Raw Cashew Dip - Vegan and Gluten-Free

Raw cashew hummus is creamy, vegan and delicious
Party worthy. Crisp fresh veggies and cashew dip.

Go Raw for a Creamy Dip

I've been eating hummus all week. Help. I can't stop. It all started when I whipped up a big batch of my tried and true favorite, a classic chick pea hummus recipe with tahini and lemon (though in full disclosure, I used lime juice instead of lemon). I munched it as a party worthy snack, with retro bunny carrot sticks as we rewatched some Mad Men episodes in anticipation of the coming season this Spring (sophisticated serial television that just keeps getting better and better, does it not?). Mad Men is a show with keen originality, surprises, and rare insights into sexual politics, power, culture, and marriage- not only enlightening those of us who lived through the sixties (I was- er, am- exactly Sally Draper's age, so many aspects of the show are akin to watching home movies), but connecting the dots that birthed our current consumer pop culture, in all its tarnished glitz and narcissistic glory.

Then I nestled dollops of the stuff on warm and comforting bowls of brown rice and stir-fried vegetables (recovering from said cultural insights, and newly minted wife-slash-copyrighter Megan's saucy rendition of Zou Bisou Bisou).

I ate and I ate.

And then there was no more. I was hummus-less. Without hummus. Bereft. An empty fragile goddess sans my favorite vegan protein complement.

So I began to scheme.

I pined for the opportunity to blog another hummus recipe, but I'd already shared not only my classic style hummus, but my irreverent upstart hummus with jalapenos, lime and peanut butter (which apparently, on some vegetarian forum raised an anti-goddess ruckus). Not to mention, my roasted red pepper hummus, perfect for 'Party On' mode (I hear tell there's a Big Game approaching).

My thoughts did a shuffle play through new and cool possibilities.

And I remembered my raw cashew cream recipe. Why not make it thicker? Why not make it into a hummus style dip? So I did the sensible thing. I soaked some cashews. And guess what?

Raw vegan deliciousness ensued.

Bisou. Bisou.

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raw cashew dip - vegan and gluten-free
This raw cashew hummus style dip is light and creamy.

Raw Cashew Hummus Style Dip Recipe

Originally posted September 2010 by Karina Allrich.

I'm a big fan of hummus in any variety. This particular "hummus" is light and creamy, a lovely dip for those eating raw. I love it as a veggie dip, and as a condiment to lightly stir-fried vegetables and rice.

1 cup soaked raw cashews*Vegan hummus made with soaked raw cashews 
1 tablespoon raw organic tahini (sesame paste) 
Juice from 1 fresh lemon, or to taste 
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
1 teaspoon organic minced garlic 
1/4 teaspoon organic onion powder  
Pinch of sea salt, to taste


Combine the soaked cashews, raw tahini, lemon juice,  extra virgin olive oil, onion, powder, garlic powder, and sea salt in a Vita-Mix or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. 
If it needs more silky body, add a little more extra virgin olive oil.  If you like a stronger tahini taste, add another tablespoon of tahini. Adjust the seasonings to your liking. 
Note- if your lemon does not yield enough juice, you may need more liquid; use two lemons if you need to. Taste test. 
Store in the fridge- in a covered glass bowl or storage container. The flavors get better as it chills. Chilling the hummus also thickens it. 
Use as a dip for fresh crisp veggies such as carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, zucchini sticks, yellow squash sticks, red pepper strips and broccolini. 
Serves four to six. 
*See how to soak cashews in this post.

Recipe Source: glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com

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Valerie @ City|Life|Eats said...

This looks delicious. Lately I have been addicted to a dip from Averie's Love Veggies and Yoga - the original recipe calls for sunflower seeds and hemp seeds, but I use cashews and hemp seeds, and it is lovely. I must try your approach to cashew hummus.

Cookin' Canuck said...

What a brilliant idea! I often get tired of regular hummus, so I'm excited to give this a try.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Oh yes! This is so genius. I can't tolerate chickpeas, so I've been hummus-less for some time. I usually resort to baba ganoush, which is also tasty, but I love this idea! Yum.

Kalyn said...

Once again I am in awe of your brilliance and creativity. And I know I would love this!

Laura said...

Mmm...my kind of food and I'm loving the colors and lighting on your photos. Very cool and inviting.

Jeanette said...

This looks so smooth and tasty. What a great alternative to the typical chickpea hummus.

deb ... p.s. bohemian said...

printing this one up as soon as i finish printing up the injera recipes i found today - gonna have to get more cashews though because i sadly dropped the mason full of cashews last night and the jar shattered all.over :(

Sharon said...

I have been in a real hummus mood, making it with black beans most recently. I am looking forward to trying this variation. And I am going to have to check out Mad Men, since you are the second of two very cool people who have raved about that show.

Pure2raw Twins said...

Love it! We love raw hummus so this recipe sounds delicious!!! I love how cashews can make things so creamy ;)

Heather @CeliacFamily said...

That looks wonderful and so creamy. I'm assuming you used a Vita-Mix? It looks like it has such a smooth texture.

Leah said...

Oh my this looks delicious! I can't wait to try it.

I too have an addiction to hummus! I think I may try it with some chickpeas added also.

I love your blog!!

Amy Green said...

That's got to be the most beautiful arrangement of veggies I've ever seen...a perfect way to decorate a table. I recently made some cilantro lime hummus which I was snacking on earlier today. Ok, I ate it with a spoon. I didn't even bother to cut up the veggies. I'm sure I'd do the same with your vegan verion.

Laura said...

I LOVE hummus - LOVE IT!

Am definitely going to try this recipe out cos I LOVE cashew nuts also!

Sportsgirl said...

Looks sooo good! I might make some tonight. Thank you.

The InTolerant Chef said...

Yummm.... I love cashews and always need a new way to try them..

Deanna said...

Mmmm...... I love all things soaked cashew. This is definitely going on my "things I must try ASAP" list.

lady bug said...

THANK YOU! Sadly, I can no longer eat chickpeas. They are one of my favorite foods and something has changed in my body that makes me incapable of digesting them properly or comfortably. This is amazing! I can't wait to try it! <3

atxglutenfree said...

This is genius! Love the idea of using cashews instead of chickpeas. My sister cannot tolerate chickpeas so this is perfect. I'll have to make it for her! Beautiful arrangement of vegetables also. Thank you for linking to me! xo! :)

Nancy Guppy, MHSc, RD said...

Recipe looks amazing... but too I love those pics of the crudite in the glasses.

Cathy said...

Amazing! I just made it and it is wonderful. I love humus, but can't tolerate beans. This is perfect!

bluets said...

mmmm.... i'm thinking about combining the red peppers from the roasted red pepper hummus with this one for a tasty bean-free version.

Warm n Wonderful said...

Yay! Thanks for this recipe. I love Hummus, but chick peas just don't like me, so I haven't had any in a very long time. I will try this very soon.

dreaminitvegan said...

So good. Hummus is so multi-purpose and this cashew one looks wonderful!

Cherine said...

Great idea. Love this version of hummus!!

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

Looove raw hummus! It's great with macadamia nuts too :D

Let's Be Self-Sufficient said...


peanut said...

I'm allergic to sesame, should I try to replace the tahini instead of just leaving it out? If so, do you have any recommendations?

Karina Allrich said...

Hi Peanut, Yes, I'd replace it (it adds some body and creaminess) with almond butter, cashew butter or Sunflower seed butter. They would each give it their own unique flavor boost. Taste test, and adjust salt and citrus to your liking. xox Karina

grace said...

Oh this looks wonderful! I'm on a detox at the moment so I'll try this at the weekend. Many thanks!

Krista said...

This was amazing! I made a batch on Sunday and finished off the last bit of it today in my lunch, I already miss it....sniff, better made some more!

Anonymous said...

This is so absolutely delicious.... I want to eat the whole batch RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!! I replaced the powders (because I did not have any) with a clove of garlic.... MUST MAKE MORE!!!! Thank you so much.....

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for this!!!
Wonderful. My project tomorrow--yummy.
Peace and Raw Health,

JMS~JOY in the arts! said...

Soaked IN WHAT and for how long????

Karina Allrich said...

Thanks everyone for the raw cashew love. It's a fun change from chick peas. xox

JMS Joy, The recipe links to directions on how to soak the cashews. Super easy to do. Look for : "*See how to soak cashews in this post." Follow the link.


RShaef said...

I was hesitant at first, but I didn't have any garbanzo beans and had JUST happened to have soaked cashews. SO . . . I gave it a try. And, it's brilliant. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

When you say raw cashews, do you mean unsalted roasted? Those were the only ones I could find at the grocery store. (Sorry, I'm new to this)

Gluten Free Traveller said...

This sounds really yummy and pretty simple. Thanks! I'm a huge fan of cashews :D

Anonymous said...

i don't have a vitamix, so my consistency wasn't what i was hoping to achieve. thusly i added a can of drained chickpeas, three cut green onions, lemon pepper seasoning, more lemon and salt to taste and WOW = THE best hummus ever. even my 18 and 20 year old who NEVER touch hummus couldn't stop eating it! thanks for the idea of cashews as a dip - will come back to your blog for sure !:)

Cassandra said...

I have a VitaMix but mine came out super thick and didn't blend well. I've only had my blender for two weeks so I assume I'm doing something wrong. ;) I'll keep at it! I LOVE hummus but hate the price of the fresh ones at the grocery store. Thanks for sharing your recipe! I definitely have to try that curry ranch that's in the link for how to soak cashews as well!

Brenda Humby said...

Couldn't get mine creamy, I didn't want to keep adding tbsp after tbsp of olive oil. Please help!

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