View Full Version : What do YOU use cashews for?
01-23-2008, 12:53 PM
I got some raw cashews, but now I don't know what to do with them....I've been looking through my Alissa book, but I still don't know. Huh. I saw one recipe for frosting that looked good and I saw that you can make whipped cream....
Anyway...just wondering what YOU do with your cashews.
(oh....and I don't really do the cheese recipes so I'm not looking for that in particular)
01-23-2008, 01:00 PM
I don't buy them very often because I will eat them before I eat "the better" nuts like walnuts and almonds.
My DD likes to eat them straight out of the bag.
I like to run them through the coffee grinder, put in a bowl, add alittle water (very little, 1-2TBS) some coconut oil and some sea salt...YUMMY cashew butter. You can make it as thick or thin as you like, and I like it alittle thin to dip my apples in!!!
01-23-2008, 01:04 PM
I just made an onion dip using cashew cheese which I fermented. I'm enjoying it with almond rosemary crackers.
You can make a vanilla sauce by blending cashews with some water, vanilla and a sweetner (such as agave). Blend until smooth and creamy and pour over fruit.
I like to soak them in Nama Shoyu and dehydrate them. It's what I take to the movies to snack on. Helps me when I smell the greasy buttered popcorn in the lobby!
01-23-2008, 01:16 PM
How do I use cashews...let me count the ways:
I use them in ice cream
I use them in shakes
I use them in creamy salad dressings
I use them in the Raw Deviled Egg-less Spread
I use them in frostings
I use them in nut milk
I use them in cheeze
I use them in onion dip
I use them in the Strawberry Crepe filling
Let's just say I use them in the place of macs in most recipes
And sometimes when I get a hankerin', I just eat them all by themselves!
01-23-2008, 01:28 PM
All the things rawkinlocs said! Especially subbing them for macadamias - cheaper and I like the taste wayyyy more...
I find cashews to be SOOOOO versatile - they make light, sweet and delicious flour for cookies and bars and cakes, and when you soak them, they make a creamy base for everything from cheese/pates/hummus/dips/dressings to desserts/puddings/thick shakes -
Is there anything they can't do??? :D
01-23-2008, 01:40 PM
Eggless Egg salad
I love cashews for their creamyyyyynesssss.
01-23-2008, 02:48 PM
I like to soak them in Nama Shoyu and dehydrate them.
Oh, Nini, that is such a great idea!
My favorite cashew recipes are tzatziki and cream cheese frosting for my carrot cake.
01-23-2008, 03:11 PM
ICE CREAM! And soaked cashews for any sauce/dip with a creamy base. Cashew butter blended with honey to dip apples in...DIVINE! Cashew butter tastes like PB, only better.
01-24-2008, 12:28 PM
I could live on cashews. Seriously. I love them. And the funny thing is that I didn't ever like nuts before I went raw. I'm still not a big fan of any of the other kinds of nuts. I'll put them in recipes and stuff, but cahews I eat by the handful all the time (my basic dinner is cashews and kombucha). They are also awesome in recipes. They make a good cream substitute, so you can make sour cream type dips with them as well as sweet dips. My local Whole Foods makes a cashew cheesecake that tastes better than cooked cheesecake.
The eggless egg salad recipe that's on here is one of my absolute faves, and it only takes about five seconds in the food processor. I eat it on onion bread or mixed with avocado and stuffed into romaine leaves. Here it is to save you a search:
[note: I don't use the apple cider vinegar just because I don't like the taste, and I added celery because I like it]
Eggless Egg Salad:
• ½ cup water
• juice from one small lemon
• 1 clove garlic (or garlic powder)
• 1 teaspoon sea salt, add 1/2 tsp at a time for taste
• 1½ cups raw cashews
• ½ teaspoon dry mustard
• ½ teaspoon turmeric, for color, add as needed
• 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (pour a little at a time and taste)
Mix all of the ingredients in the chopper and voila!
01-24-2008, 01:34 PM
thank you for all the great ideas...sounds like I can have some fun with this! I made some hummus yesterday and loved it.
Absolutely LOVED it!!!!!!!
01-25-2008, 11:24 AM
i have just started reading my book & haven't gotten the chance to watch the dvd of alissa. just got them last night. i have a question. i bought a bag of raw chopped cashew. is it good to soak them? will it have the same effect as the whole ones? i never thought about it when i was in the store. i just thought that getting the chopped ones might save my blender/processor some work. any thoughts. thanks...J
01-25-2008, 12:27 PM
I use the pieces all the time they seem to work the same as the whole (I started out using the whole ones but found the pieces much less expensive).
01-26-2008, 10:31 AM
I use a lot of cashews! Mostly for...
Raw Deviled Egg-less Spread (a most favorite recipe!)
Frostings (variety of recipes for this)
Cheeze sauces (like the Nacho Cheeze sauce)
Alissa's Onion Dip
Ranch Dressing (recipe is floating around on this site, I make this all the time and even SAD eaters love it)
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