Cashew Banana Yogurt (Vegan) + Choosing Raw Cookbook Review & Giveaway |

Vegan Banana Cashew Yogurt

Cashew Banana Yogurt (Vegan) + Choosing Raw Cookbook Review & Giveaway |

Oh, I am so excited to share this post with you today! So many awesome things, but first and foremost, the fabulous Gena Hamshaw of Choosing Raw has a new book by the same name!

Cashew Banana Yogurt (Vegan) + Choosing Raw Cookbook Review & Giveaway |

Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat is probably the first (mostly) raw cookbook I’ve come across that actually makes raw food approachable and convenient. In other words, you will not be soaking and sprouting and dehydrating and making twenty different components over the course of three days so you can eat a single dinner with no leftovers.

Cashew Banana Yogurt (Vegan) + Choosing Raw Cookbook Review & Giveaway |

I had the honor of interviewing Gena for my very first 10 Questions back in March, and what I said about her holds true for her latest book endeavor: Gena is such a grounding force in what can be an overwhelming and sometimes extreme niche. Reading her book is like getting counsel from a very wise, supportive friend, and her recipes make raw food not only accessible, but really delicious. One that stood out the most to me was Gena’s Cashew Banana Yogurt, which she later told me was one of the recipes she’s the most proud of too.

Cashew Banana Yogurt (Vegan) + Choosing Raw Cookbook Review & Giveaway |

Cashew Banana Yogurt (Vegan) + Choosing Raw Cookbook Review & Giveaway |

For the last few months, Aaron has been eating soy yogurt and homemade granola for breakfasts, but we’ve been having a tough time finding vegan options that aren’t loaded with sugar and sickeningly sweet, or that don’t have “natural” flavors and carrageenan. We finally found one brand that’s acceptable (not great, bot not awful), except it’s hardly ever in stock. So when I was reading through Choosing Raw, I knew exactly which recipe I was going to make first.

It’s been a couple of weeks now, and I’ve made Gena’s Cashew Banana Yogurt at least four times. It’s so easy, and it tastes much better than anything we’ve bought at the store. The cashews lend a rich, creamy texture, and I love that it’s sweetened with bananas, with a subtle brightness from lemon juice to give it just the right amount of tart yogurt flavor. Aaron’s eating with protein in mind these days as part of a fitness program, and while I haven’t figured out the exact amount of protein in each serving, my rough mental math calculations tell me it’s even a bit better than the soy yogurts.

Cashew Banana Yogurt (Vegan) + Choosing Raw Cookbook Review & Giveaway |

Cashew Banana Yogurt (Vegan) + Choosing Raw Cookbook Review & Giveaway |

In Choosing Raw, Gena has managed once again to take whole, plant-based foods and strike a balance between maintaining their integrity with minimal fussing, while still doing just enough to transform them into meals you will look forward to preparing and eating. And perhaps the greatest bonus – her food will make you feel incredible.

Cashew Banana Yogurt (Vegan) + Choosing Raw Cookbook Review & Giveaway |


Vegan Banana Cashew Yogurt

Cashew Banana Yogurt (Vegan) + Choosing Raw Cookbook Review & Giveaway |

Vegan Banana Cashew Yogurt

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: 4 Small or 2 Large Servings

Prep Time: 5 mins

Greek yogurt is one of the last nonvegan foods I stopped eating, and it was one of my favorites. I've seen all sorts of super complex recipes for fermented, homemade yogurts, but this simple recipe is my go-to.

Cashew Banana Yogurt (Vegan) + Choosing Raw Cookbook Review & Giveaway |

Vegan Banana Cashew Yogurt



  • 1 cup cashews, soaked for 2 hours or more, then drained
  • 2 large bananas
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup coconut water (1/2 cup if you’re using a food processor)
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon probiotic powder (optional; you can simply open up a few probiotic capsules for this!)

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: 4 Small or 2 Large Servings

Prep Time: 5 mins

Greek yogurt is one of the last nonvegan foods I stopped eating, and it was one of my favorites. I've seen all sorts of super complex recipes for fermented, homemade yogurts, but this simple recipe is my go-to.


  • Blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.
  • Alternatively, place all the ingredients, except the coconut water, in a food processor and pulse a few times to combine. Turn the motor on and drizzle in the coconut water in a thin stream. Keep processing until the mixture is very smooth.

Notes [1]

Stored in an airtight container in the fridge, the yogurt will keep for 2 days.

From Choosing Raw by Gena Hamshaw. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2014.

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  1. Caitlin says

    the yogurt looks delicious and i love the photos. my favorite raw meal is the raw salad i get from a local cafe with messaged kale, avocado, spouts, hemp seeds, mango, and walnuts.

    1. Amanda says

      Aaron will be so happy to hear you love the photos!

  2. Beth R. says

    Oh this sounds divine! I love using cashews for dressings and sauces, but I will have to try this!

  3. Sophia says

    I really haven’t explored raw food yet, although I’m definitely interested. I think the only real raw meals I’ve made are big kale salads loaded with fresh veggies and raw nuts and seeds.

  4. MelissaW says

    In the Juliano RAW cookbook there’s a chocolate pudding recipe that I love.

  5. Amber says

    I have been very intrigued, yet intimidated by raw food. After reading all about this cookbook, I feel like it would make it seem a lot less intimidating! So, as my experience with raw foods is pretty low, my favorite right now would be a big ol’ green smoothie! :]

  6. Kelsey says

    Not to be lame, but I love me a good salad.

    1. Amanda says

      Not lame at all, Kelsey!

  7. Jacky says

    I love raw tacos with walnut meat!

  8. Jeni says

    I have been really wanting to incorporate more raw foods into my diet. Lately, my favorite raw meal is a huge kale salad with lots of diced avocados! And, this yogurt recipes sounds so good. I am a huge fan of yogurt and would love to start making my own vegan yogurt!

  9. Marianne says

    I really haven’t tried any raw meals except salads but I’d like to try more.

  10. Jessie says

    My favorite raw meal is a salad! Though sometimes I add some cooked quinoa or legumes. Would love to expand my raw foods repertoire, though! I also really love Gena’s blog. I check it daily for new recipes, interesting articles and her insightful perspective.

  11. Heather says

    Vietnamese green papaya salad!

  12. Kristina says

    My boyfriend made a raw zucchini noodle salad with a ton of vegetables and raw almond butter sauce with Thai flavors. It was so bright and flavorful.

  13. Rachel says

    I made some Kale chips with a sunflower seed dip that was pretty good.

  14. Kait says


    Ok fave raw/mostly raw meal = anything I can make in my blender. Gazpacho, smoothies, banana soft serve, nut butter, etc.

  15. Ashley P says

    I’m trying to learn about making more raw foods. Right now my favorite thing to make is bars out of dates and nuts.

  16. Jennifer says

    I actually started to follow Choosing Raw because of your interview! I like eating raw but I think it isn’t a 100% practical thing for people to do all the time. I love how she gives a lot of flex and tells people it is okay not eat raw breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    1. Amanda says

      That’s so great that you found Gena’s blog through my interview with her! Yes – she has a really refreshing, balanced approach to raw food.

  17. Amanda says

    I love raw fruit pies with crusts of nuts, dates, coconut oil and the base with fruit, coconut, dates, etc. The coconut oil helps everything hold together after setting in the fridge.

  18. Amy says

    Salad all the way, with its infinite possibilities.

  19. Emily says

    my fave raw meal would have to be something with walnut “taco” meat – either a collard wrap or a taco salad… nomzzz

  20. Tatiana says

    I am trying to incorporate more raw meals into my diet. My favorite go-to eats are smoothies, because you can get so creative! I like to add flax and chia seed, greens, fruits, and sometimes herbs! The perfect breakfast, mid-day snack or dessert :o)

  21. Breanna says

    I haven’t really made a lot of raw foods before. But I guess my favourites would be giant kale salads or raw buckwheat porridge for breakfast!

  22. Lydia Claire says

    Smoothies are always a favorite but I am looking to branch out. =)

  23. that is an awesome idea for yoghurt.. definitely will be trying it out in my kitchen!

  24. Katie says

    Favourite raw meal: Pretty much anything that comes out of a food processor is guaranteed to be delicious. Falafel, hummus, energy balls, desserts, nut/seed butters, desserts … my current favourite however is the simple cauliflower ryce. Genuis and goes with everything!

  25. Allison says

    Chocolate chia seed pudding with blueberries and almonds

  26. Adriane says

    I’m new to the raw thing but I love doing raw salad dressings. Those are so easy! Oh and overnight oats!

  27. Mari says

    zucchini spaghetti with raw marinara

  28. Blueberries! I can eat blueberries raw all day every day. They are definitely my favorite raw food. Or cucumbers…I also love cucumbers.

  29. Nirvana says

    I love banana ice cream and raw chocolate mousse made with avocado!

  30. Madeline says

    I love lettuce wraps and yogurt bowls!

  31. Kristen G says

    I am always looking for new ways to make yogurt. I just tried a coconut milk yogurt recipe from a friend and now I can’t wait to try this!!

  32. molly says

    I am new to it but i do enjoy a nice salad with cashew nuts and a drizzle of olive oil. Thank you for this lovely giveaway

  33. Janet says

    Vietnamese green papaya salad is my favorite

  34. Sarah says

    That’s easy – zucchini noodles!

  35. stacey says

    favorite raw food, savory fave walnut taco meat sweet fave peanut butter banana ice cream pie!

  36. Shredded Beet & Apple salad

  37. Beth S. says

    I love fresh spring rolls with a peanut sauce!!!

  38. Angela Bowden says

    I love onion bread and other raw crackers and a variety of nut pâtés.

    1. Amanda says

      I’ve been wanting to try making raw onion bread!

  39. Susan says

    LOVE this recipe and Gena!

  40. Shana says

    Banana “ice cream” counts as a meal, right? Perhaps a new, rawsome cookbook could help me expand my horizons 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      Banana ice cream totally counts as a meal! 😉 I sometimes add a little protein powder to mine to give it a bit more staying power.

  41. Shelley says

    This yogurt sounds so easy and amazing! I would love to have this book too 🙂

  42. Stacy L. says

    This looks amazing! Thanks for doing the review!

  43. Emily says

    I love spring rolls filled with lots of crunchy veggies, as well as smoothies – particularly with kale + spinach. Yum! Also, I never tire of a gigantic salad… very summery and fresh. 🙂

  44. My husband and I love making banana ice cream. When the bananas get overly ripe, I peel them, cut them into 1 inch chunks and put them in the freezer. To make ice cream I take a couple frozen bananas and throw them in the food processor with a couple handful of fresh mint and pulse until the desired consistency, scraping down often. At the end I throw in a tablespoon of cocoa nibs. Yum! The best mint chocolate chip ice cream ever!

    1. Amanda says

      Love this! I have to try adding fresh mint next time!

  45. Ali F says

    Muesli & overnight oats…both are so versatile!

  46. Tori says

    Looks so fantastic!
    My favourite raw meal is cacao avocado pudding with fruit and greens blended in…. YUM!

  47. stacey says
  48. Carissa says

    I love overnight oats + a banana! Or a big fresh green salad.

  49. Emma says

    Plain old regular ungarnished fruits and vegetables, although I’m starting to play around with “embellished, prepared” raw foods and would love a copy of Gena’s book!

  50. Kelly says
  51. Terri Cole says

    My mostly raw meals are pretty basic, green smoothies and giant salads. I’d love to have Gena’s book and branch out into some more creative options. Thanks for the chance to win!

  52. Julia says

    I’m not a vegan but I have so many food sensitivities that I often eat like one. This yogurt sounds like the PERFECT replacement for my beloved Greek yogurt that I can no longer eat. I can’t do coconut, though…would water or almond/rice milk work?

    1. Amanda says

      Hi Julia! All of those sound like good substitutions. Rice milk would probably be my top pick because of the consistency and flavor. Let me know how it turns out if you try that!

  53. Calli says
  54. cel says

    romaine leaf tacos with spicy salsa!

  55. I love anything with cashew cheese! 🙂

  56. stephanieohdee says

    When it comes to raw food, I love a hearty slaw!

  57. Annette says

    I’ve been wanting to try raw recipes, but for now my only experience is with salads unless you count ceviche.

  58. Sarah says

    I love raw snack bars and walnut “meat” for tacos!

  59. leslie says

    I love zucchini noodles!


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