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5-Ingredient Cashew Yogurt

About a month or so ago, I decided it was time to clean up my diet. It wasn’t even that I was eating poorly, but more that Aaron and I were relying on packaged convenience foods a little too much. Things like pre-made veggie burgers, granola, jam, cashew yogurt, soy creamer—just a lot of everyday staples with sneaky ingredients like “natural” flavors and carrageenan that I would never add to my food if I were making it myself. Eating this way was making me feel sluggish and I knew I could do better.  So, I decided to take a quick inventory of the convenience foods on our grocery list, and came up with a few really simple recipes to replace them.

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The creamer was a very easy swap because I already had an awesome vegan coffee creamer (seriously, you’ve gotta try that recipe!). From there, I tackled our expensive, sugary non-dairy yogurt habit. Aaron is the primary yogurt-eater at our house. He has it almost every morning with his granola or muesli, and he was hooked on a brand that costs $2/serving. I knew I could edit my cashew-based creamer recipe to make a thick and rich cashew yogurt recipe that would rival our favorite store-bought brand.

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As it turns out, all you need are 5 ingredients: cashews, almond milk, lemon juice, a tiny bit of maple syrup, and a pinch of salt. Soak the cashews, add everything to your blender for about a minute, and you have the richest, creamiest, low sugar vegan yogurt. The texture and flavor remind me of cheesecake filling!

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You can keep your cashew yogurt plain, or blend in some extras to make it flavored. Here are a few add-in ideas to get you started:

  • organic lemon or lime zest
  • a handful of fresh fruit—strawberries, sliced peach, pineapple, etc.
  • a splash of vanilla, almond, or other extract
  • one to two tablespoons of raw cacao powder (chocolate yogurt!)
  • fresh vanilla bean scrapings, or a couple small pinches of vanilla bean powder (vanilla bean flecks!)

If you’re regularly buying yogurt at the grocery store each week, definitely give this cashew yogurt recipe a try! Just one pound of cashews is enough to make 2 batches of cashew yogurt and 2 batches of cashew creamer, and with the exception of needing to soak the cashews, it will take you all of 5-10 minutes total. I love it when the homemade versions of things are better tasting, better for you, and less expensive!

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5-Ingredient Cashew Yogurt

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5-Ingredient Cashew Yogurt

Vegan, Gluten Free,

Serves: 4


Prep Time: 5 mins

This vegan cashew yogurt recipe is extra creamy, low in sugar, and so easy! All you need are a few simple ingredients and a blender.

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5-Ingredient Cashew Yogurt

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked 2 hours (or overnight)
  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
  • juice from 1 medium lemon
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • generous pinch sea salt

Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free Servings: 4

Prep Time: 5 mins

This vegan cashew yogurt recipe is extra creamy, low in sugar, and so easy! All you need are a few simple ingredients and a blender.

Instructions

  • Drain and rinse the soaked cashews. Add all of the ingredients to a high-speed blender. Process on high speed for 60 seconds, or until very smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust the sweetness.
  • Transfer the yogurt to a jar or airtight container and store it in the fridge. It will thicken once it's chilled and should keep for about 5 days.

Notes [5]

This recipe makes a thicker, whole milk style yogurt. It will be pourable immediately after blending and will thicken as it chills in the fridge. If you’d like to thin it out, simply whisk in a tablespoon of almond milk at a time to reach your desired consistency.

Feel free to replace the almond milk with an equal amount of your favorite non-dairy milk.

I use and recommend a Vitamix Blender.

You can keep your yogurt plain, or blend in some extras to make it flavored. Here are a few add-in ideas to get you started:

organic lemon or lime zest
a small handful of fresh fruit—strawberries, sliced peach, pineapple, etc.
a splash of vanilla, almond, or other extract
one to two tablespoons of raw cacao powder (chocolate yogurt!)
fresh vanilla bean scrapings, or a couple small pinches of vanilla bean powder (vanilla bean flecks!)

Recipe inspired by my Easiest Vegan Coffee Creamer.

Copyright © 2019 Amanda Maguire for Pickles & Honey

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  1. Megan says

    I’ve been waiting for this recipe ever since you posted that delicious granola the other week! I’m so excited to try this! (making a special trip to the grocery store on my way home from work to buy cashews) 🙂

  2. Kayla says

    Yes!! This is exactly the recipe I’ve been needing. Do you think cashew pieces will work instead of whole cashews?

    1. I imagine it will – I use cashew pieces for EVERYTHING and never had a problem!

      1. Cashew pieces work great! I usually buy them because they’re less expensive. 🙂

  3. Sarah says

    Hooray for delicious and less expensive vegan yogurt! It’s always too pricey at the store even when it’s on sale and I find a lot of brands don’t even taste very good (chemical flavor and overly sugary). Off to go soak my cashews NOW. 😉

  4. GIRL it’s like you’re in my head. Totally going to soak cashews right now!

    1. Yay! Hope you love the yogurt, Kait! <3

  5. jacquie says

    great sounding recipe! the homemade version always tastes so much better. I’m curious as to what you are considering a serving? is it a full cup? also would you have any idea what the protein content and calories would be? Thanks.

    1. We usually get about 4 servings out of the recipe. It’s filling/calorie dense, so a little goes a long way.

  6. Christiana Monyok says

    How long does this keep in the refrigerator?

  7. Malorie says

    Does this sort of home made yogurt contain any beneficial bacteria/probiotics? Either way it’s going to be delicious but I’m curious if these are present. Thanks!

    1. Hi Malorie! You could add probiotic powder to this recipe, although we prefer to just take a daily probiotic in capsule form. 🙂

  8. Shawn says

    This is totally delicious. How delicious is it? Just licking the spatula cleaning out the blender the first time I made it, it was so good I immediately started soaking more cashews to make another batch.

    I added a generous dollop of pure Mexican vanilla and the contents of 1 probiotic capsule.

    Next batch will add vanilla and blueberries to the yogurt mixture and then add sliced banana at serving time.

  9. Natalie Woodman says

    If i add probiotics to this will it still work?

    1. Hi Natalie! You could add probiotic powder to this recipe, although we prefer to just take a daily probiotic in capsule form. 🙂

  10. Kathy says

    This was delicious! I added blue spirulina powder to mine and served it on top of raspberry nice cream (made from frozen bananas and raspberries). Thanks for the delicious recipe!

    1. Oh, wow! That sounds like the most deliciously high-vibe treat.

  11. Carole says

    Hi. Is the salt required? Could another type of salt be used?

    1. Hi Carole, You could try making your yogurt without the salt. The lemon juice may be enough. 🙂

  12. Sue Barlett says

    Could you use raw unfiltered honey instead of maple syrup?

      1. Sue Barlett says
  13. Lindsey Walters says

    I tried cashew yogurt at a health foods store it was so exspensive, I wanted to make it at home and I found this recipe, I currently have to be dairy free and I am nursing and my little one cannot tolerate dairy, this recipe is absolutely amazing! It was SO EASY I didn’t even have to buy anything at the store. Great recipe! Tastes great and has a delicious, creamy texture. I added strawberries to my mixture 🙂

    1. Your comment made me so happy, Lindsey! I’m thrilled you loved the recipe and found it super easy too. (those are the best kinds of recipes!) All my best to you and your little one. 🙂

  14. Simon says

    I love the simplicity of this recipe! I was just wondering if probiotics could be added, and if so, when during the process would you add them? Thanks

    1. Amanda says

      Yes, you could definitely add probiotics! I would just mix them in at the end. 🙂

      1. Simon says

        This is awesome! Thank you soo much. I will do that on my next batch. This recipe is amazing. The taste and texture are spot on.

      2. Amanda says

        Thank you, Simon! I’m so happy to hear that!

  15. Andrea says

    Can’t wait to try this! I already make my own cashew creamer and love it. Just curious… do you use store bought or homemade almond milk? I’m wondering if that would make a difference in the texture. Thanks!

    1. Amanda says

      Hi Andrea! I alternate between store bought and homemade nut milks…just depends what I have time to make that week. 😉

      1. Andrea says
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