This Spicy Chipotle Cream Sauce will light up your taste buds. I love this sauce on an Easy Cuban Black Beans Buddha bowl! It's also great as a dipping sauce for the Hearty Breakfast Burrito, and drizzled on Veggie Tofu Scramble. The spicy hot flavor is complemented with a little Simple Homemade Date Syrup, making it beautifully balanced.
Spicy Chipotle Cream Sauce has 6 key ingredients
- Raw cashews
- Lemon juice
- Apple cider vinegar
- Miso paste
- Simple Homemade Date Syrup
- Chipotle powder
How to Prepare
This sauce is simple to make. You have the option of soaking the cashews in water in the refrigerator overnight. But I typically use the following method, because its faster and sometimes I forget to soak my nuts 😳 the night before.
- Put cashews into a small pot with hot water and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes to soften. Drain and rinse cashews.
- Add softened cashews and all remaining ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend smooth and creamy. For a thinner consistency, add 1-2 tablespoons more water.
I use my Magic Bullet blender when I make this because it's so much easier to clean up. Also, the amount of sauce yielded in this recipe is not a huge batch, but just enough for a couple of meals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Cashews have a mild nutty flavor. Because cashew cream sauce has acid from the lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, it mimics the taste of sour cream with a slight sweetness. This spicy cream sauce also has heat and a smoky flavor on top of it, further counterbalanced by the sweetness of the dates.
I'm a nutritionist, and I look to science when answering this question. When you compare the saturated fat, dietary cholesterol, and the research about other compounds in these two types of cream, homemade cashew cream comes out on top as being a healthier choice than the dairy-based cream you get from the grocery store.
Dairy-based sour cream has more than double the amount of saturated fat, approximately 20mg of dietary cholesterol (cashew-based has zero) per serving, and usually contains additives like carrageenan that may promote inflammation, and artificial preservatives like sodium phosphate commonly found in processed food that extend shelf life, but is not beneficial to human health. Furthermore, dairy naturally contains hormones explicitly designed for a calf and not humans. Studies show that ingesting these hormones is associated with a greater risk of prostate and breast cancers.
Cashew cream typically contains cashews, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar. Cashews are a good or excellent source of magnesium, copper, manganese, and zinc. Eating cashews and other nuts (and seeds), high in mono- and poly-unsaturated fatty acids, are associated with better health outcomes.
You can store leftover cashew cream in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Freezing cashew cream is not recommended.
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