely versatile, and very delicious when flavoured with vanilla. You can serve it with mixed berries, to top your morning oats, as a dip for fruit, alongside brownies, cakes or added to a fruit smoothie.

cashew cream recipe

Customise this easy recipe to suit yourself. If you like it sweeter, add more dates; less sweet, add fewer dates. To make a thick cream add less water; to make it a more pourable consistency add more water. Make the vegan cashew cream to suit your requirements.

Medjool dates provide the sweetness for the cream. Medjool dates are sweet, soft, sticky dates usually found in the fresh produce section of the supermarket or at a health food store. They have a soft texture and a natural caramel flavour.

cashew cream


Soaking the cashews overnight helps them blend more easily, enhances nutrient absorption and aids with digestion. Just drain them, put them into a blender with the dates, some fresh water and vanilla. Whiz together – you have light, fluffy, decadently delicious, vanilla infused cashew cream. Just to reinforce the point; this gorgeous cream is all natural, no refined sugar and dairy free.

Vanilla Cashew Cream
  1. 1 cup raw cashews *
  2. 4 Medjool dates soaked for 30 minutes and stones removed
  3. 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  4. 3/4 cup water may need slightly more depending on texture required
  1. Place cashews in a bowl and cover with cold water. Soak overnight* or for a minimum of 4 hours. If you’re soaking them overnight, cover and place in the fridge.
  2. 30 minutes before preparing the cream, add the dates to the cashews and soak for 30 minutes.
  3. Drain the cashews and dates, rinse with fresh water and drain well.
  4. Add the cashews, dates, vanilla bean paste and water to a high speed blender*. Blend, scraping down the sides as needed.
  5. Add water if needed to achieve the desired consistency.
  6. Check the flavour, add more vanilla if required.
  7. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  1. *Only use raw cashews; roasted cashews will produce a dark, more textured cream with a more pronounced nut flavour.
  2. To retain their freshness, I store my cashews in the freezer.
  3. Soaking the cashews overnight produces a creamier cashew cream.
  4. A blender is the best tool for making the cashew cream. You can use a food processor but it will produce a slightly less smooth cashew cream.
Adapted from It's Not Complicated Recipes
Thank you so much Alex for giving us another delicious recipe to try!

You can enjoy this delicious Vegan Cashew Cream with Alex’s scrumptious Vegan Chocolate Cake.

Make sure you check out Alex’s Website for more delicious recipes.

Or you can follow Alex on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. 

If you have tried any of Alex’s recipes – let me know in the comments below!


Natalie x


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Hi, I’m Natalie Shirlaw, a professional hair stylist on a personal wellness journey.

My aim is to help women live a more natural life that will leave them looking and feeling amazing. Ever since I was 10 I’ve been fascinated with the hairdressing business and officially started working when I was 14. I’ve worked in some of the top UK salons and for some of the best hairdressers in the world, and I now have my own salon in Kent.

 As a hairdresser I’ve always wanted to give my clients the latest and best products and even ended up being a technical consultant for L’Oreal, but one thing was common throughout my career - 

I am passionate about finding natural and organic products that work just as well as the big brand alternatives, and that are ultimately better for you too. For over 10 years I’ve been actively researching, and testing as many products that I can. Everything from skincare, to makeup, to food and even home wear. I’ve been incorporating these products and tactics into my daily life since and I’ve never felt better. Outside of my regular work I’ve studied martial arts and other Eastern practices like Reiki, meditation, Feng Shui, EFT and NLP.

 So as you can see I’m a big advocate for all around healthy and natural living. I’ll be sharing my best tips, tactics and products here, that you can implement easily to live a more natural life, where you can feel and look amazing. I’m really excited to have you with me on this journey and can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together!

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