Cashews are great to use as a dairy substitute in creamy desserts, sauces, or dips!
Cashews offer a delicate flavor and creamy texture when blended. Cashew nuts are a type of tree nut and have a unique kidney-like shape to them. They’re white in color with a sweet, slightly nutty flavor. They’re extremely versatile and a great pantry staple for everyone!
Health Benefits of Cashews:
Cashews, like most nuts and seeds, contain an abundance of heart-healthy fats, fiber, and plant-based protein. Consuming nuts on a daily basis is a great way to protect your heart and cardiovascular system by supporting a healthy ratio of HDL : LDL cholesterol (“good” to “bad” cholesterol).
Cashews also contain minerals such as zinc, manganese, copper, and selenium, all of which are important for our immune system and overall health.
Nutrient Breakdown of Cashews:
*Per 1 cup whole
- Fiber | 3g
- Protein | 18g
- Healthy fats | 44g
- Vitamin K | 43% DV
- Thiamin | 28% DV
- B6 | 21% DV
- Iron | 37% DV
- Magnesium | 73% DV
- Phosphorus | 59% DV
- Potassium | 19% DV
- Zinc | 39% DV
- Copper | 110% DV
- Manganese | 83% DV
- Selenium | 28% DV
How To Use:
Cashews are great for mimicking a creamy, dairy-like texture in non-dairy creamy desserts, sauces, or dips.
You can also use cashews as a plain snack, or add them to oatmeal, porridge, granola or muesli. They’re great in salads, baked goods and trail mixes too. They’re also often used to make homemade nut butters or homemade nut milk!
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If purchasing nuts in bulk, store half in the freezer to keep from going rancid and keep the rest in the pantry for quick use. Soaking cashews before consumption may also be beneficial for some individuals’ digestion!