A WHOLE LOT OF LOVE! Raw Cashew Butter Love!

Technically, today marks the final day of my Whole30!


I did it, YAY ME! 😀

Soooo, technically, I should now be moving on to phase II, which, according to the plan, implies that I should start reintroducing dairy, then get to phase III, which would have me progressively reintroduce grains…

I say technically, because you see, I am loving this Whole30 thing so much that I decided to extend the experience for the entire duration of Lent, and I’m even contemplating making this a permanent lifestyle once Lent is over (although it won’t be SO strict and restrictive all the time. Treats will be allowed once in a while, as will SWYPO!)

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I don’t know exactly where this will take me and I don’t really want to think long term for now, all I know is, for the time being, I am feeling absolutely fantastic and I am LOVIN’ IT so much, I just don’t want it to end!

You know what else I’m really lovin’ lately?

All the amazing colors that are all over the place in every store I go!

Spring clothes collections are coming out and have super pretty colors like light coral pinks, purples and turquoise… all colors I adore!

And what of kitchen accessories!

OH.MY.LORD! Just you look at THAT!!!

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I don’t know how or when it happened, but it seems all of a sudden kitchen gear comes in all sorts of super vibrant colors and is like all over the place these days.

Get a load of these… I got all that over the course of… err… one day!?

Colorful enough for you? Oh, I feel TONS of pretty, color filled pictures are coming this way!

(Oh, Leanne, one word of warning for you my dear: DO NOT, I repeat: DO NOT set foot in a Maxi & Co or Loblaws for at least 6 months… just sayin’… it’s risky!)

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Another thing that I am really, but I mean really lovin’ lately is raw cashews.

For some reason, I’d never been compelled to trying them until now. I think I was rather put off by their very pale, boring, and odd looking color. Their whiteness makes them look rather bland and tasteless.

I thought for sure they would be lacking a little bit of that “taste bud excitement capability” factor.

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Raw cashews are incredibly creamy and sweet! In fact, I find they’re even better than the roasted variety. I wonder why they started roasting them in the first place!

Seeing as how I got so infatuated with them, I wondered if I could turn them into a beautiful, creamy, dreamy butter (you know me and nut butter!)

I first tested with a very small batch and was so incredibly happy with the result, I immediately decided I HAD to share with you.

Guys, you HAVE to try this.

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This, is not nut butter.

This is icing in a jar. I swear. It’s that smooth and thick and creamy and SWEET! I wouldn’t even hesitate one second to use this as is, in its natural form, to frost cute little cupcakes.

One word of warning though. You do need a good, powerful food processor.

And a whole lot of patience.

Oh, and a whole lot of faith. In me.

But I’m going to show you, step by step, what you can expect, so you know I’m not lying to you. Although it will take some time and you might think that there’s no way your nuts are EVER going to turn into butter, trust me, the miracle will happen.


Let’s do this.

First, you need a whole bunch of raw cashews. I used 500g.

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At the beginning, things go rather quickly…

In no time, you’ll go from whole cashews to this…

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Of course, you could also start with cashew pieces, if you can find them. They should save you a couple of bucks, which is always a good thing!

Spin a little more, like a minute or so, and you get some sort of coarse flour, like so…

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But flour is not what we’re after here, is it?

Nooooo… we want dreamy creaminess!


Goodness that knows no boundaries!

So let’s keep them blades spinning, shall we?

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After oh, say 4-5 minutes, you should be at this stage.

What you are looking at is a thick paste and it just wants to climb to the sides of the bowl all the time.

Your blade is spinning in vain, or so it seems. At this point, it’s a game of stop and go.

Scrape the sides, go, stop, scrapes the sides, go, stop, scrape the sides, go, stop… you get the idea, don’t you?

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Eventually, like a few minutes later, the paste gets really, really thick.

And dry.

And crumbly

You’re thinking this is NEVER going to work.

You might start to curse me a little.

And you’re probably contemplating adding some kind of liquid to this…

By all means, DON’T. Resist the urge!  And whatever happens, don’t EVER, EVER add water. Water and oil do not mix, always remember that!

Let’s keep going…

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Few minutes later… things get even WORSE!

That paste gets thicker, dryer, grainier still!

Now you’re thinking OMG, this was all a huge mistake.

That darn Healthy Foodie just had me ruin a whole batch of perfectly good nuts.

And if I don’t give my food processor a break, I will have ruined a food processor too.

Right. You’ve probably been at this for close to 10 minutes now. It would be a good idea to give your food processor a 2-3 minute break, just to be on the safe side!

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After your food processor is well rested,  put it to work again.

Within a few minutes, you should be getting your first glimmer of hope!

Finally, this is starting to sort of want to look like it’s going to turn into nut butter.

See that little hint of creaminess? Oh it’s getting there.

So let’s keep going!

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Another few minutes in, you get this kind of a doughy ball of cashews that’s  just whirling around in the bowl.

Don’t worry, this is not a bad sign, you haven’t done anything wrong… just keep going! (although you might want to give your food processor another little break. It IS working very hard, after all)

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It eventually does happen!

The nuts are finally starting to release their oils and to become all loose and comfortable in there…

And very VERY warm too… I’d even say pretty darn hot! Almost as if you’d been cooking your nuts. Really. That hot!

We finally have butter, but it’s fairly crumbly and somewhat dry at this point, but still, it’s NUT BUTTER!

We must keep going.

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And going, and going, and going…

I would say a good 8 to 10 minutes after you get to the butter stage.

Make sure you give your food processor a little break from time to time…

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Be patient, have faith… and eventually, you will get to this point.

And from this point on, what you will be needing is a whole lot of SELF CONTROL!

Warm, fresh out of the food processor raw cashew butter is VERY hard to resist.

Consider yourselves warned!

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See, beautiful and creamy and THICK, oh so thick! This is pure heaven, I tell you.

It finally did happen and no liquid was ever added.

Aren’t you glad you trusted me?

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Time to transfer your heavenly treasure to pretty little jars and put it away in the cupboard as far back as you possibly can.

And hide the spoons.

ALL the spoons.

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Yield: Yields just a little under 2 cups.

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  1. Add all ingredients to the bowl of your food processor and process for a very long time, until nice and smooth.
  2. At some point, you will have to scrape the sides fairly often, and your nuts will turn into a very thick and crumbly paste before eventually starting to release their oils and turn into nut butter.
  3. Be patient and resist the urge to add any form of liquid. Just keep going, it will eventually happen.
  4. From beginning to end, this might take a good 25 minutes of active processing, so it is a good idea to give your food processor a few minutes break from time to time.
  5. Keep your nut butter in Mason type glass jars or other air tight containers


To make the vanilla powder, what I do is I keep all my scraped vanilla beans and leave them to out to dry. When I have about a dozen or so, I grind them in my coffee grinder along with 2 or 3 whole vanilla beans and turn that into a vanilla powder.


More free porn…

Just because…


(oh, and, erm… you have a little bit of drool, there… yes, that’s it, right there… you might want to wipe that off…) 

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  1. erin b says

    After nearly killing my food processor trying to make hazelnut almond butter, I was feeling pretty skittish about the cashew butter… I got to the point where it was whirring around the processor in a big clump, googled some recipes which all said to add oil, and so I did. Rich yumminess! Now I will have to try again and have hope that I can get there without added oil… Oy, for the little food processor that could…

    • says

      Just out of curiosity, Erin, what kind of oil did you use? I feel that adding oil could make the process easier, but there aren’t that many options available that wouldn’t interfere with the delicate flavor of cashews… although now that I think of it, coconut might be pretty interesting! :)

      • Erin B says

        One recipe I saw called for coconut oil. I decided to use some chocolate olive oil that I thought would add an interesting flavor. I had to stick the second jar in the freezer to keep myself from eating it.

      • Erin B says

        I made cashew butter again, except I used 1 part macadamia nuts and 3 parts cashews, all raw, with nothing added… this is my new obsession to sneak a teaspoon here and there. it might be better than ice cream…

        • says

          I’m planning on making something pretty decadent soon with raw cashew butter and macadamia nuts! Great minds think alike, or so it seems!

          As for sneaking it here and there, I can’t even afford to do that… I eat way too much by the spoonful as it is! 😉

      • Finula says

        Just as an FYI. It’s the heat that gets the oil to come out in the nuts. If you start out with them fairly hot, you can spend less time at the blending. Or, as the other lady said, add just a little of some bland oil. You can do the same with any nuts, and with sesame seeds for tahini.

        Also, you can freeze all of these lovely things, whole or blended, and it will keep your perishable good for about a year, so you can buy the bulk.

        • says

          Thanks for that information, Finula. Heating the nuts slightly before processing, without actually roasting them, is indeed an excellent trick. I will definitely have to try that! As for adding oil, I’ve tried it and found that it made the final texture too soft for my taste, no matter how little I added. I like my nut butters to be on the firm side! 😉

    • ceb_nz says

      I found after toasting hazlenuts for about 10 mins it was much easier to make the butter. Add a couple of pieces of melted dark chocolate and a shot of vanilla syrup. Yum!

      • says

        Of course, toasting the nuts first will reduce their moisture contents, making it much easier to turn them into butter. But it changes the taste, consistency and nutritional value considerably… Sometimes, you want toasted, sometimes, you don’t! 😉

      • Erin B says

        that sounds yummmy! Well, I tried toasting the hazelnuts, and I got distracted. So they burnt. Didn’t want to waste anymore nuts. 😉

    • monikuh says

      About 15ish years ago when I was a kid there was this awesome food processor (it actually had multifunctions) that could accomplish what you seek without added oil. But that was then, and this is now, and planned obsolescence has invaded all companies. The processor was called VitaMix and could be found at Costco. However, if you cannot afford this level of food processor, I suggest adding grape seed oil, if you don’t mind the flavor (personally, I cannot taste it and prefer it to what I can, such as olive oil). Remember, we all taste differently, in the sense that some people can really taste bitter while others can barely taste it at all.

      Thanks for the recipe. I love the natural flavor of cashew butter!

      • Bonnie says

        I have a Ninja it costs under $200 and it turned the cashews into creamy butter in under 10 minutes. No heating needed, no oil needed. I added a little cinnamon, delicious!

        • Kara says

          I also have a ninja and I can make all sorts of nut butters. It only takes about 5 to 7 minutes. I had previously read recipe after recipe that said it would take FOREVER and I couldn’t understand what I was doing differently. Obviously I’m super lucky to have the ninja 😉 Its all making sense now! Ha!

    • S Smith says

      Just soak the raw cashews for a couple hours or overnight. Drain before you whirl. Saves a ton of time. Add a couple Tbs of lemon juice for vegan sour cream. Yum.

    • peace says

      I just made this with a Vitamix. It took about 45 minutes to get it as close to a creamy texture as possible. I’m pretty beat now!

  2. says

    Gorgeous! Love all the step by step pics and comments!!! :) Cashew nut butter is one of my all time favourites…raw, roasted and then blanched…the blanched yields a white cashew butter like white chocolate!

  3. Eva says

    wow, this is amazing! Cashew butter is my favorite nut butter out of all, and it’s nice to see other people are starting to love it too! Thanks for the awesome recipe!! :)

  4. says

    Oh. My. Gosh – those bowls!!! I HAVE to get to Superstore/Loblaws asap!!! I am such a sucker for any sort of kitchenware but ESPECIALLY when it comes in bright colours. And I’m not even a huge nut butter person, but you’ve made me want to try this. I have a food processor but am pretty sure I could do the same thing in the Vitamix and not have to worry about any overheating of the motor (my food processor has been good to me and I don’t want to run the risk!) Congrats on your challenge!! I think if what you’re currently doing makes you feel great, then why stop!? :) Have a great day Sonia!

    • says

      Oh boy… if you set foot in that store, Angela, you are in serious trouble. I am telling you, I had to run out of there at some point. It seemed like every single inch of shelving was filled with stuff that I wanted to buy. EVERYTHING was so bright and colorful. I miraculously managed to not buy the whole store… but I know I will go back for more! 😉

      As for your not being a huge nut butter person, just you wait until you try this! It will make you a believer, I swear! 😉 Plus, you have a Vitamix, lucky. Let me know how it goes if you use it to make this! :)

    • says

      Of course, you could make your own in your Vitamix, Jen. I would SO Love to give that a try myself. Considering buying one JUST to make nut butters!

      Let me know how it goes for you if you give it a try! :)

  5. says

    I’m so glad you’ve done this step-by-step. I have attempted making raw peanut butter a couple of time and always give up half way through feeling really frustrated for all the waste. I shall try this one soon, on a day that my food processor is feeling particularly brave i think! 😉

    • says

      Haha! Give it plenty of rest Aida and it should be alright. I find making nut butter at home so rewarding. You get all natural delicious butters for a fraction of the price that you would pay for the ready made stuff, you get to make your own flavor combinations, and most of all, you get to lick that delicious warm nut butter off the spatula and clean the bowl of the food processor real good, too! I feel just like a kid sometimes when I make a fresh batch. Hope your next try will be a total success!

  6. jessica says

    OMG!! This looks delish, im new to eating real foods and already feel so much better! Everyday im finding new and interessting things ibhave to try and this is one of them!! My food procesor is pretty old, so i dont know how she will go, but im actually more than happy to risk it. I can always buy another one, right? Ill let you know how i go when i finish tomorrow! This would go perfect in my protien balls i make for my treats. Ive been using organic peanut butter (which i hate the taste of) and it leaves this peanutty taste. The taste of cashews is amazing so they would just perfect my protien balls. Ide love to share the recipe with you so you can give them a try!

    10-12 dates
    2 dried figs
    1/4 cup shredded coconut
    1/4 cup organic cacao powder
    2 Tablespoons CASHEW BUTTER :)
    2 Teasppons LSA mix
    2 Teaspoons stevia/agave/maple syrup/honey
    1 scoop whey protien powder (optional, ive never used)
    a dash of coconut milk if needed to bind


    In a food processor put in dates and process until they are as smooth as you can get them. Then add the figs and do the same. Next add all other ingredients and pulse. It shoukd form a ball very quickly. If mix is to dry, start adding the coconut milk until you get to desired texture! It should be more moist than how you want them to be, because when you refriderate they will harden. It should be still thick enough you can roll into balls. Nect step? You guessed it, getting your hand dirty. Start with wet hand, it stops the mix from sticking to your hands. Grab a small amount of mixture out of food processor and roll into a ball. I like mine to be about an inch and a half, but you can do them any size! Keep going until you have used all the mixture. Then choose what you want to coat them in (cocoa, almond meal, crushed nuts, shredded coconut, melted organic dart chocolate) after thats done. Set in fridge of atleast an hour! Thats as long as i could waiy

    • says

      HAHA! If you want to help your old food processor, Jessica, you can always add one or two tablespoons of melted coconut oil, but you won’t get the same thick and creamy consistency. Your butter will be a little bit thiner, but will taste just as delicious! I hope you like it better than you do peanut butter! It doesn’t even compare, if you ask me… plus, peanut butter isn’t even good for you, whereas this guy is, so there’s no doubt in my mind as to who the big winner is!

      Thanks a bunch for the recipe, looks very yummy! I might very well give it a try this week! :)

  7. Ali says

    I love this recipe and this blog is super fun to read. At one point, it made me laugh out loud. Keep it up.

  8. Trish says

    Omg this is heaven. I had cashew butter for the 1st time this past week and after I was on a mission. My friend and i call it crack butter.LOL Thank you for the details. I wanted to give up but after some time but finally the creamy heaven started to show. Raw nuts are the key. Tested the first batch with salted and a veg oil from another recipe and big mistake. Yours is the absolute best!!!! Give your processor a rest and love and it will deliver creamy heaven.

    • says

      Crack butter is right! It’s now become my favorite nut butter by far! Glad you were able to make your own at home successfully, too. And vegetable oil? YUCK! Must have ruined it for sure. If you ever want to speed up the process some, you could add a little bit of melted coconut oil (and I do mean a little bit, as in one or two tablespoons) but the resulting butter won’t be as thick and creamy. I much prefer it without!

      Great, now you got me craving a spoonful of cashew butter. Good thing I’m nowhere near a jar! 😉

  9. Lindsy says

    Ladies! You need a Vitamix! High powered blender with make this recipe in 1-2 minutes with NO problem, no resting, and you don’t need to worry about overheading any kitchen appliances!

  10. april says

    Loved your simple and easy recipe! I had a bunch of leftover crushed cashews and nothing to do. I do appreciate your steps as I was about to give up a few times there, but your encouragement kept me going and the pictures let me know I was on the right track 😉

  11. Ella Smith says

    I stumbled upon your blog when searching for cashew butter recipes. I was adding canola oil to my recipe, and was concerned about the added fat. I followed your directions and it worked beautifully! I am grateful. I have tried to make roasted pumpkin seed butter, but added oil to that. I had roasted the seeds beforehand. Is the added oil unnecessary? I wonder if I did not give it enough time. Thank you for your post.

    • says

      I’ve not yet made one type of nut butter that required the addition of any type of oil whatsoever, Ella. Nuts do produce a sufficient amount of oil to be turned into butter, especially when roasted. All you need is a lot of patience! :)

  12. Ami says

    I’m in the market for a good food processor that I can make raw nut butters with. Any suggestions?
    Thanks, Ami

  13. Adam says

    Tried this for the very first time tonight (still new to the cooking thing lol but working on it!), and it was very much like you described, some frustration, wondering about adding liquid (my grandma mainly), and yes a hot processor too. By the end it seemed to be getting thick but I think I stopped too soon, was still semi crumbly (but tasty, which is a little surprising since by themselves I didn’t like as much), and came out in chunks when I spooned it out. I noticed the oils were kinda coming out I think near the end, I suppose I should have waited a bit longer to stop. Ah well, you learn by experience right? lol

    • says

      Ah, but you were right there indeed, Adam. When the oils start coming out, that’s when the magic starts to happen! Throw it back in, it’s not too late! And if really it’s taking too long for your taste (or for your food processor’s sake) throw in a tablespoon or so of coconut oil. It’ll speed things up for you without affecting the flavor or nutritional value!

  14. Erin says

    Thanks for the step-by-step! My family and I are just starting on a new eating plan called “Eat to Live” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. One of the recipes we want to try calls for Raw Cashew Butter, which I haven’t been able to find in the store. So…I bought some raw cashews and decided I’d do it myself! I was a little nervous, but I found your blog, and your step-by-step was perfect! Thanks a million! :)

  15. Kate says

    I made this using raw cashew pieces and a pinch of sale. I have to say, this is the BEST cashew butter I’ve ever eaten! The whole process took about 30 min. using my Black and Decker food processer. I bought the cashews for $2.77 a pound at my local grocery store. Thank you for posting your recipe with pictures! I’ve got a lot of cashews in my freezer, for future butter, WAY cheeper than commercial, and so much cheaper.

    • says

      $2.77 a pound??!?!? OMG, that’s a steal! I too would have bought a ton and put them in the freezer. Real happy you were successful at turning your nuts into dreamy butter, and glad to hear you like it as much as I do! Careful, that stuff is REALLY addictive! :)

      • Lauren says

        Hi! Thanks for the recipe. I do love cashew nuts but they are quite expensive, any idea where I can a good deal on the cashews?

  16. missmisspia says

    I was looking for a raw cashew butter recipe for my adapted version of Detoxinista’s raw cheesecake, and fell upon this site. I have to say I am some happy that I did. This raw cashew butter recipe is simple and way better than any store bought cashew butter you’ll find. I’ve made this recipe twice now for my raw cheesecake, and had no problem making this in my Braun 600W food processor. Thank you Sonia for sharing this recipe.

  17. jb says

    I was wondering about soaking/sprouting the nuts to lessen to reduce the phytic acid content.

    Or do you think this would make the butter too runny?

    • says

      I don’t know, jb. To be honest, I’d been wondering about that too. I don’t think it would make it runny at all, quite the contrary in fact… but for sure, it would make the nut butter highly perishable and would only keep for a very short while it the fridge. Perhaps the best way to go about it would be to soak the nuts and then dehydrate them again. I might very well give the 2 options a try!

      • jb says

        Think I found the answer. Soak cashews for 2 to 3 hours in spring or RO water then air dry or dehydrate on low temperature.
        Drying should solve any shelf life problems.

      • jb says

        Worked like a charm! I soaked cashews for 2 hour in spring water then dryed in a large toaster oven on “Keep Warm”. Took hours to dry on low temp. Then used my Vitamixer to make the butter. DELISH!!

        I did notice the cashews had sprouted. Small tap root, protruding from top of cashew. I thought if the cashew (or nut) had been heated (vs raw) they would not sprout. From reading, I gleaned cashews are heated during processing, so they truly are not raw.

        Do you have an explanation for the sprouting?

      • jb says

        Yep! They definitely sprouted. On the larger end with the cleavage, the tap root emerged. I, too, was surprised how quickly it happened.

        I didn’t think they would sprout because of heat processing. Maybe there is another process being used to remove the outer covering & caustic liquid surrounding the meat.

        Regardless, I was happy to find that the cashews were alive & sprouting. 😉

  18. jayshree says

    Trying to make mine right now using a bamix. Getting there slowly but surely. Sneaked a tast and its divine.

  19. Dawnita says

    Thank you so much for this post and all the photos! I made this tonight, and it came out PERFECTLY. Can’t believe it turned out so creamy when raw cashews were the ONLY ingredient! Had I not seen your step-by-step photos, I’m sure I would have given up! I use cashew butter to make my favorite Paleo bread, but it costs $16-$18 a jar online… Now I can make it for about $8 a jar! Thanks again!

  20. says

    Thank you! The pictures were very helpful. I combined my cashew butter with some cilantro lemon chutney and it came out amazing! So excited to make my own nut butters now.

    • says

      Good to hear, Lauren. Glad the post and pictures helped. You can use that same principle with virtually any nut, or any combination of nuts. You’ll soon find that making nut butter is very fun and addictive too. :)

  21. Natasha says

    I just made this and it is wonderful :) I used cocoa powder and table salt because that’s all I had on hand. I let my 15 year old food processor rest for 20 minutes or so between every 2 minutes of running. It took a while but I was taking the ornaments off the tree so I just kind of went from one room to the other. Made the kids a pb&j, or cb&j rather, and they loved it. Thanks for posting the pix, they were helpful. Your encouragement to keep going even when it seemed like it would never turn creamy, was also very helpful.

    • says

      Taking the ornaments off the tree already? That soon? Call me crazy, but I usually keep my tree until the 2nd or even 3rd week of January. I’m such a kid when it comes to that. I can’t seem to get tired of looking at all its beautiful glittering ornaments and shiny colorful lights. Ah, the magic of Christmas almost resides in my tree, for me. But hey, I can’t think of a better way to ease the pain of taking the tree down than making nut butter at the same time! I think I’ll do just that when comes the time to send my precious tree back to storage for another year.

      Glad the post and pics, as well as my words of encouragement, helped you bring the cashew butter to completion. Now you can apply that very same principle to virtually any nut, or any combination of nuts. You’ll soon find that making nut butter is very fun and addictive too. And your kids will be super happy campers! 😀

      Oh, and thanks a bunch for your feedback, Natasha. You’re the best! :)

  22. says

    Not sure what I did wrong, but used vita mixer and the butter so I thought was done in like 3 minutes ,but it think I should of kept blending because now it’s like paste! Taste good but not very spreadable:(

    • says

      I’m not sure I understand what you mean, Jackie… I get that you used a high speed mixer, which is perfect, but what exactly do you mean by “the butter”? And even with a vitamix, 3 minutes seems like an awful short time to me. I’m pretty sure you needed to let it spin for a great while longer! Just put it back in and let her rip! :)

  23. Anthony says

    Would a NutriBullet be sufficient enough for this process? Also, is adding something like honey doable? Or is it not even necessary?

    • says

      I don’t think so Anthony. You need something that has a little bit more power than that to make nut butter. And while you could add honey if you wanted to, I find it totally unnecessary. Raw cashew butter already has some kind of a sweet taste to it.

  24. Karen says

    Arrgh! I made some last week with roasted cashew butter and it worked fine, but now am trying raw cashews and it won’t turn. After about 45 min of mixing in my Ninja blender, I added a couple of tablespoons of avocado oil out of desperation. That didn’t work either. I took out the fine grounds and spread them on a cookie sheet and put them in the over for about 10 min. It got kind of golden and quite warm. Thought for sure this would do the trick, but it has been over an hour and no butter! Any ideas?

    • says

      Seriously Karen, I am at a loss. I really don’t know what to say. If even after adding the oil, the nuts wouldn’t turn to butter, then the only thing I could think of is they have been soaked and not dried afterwards. But nuts aren’t typically sold like that, as they would rot in no time… I wish I could help you more, but unfortunately, I am totally clueless. I’ll try researching that when I have a minute.

  25. Pat says

    You can die from eating raw cashews as they are highly toxic. Even just touching them, can lead to death. Please, check further on the ‘net if you do not think this is correct.
    You should have written ‘unroasted’ cashews as they are cooked prior to roasting them.

    • says

      Thank you for your concern, Pat, but the thing is you see, cashews that haven’t been roasted are being sold and labeled as “raw” cashews. Unless this eventually changes, it would kinda hard to refer to them as anything else than what is in fact indicated on the label. Plus, since they aren’t commercially available, I don’t believe that anyone could get their hands on truly raw cashews unless they lived in the right part of the world…

  26. Michelle Daniels says

    Sonia!!!! Have tried several times to make my own cashew butter and have failed every time needing to add coconut oil to achieve what I wanted. Alas…I thought I’d try one more time today and hit the internet for a new perspective on accomplishing my task!!! I came across your site with it’s step, by lovely pictured step, along with encouragement to keep going and going and going!!! I let my work horse Cuisenart food processor rest a couple of times and then…total and complete success!!! Wahoo…wow, amazing stuff! Bravo for a great post and unique combination of pictures and words to help me make this happen! I’ve just followed you on Facebook, Pinterest & Instagram so I’ll be seeing a lot more of your fun and candid approach to healthy living :) ~~Michelle

    • says

      Oh my! Thank you so much for your sweet and kind comment, Michelle, and thank you for choosing to follow my blog, too! So happy to hear that my encouragements convinced you to keep going and skip adding the oil. Isn’t the texture amazing? So thick and creamy. Oooooh, now I want cashew butter and I’m all out! Guess I’ll have to make some soon… YAY! 😀

  27. Dave says

    I gave this a shot and it worked! After reading through the comments, I decided to try my first batch with some shortcuts: first, by microwaving the cashews for 60 seconds, and second, by adding some canola oil into the mix (maybe 3 or 4 tablespoon’s worth). It cut the processing time down to about 10 minutes.

    I also found this makes a great “raw” cookie dough – just mix in some honey (about 2 parts cashew butter, a little more on the doughy side makes it easier to work with – and 1 part honey, with blend with a spatula until it has the consistency & taste you want), then mix in some chocolate chips. Tastes just like Tollhouse cookie dough, minus the sugar, eggs, and wheat! Nice little snack! Thanks for posting such a detailed tutorial!

    • says

      Thank you for such great feedback, Dave! I know that the addition of oil cuts down the processing time quite a lot, but I find it also affects the final consistency of the product, making it too soft for my liking, so that’s why I stick to making nut butters without adding any kind of oil whatsoever.

  28. Dave says

    Just a quick follow-up: my local stores were out of raw cashews & I didn’t feel like waiting on Amazon, so I bought some roasted & salted cashews. Definitely not nearly as good as raw cashews in my book! For some reason, raw cashews simply turn out the best for this procedure. I can’t believe how creamy it gets, either…thanks again for posting step-by-step photos & lots of notes about being patient long enough for the oils to get pressed out & turn creamy. This stuff is fabulous, I’m totally addicted!

  29. says

    It’s really cool seeing them go into a paste like that! Absolutely stunning photos, and I know what you mean about kitchen accessories, there’s nothing better than shiny new tools!

  30. Stephanie says

    I finally tested this recipe out and I’m so glad I did! I bought raw cashew flour at Trader Joe’s a while back and had NO clue what to do with it and someone suggested using it as a shortcut (and a cheaper method, for only $4 a 2-lb bag!) to making cashew butter and it worked like a charm!!

    I didn’t have any vanilla bean pods but I’d like to try that out next time- but the sea salt was a perfect addition! Thanks for the recipe!

    • says

      Cashew flour? Really? I would’ve never thought about this… and for sure, I would’ve thought flour to be more expensive than the pieces. I’ll keep an eye out for it, that’s for sure. Thanks for the tip!

  31. Stephanie says

    Just made this today. I heated the cashews first and added coconut oil after the stage where it clumps together and rolls around. I didn’t have vanilla powder so I used vanilla extract and there wasn’t a change in colour at all. It is absolutely amazing! I love the flavours and yes, it’s very hard not to put a spoon in and just eat it all up at once! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  32. bryony says

    Hi, I’ve been processing on and off for an hour and a half now… I have alot of oil bit it just doesn’t seem to be coming together. I did soak them for maybe 2 hours before coz I’d read somewhere to do that before I cane across your recipe. I dried them off with a tea towel before starting. So the only thing I can think is that perhaps they were still a lil wet… Os it going to come together or have I wasteda heap of cashews and money? :(

    • says

      Unfortunately, Bryony, if you are going to make nut butter out of soaked nuts, you have to make sure that they are very well dehydrated again before you start the process. Oil and water do not mix, so this will never become smooth and creamy. The only option I can think of at this point if you want to save it would be to spread your cashew mixture onto a cookie sheet and dry it off for a few hours in a very low temperature oven (lowest setting you can get it to) to try and get all that water to evaporate, and then resume the creaming process.

      Hope this does the trick…

  33. bryony says

    Ok take 2 tonight and its perfect! It tastes so amazing! For those of u thinking it will save time if u soak ur cashews think again! Not only do u hav to wait for them to soak then u hav to dry them out completely for it to to actually only make the very start a lil quicker. Raw cashews as stated in the recipe is perfect! This took me about 28 mins in total! Love love love thank you!

    • bryony says

      Oh and for me I prefer it a lil more spreadable so I added about a tablespoon of coconut towards the end. And by the way.. the smell coming out of my machine is making my mouth water! Mmmm

      • says

        AWESOME! Glad to hear you managed to make a proper batch and loved it, Byrony! And if you do like your butter to be a little bit more on the “soft” side, then by all means, add a tablespoon or two of coconut oil towards the beginning instead of waiting until the end… This will speed up the process quite a bit for ya! :)

  34. Maria says

    Thanks so much for this recipe! I decided to make some healthy nut butter candy and wanted to try making my own cashew butter. I am so glad I did! I have a ninja that works like a dream, I didn’t have to add any oil and I had butter in about 10 minutes! Thanks again :)

  35. Tricia A. says

    Thank you so much for this recipe for cashew butter. I must say that your description of the process was as much of an enticement to give it a whirl as the gorgeous pictures! I wanted to add my little experience here, and perhaps it may help someone else out in the process… I do not own an electric food processor, however I did just purchase a Tupperware powerchef. I did the initial processing of the cashews in this, and after a mere 5 minutes or so, had a really nice, finely ground almost flour. I couldn’t stand the thought of continuing to pull that cord for another 25 minutes, so I took out my Kitchen Aid hand blender (aka, the boat motor!) and gave that a go — 5 minutes! That is ALL it took with that little beauty! Not a word of a lie! I love that tool, and the cashew butter is absolutely perfect!
    Thanks so much!

  36. Anto says

    Hi, I’m a little confused…did you post two recipes or is it one? The reason I’m asking is because I recently started using raw cashew butter in recipes (really love it, especially for vegan mac N cheese) and made my own batch, but I only used raw cashews and a little salt and wanted to know how long I can keep it in the fridge!? Your top recipes says you only put the cashews and the one below adds the vanilla and salt! So, if it were cashews alone, how long does it keep. Thanks for your post.

    • says

      This is only one recipe, Anto. The post basically shows you pictures of the different stages. Plus, the addition of vanilla powder and salt wouldn’t change anything in the shelf life of the nut butter. I don’t usually keep my nut butters in the fridge, I prefer them at room temperature so I keep them in the pantry where they last for weeks (I do go through them rather rapidly!). I wouldn’t worry about keeping them for several months if they were refrigerated.

      • Anto says

        thanks so much for replying ….sorry I got confused….I will have to try it with the vanilla and salt as well….much gratitude!

  37. Darlene says

    We prefer dry-roasted cashews to raw, and we make cashew butter in our Vitamix for a minute. It is divine!

    • says

      Funny, I just tried roasted cashew butter and posted the recipe today! I must admit that I really like it too. It’s crazy how differently the same nuts taste after they’ve been roasted.

      As for the Vitamix, I wish… I really wish! 😉

  38. Teresa says

    TOO FUNNY!!! I was in the state of panic you described and contemplating liquids when I pulled up your recipe/post. You are a lifesaver. I kept it going with my new Hamilton Beach “Big Mouth” processor and it all came together. The nuts heated up letting the high speed go for a bit and it turned into “melted” creamy goodness. So excited!! Thank you so much!! (I am thinking a bit of cinnamon may be quite a tasty option, too!).

    • says

      DO IT!!! Cinnamon goes good with everything, I say! :)

      And yay for your preserved sanity as well as for the saved cashew butter. The final texture is so much better when you don’t add any oil! ENJOY, you lucky you! 😀 (yeah, I wish I too, had some of that in the pantry!)

  39. Rene Pittaway says

    Hi Sonia.

    I made your cashew nut butter on the weekend! Wow, totally amazing! I’m so thrilled I found your recipe! My kids love it! Am super stoaked to find a nut butter recipe that I can give to my family that contains NO preservatives!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting!

    Port Elizabeth
    South Africa

  40. Anie says

    I kept the faith and I now have a cup’s worth of temptation sitting on my counter.

    With my little food processor from the thrift store, it took me an hour and my sense of hearing but totally worth it. The hardest part, for me, was fighting the urge to try “just a little” too often. This one’s a gem. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    • says

      Ah, just you wait until you get to taste the finished, rested product. This is pure bliss, I tell you. And seriously, an hour? Wow! Hope you gave that poor processor plenty of rest. That was quite the work-out for the little fella! 😉

  41. Michelle says

    I have just recently started eating Paleo, so finding this was great! This does take a bit of scraping down the sides, but the end result is SO worth it, and you are right about how good it is when it’s just done and still very warm! Hard to not lick the bowl lol! Thanks so much for showing us this!!

  42. Sharon Hammond says

    I look at many blogs and use suggestions and have never left a comment…but after making cashew butter from your recipe ( something I have been trying to make to no avail)….I finally made a batch which is better than anything I can buy..thank you so much!

  43. Beth says

    Thank you for taking the time to post so many pictures at different intervals! I thought I’d try to wing it and just throw the raw cashews in the food processor… And then I thought “oh God! What have I done? I wasted 3 perfectly good cups of cashews!” And then I turned to your tutorial. Phew!! Great pics :)

  44. Tiya says

    I made this in a Vitamix, but added some vegetable glycerin and used stevia vanilla drops. Took maybe 5-10 minutes! Very sweet, the glycerin helps it get creamy but is also a little sweet.

  45. Sharon Tognetti says

    I made this with my Cuisinart Food Processor and it took me about 25 minutes including rest times. Only had rest a couple of times. I love it! I think I like cashew butter better than almond butter! Thanks for the great tips.

  46. Tanja says

    I just finished making this cashew butter (just now, as in, have barely finished scooping it into the jar) and I have to thank you for this photo tutorial. I got to the ball of dough and lost confidence. So I found the tute again and watched my food processor do the same magic. I use a 13 year old good quality food processor (with which I once fused the shaft to the body while making bliss balls) and it did just fine with frequent breaks.

    Now I really need to go and make delicious salted, gluten free, failsafe balls of baked heaven before I eat the lot with a spoon!

    • says

      HAHAHA! I so hear you, Tanja. Raw cashew butter is one of those things that I just cannot keep in the cupboards. Have to make a batch only when I need it for baking or cooking, else I end up polishing the jar in a matter of days…

      This stuff is just waaaaayyyyy too good! Glad you were able to make your own, too! :)

  47. Hannah says

    This is AWESOME, thank you so much for this recipe! My butter looks exactly like yours, no oil added. I’m feeling tempted to empty the jar.

  48. Cheryl says

    I bought myself a Cuisinart DLC-10S Pro Classic 7-Cup Food Processor for Christmas, and your cashew butter was the second thing I made (the first being hummus – yum!). OH MY GOODNESS, this stuff is WONDERFUL! It came out so smooth and silky! I can’t wait to have some of it in the morning on a slice of cinnamon raisin sprouted whole grain bread 😀

    • says

      Careful, Cheryl, that stuff is also highly addictive! 😉 Enjoy breakfast… what a great combo this’ll be!

      p.s. have you checked out my hummus recipe? I don’t do legumes anymore and don’t really miss them, but that hummus is something that I would gladly indulge in once in a while. It comes out so smooth and creamy, unbelievable!

  49. Jeni Nelson says

    I bought a Kenwood 400W food processor. Something tells me this isn’t powerful enough to make cashew butter. I can’t run it long enough for the nuts to heat up–the machine heats up instead. :-( What is the wattage of your food processor?

    • says

      Well, I have successfully made raw cashew butter in one of those Ninja type mini food processor thingy, but of course, it was a very small quantity. Still, 400W is a bit of the weak side indeed, so I recommend adding a little bit of oil to your nuts just to help the process some. Melted ghee works fantastically well and will even improve the flavor some without affecting the final texture, as does coconut oil although this one will confer a bit of a coconut-y flavor to your nut butter. Not unpleasant, but different. One or two tablespoons per cup of nut should do the trick.

      Oh, and to answer your question, my food processor is 750W.

      Hope this helps. Keep me posted!

      • Sandi says

        Sonia, Thanks for the explanation/email and I must be blind bc, I missed your update on the 400watt processor. :/ I actually bought cashew butter at WF’s yesterday and whoa, $$$ so, I’m good for now but after it’s gone, I’ll try your recipe in my Cuisinart.

  50. Sandi says

    This is one of the cutest food blogs. I own the DCL-pro 10cup Cuisinart but haven’t used it in years. It has a 600 watt motor so, it’ below what you used. Guess I better not use it to keep from burning out the motor. Darn, I buy the 16 oz bag of raw cashews from Whole Foods every week and this is such a good idea.

    Great food blog, I really enjoyed reading it.

  51. Kezz says

    Thanks for sharing the recipe Sonia, I only had roasted cashews on hand so gave it a try with 200 grams, I don’t need to tell you how delicious it is.
    I separated the batch in two and added some maple syrup and a dash of vanilla extract to half (just in case it stuffed up) and it’s oh so thick and fudgy, can’t wait to try now with raw cashews.

    Five minutes all up in the Thermomix, I did note at the end the paste had heated itself to 37°, I wonder if I could speed this up further by turning the heat up in the beginning of processing. I’m also thinking you probably just want to punch me for trying to speed up the five minute blending process hey? LOL. First world problems, woe is me n stuff.

    Anyway, you’re a legend, we appreciate you sharing this recipe with us.
    I think. 😉

    • says

      I’m all for speeding up the process. In fact, if you’re gonna use roasted cashews, I strongly suggest you roast your own, that way your nuts will be warm when you start processing them. Warm nuts, or toasted nuts, will start rendering oil faster as their moisture content is lesser. Check you my recipe for Roasted Cashew Butter, it is absolutely to die for. The addition of ghee really does take this thing to an entirely new level.

      Oh, and I totally agree with you. The addition of maple syrup to cashew butter is like a treat created for the gods in heaven. Insanely delicious and highly addictive!

  52. Keira says

    Thank you so much for this article! I have a blender, not a food processor, and the process took me 40 minutes (with breaks of course!) and I am delighted with the results. You weren’t kidding when you said you need patience and faith! I can’t wait to make some cashew, pecan, and coconut balls with this. I am trying to cut down on sugar (Starbucks cookies specifically) and these will be a delicious alternative for sure!

  53. Michelle says

    So even giving the food processor plenty of rest time, I totally fried the motor, even though it was a heavy duty processor with an induction motor. And it was my mother’s food processor. The butter was good but not £200 and an upset mother good. I could have done without the expense this month :-(

    • says

      I’m real sorry to hear, Michelle. Have you tried starting the food processor again after it’s had plenty of rest? Most machines have a built-in protection and they will completely stop working for a while when the motor overheats, but will work perfectly fine after they’ve been given a good rest.

  54. Lunki says

    If I use normal / kosher salt or leave it out and leave out the vanilla powder… Still good? If I want it as pure as possible and use only cashews… how does it taste? Anyone do that?

  55. Lori says

    If you use a Vitamin it will be a lot more creamier and will take about 5 minutes at the maximum.

    • says

      It does get insanely creamy in a Vitamix and does happen a lot quicker for you, too. However, I find that I really have to add some sort of fat to it to get things going in the Vitamix. That and well, not everyone is lucky enough to own a Vitamix!

      • Monica says

        Hi Sonia, I tried your recipe, which you posted in an amazingly funny and thrilling way; (I loved the stop and go part haha. The way the nuts became creamy was exactly how you described it. My foodprocessor stopped now and then automatically to prevent overheating and in 20 min I had this wonderful creamy nutbutter…. and YES it’s very difficult to prevent one to eat it all up at once. I wish I could post a picture of my “accomplishment”. Thanks so much for your great recipe

        • says

          Hahaha! That stuff IS highly addictive, Monica, isn’t it? Glad I was able to help make this happen for ya! 😀

          Oh, and you can post a picture of your accomplishment on my Facebook page, I’d love to see it!

  56. says

    Great recipe. I just had to stop by and say hello. My first time on your site and I must say I am impressed with you keeping up with replies on this post a full two years later! I was surprised to see that when I got to the bottom of the comments. Anyway, this post answered a lot of questions about the struggles I had recently with almond butter. Looks like I was missing TIME. Can’t wait to try the cashew butter now – you all made it sound amazing!

  57. Karen says

    I love all your nut butter posts. I just finished my first Whole30 and cashew butter got me through those times when I just had to have a treat! Alone or on an apple, it is lovely. I use a Blentec with the twister jar which makes creamy roasted nut butters (in 1.5 cup batches) in less than two minutes. The raw cashew butter, though, takes up to 10 minutes and is worth it. Your illustrations are what kept me from giving up too early. Thanks!

    • says

      HA! You’re torturing me, Karen. I’m currently doing a 60 day round of Whole30 and I ruled out any and all nuts this time. I’m DYING for a spoonful of that particular nut butter. I think I’ll be whipping up a batch on the very day that this challenge ends. I realize that I have a severe addiction to nuts. Not easy being without them. That said, glad to hear this cashew butter helped you make it through your Whole30! And congrats on finishing! You totally rock!

  58. muriel says

    Love the vanilla powder salvage. Great upcycle. Is it necessary for the cashew butter or just a flavor enhancer, or flavor boost? Can I use extract?
    Sounds yum, can’ t wait to make it.


    • says

      You don’t have to add the vanilla, Muriel, it just adds to the flavor of the cashew butter. I always worry about using vanilla extract as the addition of moisture will sometimes cause nut butters to seize or separate. That’s why I stick to seeds or powder. But you can leave it out if you don’t have any on hand, that will not be a problem.

  59. Andrea says

    I love making raw cashew butter in the Vitamix – I usually add a little coconut oil and then refrigerate it. It is so soft and creamy when I make it but then after it’s in the fridge, it’s very hard and crumbly unless I leave it to warm up for a while. The question I have is do I need to refrigerate it or can I just keep it in a jar at room temperature and if so, how long do you think it will keep at room temperature? Thanks!

  60. Rhonda says

    Wow! I am very impressed with your recipe! I was trying hard not to get discouraged,by waiting and taking the time it took to blend these thoroughly
    I ended up with the best homemade cashew butter ever, and much less expensive than store bought cashew butter.
    I made mine in a ninja blender and it worked wonderfully.

    Thank You.

  61. Rebecca says

    Thank you so much for such a healthy and delicious recipe, I love how its oil and sugar free, I don’t even add the salt or vanilla powder as I feel it tastes perfect as it is.

    Many thanks for a wonderful recipe!

    Thank you! :) <3

  62. Shanna says

    I did it! Followed your directions to a “T” and everything that you said would happen, did! I kept my faith in you the whole time and didn’t give up hope. I added ZERO oil and the result?? Amazing❤️ Thanks for the great post!

  63. says

    You’re AMAZING!
    I LOVE YOU!!! :)
    and now I’m putting my hands on Cashew Butter for the first time!
    wish me luck!!

  64. Lauren Rand says

    How do you store? Shelf or fridge? How long does it last that way? Trying this recipe today! :)

  65. JJ says

    Thanks so much for having this here! I had some raw cashews to make into cashewbuter to make a grain-free loaf of bread and I’ve been hesitant to pull the trigger & make it. the step-by-step let me know what to expect. Took less than 10 minutes, even with a couple breaks to let the food processor rest. I have an old Cuisinart that I inherited during a summer internship in college from some foreign service employees headed to a new post. It had no trouble and while it did get warm it didn’t act like there was any issue getting the job done. I used about 3/4 of a pound of nuts. I so appreciated knowing the different steps involved to watch out for! Definitely didn’t need to add any oil of any kind, the cashews had enough!

  66. Alejandro Nava says

    Love the pictures. Thank you for sharing. can I use them in a personal cookbook I’m making in Spanish (no money related, no edited image, and I’m the one who’ll just use it).


  1. […] Here I’ve made cashew butter three ways: plain, chocolate, and mint-chocolate. For each, I start with the plain cashew butter base, and, for the flavored varieties, I later process with the add-ins. The best advice I can give you is to have patience with this, and to give your food processor lots of rest time. For a great visual step-by-step, check out Sonia’s directions on her amazing blog, The Healthy Foodie. […]

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