Homemade cashew butter. Do I need to say anything more? Yum. Just simply YUM! I love nut butters. Peanut, almond, cashew… Any nut butter. They taste great with so many things…crackers, bagels, veggies, chocolate! Lately the cost of nut butters are going way up. So, I guess that means it is time to try to make it myself!
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When I bought my Vitamix blender, I knew one of the things it tackled very well was making homemade nut butters. That was one of its selling points! And I just have not had time (or been motivated) to try it until today! The more I think about it, I am not sure why I didn’t try it sooner. Yes, buying a jar of whatever kind of nut butter I want from the store seems a lot easier. But the be perfectly honest, having freshly processed cashew butter with ingredients that I choose to put in it, is soooo much better! I can add the salt I want, a little oil if I want it a little creamier, some seasonings if it sounds good (cinnamon cashew butter anyone?) and it is my own! And it is fresh! I just love that! I really do!
Let’s Make It!
Here is how to make fresh homemade cashew butter (manufacturers directions)
- Pour cashews into the Vitamix. (I used roasted and sea salted cashews-delicious)
- Use the tamper with the lid.
- Turn the machine to Variable 1
- Press start and slowly increase speed to high, using the tamper until the nut butter begins to flow freely through the blades. The motor sound will change and become low and laboring.
- Stop machine.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
That’s it! In less than five minutes you have fresh, homemade cashew butter! Why wouldn’t you want to do this? You really have got to try it! Once you are hooked like me, you can be on the lookout for sales on nuts, or start buying them in bulk to save money!
A note of caution: the Vitamix has a very powerful motor. Not all blenders are powerful enough to make nut butters. Be sure to read your owners manual before you try to make nut butter at home. I would hate for you to burn up the motor of a perfectly good blender!