Cashew Nut Butter

We have been wanting to make this recipe ever since we saw it in an episode of Alton Brown's Good Eats. The problem is - cashew nuts are so expensive! So when Emerald's Nuts went on sale at our local grocery store, I grabbed 4 containers and happily got busy in my kitchen!

This recipe is a great alternative for people with peanut allergy. It is so good that once you taste it, you will think twice about buying regular peanut butter!

What you need:

  • 2 cups roasted cashew nuts
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup peanut oil

What to do:

Put the honey in a small microwave-safe bowl, and heat in the microwave for 15 seconds. Remove from the microwave and add the peanut oil to it. Set aside.

Meanwhile, put the nuts in a food processor, cover it, and pulse for around 5 seconds. Then, while the processor is running, slowly drizzle in the honey and oil mixture. Process until the mixture is smooth, which will take about a minute (depending on your food processor). If the mixture seems to thick, add a little bit more oil.

Transfer to an airtight container. Enjoy!

Tips, Tricks and Tweaks:

1. I used salted cashews so I didn't add salt to it. If you are using unsalted cashew nuts, add half a teaspoon of salt when you put the nuts in the food processor.
2. Lessen the honey if it is too sweet for you. Try different types of honey for a slightly different taste. We used wildflower honey.
3. Make a little fondue (like the picture above). Serve with carrots, bananas, chocolate crackers, etc. But really, the thing that goes best with it is a spoon!
4. Alton Brown used walnut oil instead of regular peanut oil in his recipe.


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