How to Make Vegan Avocado Crema

Learn how to make a plant-based, gluten-free avocado crema to accompany your favorite foods—tacos, salads, veggie-burgers, chips, and beyond—with this easy step-by-step guide.

Trying to find a healthy, plant-based alternative for a rich, creamy dip or accompaniment to savory dishes? Well, you’re in luck! For those of you who love avocados, you know that they are a perfect basis for creating delicious spreads, dips, and sauces. One of my favorite recipes that incorporates avocados is a plant-based avocado crema that consists of just six ingredients: cashews, lemon juice, garlic, white pepper, avocado, and plant-based milk. Not only is it very simple to make, it’s also perfect to share with friends and family at social gatherings on everything from appetizers to the main event. The combination of these ingredients generates the silkiest, fluffiest, and tastiest dip that can be mixed into a salad, spread on whole grain bread, drizzled on top of a grain bowl, or simply served with a side of chips. I especially love to serve this avocado crema with my jackfruit tacos, lentil patties, and veggie balls. One great thing about this dip is that it can be stored in the fridge for several days, however its irresistible flavor may not last that long, as it will be a fan-favorite. So, gather some fresh avocados and prepare to whip up a heart-healthy, nutrient-rich avocado crema that will keep your hearts and tummies full and happy!

Avocados at the farmers market.

To make Vegan Avocado Crema, this is what you’ll need:

½ cup cashews
½ lemon
1 clove garlic
½ teaspoon white pepper
1 small avocado
4-6 tablespoons plant-based milk, plain, unsweetened
Salt (as desired, optional)

Check out my step-by-step guide for making this recipe below.

Step-by-Step Guide:

Soak the cashews in water for 30 minutes, then drain them and add to a small blender container.
Juice ½ lemon (about 1 tablespoon juice) into the blender container.
Add one peeled clove of garlic to the blender container.
Add ½ teaspoon white pepper to the blender container.
Slice an avocado in half, remove the pit, and scoop out the flesh of both halves with a spoon into the blender container.
Add enough plant-based milk to make a smooth texture, starting with 4 tablespoons.
Season with salt, if desired.
Puree until smooth and creamy. Pause to scrape down sides if necessary. Add additional plant-based milk if needed.

Check out the following recipes which are fabulous served with this avocado crema:

Vegan BLTA Sandwich
Spicy Lentil Tacos
Loaded Vegan Jackfruit Nachos
Chipotle Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burgers

For more How to Guides, check out:

How to Make Almond Milk
How to Make Vegan Sour Cream
How to Make Veggie Sushi

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