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Vegan Kitchen Hacks: Substituting Heavy Cream


Heavy cream is a rich and decadent way to add creaminess and flavour to sauces and soups, but what if you are unable to have dairy products? Fear not: cashew cream is an excellent substitute and it is very easy to make. Use it as a one-for-one substitution in recipes that call for heavy cream.


1/2 cup raw cashews
1/3 to 1/2 cup water

  Place cashews in a large measuring cup and cover with water to the 1 cup line on the measuring cup. Soak cashews for a minimum of four hours prior to use. Drain and rinse.

  In a high-powered blender, blend together cashews and water until very smooth and is the consistency of heavy cream. Using less water will yield a thicker cream.

(Yield: approximately 1/2 to 3/4 cup cashew cream)

Want more vegan kitchen hacks? Use Coconut Whipped Cream as a topping for cakes, berries, waffles, and pies. Looking for a way to use cashew cream in your kitchen? Try my Creamy Tomato Soup or my Creamy Mushroom Soup.