Organic Vegan Cream & Sour Cream Recipes

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organic vegan cashew cream recipeI’ve been promising to post these recipes for a while, but on the heels of our magical Hawaiian adventure, it’s time to deliver.

Among our many activities, we had the honor of conducting a workshop on smoothies at the annual Puna Culinary Festival, which was held at Kalani. Kalani is a retreat center that honors and accentuates the natural environment of the southern end of Hawai’i Island (known to many as “The Big Island”), where geckos scamper, yoga is practiced abundantly, clothing at the pool is optional, and the food is fresh and delicious.  

During our interactive smoothie workshop, we all talked about finding vegan alternatives to prepared nut or grain milks that seem mostly to contain carrageenan, which is not a particularly healthy ingredient. In fact, some studies show that it is an inflammatory food and can cause cancer. Yikes! I don’t use milk or cream of any kind in my smoothies, but I offered my cashew cream as a possible solution.

Learn about the differences between smoothies and juicing and get some great recipes from myself and GD Lynn!

Here’s a recipe for the organic vegan cashew cream plus a yummy cashew sour cream!

Green Diva Meg's Cashew Cream
Serves 8
Green Diva Meg's delicious cashew cream that can be adjusted to be more like milk
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup raw organic cashews (soaked for 3+ hours)
  2. 1/2 - 1 cup filtered water (more or less depending on desired consistency)
  3. 2 - 3 tablespoons organic maple syrup
  4. 1/2 teaspoon organic powdered vanilla (or 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  5. 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon good whole leaf, powdered stevia
Instructions
  1. put the cashews in a bowl and cover with good filtered water and soak for at least 3 hours. you can soak them overnight, but cover and put in the fridge if you do.
  2. drain the cashews.
  3. put it all in a blender, starting with 1/2 cup of water, adding more if necessary.
Notes
  1. you can make it less sweet by reducing the amount of maple syrup and vanilla, and you can make it more like milk by adding water and blending longer.
Adapted from Good Girl Gone Green
The Green Divas http://thegreendivas.com/
Green Diva Meg's Cashew Sour Cream
Serves 16
Super creamy and delicious vegan sour cream substitute
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Prep Time
3 hr 15 min
Total Time
3 hr 15 min
Prep Time
3 hr 15 min
Total Time
3 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup organic cashews (soaked in filtered water for 3+ hours)
  2. 1/2 - 1 cup filtered water
  3. juice of 1 organic lemon
  4. 1 tablespoon organic raw apple cider vinegar
  5. 2 large pinches of good sea salt
Instructions
  1. put the cashews in a bowl and cover with good filtered water and soak for at least 3 hours. you can soak them overnight, but put them in the refrigerator covered.
  2. drain the cashews.
  3. put everything in the blender, but have extra water handy if you need it to get the right constancy.
  4. blend until nice and smooth and creamy.
Adapted from The First Mess
Adapted from The First Mess
The Green Divas http://thegreendivas.com/
Check out more Green Divas vegan recipes.

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Green Diva Meg
megan@thegreendivas.com'

(aka Megan McWilliams Bouchard) is the founder of The Green Divas and GDGD Radio Network (the first green and healthy living radio network on earth for the earth). She's the producer and host of the popular Green Divas Radio Show, one of the first radio shows dedicated to sharing low-stress ways to live a deeper shade of green. Green Diva Meg is a well-known green living expert and media personality.

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