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Cashew sour cream

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Cashew sour cream is a nutritious and creamy dairy-free alternative made primarily from raw cashew nuts, water, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar. Raw cashews serve as the base, offering a rich source of healthy fats, plant-based protein, and essential nutrients. They contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, which can help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol while increasing “good” HDL cholesterol, supporting overall heart health. Cashews also provide a good amount of minerals, such as magnesium, which is vital for muscle function, bone health, and blood pressure regulation.

Water is used to help create the creamy consistency of the cashew sour cream, while lemon juice and apple cider vinegar contribute to its tangy flavour. Both lemon juice and apple cider vinegar are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, known for their potential immune-boosting properties and their ability to aid in digestion. Additionally, apple cider vinegar may help lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity, potentially benefiting those with diabetes or insulin resistance.

This plant-based sour cream alternative is not only suitable for individuals following vegan or dairy-free diets but also offers health benefits due to its nutritious ingredients.

Cashew Sour Cream

Catherine BarclayCatherine Barclay
Cashew sour cream is a dairy-free, plant-based alternative to traditional sour cream. Made from raw cashews blended with water, lemon juice and vinegar, this creamy condiment mimics the tangy flavour and texture of sour cream. It offers a rich and versatile base for various dishes, from topping tacos and nachos to garnishing soups and dressings. Rich in healthy fats and proteins, it's a popular choice for those following vegan, dairy-free, or plant-based diets, providing a delicious and nutritious alternative to conventional sour cream.
Very quick to make. Excellent as is or as a base to add other ingredients. Make a raft of different sauces, eg. a tbsp of maple syrup with a dash of vanilla for a sweet fruit topping. A sprinkle of smoked paprika and some pine nuts would be nice too.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 717 kcal


  • 1 cup raw cashew nuts
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¾ tsp apple cider vinegar


  • Soak cashews in hot water for 10 minutes, then drain.
  • Add cashews with all other ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Stop occasionally to scrape the sides
  • If needed, add more water in small amounts to get your desired consistency.


Calories: 717kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 24gFat: 57gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 31gSodium: 22mgPotassium: 870mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 52mgIron: 9mg
Keyword Cashew, Sour cream, 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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