Easy Chocolate Cashew Cream

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Chocolate Cashew Cream is a delectable, creamy whipped topping that pairs wonderfully with bagels, cakes, muffins, and pancakes. It also makes an excellent pie topping, dip for fresh fruit, or a delicious addition to a parfait when combined with fruit and granola!

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If you are living a plant-based lifestyle, you’re about to fall in love!  This chocolate cashew cream is not only nutritious and dairy-free, but it takes just minutes to make.  It is so delicious and versatile you’re going to want to slather it on everything.  Trust me, your morning breakfast routine will never be the same.

No shame!  Chocolate cashew cream tastes like you should feel guilty, but it’s made with raw cashews that are a great addition to a healthy diet because they contain essential amino acids, heart-healthy fats, and magnesium. We also have a delicious vanilla version of this simple cashew cream!

This simple, raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, absolutely divine cashew cream recipe is the answer to all of your dairy longings!

bowl of chocolate cashew cream beside a toasted bagel with cashew cream and strawberries.

Ingredients you will need

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This recipe has no fancy ingredients, so you are likely to have everything already on hand.

  • Raw unsalted cashews– Only use raw cashews and not roasted. Cooked cashews will darken the cream color and even change the flavor. Purchasing raw cashew pieces instead of whole cashews for sauces and creams will help save money.
  • Plant milk– Almond milk is my preference, but you could also use another nut milk. We have this easy recipe for homemade cashew milk and even a recipe for almond milk.
  • Maple syrup– Other sweeteners can be substituted such as agave nectar or honey.
  • Flavorings– Cocoa powder, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt add the perfect flavor to this whipped cream sauce.

How to make chocolate cashew cream

Step #1: Soak the cashews before blending, don’t skip this part.  To get the smooth whipped topping consistency this is critical, even if you have a high-powered blender.  Soak the cashews for at least 2 hours before blending.  To speed the soaking process up you can put them in a small bowl and cover them with boiling hot water and let them sit for about 15 minutes.  If it’s easier just let them soak overnight and blend them in the morning.

Step #2: Drain the cashews and toss them into the blender with your other ingredients. Blend on high for approximately 60 seconds until smooth and creamy, you can add a little more milk if needed.

I use my Vitamix 5200 high-speed blender to make this recipe and it definitely gives you a smoother ‘whipped’ consistency but, before I owned a Vitamix I used my standard blender or food processor, and it was less ‘creamy’ but every bit as delicious!  So don’t let not having a high-powered blender slow you down, your blender or food processor will work just fine with this recipe too!

Step #3: Chill the mixture in a sealed container in the fridge for a few hours to let it thicken.

Storage instructions

Cashew cream will stay fresh in the refrigerator in a sealed container for approximately 5 days. It can even be frozen for up to 3 months.

Ways to serve chocolate cashew cream

This easy chocolate cashew cream is incredibly versatile and can be used in many ways. Spread it on homemade whole wheat bagels, cakes, muffins, or healthy vegan pancakes for a rich, indulgent treat. It also makes a fantastic dip for fresh fruit or a delicious layer in a fruit and granola parfait.

toasted bagel with chocolate cashew cream and an empty bowl that used to have cashew cream with a fork.

Cashew cream FAQ

What is cashew cream?

Cashew cream is a versatile, dairy-free substitute for traditional cream, created by blending soaked cashews with water until smooth. Its creamy texture and mild flavor make it a favorite in vegan and plant-based cooking. While this recipe is a sweet, dessert version, a basic cashew cream sauce can be used in a wide range of dishes.

What are some ways to use cashew cream?

Sauces: Use as a base for pasta sauces, salad dressings, or dips.
Soups: Add creaminess to soups and stews.
Desserts: Substitute for dairy cream in desserts like cheesecakes, frostings, or as a topping for fruits and baked goods.
Beverages: Create creamy smoothies or coffee drinks.

How long will it last?

Cashew cream will stay fresh in the refrigerator for about 5 days when stored in a sealed container. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months to enjoy later.

More easy vegan desserts

I absolutely love to make easy vegan desserts that don’t require any baking or a lot of time in the kitchen. These are some of my favorite desserts that can be ready to serve in minutes!

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Chocolate Cashew Cream

Chocolate Cashew Cream is a scrumptious creamy whipped topping that is fantastic served with bagels, cakes, muffins, as a pie topping,on pancakes or rice cakes, as a dip for fresh fruit, or combine with fruit and granola to make a parfait!
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 1/2 cup plant milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Soak the cashews before blending. Don’t skip this part. To get the smooth whipped topping consistency this is critical, even if you have a high-powered blender. 
  • Soak the cashews for at least 2 hours before blending.  To speed up the soaking process, put the cashews in a small bowl and cover them with boiling water. Let them sit for about 15 minutes. If it’s easier with your schedule, they can be soaked overnight.
  • Drain the cashews and toss them into the blender with your other ingredients.
  • Blend on high for approximately 60 seconds until smooth and creamy. You can add a little more plant milk if needed.
  • Chill the mixture in a sealed container in the fridge for a few hours to let it thicken.

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Notes

Raw unsalted cashews– Only use raw cashews and not roasted. Cooked cashews will darken the cream color and even change the flavor. Purchasing raw cashew pieces instead of whole cashews for sauces and creams will help save money.
BLENDING– I use my Vitamix 5200 high-speed blender to make this recipe and it definitely gives you a smoother whipped consistency but, before I owned a Vitamix, I used a standard blender or food processor. It was less creamy but every bit as delicious! So, don’t let not having a high-powered blender slow you down; your blender will work just fine with this recipe too!
STORAGE– Chocolate maple cashew cream will keep in the refrigerator in a sealed container for approximately 5 days. It can even be frozen for up to 3 months.
Ways to serve sweet cashew cream
These are a few ways to serve this delicious creamy whipped cashew topping: on bagels like our homemade whole wheat bagels, dolloped on muffins like these applesauce cinnamon vegan muffins, as a pie topping, on pancakes or rice cakes, as a dip for fresh fruit, or combined with fruit and homemade gluten-free granola to make a parfait.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.9g | Protein: 1.6g | Fat: 4.4g | Sodium: 79mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 10g

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