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Cashew Butter

18 min

Homemade staple

Spread

Make-ahead

10 ingredients or less

Pantry-ready

For a rich and creamy alternative to the usual peanut and almond butter, try out this cashew butter. This satisfyingly smooth spread is delicious on toast or stirred into oatmeals.

Servings

(1 Tbsp per serving)

Total

18 min

Prep

7 min

Cook

11 min

Contains

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tree nut

Free from

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soy

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peanut

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sesame

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gluten

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (390 g)
    raw cashews
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Directions

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  1. Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).
  2. Spread the cashews in a single layer over a baking tray.
  3. Roast in the oven on the centre rack for 9 - 11 minutes, or until the cashews are a golden colour. Stir the tray once or twice during roasting.
  4. Transfer the roasted nuts to a high-powered food processor* (ideally 600W or more) and blend on high for 5 - 7 minutes, or until a smooth consistency is reached, scraping down the sides as needed**.
  5. Transfer to a mason jar and enjoy!

Notes

  • * Using a blender for this is not advised, as there is not enough liquid. A food processor is better suited for a dryer mixture, such as this.
  • ** The mixture will go from crumbly to smooth over this time. During this time, you may even notice the mixture form into a sticky ball hitting the sides of the food processor, and this is normal. If you continue for another few minutes you'll see it turn into smooth and creamy nut butter. The longer you can blend it, the smoother it'll get. If your food processor isn't very powerful, you may need to blend it for an extra 5 minutes to achieve the desired consistency or consider adding a bit of vegetable oil or coconut oil to help the process along. If you notice the mixture heat up too much, let it rest to cool slightly so as to not damage your food processor.

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Nutrition info

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Rekha - April 5, 2021, 5:10 a.m.

Superb post and initiative Sadia.
Feels so inspired after seeing your videos and beautiful yum recipes.

More power to you ❤️😊

PUL Team - April 5, 2021, 7:38 p.m.

Thank you for being part of our PUL family, Rekha 🥰


Anna - April 3, 2021, 12:01 p.m.

I totally get the problem with the blender or the food processer not being powerful enough. I already broke one that I got for Christmas, trying to make nut butter... Now, I have a high speed blender that is much more powerful than almost all food processers (therefore it was quite expensive), yet still when I tried making the cashew butter again today, it looked like it's going to die. I am very sad because I specifically asked the people in the shop for a machine that can handle it and they suggested this one. I will either try to add the coconut oil, or I don't know. Not even suited for tahini... It always blocks the space underneath the blade and the blender gets angry.

PUL Team - April 4, 2021, 2:26 a.m.

Hi Anna, thank you for sharing with us. How frustrating! We appreciate your patience as it must have been disappointing to unsuccessfully make the cashew butter. Adding some coconut oil and ensuring the cashews are freshly roasted may help with the blending. Perhaps blending in smaller increments of time may also help if your food processor isn't able to handle longer durations of time!

If you're looking into getting a high-powered food processor, we have some information in our kitchen essentials article (https://www.pickuplimes.com/a…) that may be helpful if you haven't already seen it 😃

Silvia Natal - April 29, 2021, 7:53 p.m.

Hi Anna, I’m guessing you used the Vitamix for doing the cashew butter. .? That will not work, a good powerful blender will not do the butters....I tried...I think it is best to invest a good food processor...I was looking in to what Sadia is recommending . Good luck on your next try .


Anna J. - March 29, 2021, 10:13 a.m.

So simple and delicious! Thank you for not writing a long intro for a simple process. Exactly 7 minutes in my food processor. The taste is lovely and we saved one jar from a landfill.

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 11:29 p.m.

Hi Anna! Thank you for taking the time to leave your kind review. So glad you enjoyed the recipe 🙂


Claudia - March 27, 2021, 7 p.m.

Never expected making cashew butter to be so easy! I wanted to try out Pick Up Limes recipe for overnight strawberry cheesecake oats and since I had cashews in my pantry decided to give making my own cashew butter a try. I have to say I've never had a more delicious cashew butter, and it's amazing that it's just one ingredient. Will definitely make this more often, tastes amazing and it's more affordable to make myself!

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 10 p.m.

This is so incredible to hear, Claudia! We're so happy you gave the recipe a try and enjoyed it 😀


Matt - March 22, 2021, 9:23 a.m.

This didn't work for me. My cashews never got past the crumbled stage. I ended up having to add coconut oil to make the mixture more creamy. Could this be caused by the type of cashews I bought or my mixer?

Wel - March 22, 2021, 8:51 p.m.

Just keep processing them .They will turn creamy . I almost lost hope with mine but it did turn out great eventually after 10 minutes. I think if you tried to grind it while slightly warm it will be easier and faster .

R - March 24, 2021, 11:24 p.m.

Could it perhaps not have roasted enough in the oven? I'm glad the coconut oil worked though! Thanks for that!

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 2:33 a.m.

Thank you for the honest feedback, Matt! There are a few possible culprits. We'd suggest ensuring the cashews are roasted and letting them mix for longer! An extra 5-10 minutes can make a big difference 😁

It may also be that your food processor isn't powerful enough. Enjoying a chunkier cashew butter, or adding some coconut oil can help make it more creamy in this case. Let us know how it goes if you give the recipe another try!


Allie - March 22, 2021, 9:13 a.m.

Great idea 💡


Stephanie - March 22, 2021, 8:47 a.m.

The taste is great! Mine didn't come out creamy like yours though....it was balling up in the food processor and is smooth. Did you add any sort of liquid to this? Thanks and thanks for sharing your gift of vegan food dishes!

mallika - March 22, 2021, 10:12 a.m.

I tried that too, I guess we need to use a food processor which works without adding liquid. A normal grinder might make this into a ball and not allow it to turn smooth and creamy.

PUL Team - March 30, 2021, 11:15 p.m.

Hi there Mallika and Stephanie! We didn't add liquid to this recipe, but here are a few ideas:

1) Let it run for longer. Sometimes the extra 5 minutes can make all the difference
2) If this doesn't work, it could be that your food processor isn't powerful enough, and that's okay. It'll make for a slightly chunkier cashew butter which is equally as delicious :)
3) Try adding a tbsp or so of coconut oil. This can help to make it a bit more creamy!


Hana - March 22, 2021, 8:45 a.m.

i was afraid but to try it... but even though my food processor is not very powerful, it was so easy ! thanks for this delicious recipe 🙌🏽

PUL Team - March 29, 2021, 5:50 p.m.

Glad you decided to try it, Hana! :D


Ketan - March 22, 2021, 8:43 a.m.

Looks delicious