Vanilla Bean Whipped Cashew Cream {Date-Sweetened}

whipped cashew cream

I promised you a Vitamix recipe, and here it is!

Creamy, light, luscious whipped cream… made JUST from cashews, medjool dates, and vanilla beans. It sounds impossible, but I hope these photos provide evidence to the contrary.

whipped cashew cream

This recipe is also ridiculously easy: soak the cashews and dates, toss ‘em into a high speed blender with vanilla bean seeds, and let ‘er rip until you end up with a pile of cloud-light fluffy whipped cashew cream.

whipped cashew cream

Note that when refrigerated, the whipped cream might firm up a bit, so it is best when eaten immediately after blending.

whipped cashew cream

Can you see the airiness?!

whipped cashew cream

I want for there to be a bowl of this on hand in our kitchen at all times.

whipped cashew cream

 

 

Vanilla Bean Whipped Cashew Cream {Date-Sweetened}

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Keywords: blender dessert snack raw sugar-free vegan cashews medjool dates

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw whole cashews
  • 1/4 cup very tightly packed pitted soft Medjool dates (for me this was 3 large dates)
  • seeds scraped from one large vanilla bean
  • 1/4-1/2 cup cold filtered water

Instructions

Combine cashews and pitted dates in a bowl; cover with cold water, cover bowl, and let soak for at least 4 hours, (or 8 hours if you do not have a high speed blender such as a Vitamix), then drain.

Place drained cashews and dates in a high speed blender or food processor; add scraped vanilla beans, & 1/4 cup cold filtered water and blend/process until perfectly smooth, adding more water (1 tablespoon at a time) as needed to reach desired consistency. Take care not to let the mixture start to steam if you are using a high speed blender!

Best when eaten immediately after blending.

NOTE: If you are using a high speed blender, the end consistency should be light & airy just like traditional whipped cream. You may not achieve this exact texture if you are using a regular blender or food processor.

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The Best Green Smoothies Blog Tour

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I’m happy to be a participant in the blog tour for The Best Green Smoothies on the Planet by Tracy Russell. I’ve been imbibing a green smoothie every day thus far in 2015, and Tracy’s book has given me a ton of fresh ideas for what kind of greens to incorporate (such as zucchini, broccoli, and dandelion greens). She also inspires her readers by suggesting new (to me) fruit combinations (such as cherries & pineapples, pears & blueberries, and blueberries & persimmons).

Many of Tracy’s recipes include flavor additions such as cinnamon and cacao powder, and none of them contain added sugar. Every recipe in the book is accompanied by nutrition information as well as substitutions and variations. The cookbook is divided into chapters based on the specific health benefits of the smoothies:

  • Detox and Cleansing Green Smoothies
  • Weight Loss Green Smoothies
  • Antioxidant Green Smoothies
  • Fitness and Energy Green Smoothies
  • Immune-Boosting Green Smoothies
  • Calcium-Rich Green Smoothies
  • Heart-Healthy Green Smoothies
  • Iron-Rich Green Smoothies
  • Mood-Enhancing Green Smoothies

I’m sharing a recipe from the Weight Loss Green Smoothies chapter:

BANANA-PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE

Tracy writes: “This smoothie reminds me of a tropical drink you’d get on the beach. Unlike those high-calorie, sugar-laden drinks, however, this smoothie is low calorie and loaded with fiber to help you lose weight. The addition of spinach gives this smoothie a little extra calcium and iron as well as various vitamins and minerals.”

INGREDIENTS
1 banana, peeled
½ cup cubed frozen pineapple
2 cups fresh baby spinach
Seeds scraped from ½ vanilla bean or ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract (alcohol-free)
4 ounces coconut water

NUTRITION INFO
Calories: 187
Fat: 2g
Protein: 3g
Carbs: 40g
Calcium: 6%
Iron: 2.2mg
Vitamin A: 41%
Vitamin C: 89%

There are no recipe-specific instructions, because all you need to do it toss all of the ingredients (in the order listed) into your blender and blend away! Tracy does explain how to make the perfect green smoothie in Chapter Two of Part One of the cookbook, so you can pick up some great tips there.

green smoothie

This Tropics-inspired smoothie is bright, refreshing, and thirst-quenching. It’s creamy (thanks to the banana) without the addition of milk or yogurt, sweet from the pineapple, and – as you can see – a gorgeous shade of green from the spinach.

I enjoyed the Banana-Pineapple Smoothie very much, and I can’t wait to try more of the enticing green smoothies from Tracy’s cookbook!

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