Creamy cashews make the base of this rustic, nutty, summery spiced cashew dip. My recipe allows you to get creative with your favorite flavors and spices. Cashews blend quite well with everything from lemon-pepper to spicy cajun, fresh herbs or smoky garlic maple. This recipe is an easy way to get familiar with working with super versatile soaked cashews. Soaked cashews can be used in savory or sweet recipes. Raw or cooked. Dips, pies, savory sauces, pasta sauce and creamy puddings all love raw cashews. Serve this cashew dip with some freshly chopped veggies or grainy seeded crackers. Spread on a sandwich or even dollop over top a salad. Get my recipe!..
So like I said, customize this as much or as little as you’d like. Here is what I did..
I was really excited to use my Penzey’s Spices Sunny Paris Sprinkle to flavor this dip. It has shallots, chives, peppercorn, tarragon, dill and more. I also added in some ground flax seed for added omega 3 fatty acids as well as some lemon and a splash of pumpkin seed oil. I usually add in a splash of oil, but this is totally optional.
Guide to Soaking Raw Nuts and Seeds over on Healthy. Happy. Life.
Easy Raw Cashew Dip for Spring
makes about 3 cups
2 cups soaked cashews, drained
1/2 cup clean water (not the soaking water)
*or for ‘creamier’ dip use a non-dairy milk
1 Tbsp Sunny Paris Spices (or whatever you’d like to use)
2-4 dashes cayenne
1/2 tsp salt (to taste!)
2 tsp pumpkin seed oil
3 Tbsp lemon juice (or 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar)
2 tsp ground flax seed
fine black pepper over top
optional add-in: nutritional yeast
1. Soak cashews over night in salted water. Drain. (See guide link above for tips.
2. )Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until creamy – but still chunky. I like to add the water in a little at a time so that I can customize the thickness.
Serve with carrot sticks or other veggies. You can also use this as a “vegan ricotta” for lasagna, spoon into sandwich wraps, dollop over top salad or bake to make cashew cheese. Start with the dip and take it further.
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