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Vanilla Cashew Frosting (raw, GF, vegan)

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Here a very simple recipe for a base frosting, Vanilla Cashew Frosting.  I say a base because you could doctor this up with many many different flavors!  It takes only a few minutes to make.  You can soak your cashews but it’s not required.  I try to soak them for a couple of hours because it helps to make the frosting a bit more creamy.  This frosting is not sickly sweet either.

I remember as a little girl eating frosting straight out of the Betty Crocker frosting container.  Just a spoonful here and there … just enough to charge the ole frosting batteries.   Mom, you didn’t just read this did you?  Haha.


  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soak for 2+ hours
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of raw agave depending on sweetness desired
  • 1/2 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Add all liquid in your blender first.  This will help the blade move.
  2. Blend all in blender until smooth and thick.
  3. Store in air tight container in your fridge for up to 1 week.

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4 thoughts on “Vanilla Cashew Frosting (raw, GF, vegan)

  1. Sue says:

    This looks absolutely divine Annie Sue. Other recipe books I have show the frosting as gritty. How long do you blend it to have the consistency shown in the picture? Thanks!

    • amie-sue says:

      Good evening Sue :)

      There are a few key elements in creating such a smooth texture. #1 – using a good high speed blender such as a Vitamix or Blendtec. #2 – really make sure that you soak the cashews for at least 2 hours to soften them. As you are blending you of course want to make sure that you don’t over heat the frosting while you are making it. I run it for a bit, stop it and rub a little mixture between my finger and thumb to see if there is any grittiness, if there is, I blend it for 30 seconds more, and continue that process until it is smooth and creamy. I hope that helps! amie sue

    • Liz says:

      Well it’s been 2 years since your comment, but I thought I’d also add – if you don’t have a high-power blender, you can get the same results by processing the nuts on their own first. I use my coffee grinder to great success!

      • amie-sue says:

        Thank you for sharing that Liz! I appreciate it. It is great to have alternatives. Have a great evening, amie sue

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