Hey there :)
Summer has finally arrived and it hit hard. The temperatures here are high and it sunny so the main time I am being home I like to spend on our balcony. Best way to be there is with a nice refreshing smoothie. But no matter how much I like smoothies, it was getting a bit same-y. And that sometimes makes me feel like an old dry cookie ^^°
That’s why I wanted to come up with something new. As now the berry season is full on, berries were a total must and I decided to just top them with something cream-like, but with a bit more nutrition to it than just some plain cream. As nuts, and cashews in particular, are generally a good base for creams I tought I might use them. I wasn’t too sure about using them in summer in the beginning though. Because nuts in my mind, as much as I love them, have a somewhat autumn-y or winter-y taste. But I decided to give it a try anyway and I am so happy I did because I am really really happy with this snack. It feels light and yet will fill you up for some time and thanks to the hemp seeds you even get some protein which makes this cream also a nice post-workout snack :)
Although I was skeptical of mixing some citrus-fruit with cashews at first, I will never doubt that combination again from now on! It is so refreshing and pairs way better than I expected. The cream will have such a nice tart taste and is just perfect for this kind of weather and pairs wonderfully with the berries.
So, if you have a blender and 10 minutes time you should really try this recipe. It is super easy to make but feels so indulgent, really worth a try :)
I am not sure, did you guys have contact with hemp seeds before? Because if you haven’t you totally should say hi ;)
In the case of hemp the seeds aren’t made for smoking but eating. They have a slightly nutty flavor but all in all are more neutral tasting. They shelled hemp seeds are also very soft so you can use them to make blended stuff a bit creamier. Yummi :)
A very strong pro of hemp seeds is its protein. It is one of the few plant base sources that even is a complete protein (aka containing all the 20 amino acids) and thus making it a nice addition for vegetarians or vegans to their diets. Or if you do a lot of sports it can also help you rebuild muscle tissue. It is super easy to incorporate. Just sprinkle over your muesli or yoghurt or put some in a smoothie etc.
Hemp seeds are also nature’s highest botanical source of essential fatty acid. Even with a perfect ratio of the essential fatty acids of 3:1 (omega 3: omega 6). And they have some gamma linolenic acid, which is rather rare (except for some vegetable oils).
And of course hemp seeds contain quite an impressive number of minerals such as magnesium, iron, zinc and vitamins A, B1, B3, B5, D, and E. Buyah :)
But no, they will not get you high, in case you were wondering ;)
prep. time: 10 minutes +++ yields: about 1 Cup
- 1 Cup / 140g Cashews
- ½ Cup / 125ml water + 4Tbsp if needed
- 2-3 Tbsp. coconut sugar
- 2 Tbsp. hemp seeds, shelled
- 1 tsp. vanilla powder or vanilla paste
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- ½ lemon, zest
- ½ lime, zest
- some mixed berries to taste (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries…)
- optional toppings like coconut flakes, granola, nuts etc.
At least 4 hours before making the cream, soak the cashews. They should soak for a minimum of 4 hours and a maximum of overnight.
When ready to make the cream, rinse and drain the cashews and place into blender.
Start with adding ½ Cup / 125ml of water, 2 Tbsp. of coconut sugar and the rest of the ingredients except for lime and lemon zest and the berries to the blender. Blend for about 30 seconds.
If needed, add a bit more water to thin out or 1 more tbsp. of coconut sugar if you prefer it sweeter. Blend again until completely smooth.
My blender is very strong and it was no problem to get it smooth. I am guessing it should work with normal blenders but I won’t suggest an immersion blender.
Put in a bowl and stir the lemon and lime zest into the cream. Store in the fridge until ready to use.
Wash the berries and cut them into smaller bites. Place them in smaller bowls and spoon the cashew-cream onto them. Top with desired toppings and enjoy in the sun :)