With a bag of raw cashews, you can make milk, enjoy decadent vegan cheesecake, whip up dairy-free mayo, top your bagels with a cream cheese-like spread–and that’s just for starters. Cashews are kind of a miracle ingredient in the kitchen, particularly if you don’t eat dairy. Here are 33 recipes that demonstrate exactly why cashews are one of our favorite pantry staples.
Cashew Tofu Quinoa Bowls
They add a satisfying crunch to stir fries.
Cinnamon Vanilla Cashew Milk
They're the easiest way to make a vegan milk--no straining required!
Caprese Sandwiches with Garlic Cashew Cheese
They replace mozzarella in caprese salads and sandwiches.
Spinach Lentil Tomato Pie
They make a mean vegan parmesan. [via Connoisseurus Veg]
Raw Strawberry-Chocolate Dessert Pizza
They're the perfect stand-in for creamy whipped topping.
Baked Eggplant Fries with Curried Cashew Aioli
They can be turned into any flavor of aioli you can imagine.
Vegan Banana Cream Pie Mini Tarts
They can make a creamy banana pudding without using a store-bought mix.
They can replace the béchamel topping on moussaka. [via Spabettie]
They can be formed into everyone's favorite holiday appetizer, the cheeseball!
Vegan Breakfast Sandwiches
They can be whipped into a cream cheese substitute for bagels and sandwiches.
Red Lentil Cashew Soup with Curry Toasted Cashews
They can add creaminess to soups without dairy.
Fresh Tomato Pesto
They can be added to pestos in place of parmesan and pine nuts. [via Farm Fresh Feasts]
Vegan Baked Manicotti
They can replace the ricotta in manicotti...
Vegan Cannoli Bites
...and also in cannoli.
They can make a vegan mayo for all your sandwich needs.
Vegan Mac & Cheese
They can make a creamy dairy-free mac & cheese. [via Apron Strings]
The Ultimate Vegan Taco Salad
They make an epic creamy salad dressing.
Vegan Fettuccine Kalefredo
They make a healthier version of alfredo sauce.
Vegan Maple Pumpkin Parfaits
They make the perfect substitute for whipped cream.
Cranberry Cashew Energy Bites
They make a protein-rich base for energy bites. [via The Busy Baker]
Creamy Mushroom and Kale Lasagna
They can be substituted for the sauce and the cheese in lasagna.
Buffalo Tofu Wings with Creamy Ranch Dip
They make a ranch dip you'll want to put on everything you eat.
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries
They make a cheesecake so good no one will realize there's no cream cheese involved.
Cake Batter Cashew Butter
They can be turned into a butter like other nuts.
Grilled Mushroom Tacos with Pepita Relish & Chipotle Crema
They can replace the sour cream or crema on tacos.
Strawberry Coconut Lime Smoothie
They add creaminess and body to your morning smoothie.
Black Bean Enchiladas
They can replace the layer of cheese that covers enchiladas.
Spiralized Vegetable Stir Fry
They can make a creamy sauce for a stir fry.
Vegan French Onion Dip
They can be whipped into a dairy-free version of French Onion Dip.
Vegan Kale Spanakopita
They can replace the feta in spanakopita.
Raw Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Parfaits
They can be turned into a rich, creamy substitute for chocolate mousse or pudding.
They make the perfect cheesy-but-cheeseless fondue. [via Healthy Slow Cooking]
Crispy Cauliflower Carrot Fritters with Smoky Garlic Aioli
They make a great topping for fritters, steamed vegetables, and anything else that needs a little oomph.
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