3 Ingredient Vanilla Cashew Frosting

3 Ingredient Vanilla Cashew Frosting

I sugar coat everything!

Okay! So maybe not everything… almost close to nothing actually, but I do have the biggest sweet tooth and a huge passion for creating some delicious sweet treats without all the added sugars you might normally find in the grocery store aisles.


For me, when I first starting eating healthier and when I had to limit my sugar intake when I was diagnosed with candida, I missed frosting so much but could never find a good healthy alternative at the store that wasn’t full of sugar (even if it was organic and “healthy”). I was only able to find frosting that contained as much sugar as a candy bar in a 2 tbsp serving and I was not about to spend $7.00 on a can of this so called “healthy frosting”  spread over all my healthy low sugar treats. 


So in my quest to find a better, healthier frosting alternative I came up with this very simple, easy, 5 minute vanilla bean cashew frosting that you can literally slather on anything and it will turn into magic!


This frosting is made from only 3 ingredients! YES just 3!

  • Cashews
  • Almond milk (vegan milk of choice)
  • Vanilla Extract

If you aren’t used to a very low sugar diet or feel like you would like more sweetness you can always add a tablespoon or two of honey/ maple syrup/ or sweetener of choice like stevia or monkfruit for keto friendly options.


If you are not vegan I did choose to add a scoop of Vital Proteins Vanilla Collagen creamer into the mix to add a bit more vanilla flavor and some added protein!


If the simple ingredients and virtually no added sugar didn’t catch your attention, then here’s some even better news. This frosting can be whipped  up in under 5 minutes and it stores in the fridge for at least a week! Mine lasted about 2 days but who’s actually counting? As long as you have cashews on hand there is no excuse why you can’t make a last minute batch of frosting in those baking emergencies!

Of course the collagen is optional and only adds a bit more vanilla so if you don’t have this on hand don’t worry the frosting will still be amazing! I promise:)

Though there are some benefits from adding the collagen creamer that might be beneficial for the gut.

You know I love a healthy gut! 

Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer includes 9g of healthy, gut friendly fats from organic coconut milk powder which is an high source of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), making it great for energy production and supporting your gut health.  MCT  provide qualities that can help optimize digestion and balance the environment of your gut flora, which will help prevent leaky gut and symptoms such as cramping, bloating, and constipation.

The collagen’s amino acids found in this creamer also provide the building blocks for hair, skin, nails, bones, joints, and other connective tissues.

This product is both Paleo Friendly and Whole30® Approved if you were curious!  It is also dairy free, soy free, gluten free, with no added artificial sweeteners or sugars.


To make the frosting you will first want to soak your cashews overnight in water, or if you are pressed for time place the cashews in a large bowl, boil enough water to cover the cashews with so you can pour that hot water over the cashews for a very quick soak to soften the nuts.

Once the cashews have soaked and are softened up you can add everything to a blender/ vitamix/or food processor. Really anything that will blend the cashews up really well to create the smooth creamy texture we’re looking for in frosting.

Blend everything for about 5 minutes or until a creamy smooth consistency has been reached. The time may vary depending on the equipment you have but I used a vitamix which took about 5 minutes.

Another tip to make fluffier frosting that is optional is xanthan gum. Add 1/2 a tsp of this and it fluffs up a lot more. But it’s purely a texture additive and not necessary at all to the taste, smoothness or creaminess of the frosting.

Once everything is blended together nicely, you can top your cupcakes, cake, cookies, brownies, or spoons with it and enjoy! If you want to make chocolate frosting add in 1/4 cup of cacao powder (benefits of cacao powder here!) with an additional 2 tbsp of almond milk for blending.


I made some mini cake cookies and frosted those with this frosting but also ate it out of the container like hummus so it’s really up to you on how you want to enjoy this frosting. But when you do let me know! Leave a comment, post on your instagram, tag me @hollys_bestlife , I can’t wait to see your remakes!

5 Minute Vanilla Bean Cashew Frosting (GF, Low sugar, vegan option, Paleo)

Holly Pelton
This creamy delicious cashew frosting is made from 3 simple ingredients. Cashews, almond milk and a little vanilla extract! It only takes about 5 minutes to whip up and pairs well with everything from cupcakes, cookies, cakes and even brownies! If you are looking for a chocolate frosting you can add in some cacao!
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 3 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 80 kcal


  • Blender/ Food processor


  • 1 Cup Cashews soaked in water overnight or pour boiling water over them and let them soak for 30 minutes.
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 tbsp honey/maple syrup optional if you like more sweetness
  • 1 scoop Vital Proteins vanilla collagen creamer optional


  • For the cashews, soak in room temperature water for at least 2 hrs or overnight. If you can't wait boil some water and pour it over the cashews for about 30 minutes or until the cashews are soft and have absorbed some water.
  • Once the cashews have soaked. Drain the water and add the cashews to a blender or food processor.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and blend.
  • Blend until the cashews and remaining ingredients become creamy and smooth. This should take about 5-6 minutes depending on the blender you are using.
Keyword anti inflammatory, cashews, dessert, easy, gluten free, grain free, gutfriendly, low carb, low sugar, paleo, simple, vegan, whole30

More on MCT: https://www.amymyersmd.com/2020/01/what-is-mct-oil-why-good-for-gut/

Collagen Creamer: https://www.vitalproteins.com/products/collagen-creamer-vanilla

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