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cream and berries with a fig twist

During the REAL EATS challenge, we aren’t eating any dairy so I turn to cashews to make this creamy treat.  This recipe is in our cookbook nourish on p264 and its quick, simple and looks beautiful on the plate.

  • 1 cup raw cashews*cashew_cream2
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • 1t vanilla

Blend above in a food processor to desired consistency.  Scoop into dishes and top with the below.

  • Berries of choice
  • Fig sauce**
  • Cacao Nibs

The added flavor of the fig sauce and the crunch of the cacao nibs really makes the berries pop.

*For a creamier texture, first soak the cashews for a couple of hours, drain and rinse.

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**You ever wonder what to do with dried fruit that is a bit two wrinkly and hard to bite into?  (because, you know, it’s a sin to throw away REAL FOOD!).  I found some figs in this state that same morning of my cashew cream fixings.  I figured if I soaked them in some warm water for several hours, they would plump right up.  Bingo!  I then tossed them in the food processor (reserving the soaking liquid) and had fig paste with no added sweeteners, preservatives or flavorings.  Just pure figs.  The soaking liquid is what I used to flavor the cashew cream and berries.

I love the simple things in life!

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