The beloved delicately sweet flavoured crescent nut is commonly found as a bar snack but have you ever tried cooking with them in sweet and savoury cashew recipes?
Commonly found in Asian cookery cashews are perfect to add crunch to stir fry dishes or curries and compliment meats like chicken, pork. In sweet cooking the buttery delicate texture lends itself perfectly to vegan dishes as a dairy alternative.
So whether you choose to throw cashews into stir frys, bake them into cakes or simply enjoy them in their unadorned glory here are a selection for cashew recipes that will inspire you next time you're wondering what to do with those left overs in the packet.
What are cashew nuts?
Cashew nuts are, strictly speaking, seeds that grow on a tropical evergreen tree native to South America. In 2019, over four million tons of cashew nuts were produced globally, with Ivory Coast and India leading the way. Cashew nuts are high in protein and carbohydrates, as well as being a rich source of minerals such as copper and manganese.
Asian cashew nut and chicken stir fry
Asian food is all about textures and cashew nuts add extra crunch and interest to this chicken stir fry with soy sauce and basmati rice. Perfect for a mid-week dinner.
Vegan cashew cheesecake
Looking for new vegan dessert ideas? Try this vegan cashew cheesecake with the topping set on a base of medjool dates and almonds. After all, here’s no reason why vegans should have to miss out on cheesecake.
What could be better than covering your cashews in chocolate? Try this delicious dessert recipe for chocolate bark from Heather Scholten, author of Farmgirl Gourmet food blog. The bitter dark chocolate is the perfect foil for the sweet, buttery crunch of the cashews.
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