This is an amazing substitute for any time you need cream – sour cream, Mexican crema or even crème fraîche. When making crema or sour cream, I leave out the agave, and when making crème fraîche, I use the agave but leave out the lime and salt. This recipe comes from Viva Vegan, a great cookbook that shows how essentially all Latino food can be successfully veganized.
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp lemon or lime juice
- 1 tsp agave
- 1/2 tsp salt, or more to taste
If you have a vitamix, no need to soak the cashews. If using a regular blender, soak the cashews in water that covers them at least by two inches for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Drain and blend until smooth and creamy, which can take up to 2 minutes total.