I knew exactly what to do with the cashews — cheese!! Raw cashew cheese sauces are among my favorite raw food dishes, but I so rarely make them since bulk cashews are kinda spendy. There were about two cups of whole, raw, hand-cracked, sustainably harvested cashews in this 8-ounce bag, which happened to be exactly how much I needed to make the Cashew Alfredo Sauce from Eat Raw, Eat Well:
Anyway, back to the cashews. When I make cashew cheeses, I always buy the bulk cashew pieces in the Whole Foods bulk bin. And that's fine for blending into sauces and dressings, but I don't believe I've ever really tried a whole, raw cashew. These nuts were the cleanest, freshest tasting cashews I've ever tried. Each one was fully intact. Not a broken nut in the whole bag. It seemed a shame to blend them into a sauce. But nevertheless, the sauce (made with cashews, nutritional yeast, miso, lemon juice, and garlic) was delicious, and after one bite, I had no regrets.
What are your favorite ways to use raw cashews?