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33 Reasons Why Cashews Are Our Favorite Pantry Staple

Raw Strawberry-Chocolate Dessert Pizza

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

Cashew Tofu Quinoa Bowls

They add a satisfying crunch to stir fries.

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Cinnamon Vanilla Cashew Milk

Cinnamon Vanilla Cashew Milk

They're the easiest way to make a vegan milk--no straining required!

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Caprese Sandwiches with Garlic Cashew Cheese

Caprese Sandwiches with Garlic Cashew Cheese

They replace mozzarella in caprese salads and sandwiches.

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Spinach Lentil Tomato Pie

Spinach Lentil Tomato Pie

They make a mean vegan parmesan. [via Connoisseurus Veg]

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Raw Strawberry-Chocolate Dessert Pizza

Raw Strawberry-Chocolate Dessert Pizza

They're the perfect stand-in for creamy whipped topping.

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Baked Eggplant Fries with Curried Cashew Aioli

Baked Eggplant Fries with Curried Cashew Aioli

They can be turned into any flavor of aioli you can imagine.

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Vegan Banana Cream Pie Mini Tarts

Vegan Banana Cream Pie Mini Tarts

They can make a creamy banana pudding without using a store-bought mix.

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Quinoa Moussaka

Quinoa Moussaka

They can replace the béchamel topping on moussaka. [via Spabettie]

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Vegan Cheeseball

Vegan Cheeseball

They can be formed into everyone's favorite holiday appetizer, the cheeseball!

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Vegan Breakfast Sandwiches

Vegan Breakfast Sandwiches

They can be whipped into a cream cheese substitute for bagels and sandwiches.

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Red Lentil Cashew Soup with Curry Toasted Cashews

Red Lentil Cashew Soup with Curry Toasted Cashews

They can add creaminess to soups without dairy.

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Fresh Tomato Pesto

Fresh Tomato Pesto

They can be added to pestos in place of parmesan and pine nuts. [via Farm Fresh Feasts]

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Vegan Baked Manicotti

Vegan Baked Manicotti

They can replace the ricotta in manicotti...

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Vegan Cannoli Bites

Vegan Cannoli Bites

...and also in cannoli.

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Cashew Mayo

Cashew Mayo

They can make a vegan mayo for all your sandwich needs.

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Vegan Mac & Cheese

Vegan Mac & Cheese

They can make a creamy dairy-free mac & cheese. [via Apron Strings]

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The Ultimate Vegan Taco Salad

The Ultimate Vegan Taco Salad

They make an epic creamy salad dressing.

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Vegan Fettuccine Kalefredo

Vegan Fettuccine Kalefredo

They make a healthier version of alfredo sauce.

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Vegan Maple Pumpkin Parfaits

Vegan Maple Pumpkin Parfaits

They make the perfect substitute for whipped cream.

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Cranberry Cashew Energy Bites

Cranberry Cashew Energy Bites

They make a protein-rich base for energy bites. [via The Busy Baker]

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Creamy Mushroom and Kale Lasagna

Creamy Mushroom and Kale Lasagna

They can be substituted for the sauce and the cheese in lasagna.

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Buffalo Tofu Wings with Creamy Ranch Dip

Buffalo Tofu Wings with Creamy Ranch Dip

They make a ranch dip you'll want to put on everything you eat.

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

They make a cheesecake so good no one will realize there's no cream cheese involved.

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Cake Batter Cashew Butter

Cake Batter Cashew Butter

They can be turned into a butter like other nuts.

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Grilled Mushroom Tacos with Pepita Relish & Chipotle Crema

Grilled Mushroom Tacos with Pepita Relish & Chipotle Crema

They can replace the sour cream or crema on tacos.

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Strawberry Coconut Lime Smoothie

Strawberry Coconut Lime Smoothie

They add creaminess and body to your morning smoothie.

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Black Bean Enchiladas

Black Bean Enchiladas

They can replace the layer of cheese that covers enchiladas.

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Spiralized Vegetable Stir Fry

Spiralized Vegetable Stir Fry

They can make a creamy sauce for a stir fry.

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Vegan French Onion Dip

Vegan French Onion Dip

They can be whipped into a dairy-free version of French Onion Dip.

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Vegan Kale Spanakopita

Vegan Kale Spanakopita

They can replace the feta in spanakopita.

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Raw Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Parfaits

Raw Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Parfaits

They can be turned into a rich, creamy substitute for chocolate mousse or pudding.

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Vegan Fondue

Vegan Fondue

They make the perfect cheesy-but-cheeseless fondue. [via Healthy Slow Cooking]

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Crispy Cauliflower Carrot Fritters with Smoky Garlic Aioli

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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2 Comments

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    Tori
    March 16, 2016 at 6:52 am

    These are all winners and that dessert pizza, OMG!

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    Lori
    March 20, 2016 at 4:32 am

    I love cashews and they are great for vegan meals…but they are also very expensive. I find there are a lot of wonderful meals or especially desserts that can be made with cashews, but I tend not to make them except for special occasions because of cost.

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