Vegan Cashew Cream

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This easily made delicious Vanilla Cashew Cream is sure to become a favourite. It is vegan – meaning it is suitable for those on a plant-based diet, or lactose intolerant. Or, perhaps for people who just want a more nutritious condiment.

I had so much fun creating our Vegan Tofu Sesame Toasts recipe for my friend Natalie at recently, that I decided it was time for something sweet!

One of the things I like most about the vegan cashew cream is that it is extremely versatile, and very delicious when flavoured with vanilla.

You can serve it with mixed berries, to top your morning oats, as a dip for fruit, alongside brownies, cakes or added to a fruit smoothie.

Customise this easy recipe to suit yourself. If you like it sweeter, add more dates; less sweet, add fewer dates. To make a thick cream add less water; to make it a more pourable consistency add more water. Make the vegan cashew cream to suit your requirements.

Medjool dates provide the sweetness for the cream. Medjool dates are sweet, soft, sticky dates usually found in the fresh produce section of the supermarket or at a health food store. They have a soft texture and a natural caramel flavour.

Soaking the cashews overnight helps them blend more easily, enhances nutrient absorption and aids with digestion. Just drain them, put them into a blender with the dates, some fresh water and vanilla. Whiz together – you have light, fluffy, decadently delicious, vanilla infused cashew cream. Just to reinforce the point; this gorgeous cream is all natural, no refined sugar and dairy free!

Enjoy this delicious Vegan Cashew Cream with our scrumptious Vegan Chocolate Cake!

Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Xx Alex and Faye

PS. Don’t forget to stop over and check out Natalie’s Blog:

5 from 24 votes

Vanilla Cashew Cream

Just 4 ingredients, including water, produce this decadently delicious, vanilla infused cashew cream. Be warned – it is irresistible.

Course Condiment, Dessert
Cuisine Australian, Universal
Keyword cashew, condiment, cream, creamy, dairy free, delicious, dessert, easy, gluten free, rich, simple, vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Soaking Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 10 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 99 kcal
Author Alexandra


  • 1 cup raw cashews *
  • 4 Medjool dates soaked for 30 minutes and stones removed
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 3/4 cup water may need slightly more depending on texture required


  1. Place cashews in a bowl and cover with cold water. Soak overnight* or for a minimum of 4 hours. If you’re soaking them overnight, cover and place in the fridge.

  2. 30 minutes before preparing the cream, add the dates to the cashews and soak for 30 minutes.

  3. Drain the cashews and dates, rinse with fresh water and drain well.

  4. Add the cashews, dates, vanilla bean paste and water to a high speed blender*. Blend, scraping down the sides as needed.

    Add water if needed to achieve the desired consistency.

  5. Check the flavour, add more vanilla if required.

  6. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Recipe Notes

Only use raw cashews; roasted cashews will produce a dark, more textured cream with a more pronounced nut flavour.

To retain their freshness, I store my cashews in the freezer.

Soaking the cashews overnight produces a creamier cashew cream.

A blender is the best tool for making the cashew cream. You can use a food processor but it will produce a slightly less smooth cashew cream.

Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Cashew Cream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 99 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 151mg4%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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106 Comments on “Vegan Cashew Cream”

  1. 5 stars
    I can attest to the deliciousness of this cream! So smooth and creamy – there’s no need for dairy at all ?

  2. 5 stars
    This sounds absolutely amazing!!! I love cashews so much, and wanted to start moving to a more vegan based diet. I’m 1,000% trying this. Thank you so much for sharing! It’s so easy, I’m pumped now!
    Sara Kelley

  3. Thanks Alexandra for this great recipe it sounds so delicious! I also love that it’s dairy free! πŸ˜‰

  4. It’s sometimes so difficult being (somewhat) vegan and having a nut allergy because I cannot have cashews! But, this sounds like such a great recipe!

    Thanks for sharing! x


  5. I’m not vegan at all, but cashews and vanilla are on my list of favorite things so this sounds amazing!

    Alyssa ||

  6. 5 stars
    That looks and sounds so yummy! I’m not vegan, nor do I have dairy issues, but I’m still definitely going to make this. I can almost taste all that cashew goodness.

  7. mm I love cashew nuts but I can’t imagine how cashew cream would taste it. I’m really curious about the texture…

  8. 5 stars
    This is a wonderful recipe I’m pinning. I have so many vegan friends now and I can see many uses for this. Thank you

  9. This really looks amazing! We are living in the UK and some ingredients are hard to find. I wonder where I could find the vanilla bean paste at?

    – Amanda @

  10. I’m not a fan of cashews so this cream is probably not for me. But I have friends who are crazy for the stuff πŸ™‚

  11. Ooh this sounds delicious! I need to shoe my sister who is on a plant based diet… She will be so excited!

  12. 5 stars
    What a delicious, healthy and tasty cream to serve in replacement of traditional cream which can be so unhealthy! Will surely be giving this a go.

  13. Now this sounds great, especially as Christmas is around the corner. This would be great on top of a choclate cake.

  14. I love the variations you can do with this recipe. And its vegan and good for lactose intolerant folks!

  15. 5 stars
    What a wonderful post! Cashews are so good, so I would love to try this. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

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  18. I have questions! When you whip the cashews, do they still taste like cashews? Or does the vanilla flavor predominate because they are whipped? I don’t like cashews as a rule so I just wanted to know.

    Then, would this work with other nuts?

    Thank you for the recipe — if I can use something else, I want to try it!

    1. Hi Dominique!

      When flavoured appropriately, the cashew flavour is definitely masked by the vanilla etc.
      The cashews provide a wonderful creaminess that makes this cream very unique!

      Other nuts may work, but I am yet to try other variations πŸ™‚

  19. Yum! I need to try making this! Being gluten free and dairy free I love looking up all sorts of recipes that could be helpful to me!

  20. 5 stars
    Wow! It so creamy and looks so tasty! I love to make my own, I am sure kids would be their be favorite. Yummy!

    1. Hi Veena, it is creamy and delicious, ideal for people who can’t eat dairy. I agree, the dates and the vanilla give the Cream a lovely flavour. πŸ™‚

  21. 5 stars
    I have been meaning to try this for a while and this recipe has reminded me. Going to try it this week.

    1. Hi Danielle, I’m not vegan either but the Cashew Cream is delicious. It makes a nice change from a dairy product. Let me know if you try it. πŸ™‚

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