Cashew Cream

So thick and creamy, this is a simple substitute you can use for cream cheese, mayonnaise, or sour cream (in most cases).


Place nuts in a large bowl and pour boiling water over. Let sit for 6 hours to soften.CashewCream2

Drain nuts and pour into a Vita-Mix, blender, or an  immersion blender. Add a bit of water and puree until smooth and creamy.CashewCream3


Cashew Cream

Marla Hingley
A simple substitute you can use for sour cream. It won't give the tangy flavor of sour cream, but will provide the thickness and creaminess that is needed in those recipes that call for sour cream.
Prep Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs
Servings 16


  • 2 cups raw cashews
  • 8 cups boiling water


  • Place cashews in a large bowl. Pour boiling water over nuts and let sit for 6 hours.
  • Drain and place in a blender along with 1/3 cup cold water. Puree until completely smooth, add more water if needed or until you get the consistency you want.
  • Refrigerate for up to one week (or freeze in small portions to use as needed).


For sour cream, add salt and lemon juice to taste.
For mayonnaise, add salt, mustard and some lemon juice to taste.
Makes about 2 cups
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See also
Drying Homemade Gluten Free Pasta


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  1. Hello – I am enjoying all the recipes.

    My recipe for cashew cream is a little different. You may be interested in my additions .
    We enjoy it on pumpkin pie, replacement for sour cream, etc

    1 1/2 cups cashews soaked & rinsed
    1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
    3 tbs lemon juice. (or more for sour cream)
    1 tbs hazelnut oil
    Approx 2/3 to 3/4 cup water

    All into the vitamix or blender until smooth.
    Thanks for the recipes

    Kelowna, BC

  2. Thanks for sharing your variation – yes adding lemon juice is perfect for making a tangy flavored sour cream substitute!

  3. I’m just wondering if you could use almonds that don’t have any skins on them for this recipe also?

  4. Almond Butter is a bit different (doesn’t require soaking). Using cashews are really better in this recipe since they puree to a much more creamier consistency, but the biggest difference is the flavor. Cashews have a neutral flavor, so if you used almonds you would really taste them-which is probably what you wouldn’t want for a sour cream/cream cheese substitute.

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