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Cashew Cream Cheese Icing

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Cashew cream cheese icing is a nutritious and delightful dairy-free alternative, harnessing the health benefits of its primary ingredient, cashews. Cashews are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, essential for lowering bad cholesterol and supporting overall heart health. These nuts also provide an array of vitamins and minerals, including copper, magnesium, and antioxidants like selenium, offering potential benefits for bone health, nerve function, and immune system support. The creaminess and texture of cashews make them an excellent base for plant-based icing, offering a source of healthy fats and protein while delivering a satisfying consistency.

Incorporating natural ingredients like cinnamon, lemon, and vanilla in cashew cream cheese icing further enhances its health profile. Cinnamon is renowned for its potential to help regulate blood sugar levels and may possess anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, the use of lemon juice adds a tangy zest and a dose of vitamin C, contributing to skin health immune function, and aiding in digestion. Including vanilla not only adds a delightful aroma and taste but might also offer potential antioxidant properties and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Moreover, adding maple syrup as a natural sweetener rather than refined sugars enhances the nutritional profile of this icing. Maple syrup contains various antioxidants and offers small amounts of essential nutrients like manganese and zinc. Its lower glycemic index compared to refined sugars makes it a preferable sweetening option for those looking to moderate blood sugar levels. When combined, these ingredients create a delectable, health-conscious cashew cream cheese icing, providing a delightful, guilt-free topping for various baked treats while offering a range of potential health benefits.

Cashew Cream Cheese Icing

Catherine BarclayCatherine Barclay
Cashew cream cheese icing is a delectable, dairy-free alternative to traditional cream cheese frosting, made from soaked cashews blended with a few simple, natural ingredients. Blended to a smooth, creamy consistency, this icing delivers a rich and tangy flavour reminiscent of traditional cream cheese frosting. It is a versatile topping for cakes, cupcakes, and other baked goods. Its velvety texture and delightful taste make it an ideal choice for those seeking a plant-based or dairy-free frosting option.
Course cakes, Sauce
Cuisine American
Calories 836 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup raw cashew nuts soak in boiling water for 30 minutes
  • ½ cup water
  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon powder

Instructions
 

  • Drain cashews and add to a blender with all other ingredients. Blend until smooth.
  • Place in a sealed container in the fridge to set.

Nutrition

Calories: 836kcalCarbohydrates: 68gProtein: 24gFat: 57gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 31gSodium: 26mgPotassium: 960mgFiber: 5gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 101mgIron: 9mg
Keyword cream cheese, icing, vegan, wfpb
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Catherine Barclay
Catherine Barclay
Normally you might find me behind the coding of our sites but over the years I have become much more concerned about what has been happening in the kitchen as well - families do that for all of us don't they? Background experience is in Account Management and Web Development but as my passion has grown for WFPB so has my desire to speak out.
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