Summer Berries and Vanilla Sweet Cream

By Chef: Amber Crawley
Posted:  May 26, 2012


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Sun cured vanilla bean make everything better. This sweet cream recipe is so easy to prepare and makes an amazing cream layer in a berry parfait, or drizzled over fresh cut fruit like in this particular recipe. A touch of fresh lemon juice gives this recipe juuuust the right amount of tang without detracting from the sweet vanilla flavor and richness of the cashew nuts.


  • ½ cup raw cashews, soaked
  • 3 tablespoons agave or coconut nectar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter (I used Vivapura‘s amazing Coconut Créme!)
  • Seeds from ½ vanilla bean (or 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract)
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons filtered water
  • Additional water, as needed to thin

1) Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. (If you don’t have coconut butter, leave it out and stream in 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil at this point, with the blender running.) Add more water, a tablespoon at a time, as needed to blend to a drizzly consistency.
2) Layer over fresh berries or any fruit of your choice!