This strawberry "nicecream" is well named. It is so creamy and delicious you will want to make it again and again. It can be made with any fruit, but strawberry is my favourite. I freeze punnets of strawberries when they are in season, cheap and plentiful.
When it comes to using cashews in recipes like this, a lot of people recommend soaking the cashews, for an hour or even overnight. That's all well and good if you have the time go ahead - it will soften them and give them a creamier texture. But if you have a high speed blender like a Vitamix you can simply keep blending until you have your desired creamy, dreamy texture.
It is best made immediately before serving. If I freeze it overnight it goes too hard to eat straight from the freezer. To save time (and noise when I have a kitchen full of guests!) I often make the cashew mix in advance (it makes a divine dipping sauce for cherries!) and then blend in the frozen strawberries immediately before serving.
2 cups raw unsalted cashews
Juice of 2 oranges
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon maple syrup (or your preferred sweetener - honey or a few drops of liquid Stevia)
2 punnets of frozen strawberries
Place all ingredients except frozen strawberries into Vitamix or other high speed blender.
Blend until a smooth, creamy texture is achieved. If the mixture is too thick, add a little water or freshly-squeezed orange juice.
Add frozen strawberries and blend until incorporated. You may need to use the Tamper that comes with your blender to ensure all strawberries are evenly blended.
Serve immediately and enjoy!