This vegan Mexican strawberries and cream treat is almost too good to be true. Rich, refreshing, and easy to make? This must be a dream (spoiler alert — it's not).
With just 10 minutes of hands-on effort, you're going to fall in love with the iconic dish known as fresas con crema.
Fresas con crema (translated to strawberries with cream) is an extremely popular Mexican dessert found all over the country.
You'll see it sold on the side of the road, in grocery stores, or in the casa (house).
Did you know this popular Mexican dessert isn't purely Mexican? Fresas con crema was inspired by the infamous English strawberries & cream dish.
It all started back in the era of King Henry VIII. A close friend of his, Cardinal Tomas Wesley, created the Hampton Court. On any given day, they would apparently host and feed over 600 people (that's a lot of potentially hangry lords and ladies).
As you can imagine, a quick and delicious dessert was crucial — strawberries & cream to the rescue!
Of course, once the king and queen began eating this dessert, it became all the rage and eventually made its way to other parts of the world, including Mexico.
What is it?
This sweet postre (dessert) consists of juicy strawberries covered in sweet cream.
The Mexican version of fresas con crema is made with Mexican crema, which is different from the typical sour cream, condensed milk, or evaporated milk base typically enjoyed in England.
Mexican crema is not as thick as sour cream, but has a deliciously tangy and acidic flavor that complements the fresas perfectly.
Is it vegan?
Unfortunately, fresas con crema isn't exactly vegan-friendly since it's half cream. But, don't worry! We've used a sweet variation of our dairy-free Mexican crema in this recipe.
It provides the exact texture you'll need.
We want everyone to be able to try this delicious recipe, so we made sure it's gluten-free and oil-free too. Now you have no reason not to make your own fresas con crema!
Serve fresas con crema fresh with juicy, ripe strawberries. Although this crema goes best with strawberries, it's also delicious with other fruits like blueberries, raspberries, papayas, or mangoes!
We know you're going to love this dessert because it's quick, easy, and tastes so delicious you'll find yourself going for seconds!
Let's get to it!
🍲 Key ingredients
For a complete ingredient list and step-by-step guide, scroll down to our recipe card.
Taste: strawberries are fruity, sweet, juicy, and a little acidic. Their tartness is what balances out the sweet crema so well. Try to use strawberries when they are in season, but you can also add a touch more sugar if they need it.
Health: with a low carb count and tons of fiber, strawberries are a delicious, low-calorie snack! There's even evidence of berries having positive effects on blood pressure (team berry over here).
Taste: these kidney shaped seeds that grow on the bottoms of cashew apples are sweet, buttery, and mildly nutty. Once you blend them, prepare for the creamiest, most delicate texture. This is exactly why we use them as the base for this dairy-free fresas con crema.
Health: we love cashews because they're loaded with heart healthy fats that help reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) and triglycerides. Did you know you can reduce your chance of heart disease by consuming more nuts?
Taste: this treat wouldn't be complete without the flavor enhancing qualities of vanilla. We use Mexican vanilla to give a deep, creamy, and spicy characteristic. As self-proclaimed vanilla experts, we always recommend splurging on real vanilla over artificial. You'll really taste the difference!
Fun fact: only the Melipona bee, which is native to Central America, is able to pollinate the vanilla pod. In other areas of the world, humans use a wooden needle to complete this delicate process.
Taste: the tip of the tongue is responsible for our sense of sweetness. Sweet is one of the 5 recognized tastes (along with bitter, salty, sour, and umami). For this recipe, use whichever sweetener you prefer, or keep it low-calorie with stevia extract.
Fun fact: there's two types of sugar: naturally occurring (found in fruit) and added sugar (found in baking). Sugar is actually a carbohydrate that is broken down in our body to be used for energy (glucose).
If you have questions about this fresas con crema recipe, don't forget to check out our FAQ section at the bottom of this post.
Step 1: we recommend soaking your cashews for at least 12 hours, or overnight. After they've soaked, drain the cashews and place them in a blender with your preferred dairy-free milk, lime juice, and sugar.
Step 2: blend on high until the cashews are smooth, which takes anywhere from 3-10 minutes depending on your blender. Make sure to stop and scrape down the sides of your blender a few times.
Note: if the cashew crema is too thick for your liking, add more water in 1-2 tablespoon at a time (the consistency should be like a very heavy cream). Let it chill in your fridge for at least 20-30 minutes before serving.
Step 3: cut the strawberries into bite-size pieces and toss them together with the vanilla extract and cane sugar.
Step 4: once your crema has chilled, divide the strawberries between cups and spoon the cream over top. Garnish with more strawberries. Enjoy!
Don't store the strawberries with your cream unless you want soggy berries. The following storage instructions are for the cream only (we trust you know how to store strawberries).
Fridge: keep your crema in the fridge for up to 3-5 days in a container with an airtight lid (we use a mason jar).
Freezer: if something is wrong with you and you don't get through this sauce in time, it will last in the freezer for up to 6 months! Just ensure it is stored in a freezer-safe bag or airtight container.
Thaw: once you take the crema out of your freezer, thaw it in the fridge overnight. The next day just stir it or throw it in the blender again, adding water as needed.
💭 Pro tips
Time to share our tips and tricks we learned while perfecting this recipe for you:
- Let the cashews soak for the full 12 hours (or even longer). This is especially important if you don't own a high-speed blender.
- If want to cut down on sugar, try using stevia at a ratio of 1:8 (⅛ tablespoon of stevia = 1 tablespoon of sugar).
- Don't like strawberries? Serve this cream with other fruit like blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries.
- Use a good quality vanilla because it makes a huge difference. The expense of real vanilla pays off in the long run.
- You can swap out the lime with lemon if that's what you have on hand.
- If you prefer a thinner consistency, add more water while blending.
🍴 Tasting notes
We absolutely love fresas con crema, and we have a good feeling you will too! It's:
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Mexican Strawberries & Cream (Fresas Con Crema)
- High-speed blender
- Paring knife
- Mixing bowl
- Serving dishes
- 1 cup raw cashews ($1.72)
- ¾ cup plant milk ($0.32)
- 1 tablespoon lime juice ($0.06)
- 3 tablespoon cane sugar ($0.01)
- 1 tablespoon cane sugar ($0.01)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract ($0.11)
- 1 lb fresh strawberries ($2.49)
- To begin, soak the cashews in room temperature water for about 12 hours, or overnight (they should be very soft and split easily). After they've soaked, drain the cashews and place them in a blender with the plant milk, lime juice, and sugar.
- Blend on high until completely smooth, which takes anywhere from 3-10 minutes depending on your blender. Make sure to stop and scrape down the sides a few times. If it's too thick for your liking, add more water in 1-2 tablespoon at a time (the consistency should be like a heavy cream). Chill in the fridge for at least 20-30 minutes before serving.
- Cut the strawberries into bite size pieces. In a mixing bowl, toss them together with the vanilla extract and cane sugar.
- To serve, divide strawberries between cups and spoon the cashew crema over top. Then, garnish with more strawberries. Enjoy!
- Total recipe time does not include soaking the cashews.
- For the plant milk, we prefer coconut or soy.
- For a variation, try this recipe with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or a mix!
- Optional ingredients are not reflected in the price or calories of our recipes.
- We calculate nutritional information for our recipes with Cronometer.
- Recipe cost calculations are based on ingredients local to us and may vary from recipe-to-recipe.
- All prices are in USD.
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Although we haven't made this recipe with other nuts, we think almonds would work well. The texture just won't be as smooth and creamy as with cashews.
Yes, feel free to use any sweetener you want! Some of our favorites include cane sugar, agave, or stevia if you want a lower calorie dessert.
On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being pure sugar), we'd rate this fresas con crema recipe around a 6, but it really depends on your tastebuds. The strawberries are tart, while the cream is sweet. It's a perfect balance.
Since health means different things to everyone, viewing this recipe as healthy or not is quite personal. As far as desserts go, we think this is on the healthier end. But as with anything, over-consuming calories will lead to weight gain. We believe you can enjoy everything in moderation! It's all about balance.