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Spicy Cashew Mayo (Raw, Vegan)

Posted May 02 2013 8:00am

I’ve never been a fan of mayonnaise, but this isn’t your typical mayo. SONY DSC

Instead of the traditional ingredients, this mayo features heart-healthy cashews, lemon juice, and dates, plus a spicy kick from sriracha sauce!

The red chili peppers used in sriracha contain capsaicin, which is known to boost metabolism and aid in weight loss. It can also boost your endorphins, enhancing your mood and memory. Sriracha is also thought to improve the body’s ability to dissolve blood clots, fight inflammation and colds, and improve circulation. Not to mention, it’s unique, spicy flavor can be downright addictive.

This spicy mayo is the perfect addition to any sandwich or wrap, and can also serve as a tasty dip!

makes about 1 cup

Adapted from this recipe


1 cup raw cashews, soaked for 2 hours and drained
6 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 soft Medjool dates
2 teaspoons sriracha sauce , or to taste


Combine the cashews, water, lemon juice, salt and dates in a high speed blender , and blend until very smooth and creamy. Transfer to a storage container, and stir in the sriracha sauce, adding a teaspoon at a time until you achieve the level of spiciness you desire. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving, to allow the mayo to thicken and the flavors to meld.

Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.


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Spicy Cashew Mayo (Vegan)
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Serves: 1 cup

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked for 2 hours and drained
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 soft Medjool dates
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha sauce, or to taste




Substitution Notes:

  • If you don’t care for cashews, I assume another mild-flavored nut, such as Macadmia or Brazil nuts, could work as a replacement. Sunflower seeds may also work, but you’ll have to make additional adjustments to compensate for their bitter flavor.
  • If you don’t care for lemon juice, vinegar could also work, but I’d use less of it, since vinegar is more powerful in flavor than lemon juice.
  • If you don’t want a spicy mayo, simply omit the sriracha sauce!

: Are you a fan of mayo, or spicy mayo? What’s your favorite type of sandwich spread?

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