When I first transitioned to a vegan diet I was a little sad about yogurt. I knew I could buy coconut, almond and soy yogurts, and they are good, but there is something about a thick, tangy greek style yogurt that these didn’t match up to. And since I am on a mission to eat “Whole Foods Plant Based” I don’t like the other ingredients I find in there…. Then I found out how to make cashew yogurt, inspired by the Kitchen Garden Cookbook. It has a similar thick Greek yogurt “mouth feel,” without all the added gums, etc.. Cashews are creamy, mild tasting and nutritious! .25 cups has high amounts of minerals including copper, phoshorus, manganese, magnesium and zinc.
This is seriously yummy stuff, and so easy too.
For a little bit longer of a process, you can sprout your raw cashews over night. This can help with digestibility, if your digestion is sensitive, and make the cashews quite easy to blend.
For a quicker process, If you don’t want to soak, no problem! The fermentation process of making yogurt helps to pre-digest and make nutrients more bio-available anyways. Also, if you have a high speed blender, it will pulverize the nuts quite well.
Ingredients makes 2 cups
1 cup raw whole cashews (option to soak over night)
1.25 cups water
1 tsp probiotic powder (or open 2 capsules)
1. Blend water and cashews really well. I use the highest speed on the Vitamix for a minute.
2. Place in jar and stir in probiotic powder and cover with a venting lid (muslin or paper coffee filter)
3. Place in dehydrator or oven at 95 degrees, overnight.
4. In the morning you will have AMAZING, thick and nutritious yogurt. You want to have a little “whey” liquid on the top, so if you don’t have any, just increase your water in the recipe by 1/4 cup. If you have too much liquid, go down to just a cup of water for the recipe. I thick this will be different depending on your environment (I live in the desert), and if you pre soak them.
5. Store in the fridge for up to 10 days. Sweeten if you like and eat it with fruit or granola.
I hope you enjoy this, and let me know how you like it!