Homemade Honey Cashew Butter
If you've ever explored the nut butter selection at a grocery store, you will most likely see a huge variety of peanut butters. More often nowadays, you will find some almond butter. If you are looking for something different such as cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, etc., you will note how EXPENSIVE a jar of this stuff is! Like $10-12 a jar.... um, no thank you?!
I found some decently priced cashews and thought... well I can do this myself! All you need is a food processor/blender (I use a Ninja food processor) and cashews!
Do NOT add any oil...there is no need! Because nuts are a natural source of fat, when blended, it creates its own oils, creating a buttery-like texture. Although nuts are high in fat, they are high in GOOD fats, ones that your body needs! So of course, eat up! But be careful not to overdo it-- a little goes a long way in terms of energy. So just stick to a serving of 2 or so tablespoons at a time.
Cashews are super nutrient dense! They are very high in monounsaturated fats (good fats!), magnesium, and copper.
Cashews are high in the heart healthy mineral, magnesium, which also protects against high blood pressure, tension, soreness, and fatigue. It also works with Calcium to support healthy bones and muscles.
Cashews are also a wonderful source of Cooper. Copper is an essential component of an enzyme involved in energy production and antioxidant defenses. Therefore, cashews work to eliminate free radicals, ultimately leading to decreased inflammation.
The varieties of cashew butter that you can make are endless: cinnamon, maple syrup, honey, etc. I decided to whip up a small batch using raw honey (super sweet, yet natural!) and cashews, of course.
Make enough to store away in your pantry and dig in whenever you feel the urge! Enjoy!
Salt (depending on whether or not your nuts are already salted/unsalted)
*I'm not giving you amounts because it's really about your taste preference. I don't enjoy a lot of salt generally, so I didn't add any salt (however my cashews were already lightly salted). And I added just a little bit of honey (enough to taste the sweetness, but not overpower). The amounts are really up to you! Just be aware of your serving size when you sit down for a meal. 2 tbsp = about 200 calories (just like any other nut butter). Also, keep in mind, the more honey you add, the more calories per serving it will be!
1. Add cashews to the food processor and blend. You will need to add enough cashews so that the material spins throughout, and you are not left with a blade spinning around hitting nothing.
2. Keep blending until you obtain a very powdery, almost sticking texture. Add the honey and push the materials down from the sides with a rubber spatula.
3. Keep blending until your mixture mimics the consistency of a butter.
4. Jar it up, and nom it up! :)