We eat all tree nuts raw since they are healthy fat (high commercial roasting temperatures oxidize nut oil making it unhealthy) and keep raw nuts in the fridge after opening for the same reason- they oxidize quickly but you can't taste or smell a difference. We have eaten raw cashews for years and never had an allergic reaction but I looked this up and some people do get a rash, which makes me wonder if raw cashews are toxic, or just an allergy in certain people. Thanks for the info!
When you buy them shelled from the store this shouldn't be a problem.
Do you keep the water the cashews are soaked in or discard it? Confused on that part.
It has always been my understanding that raw cashews contain a chemical that is chemically similar to the active ingredient in poison ivy, and that cashews must always be roasted tobe safe to consume.
You probably could, especially if you have a decent blender. :) But soaking nuts makes them easier to digest and to absorb the nutrients. That's the theory anyway. I soak almonds when I remember to before eating them. I soak them overnight.
Can't wait to try this! I think I'll try putting in some Maple Extract instead of the sugar-laden Maple Syrup that the recipe calls for. =)
Regarding the Banana-Cashew Smoothie, why do you have to soak the cashews that long? Can you just use regular cashews and put in blender without soaking ?
Probably not for weight loss, but don't forget about all vitamins, fiber, minerals, and good fats (etc) that "something tastier" would not have (and all the bad stuff it would have!)
I thought it was great. A good non-dairy dessert replacement.
This was a great smoothie. I was a little concerned of the water content and no dairy, but I was really surprised at how creamy it was. A keeper!