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Cashew Crema

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  • Author: nocrumbsleft
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes (plus 2 hour soak time)
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups
  • Category: Magic Elixirs
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This crema is so delicious, so easy to make, and it’s vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, Whole30, Paleo, and grain-free!


1 cup raw cashews

¾ cup water

¼½ tsp sea salt


Put the cashews in a medium bowl and pour over enough water to cover the cashews by 1 inch. Soak for at least 2 hours or as long as overnight. Drain and rinse well.

In a food processor, combine the cashews, ¼ teaspoon of the salt, and ¼ cup cold water and process until smooth, about 2 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides. Add another ¼ cup water and process until creamy and smooth, 3 to 4 minutes more. If you prefer a thinner consistency, adjust the water accordingly. Taste and add the remaining salt as needed. 

Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.