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Summer Fruit Ambrosia with Vanilla Nut Cream

Reprinted from Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair (Sasquatch Books, 2008)

Use any fresh berries or other seasonal fruit.  This little combo is so simple and yet extraordinarily delightful.

cup thawed orange juice concentrate
2 tablespoons sugar

1 cup blueberries
1 cup sliced
apricots (3-4)
1 cup fresh

Nut Cream:

cup raw, unsalted cashews
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla

Combine orange juice concentrate and sugar in a medium bowl. Add blueberries, apricots, and strawberries tossing gently.

Grind nuts to a fine meal (no lumps or there will be lumps in your nut cream) in a small grinder.  I like to designate a coffee grinder for nuts and spices, never put coffee in it.  Put ground cashews, maple syrup, and vanilla in the blender.  With blender running, add water a little at a time until you have a thick creamy consistency.  

Spoon dressed fruit into each of 4 glasses; top with Nut Cream or layer the fruit and nut cream like we did in the video.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Makes 4 servings


Aracelly Salazar
Can agave replace maple syrup?
July 16, 2009, 2:19 pm

Yum! This looks great! My kidds are slowly redefining their idea of a treat after dinner... thanks to you guys.
July 16, 2009, 2:41 pm

lisa hammond
July 16, 2009, 3:18 pm

Cynthia Lair
Yes you can replace maple syrup with agave but agave is sweeter so use less. Also I like the maple flavor with the cashews, and agave is not as unrefined as one might think.
July 16, 2009, 4:40 pm

Janine Prichard
OK..the suspense is gnawing at me... WHY DOES JANE KEEP VANILLA IN HER PURSE? :)
July 16, 2009, 6:21 pm

kathy ward
bryant terry in his peaches and cashew cream recipe in vegan soul food cooking...says to soak the cashews overnight in water....seems to make a thick creme of a different sort...but tasty, too. hope that cynthia got some new batteries in her fan! and ditto on why does jane have vanilla in her purse???
July 16, 2009, 11:14 pm

Carrie Castro
Fruit is the standard dessert at our house. This nut cream will be a must-try as soon as I get home. Currently at my folk's house near Seattle. Hi Cynthia! :)
July 20, 2009, 4:20 pm

Joanne Schwarzinger
If I am allergic to blueberries can I use another fruit?
July 23, 2009, 4:07 am

Cynthia Lair
Yes Joanne, Any fruit that you like will work.
July 23, 2009, 4:07 pm

Kelli Stevers
We've made this several times the past few weeks with some fruit variations depending on what is in our CSA box. Fast & delicious every time!!!
June 14, 2011, 1:24 pm

Wendy Allred
Looks like heaven! I must try it.
July 13, 2012, 4:59 am

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