I wanted to incorporate the favorite nut of India in a different way that I usually use them. I roast them, spice them and use them to thicken curries. This time I wanted to see what would happen if I ground them to a paste.
Cashews are grown on on trees on farms in India. We can thank the Portuguese explorers who brought them to India back in the 1500s for their tasty donation to the lands they visited.
They are actually the seeds that grow at the bottom of the red or yellow cashew apple. Yes, it does even look like a bright red or yellow apple with a cashew glued to the bottom. I saw some at a spice farm I visited a few years ago and thought they looked rather odd. Cashews are very healthy in that they have less fat than other nuts. They have a healthy amount of monounsaturated fats which is good for one’s heart. They are also loaded with antioxidants and other minerals. Just what the doctor ordered.
After soaking them for a short time, I ground a cup of raw cashews in a blender until a smooth paste formed. The resulting flavor was similar to a very thick almond milk and it looked like whipped cream. I immediately knew what I wanted to do with it.
I added a few of my favorite Indian spices, cinnamon and cardamom, along with some sugar. I stirred it all together and I had a vegan version of flavored whipped cream. It is a perfect topping to fresh berries. I use strawberries in my recipe but any fresh berries will be delicious.
You may have noticed over the years that I don’t make very many desserts. I try to ignore them since being in the same room with them increases my waistline. This recipe is so healthy and easy to make that no one will turn down an offer of this dish.
Now that I’ve shared a very simple recipe for Sweet Cashew Cream and Fresh Berries that is really tasty and good for you, I hope you enjoy it!