All Natural Homemade Roasted Cashew Butter
I remember reading once that making Nut Butter out of Roasted Cashews was pretty much a waste of money since the end product more or less tasted like “ordinary” peanut butter. At that rate, one was better off using the cheaper Roasted Peanuts to make nut butter and keep the fancier, more expensive Roasted Cashews intact and appreciate them in their delicious, unaltered state.
I never really questioned that fact and, up until now, had always been making my Cashew Butter using raw nuts. Seeing as how it was one of my faves anyway, I never really felt the need to go at it any differently.
But then I woke up one morning and started wondering: what if I roasted the cashews in ghee and added a little bit of salt to them before turning them into butter? Surely the taste would be magical! I just can’t believe that the resulting nut butter would taste anything like “regular” peanut butter.
So I went right ahead and tried it. I’ve but one thing to say now…
Whoever said that Roasted Cashew Nut Butter tasted just like regular Peanut Butter must’ve had a serious issue with their taste buds and needs to have them examined at once! This stuff is the bomb! I honestly had to give it away because I couldn’t stop eating it… and I’ve had to battle with my brains every single day since NOT to whip up another batch.
Sadly, I think I’m about to lose the battle, and I may very well have to abdicate once I’m done making this batch with you guys…
First things first, we need to roast the nuts. No use going for whole cashews here, we’re going to be pulverizing them anyway, so save yourself some money and buy pieces instead.
Melt some ghee along with a little bit of salt in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add the cashew pieces and roast stirring almost constantly until the cashews turn golden and become intoxicatingly fragrant, about 5 minutes total.
Kill the heat and let the nuts cool for 10-15 minutes or until they can safely be placed in the bowl of your food processor.
Nuts can become quite hot during the roasting process, hot enough to melt plastic… keep that in mind!
Once your nuts have cooled enough to be safely handled, add them to the bowl of your food processor and get that motor running.
As you can see, that bowl is quite full. I find it much easier to turn nuts into butter when using a large amount, otherwise all you end up doing is send them flying and spinning all over the place, which gets annoyingly frustrating…
Towards the beginning of the process, you will have to stop the motor to scrape the sides and break down the lumps fairly often. Like about every 15 to 30 seconds or so…
I know, it can be a real pain, but trust me, it won’t last all that long, and it’ll be worth it in the end!
It takes a little while for the nuts to start releasing some of their oil, and until that happens, it’ll feel like all you’re getting is some kind of nut concrete. Indeed, these nuts can pack up into pretty solid clumps and get you to thinking that there’s no way in hell they’re ever going to relax and turn into that deliciously creamy butter you’re so desperately after.
The worst part is that… it gets even worse, before it gets better!
And when I say solid clumps, I do mean SOLID! At this stage, which is probably 5 or 6 minutes into the process, we have what looks like half-set cement!
Ugh! And THIS is supposed to eventually turn into a creamy, dreamy concoction? Yeah right…
Trust me… it’ll happen. Just keep breaking down the lumps and scraping the sides. Have faith, we’re almost there!
FINALLY! After a couple more minutes of stop and go, the nuts are starting to relax and let go of some of their oil! That’ll help tremendously. From this point on, things will get a lot smoother!
Now your butter won’t be climbing up the walls or constantly aggregating into solid chunks. You can just let that motor rip, stopping every once in a while just to scrape down the sides a bit, or to give your food processor a rest if you feel it might benefit from it…
Until finally, you open that lid and are faced with the creamiest, most fragrant and delicious looking concoction. You can now add the vanilla seeds and give this one final spin…
Your Cashew Butter is finally ready to be jarred!
Jarred, I said. NOT eaten.
While technically you *could* eat this now, I always find nut butters taste much better after they’ve had a day or so to recuperate… so just pour the result of all your hard labor into a clean glass jar and place it in the cupboards to rest until the next day.
I know, easier said than done, but trust me, it’s worth the wait.
In the meantime, you still have a bowl and spatula that may require a bit of licking action.
And you could cheat a little if you wanted to and not clean them quite so well during the transfer, you know. Just leave a tad more in there, no one will know…
The next day, your Cashew Butter will have come back to room temperature and the flavors will have had a little bit of time to meld and “mature”. A day might not seem like much, but believe me, it does make a difference!
Now, you can grab that spoon and go nuts as much as you want!
Although, you may not want to follow in my path… I might have gotten a little carried away. What can I say… I love my nut butters. It’s an addiction, I think.
Now if you’ll please excuse me, I, erm, have some very important business to attend to…
Roasted Cashew Butter
- 1/4 cup ghee
- 4 cups raw cashew pieces
- 1 tsp Himalayan salt
- 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
- In a large skillet set over medium heat, melt ghee and salt then add cashew pieces and roast stirring almost constantly until cashews turn golden and become highly fragrant, about 5 minutes total.
- Turn off the heat and let the nuts cool for 10-15 minutes or until they can safely be placed in the bowl of your food processor.
- Process for a total of 10 to 15 minutes, stopping to break the lumps and scrape the sides as necessary. You will need to stop a lot more often in the beginning, but as the nuts begin to release their oil, the butter will become a lot looser and scraping won't be needed quite as frequently.
- When the nut butter has reached the desired consistency, add vanilla seeds and process for an additional 30 seconds.
- Transfer to a clean glass jar and store in the cupboards, where this will keep for several weeks, if it even lasts that long, that is!
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27 Comments on “All Natural Homemade Roasted Cashew Butter”
Yum!!! I have been toying with the idea of trying new nuts to make nut butter with and I think that you just sold me with those pictures!
Just wait ’til you try it, Kim. You’ll be forever hooked! 🙂
I have to tell you, Sonia, you are an inspiration. Whenever I’m feeling like an ol’ poopyhead–all sorry-for-myself about what to eat and not to eat, I drop in over here and you have some new innovative thing going on or some great stuff in the archive. There is ALWAYS something I want to try.. Great pix, great ideas and the roll-up-your-sleeves attitude that gets me off my duff and into the kitchen.
Thank you so much for this site.
Awwww, thank YOU so much for your kind words, Erin! That is so incredibly nice of you to say. You just gave me wings, my dear. You’re pure gold! 🙂
I love the look of that cashew butter Sonia.
And, btw, who’s the moron claiming that cashew butter tastes like peanut butter? Cashew is soooo much better!
Gonna have to try your version, toasting the cashews with ghee and salt is where it’s at. Good job!
I don’t know man, it’s a blog post that I remember reading years ago, and I just took it for granted. Pfft. To think of all those years I wasted NOT having roasted cashew butter.
That’s it. I’m whipping up a batch TOMORROW! I need a fix! And I’m totally blaming it on you. Don’t ask why. Just because. I have to blame it on someone, don’t I? 😉
That looks soooooo good!
Speechless-this is just PERFECT!
at the beginning I was quite sad as my chopper seemed not to do the job but fortunatelly,I managed it with my hand processor!
Absolutelly doing this again!
Awesome! Good to hear and thanks for taking the time to let me know! 🙂
I just made this with leftover nuts in my house. It was 75% Cashews, some pumpkin seeds,brazil nuts and like 20% Pecans. OH.MY.GOD. you were right about hiding it. This stuff is so gooooooood. I also added a touch of maple syrup at the end of roasting and this is honestly the BEST nut butter I’ve ever made. Thanks!
Ooooh, love your combination of nuts. I might very well have to give it a try! Plus the maple syrup… oh yeah! I’m a fan! 🙂
Tried yesterday ! Taste like heaven
You are so very welcome, Olivia! Enjoy heaven! 🙂
Instead of a day-to-day substitute for peanut butter, cashew butter might be better used as an occasional treat. This is because it contains more saturated fat and less protein and fiber than peanut butter.
This is so amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. I could totally add this to other recipes at home to add a little more flavor.
Thanks Tammy! Glad you liked! 🙂
I usually don’t toast the nuts
Thought raw was healthier
And never add an oil
What do you think about this ?
I think it depends on who you ask, really! 😉 Some say always consume raw, some say soak them first to get rid of phytic acid, some say always roast to destroy potential bacteria… personally, I do a little bit of each. I always buy raw, though, and roast the nuts myself, for those that have been commercially roasted almost invariably have been roasted in crappy oil. I’d much rather do this at home and use good, healthy fats.
Can you please tell me where you buy your raw nuts? I am on a budget, have 3 kids but I am trying very hard show them its easy and yummy to eat healthy! Any other low cost ideas would be helpful also. Love your site.
I get them from a local bulk distributor, Susie, but you sure can get them online. Nuts.com is a very good source, and so is Amazon.com.
Do we need to refrigerate this? is it required?
I’ve never really been a big fan of nuts, but I do love peanut & almond butters. My gal buys the wholesale club sized buckets of mixed nuts, but she hates cashews…I must have 3 tubs of nearly 100% cashews that I now know what to do with~! Opposites attract~!
Help! I spent one hour trying to break the cement lumps! I am so frustrated. I just bought a 7cup kitchen aid food processor and the best I could get was a very thick consistency. It seems as the more heat the more dry it got. I had to add coconut oil and agave. My cashews were bought toasted and salted already. I can’t find raw ones in my hometown.
My butter never became fluid like yours. I am so frustrated:( what did I do wrong? Any ideas?
It’s the agave you added, Mariana. The water in it will have caused your nut butter to clump up. Your only chance at saving it it would be to add warm water to it, a few tablespoons at a time while the motor is running, until it becomes smooth again. Then you will need to store your nut butter in the refrigerator.
Let me know how it went!
Thank you so much for the quick reply! I thought maybe the food processor
motor isn’t strong enough. I was about to take it back to Costco tomorrow.
But I will try what you said. I also just followed you on Instagram. I am
there as Mariana Acosta Contreras.
Thank you so much!
You got it, Mariana! Hope you managed to save your batch. 🙂