Cashew Cream Stuffed Strawberries
- Strawberries (1 carton to 1 pound)
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 2 almonds
- 1 teaspoon ground flax seed
Wash your strawberries, cut off the stems and create a little divot in the middle to allow room for the cashew cream. Set aside. You can prepare only one carton of strawberries if you like. It means you’ll have some cashew cream leftover, but there’s plenty of things to do with that. For example, spread it on a cracker, or use it as a dip for a banana and apple slices. Add some chocolate syrup and serve it like a pudding. Plop a dollop of it on top of a cup of hot soup.
You’ll want to start the cashew cream the night before by placing the cashews in a container, filling it with water until the cashews are covered and placing it in the fridge to sit. Now, if you’re like me, you’re wondering if you can skip this step. Normally, I’m all for that, but in this situation you really want to let it sit. At least for 4 – 5 hours. You want those cashews to soak up all that water so they become pleasantly plump.
Once the cashews are thoroughly soaked, drain any excess water and rinse them before placing in the bowl of a food processor. Add 1/4 cup of the water, the agave nectar, and lime juice and pulse for several seconds. Use a spatula to push down any cashew pieces that might have tried to escape and pulse again. Repeat that process several times until the mixture begins to get a little homogenized. At this point you might want to add a little more water. Do so by adding 1 tablespoon at a time until you get the right consistency. Once you’re there, pulse the cashew cream for up to a minute in the food processor. You want that cream to be silky smooth!
Use your spatula to spoon the cashew cream into the strawberries, one at a time. This doesn’t take too long. Just be careful not to be like Lucille Ball and eat more than you’re serving. It’s easier to do than you think!
Mince the almonds and combine with the flax seed to prepare a crusty topping to sprinkle over the top of the stuffed strawberries. If you’d like something different, feel free to use some melted dark chocolate. Wouldn’t that be nice!