Snacks

July 9, 2018

Cashew Butter (Oil-Free)

Sweet, creamy, and thick, this oil-free cashew butter makes a neutral base for cookies, a delicious toast-topper, or a simple spoon-filler (if you know what I mean).

I've already shared my smooth, oil-free mixed nut butter which uses creamy cashews to give depth to the flavor, but if you want something even more decadent, you are in the right place. Cashews have a mostly neutral flavor, with hints of sweet nuttiness that you can emphasize by placing in baked goods or de-emphasize by adding salt or using with savory foods. The oils in the nut allow you to easily get a smooth butter, and their denseness thickens the butter making it a deliciously indulgent treat.

I don't make cashew butter as often as as mixed nut butter, but I knew I wanted to make fruit pizza. The cookie base I used for the pizzas uses cashew butter, so I went ahead and made extra just for snacking. Because, you know, nut butter is so yummy.

Plus, this stuff looks like icing. If you added some vanilla and maybe some date syrup, you'd have yourself some cashew icing that you can feel good about eating with a spoon. (This is almost exactly how I made the icing for fruit pizza.)

The process to make this cashew butter is very similar to my mixed nut butter. Since it's only made of cashews, this nut butter might take a little longer to process. Worth it!

Cashew Butter

How to make Cashew Butter

Start out by warming the cashews in the oven for 10 minutes or so, until you start to smell them. That's when you know the oils in the cashews are ready to be released. And that's how you get the cashew butter to be super creamy without adding any artery-clogging oil.

Then, place the warmed cashews in the food processor, pulse to a rough chop, and let the food processor do it's thing. In terms of oil content, cashews are an intermediate nut, they have some oil, but not as much as pecans or walnuts, therefore you will probably need to process the cashews for a good 15-20 minutes.

It might take a while for the cashews to actually look like cashew butter. Don't give up! It will turn smooth and creamy, I promise. Just make sure to scrape the sides of the processor every couple minutes.

If you're food processor is older, I suggest giving it a break to rest. Especially if you feel it getting really hot. You don't want the motor to die on you.

When it looks creamy and delicious, stop processing and enjoy!

Recipe Prayer

Jesus thank you for your gift of cashews. Thank you for giving us a versatile and delightful food. Thank you for the gift of cooking. Enter into our minds and hearts as we make this cashew butter. Amen.

Cashew Butter (Oil-Free)

Sweet, creamy, and thick, this oil-free cashew butter makes a neutral base for cookies, a delicious toast-topper, or a simple spoon-filler (if you know what I mean).

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

8

Prep:

30

min

cook:

0

min

total:

30

min

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Raw Cashews

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Warm the cashews in the oven for 10 minutes or until you can smell their delicious aroma.
  3. Place the cashews in your food processor and process for 15-20 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides of the processor as necessary. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You may need to give your food processor a break after 10 minutes. Make sure it doesn't get too hot.

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August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography