Creamy Orange Sunshine Soup (aka…Frankensoup!)


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Frankenstorm. Earthquakes. Halloween parties. It has been quite an active weekend out there. I hope you’re all keeping safe!

Nothing too crazy is happening (yet) weather-wise in Southern Ontario, just days of relentless windy rain and many more looming ahead. Between the quake on the coast of B.C. and Hurricane Sandy on the east coast, I think many of us could use a bit of sunshine right about now!

How about a big bear hug in a bowl?

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I’ve been calling this sunny soup a few different names…

– Flu Fighter Soup

– Frankensoup

– Creamy Orange Sunshine Soup

– *&^#%*^$$&#! soup (when I almost sliced my finger off while grating ginger)

Sometimes I swear in the kitchen. Pardon me.

The luxurious creaminess comes from soaked raw cashews that are blended with the other vegetables creating a rich, velvety soup. Raw cashews never cease to amaze me with just how versatile they are; you can instantly transform any soup or sauce by adding a little cashew cream. It’s really something!

I’m all about the citrus these days, so I thought fresh orange juice would pair nicely with ginger’s spicy kick and the subtly sweet, earthy carrots. Thanks to the vivid orange colour, this is also a festive soup for Halloween – no pumpkin required.

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Creamy Orange Sunshine Soup

Filled with carrots, ginger, orange, garlic, onion, and sprouted cashews, this soup will have you feeling your best no matter what kind of storm you’re dealing with. Whether it’s a cold to get over or warming up on a damp day, I hope this soup is just what you’re looking for. Try serving it with a hunk of fresh bread and a pat of vegan butter.

Inspired by Carrot, Apple Ginger Soup.

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Yield: about 6.5 cups


  • 1-2 tsp coconut oil (or extra virgin olive oil)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups sweet onion, diced
  • 1.5 pounds carrots, peeled and chopped into big chunks (about 5 cups)
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (about 2 lg. oranges)
  • 5 cups vegetable broth, plus more if needed
  • 2-3 tbsp freshly grated ginger, to taste
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews, soaked in water
  • salt & pepper, to taste


1. Place cashews in a bowl of water and soak for at least 30 minutes. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add oil, garlic, and onion and sauté for about 3-5 minutes.

2. Add in the carrots, orange juice, vegetable broth, and 2 tbsp of the grated ginger. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until vegetables are just fork tender. Turn off heat and cool soup for 10 minutes.

3. Drain and rinse the cashews very well. Place blender container in sink and carefully pour in soup – you might have to do this in two batches if your blender isn’t big enough. Add in cashews. Starting on low, blend until it comes together, gradually increasing the speed to high. Make sure to let some steam escape through the lid. Or you can try using an immersion blender.

4. Taste and add more ginger, along with salt and pepper if desired. You can also add more broth to thin out the soup as desired. Garnish with cashews, parsley, and orange zest just before serving.

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I am so excited to let you know that Oh She Glows was voted Best Blog in this year’s 2012 VegNews Veggie Awards. Thank you for believing in me and for taking the time out of your day to vote! I feel so blessed to be part of such an inspiring community with all of you.

If you get a chance, pick up a copy and check out all the category winners from vegan products to restaurants to people and more. Or better yet – subscribe to the magazine if you haven’t already. I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoy each and every issue.

I’ll be back soon with some last minute Halloween fun & a big giveaway to celebrate OSG’s 4th birthday. That is, power pending…

Stay safe out there!

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Vanessa October 29, 2012

Congratulations! Deserved. =)


kaity @ kaityscooking October 29, 2012

congrats!! i cant wait to get my copy it should be coming in the mail any day now! and the soup looks awesome!


Anele @ Success Along the Weigh October 29, 2012

What a pretty soup and given the ingredients, it does look like it would kick a flu square in the rump!

Congrats on the award, glad I took the time to vote! You rock!


Erica { } October 29, 2012

What an incredible flavor combination! Congrats on the Best Blog win – you absolutely deserve it!


Kasandra Bracken October 29, 2012

Congratulations is right! You DO deserve it :) Happy sunshine to ya!


Christina October 29, 2012

Your soup looks beautiful! Now it’s a toss up between your healing stew or this soup for the week…choices….choices! Congratulations on the award, you more than deserve it! Your blog is so genuine, creative and beautiful. Keep up the great work!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 29, 2012

I liked the curse word soup name. ;) I do that on the regular. If I wasn’t too lazy to get my knives sharpened, I’d have sliced my thumb badly last night.

I make a carrot-ginger-miso soup that I love, but now that I see this I have to try it with cashews! It looks so creamy – like pudding!

Congrats on the win!!


Ruthie October 29, 2012

Hi Angela! Perfect soup for this gloomy week :-) I went to the website to vote for you, but couldn’t see where to do it…I’m also only one coffee in, so maybe it’s just that I’m a spaz….


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 29, 2012

Hey Ruthie, hah no worries…the contest is actually over now, but I so appreciate your effort!!


Janae @ Bring-Joy October 29, 2012

Congrats, Angela. You deserve any recognition/awards you receive. You work hard & your work is always lovely & heart felt.


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 29, 2012

Thank you all so much.


Sarah L. October 29, 2012

Congrats, Angela!! I voted for you! :)

Thanks for everything you do – you’ve been a major part of my food and lifestyle overhaul and I love impressing my friends and family with your recipes. You rock!


Andrea @ Vegvacious October 29, 2012

I love how thick and creamy that soup looks! I’ve saved several recipes using raw cashews, but never actually tried them. I just might have to now because I think we’re going to need some of this warm and cozy soup once Frankenstorm arrives!!


RachelRuns October 29, 2012

mmm this sounds delicious. I love creamy soups like this.. I really want to try a cashew cream, they’re just so expensive for a college budget :( I’ve been loving creamy pumpkin soup with a chick pea puree base lately.. inspired by your hummus soup i might add.


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 29, 2012

ah I love that soup! Chickpeas are another great idea to make a creamy base.


Sonya November 1, 2012

How would you do this? I’m curious as well since sadly, I’m allergic to cashew :(


Angela November 1, 2012

I would check out my Garbanzo Bean Soup recipe for how I made it: goodluck!


Britt @ My. Daily. Randomness. October 29, 2012

This soup looks so bright & cheery! Perfect for this dreary, cold, windy day!
Also, congrats on the award – you have a wonderful blog, have created a wonderful community, and definitely deserve the recognition! :)


Marian October 29, 2012

Congratulations! I’ve been a fan and daily reader for about a year now, and I have found several new favorite recipes and inspiration for my own food-loving blog ( I’ve referenced you more than once and showcased a couple recipes of yours that I have adapted for a low-budget challenge and/or to suit our tastes. Keep up the great work, and I really look forward to the rumored cookbook!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 29, 2012

Thank you so much Marian! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy it. I’m off to check out your blog. :)


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Shundara October 29, 2012

I voted for you I am happy you got it!! I am going to half to pick up a copy asap!!!


Sarah October 29, 2012

Congratulations, Angela! So well deserved! I took the time for vote – your blog is the only I one I visit regularly – I love it. I try one of your recipes every week! You bring food inspiration into our home when we need it most :)


Karen October 29, 2012

Huge congrats on this well deserved award, Angela! I’ve been hoping for a savory new recipe from you…thanks for delivering – this soup sounds awesome!


char eats greens October 29, 2012

Yay! Big congrats!!! You deserve it!!

I think I’ll stay inside until this weather passes. Tyler jokes that he won’t let me leave the house – not even to drive to class tomorrow haha. I like the idea of soup and becoming a hermit.


Janice October 29, 2012

Couldn’t help but comment… a friend and I were joking this weekend that if we had a blog we would have to call it “Oh She Swears” because of all the swearing we do in the kitchen. :)

Thanks for all the wondeful recipes, Angela! The many pictures and abundant detail are appreciated by we, the cooking-impaired.


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 29, 2012

hahah love it. sometimes you just gotta channel your inner Gordon Ramsay in there!


Lia October 29, 2012

Well Congrats! That’s so exciting! You are loved and respected by many. The soup looks very “me” so this is just great! I’m a huge fan of flu/virus fighting winter dishes, from dumping ginger and cinnamon in my oatmeal to consuming more Vit. C and now adding this soup. I’m excited to try this out!


Rajvinder Kaur October 29, 2012

Many congratulations to you on the win. It’s well deserved!! :) Love this soup recipe. I may make it as we await sandy :(.


Barb C October 29, 2012

Great work, Angela!! Yours is one of my few go-to sites for recipes. Made your butternut squash mac & cheez the other night! Your quick desserts too are always spot on! Thank you for all you do!


Lola Marigold October 29, 2012

OOh the colour. It looks yummy, and kind of like a pudding.


Nicole Marie Story October 29, 2012

The title of your pretty soup prompted me to laugh so hard!
Adding this to my list of “to concoct” items.
And sharing with my readers. Merci!


Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit October 29, 2012

So much goodness going on in this post, Angela! It does look like a bear hug of a soup and you’re right, the weather you guys had this last weekend wasn’t ideal. Angela and I got together and ended up spending more time inside than anything, but it was still a great time! I hear I’m headed back to Montreal with lots of rain and wind due to the hurricane… so we’ll see how that goes.

Can’t wait to see what you’re doing for your Anniversary! I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing for mine and it’s tomorrow, too! You’re on top of it, as always.

Have a warm day ;)


juju October 29, 2012

i made this raw, in the vitamix, yummy! :)


sus October 30, 2012

Juju, I just got a vitamix and was thinking about how it would work….. sounds like it was a success! I ask because sometimes flavors change when cooked (onions, carrots, etc). Thanks for posting this!


barb October 29, 2012

Your recipes look so good, but I just can’t go do the cashew thing. There are 750 calories in 1 cup of raw cashews! I’m on a weight loss plan, so that’s a lot of added calories. I know, people say that are good for you, as long as they are raw, organic and soaked, but maybe better for people who are maintaining their weight. ;-((


Stacy October 30, 2012

Hey Barb!

I know we each have our different health concerns and diet plans and I obviously don’t know your situation. After seeing your reply it made me curious so I did some calculations and wanted to let you know that for this recipe it is approximately 250 calories per 1 cup of this soup. So although there is 2/3 cup of cashews in it that’s for the entire batch and provides those healthy fats to help keep you full and support many other functions of the body.

This may or may not be helpful, but just thought I’d pass along my calculations! Take Care!


Theresa October 29, 2012

Congrats Angela. So well deserved! This soup looks like just the thing to deal with the stormy weather we have in Maryland today. I’m on an orange food kick lately. I made your butternut mac and cheese this weekend. It is one of my fav recipes.


Averie @ Averie Cooks October 29, 2012

Congrats on your best blog award, Angela! You deserve it! You work so hard at it and glad to see your efforts are recognized by all!

And this soup – so vibrant! I have been making quite a few orange soups lately but not with actual OJ. Great idea!

I just made Nanaimo Bars and thought of you the.entire.time. :)


Addy @ Six-Kick Switch October 29, 2012

Woot! Congratulations Angela! You definitely deserved that award!

The soup looks delish, definitely a new flavor combo. I’m looking forward to trying it out! (P.S. I am a total swearer-in-the-kitchen, too :) )


Erica @ Coffee & Quinoa October 29, 2012

I love citrus and ginger together, and it is definitely getting to be that time of year! Looks beautiful, too :)


kim@hungryhealthygirl October 29, 2012

Yay! Congrats on the award…very well deserved!


Maja October 29, 2012

Hi…im typing as I am eating this soup. I love the sweet citrus hint in this soup! Thanks for the recipe.


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 29, 2012

I’m so happy you enjoy it! Thanks for letting me know. :)


Stacie October 29, 2012

Congratulations!! You SO deserve this :) Happy Birthday to your blog. Can’t believe I’ve been reading for four years. Thanks for all you do! Keep it up! Hope you and Eric celebrate.


Megan @healthgeekchic October 29, 2012

This looks delish! What a great combination of ingredients to really change up soup making!!! I cant wait to make this Frankensoup as soon as the “Frankenstorm” is over here in the northeast.


Laurie October 29, 2012

Congratulations!! Your soup looks amazing!! I was wondering if you have a good source for buying your cashews. Do you buy in bulk bins or do you order online?


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 30, 2012

Lately I’ve been buying them from bulk bins – I used to be much more organized when I had the bakery and was ordering everything online!


Catherine October 29, 2012

That soup is beautiful. I’ve never tried cashew cream–maybe this is the perfect recipe for a first attempt.
Congratulations on the best blog award–your recipes, writing, and design are fabulous!
Stay safe during ‘frankenstorm.” Funny that the Gulf Coast is getting a chilly, sunny, autumn-like day while the NE is experiencing Hurricane Sandy. I think the weather did a major flip-flop. Hoping for the best for everyone in its path.


Tanya @ playful and hungry October 29, 2012

such a thick and creamy soup! looks yummy!


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