It’s quick and easy to make your own 100% cashew nut butter. The only ingredient is raw cashew nuts.
Many nut butters contain added oils like palm that aren’t healthy for you or good for the environment.
Making your own cashew nut butter does taste different as it’s freshly made so will have a creamier and richer cashew taste.
You don’t need to refrigerate homemade cashew butter if it will be used within a week or so. But it’s recommended to store in the fridge with an airtight lid as it will stay fresher and last for months.
How to Make Cashew Nut Butter Video
I call this recipe raw nut butter as I use raw cashew nuts have not been heated and roasted at a high temperature. However, almost all cashew nuts are baked or steamed at a moderate temperature to during processing due to the chemicals in the shell.
Cashews are not truly raw but generally accepted on a raw food diet. See my post on How Ethical Cashew Nuts are Processed for a video from a cashew nut factory in Bali.
You can use this same method for just about any nuts to make nut butter. However cashew nuts work quite well as they are softer and can be made into a raw creamy silky smooth butter without roasting.
Once nuts are roasted they do lose some nutrients but you can roast the cashews for a few minutes without any oil until they get some colour to make roasted cashew butter.
I don’t soak or sprout my cashew nuts as I don’t think they need it. Cashew nuts and macadamia nuts are the only two nuts that I don’t soak, sprout and dry.
Sprouting of nuts sometimes called activating and makes some nuts like almonds and walnuts easier for the body to digest.
You will be surprised when you make cashew nut butter at just how many cashew nuts make a medium sized jar. However, it is worth it for fresh DIY nut butter that is full of flavour.
Cashew Butter Salted Caramel Recipe
You can make cashew butter salted caramel by stirring in a pinch of salt and a sweetener like maple syrup or coconut nectar. It will be spreadable and perfect on something like a rice cake for a filling high-protein snack that is full of heart-healthy fats.
- 2½ cups Cashew Nuts
- pinch of Salt, optional
- Place the cashew nuts in a high-speed blender like a vitamix, although I'm using a ninja.
- Blend for 10 minutes for 2 minutes at a time to avoid stressing the motor.
- You may need to scrape the sides down several times (I don’t with my blender though).
- Stop blending once the cashew butter looks like a liquid.
- Pour into a sterilized jar – either straight out of the dishwasher or filled with hot water and dried.
- Homemade cashew butter will last for a few weeks in an airtight jar not refrigerated and a few months in the fridge.
Equipment: High-speed blender
How long does cashew butter last? It will last several weeks in the fridge as it's best to have fresh as the delicate oils don't last as long once cashews have been made into cashew butter.
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Amount Per ServingCalories 98Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 116mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 3g
Make Hot Creamy Cashew Raw Chocolate as You Clean Up
Making nut butter is a messy business. I generally clean up the blender by adding a cup of water, a spoonful of cacao powder and a few dates then blend for a few minutes until its warm to make a raw hot chocolate. This makes the blender is less sticky and messy to clean up and you don’t waste any cashew nuts.
Cashew nut butter is good as part of a healthy diet as it includes essential amino acids, heart healthy fats and magnesium. This is why cashew butter has many health benefits.