May 2, 2023

Cashew Creme Fraiche

This Cashew Creme Fraiche is a breeze to make and adds a delicious touch of rich flavor. It’s Plant-Based Whole30 compatible and vegan, with only 5 simple ingredients. An easy sauce you will make again and again!

We love that the ingredients are easy to find at most grocery stores. This makes our creme fraiche accessible and budget-friendly. Also, it only takes 10 minutes to prep – making this a fast sauce choice.

Plant-Based Whole30 Cashew Creme Fraiche
Recipe & photos by: Autumn Michaelis

What is Creme Fraiche?

Creme fraiche is French for “fresh cream.” It usually refers to a dairy-soured cream but is less sour and has a higher fat content than traditional sour cream. This creamy vegan version uses cashews and citrus to achieve a similar flavor profile. 

Our Cashew Creme Fraiche would also be a great Whole30 swap for a Mexican-inspired Crema Fresca. 

What do you put Cashew Creme Fraiche on?

Once you make this delicious sauce, you might just find yourself putting it on all the things, but here are some ideas:

  • Drizzle it on roasted or grilled veggies for added healthy fats and flavor.
  • Stir it into your soup or stews for a touch of creaminess.
  • Use it as a simple salad or coleslaw dressing.
  • Add it to your lettuce-wrapped sandwiches or burgers
  • Top your favorite Mexican dishes with it – lettuce-wrapped tacos, our Tostone Tostadas, taco salads, fajita bowls, etc. 


  • This sauce can be made without soaking the cashews if you have a high-speed blender like a Vitamix. The result of the sauce should be creamy and smooth. 
  • If you don’t have a high-speed blender, then pour the water and lime juice over the cashews and let soak for at least 2 hours, up to overnight. This will soften the cashews and allow them to blend smoothly without a high-speed blender. 
  • The sauce will thicken as it cools. You can add additional water or dairy-free milk to thin it down if desired.

Cashew Creme Fraiche

Plant-Based Whole30 Cashew Creme Fraiche
Recipe & photos by: Autumn Michaelis

Cashew Creme Fraiche

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1.25 cups raw unsalted cashews
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 tbsp lime juice (about 2 ½ small limes or 1 ½ large limes)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder


  • BLEND all the ingredients in a high speed blender* on high until very smooth. If needed, scrape down the sides and blend again.
  • STORE in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • *NOTE: If you do not have a high-speed blender, soak the cashews in the water + lime juice for at least two hours, up to overnight, to soften and blend more easily.
Autumn Michaelis wearing an apron and holding a bowl of fresh salad smiling at the camera.

Autumn Michaelis

Autumn Michaelis is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, with a B.S. in Exercise Science from BYU. Though exercise was her first love in the health world, nutrition has become her passion. She created the blog Wholefoodfor7, sharing easy and budget-friendly Whole30, Paleo, and gluten-free + dairy-free recipes for families. In August 2022, Autumn released the newest Whole30 Endorsed cookbook, Whole Food for Your Family. She is mom to 5 boys (yes 5!) and when not in the kitchen can be found adventuring, hiking, and tearing up the dance floor.