All you need is two ingredients, an oven, and 15 minutes in the food processor to make the easiest, creamy Homemade Cashew Butter. You won’t believe how simple it is!
Post originally published November 2015. Updated with new photos and more instructions December 2019
(AKA liquid gold).
Every time I make homemade cashew butter, I end up talking to the cashews, not trusting they are going to make it into butter.
It does take a bit of time, but they eventually process themselves into a delicious, creamy (addicting) nut butter.
Making Homemade Cashew Butter
So to help ease your mind while you embark on this adventure that is cashew butter making, I took a few step-by-step photos. JUST TRUST IN YOUR FOOD PROCESSOR and its BA power, and all will be well.
Ingredients & equipment needed for Homemade Cashew Butter
- cashews – I started with raw organic cashews and lightly toasted them myself. I found a pretty good deal on Amazon. They came out to be $9.50/lb which is not too bad if you’re familiar with how much they can cost normally. Of course you can buy pre-roasted cashews to skip the oven step if you don’t care about what oils are being added.
- coconut oil – or another oil if sensitive to coconut. The oil can help speed up the process once the nut butter starts to get really thick.
- food processor or high powered blender – I use the Breville 12-cup Sous Chef and I love this beast!
How to Make Cashew Butter
Spread the cashews on a baking pan evenly and toast them at 325ºF for about 15 minutes, or until just lightly golden. I suggest watching after 10 minutes just to be sure they don’t get too dark.
Let the cashews cool a little on the pan, for about 10 minutes.
Now add to the bowl of your food processor and start grinding away.
This is where you may have to scrape down the sides of the bowl every few minutes, depending on the size of your food processor.
I have a 12 cup food processor bowl capacity, and used 4 cups of cashews.
See NOW we’re getting somewhere! Of course here I was again about 5 minutes in, getting semi-skeptical.
Thinking “Okay, is this really going to work? When will it finally turn into butter? What the heck are you doing cashews?! …”
And then like magic this smooth goodness happened out of nowhere. YUHUMMMM. Ugh I can’t even. SO GOOD.
I like to add just a couple teaspoons of coconut oil here and process for another 4-5 minutes to get it really creamy. The creamier, the better. You might as well use it for frosting at this point, because seriously that is what it tastes like.
Ways to Use Homemade Cashew Butter
- On toast, bread, english muffins, bagels!
- As a sweet potato breakfast topping.
- As an oatmeal topping.
- I’ve got this amazing cashew curry sauce in this recipe here. Seriously, it’s the best.
- I use nut butter in my super popular Paleo Banana Muffins.
- Of course you can always make loads of cookies – Chocolate Dipped Cashew Butter Cookies, Turmeric Cashew Butter Cookies, or my Deep Dish Pumpkin Cookie.
- I also use cashew butter in this reader favorite dressing.
How to Store Cashew Butter
Transfer cooled cashew butter to jars with lids. You can keep the cashew butter in the pantry for about 2 months. Or keep in fridge for longer, about 6 months.
(But who doesn’t go through it in less than a month with so many cashew butter recipes to make!?)
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- 4 cups raw cashews (I used Terrasoul)
- 2 tsp extra virgin coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 325F and place raw cashews on a medium-sized baking sheet. Spread evenly in one layer and toast for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly golden. Let cashews cool on pan for 10 minutes.
- Place slightly cooled cashews in bowl of food processor and cover with lid. Process for about 10 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl periodically if necessary. Once your cashews have turned into a slightly creamy consistency, with the motor running, add 2 tsp of coconut oil and process the cashew butter for another 5 minutes, or until desired consistency.
- Transfer cashew butter into jar with lid and store in fridge.
I have a 12 cup Breville food processor, and 4 cups of cashews allowed me just enough to have the blades work properly while grinding down the cashews. I wouldn’t recommend using less than 4 cups in a 12 cup bowl, or you may not achieve a creamy consistency in the end. prep time refers to oven time for toasting cook time refers to time in processor serving size based on 1 tablespoon, nutrition information approximate.
- Serving Size: 1 TBSP
- Calories: 100
- Sugar: 0g
- Sodium: 1mg
- Fat: 8g
- Saturated Fat: 1g
- Unsaturated Fat: 5g
- Carbohydrates: 5g
- Fiber: 1g
- Protein: 3g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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