Pumpkin seeds, pistachios, walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, sunflower seeds…there are so many different kinds of nuts and/or seeds to enjoy daily. They make a great snack during the mid-afternoon when you’re looking for something crunchy or salty. Overall, they are a good source of protein, many minerals (magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper, iron, and zinc), and healthy fats.
I have been particularly enjoying cashews lately. Added on top of salads, mixed in with a pilaf, they seem to fit in with either salty or sweet dishes. They can be roasted in the oven with various spices (cumin, coriander, cayenne, cinnamon, and salt) or blended into a creamy dip for a sweeter flavor. Below is a recipe I created for these versatile nuts that tastes great paired with fresh fruit or can be used as a light frosting.
Sweet & Creamy Cashew Dip
Cashews are one of the highest nuts containing iron, along with providing calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. The mildly sweet flavor of the cashews combined with the sweetness of dried figs creates a tasty dip to pair with fresh fruit such as apples or pears or as a topping for muffins or scones.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 dried Turkish figs
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of sea salt
Put all ingredients into a high speed blender and puree until all ingredients are combined and the texture is smooth and creamy.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 1 ½ cups
Copyright 2011, J. Usdavin, Original recipe.