Your breakfast routine gets a luxurious upgrade with homemade cashew butter. This creamy nut butter recipe is easy to make at home; all you need is a food processor and a little time.

Cashew Butter in a mason jar with a spoon resting in it.

A spoonful of cashew butter makes a smart snack, even if it’s all by itself right out of the jar. And because cashews are one of the most delicious things out there, cashew butter is a cut above the rest.

If you’ve never tried making it, prepare yourself for taking a leap of faith. You will look into the bowl of the food processor more than once and wonder if you’ve screwed it all up. You haven’t, and you won’t. It just takes time. Then all of a sudden, as if by magic, the nuts transform into creamy, smooth nut butter bliss.

No crazy ingredients needed. But you do need a high powered blender (VitaMix, Blendtec, etc) or a medium-to-large-sized food processor to get the best results.

Recipe ingredients:

Cashews in two white bowls.

Ingredient notes:

  • Cashews: To roast cashews, preheat oven to 325 degrees. Add raw cashews in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 10-15 minutes. But don’t walk away! Stir occasionally to prevent scorching and keep an eye on your cashews since oven temperatures may vary.
  • Oil (optional): A neutral oil, such as grapeseed oil or olive oil helps raw cashews blend smoothly.
  • Salt (optional): A pinch of good sea salt boosts the flavor.
  • Sweetener (optional): A little sweetener to taste can be nice. Try brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, or stevia.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Add the nuts to the bowl of a food processor.
    Whole cashews in a blender.
  2. Then just pulse the nuts repeatedly until finely chopped. They should look like a coarse meal.
    Blended cashews in a blender.
  3. Process on a low speed for about 1 minute. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides with a spatula. The cashews will still look dry and gritty.
    Cashew butter in a blender.
  4. Then repeat the process a second time, processing for 1 minute, and scraping down the sides. At this point, the cashews will start to form a rough, clumpy paste.
    Blended cashew butter in a blender.
  5. Repeat the process a third time, processing for 1 minute, and scraping down the sides. After this third time, the cashew butter will be thick and grainy. If you have an older machine and you can tell the motor is overheating or struggling at any point, just add a little oil—a small amount, just enough to make the blending easier.
    Cashew Butter in a blender.
  6. Almost there! Repeat the process a fourth time, this time processing for 1-2 minutes, and scraping down the sides if needed. Afterwards, the cashew butter should develop creaminess and become smooth. If you plan to add sweetener, salt, or any other ingredients (see ideas below) now is the time to do it.

Recipe tips and variations:

  • Yield: 4 cups of nuts makes about 16 ounces of cashew butter. 1 serving = 1 ounce / 2 tablespoons
  • Storage: At room temperature, cashew butter should keep for up to 2 weeks, if you can keep away from it for that long. If you want to savor it, store the cashew butter in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for 6 months. Cold nut butter will be harder to spread.
  • Use at least 4 cups of nuts: This recipe doesn’t work as well with smaller amounts.
  • Raw or roasted: Roasting enhances the flavor and aroma of the cashews. Any nut is always better roasted. And, freshly-roasted cashews with warm oils will blend just a little faster, too.
  • Patience: Because all machines differ, it may take longer to get the desired results at your house. Don’t give up!
  • Caramel: You can go natural and use dates and a tiny bit of vanilla extract to make cashew butter taste like caramel. After grinding the cashews into a fine powder in step 2, add a couple of soft pitted Medjool dates. Proceed with the recipe as written, adding a little oil, if needed. Once it is completely blended, add a little vanilla extract and a good pinch of salt and blend again. Keep in the refrigerator for up to several weeks.
  • Chocolate: Add ¼ cup melted dark chocolate during the final stage of blending, or add 2-4 tablespoons of good quality cocoa powder plus a little sweetener to taste.
  • Coconut: Add ½ to ¾ cup toasted shredded coconut (preferably unsweetened) to the blender or food processor during the first step. The natural oil from the coconut will be released and you may not need to add any extra oils. Or, after the butter is finished, gently fold in wide-flaked coconut for a crunchy butter. If you like coconut, you will LOVE this.

More tasty breakfast ideas:

Cashew Butter in a mason jar with a spoon resting in it.

Cashew Butter

Your breakfast routine gets a luxurious upgrade with homemade cashew butter. This creamy nut butter recipe is easy to make at home; all you need is a food processor and a little time.
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 16 servings
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Calories 178

Ingredients 

  • 4 cups cashews (see note 1)
  • 2-4 tablespoons unflavored oil if necessary, for easier blending (see note 2)
  • Pinch of salt optional but recommended (see note 3)
  • Sweetener optional (see note 4)

Instructions 

  • Add cashews to a high-powered blender or food processor. Pulse the cashews until they are finely chopped.
  • Process or blend on a low speed for 1 minute continuously, then stop the machine and scrape down the sides. The cashew butter will be dry and gritty.
  • Process or blend on a low speed a second time for 1 minute continuously, then stop the machine and scrape down the sides. The cashew butter will start to form a clumpy paste.
  • Process or blend on a low speed a third time for 1 minute continuously, then stop the machine and scrape down the sides. The cashew butter will be thick and grainy at this point. If the blender or food processor is having a hard time blending or if the motor is overheating, add a little oil - just enough to facilitate blending, otherwise, the cashew butter could end up oily.
  • Process or blend on a medium speed fourth time for 1 to 2 minutes longer. The cashew butter should be creamy and smooth at this point. It will also be warm and fragrant and delicious. If desired, add a pinch of salt and sweeten.

Notes

  1. Cashews: To roast cashews, preheat oven to 325 degrees. Add raw cashews in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 10-15 minutes. But don't walk away! Stir occasionally to prevent scorching and keep an eye on your cashews since oven temperatures may vary. 
  2. Oil (optional): A neutral oil, such as grapeseed oil or olive oil helps raw cashews blend smoothly.
  3. Salt (optional): A pinch of good sea salt boosts the flavor.
  4. Sweetener (optional): A little sweetener to taste can be nice. Try brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, or stevia.
  5. Yield: 4 cups of nuts makes about 16 ounces of cashew butter. 1 serving = 1 ounce / 2 tablespoons
  6. Storage: At room temperature, cashew butter should keep for up to 2 weeks, if you can keep away from it for that long. If you want to savor it, store the cashew butter in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for 6 months. Cold nut butter will be harder to spread.
  7. Use at least 4 cups of nuts: This recipe doesn’t work as well with smaller amounts.
  8. Raw or roasted: Roasting enhances the flavor and aroma of the cashews. Any nut is always better roasted. And, freshly-roasted cashews with warm oils will blend just a little faster, too.
  9. Patience: Because all machines differ, it may take longer to get the desired results at your house. Don’t give up!
  10. Caramel: You can go natural and use dates and a tiny bit of vanilla extract to make cashew butter taste like caramel. After grinding the cashews into a fine powder in step 2, add a couple of soft pitted Medjool dates. Proceed with the recipe as written, adding a little oil, if needed. Once it is completely blended, add a little vanilla extract and a good pinch of salt and blend again. Keep in the refrigerator for up to several weeks.
  11. Chocolate: Add ¼ cup melted dark chocolate during the final stage of blending, or add 2-4 tablespoons of good quality cocoa powder plus a little sweetener to taste.
  12. Coconut: Add ½ to ¾ cup toasted shredded coconut (preferably unsweetened) to the blender or food processor during the first step. The natural oil from the coconut will be released and you may not need to add any extra oils. Or, after the butter is finished, gently fold in wide-flaked coconut for a crunchy butter. If you like coconut, you will LOVE this.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tbspCalories: 178kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 6gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 213mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 2mg
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