Are you ready to whip up this homemade cashew butter recipe?! Just four ingredients is all you need to blend up this Persian-style cashew butter that’s naturally sweetened, silky smooth and flavor-packed.

Once you make this Persian-style cashew butter, you may never go back to the boring store-bought stuff!

Photo of creamy cashew butter in a glass bowl with a gold spoon in itHow to make cashew butter: 

Before we dive into the nitty gritty, or should I say nutty gritty, of it all I first want to share this one piece of advice. 

Trust the process, I promise a nut butter will be achieved! 

When making any kind of nut butter patience should be listed as the first ingredient. From start to finish it really doesn’t take long to make, it just requires quite a bit of processing. 

Now, are you ready for the key steps to creating the most luscious and smooth homemade cashew butter?

 

Step 1:

Roast your raw cashews (Why? Flavor! And it gets their oils loosened up which helps with blending.)

Photograph of whole roasted cashews on a dark baking sheet

Step 2:

Use your food processor (Why? I find it works better and more efficiently than a blender. But if you have a Vitamix, go right ahead and use that!)

Step 3:

Blend, blend and blend. Then blend some more (Why? When you think you’re done processing, process some more. It always needs a bit more than you think and this ensures a super smooth cashew butter)

Overhead photograph of smooth cashew butter in the bowl of a food processor This cashew butter is:

  • Keto-friendly (if you leave maple syrup out)
  • Whole 30 (if you leave maple syrup out)
  • Low-carb
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan
  • Refined sugar-free 

Photo of creamy cashew butter in a glass bowl with a gold spoon in itHow and where to store cashew butter?

Cashew butter is best stored in a glass airtight container in the refrigerator.

How long does cashew butter last?

Homemade cashew butter is best enjoyed within 1 month of making it. However, it will last up to 2 months. 

Photo of cashew butter spread onto a piece of toast with honey and sea salt How to use cashew butter:

Where to even start?! There are so many great ways to use cashew butter. Here are some of my favorites:

  1. Cashew Butter & Jelly Sandwich (a childhood fav turned up a notch!)
  2. Cashew Butter Cookies (similar to peanut butter cookies or these delish Black Tahini Cookies). 
  3. Use in place of tahini in your favorite hummus recipe. 
  4. Spread onto toasted whole grain bread, drizzle with honey or maple syrup and sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over top. 
  5. Blend into your morning smoothie.
  6. Use in place of cream or milk in a creamy soup, like this Butternut Squash & Apple Bisque. 

What can you use in place of cashew butter in recipes? 

Cashew butter can be used interchangeably with most nut butters in recipes such as almond and peanut. If you’re concerned about altering the flavor too much, opt for almond butter over peanut butter. 

If you’re looking for a nut-free alternative, use sunflower butter, also known as Sunbutter. 

Mix it up! Try these different flavor variations! 

Chai-Spiced Cashew Butter

Blend in a teaspoon of chai spice.

Warming Cashew Butter

Blend in some cinnamon and nutmeg.

Praline Cashew Butter 

Blend a splash of almond extract and butter extract into cashew butter. Increase the maple just a tad. 

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Use brown sugar in place of the maple syrup or honey. Add a tiny splash of butter extract and pulse in chocolate shavings or chips. 

Nutella-Style Cashew Butter

Melt 2–4 ounces of milk chocolate with a few teaspoons of oil (grapeseed, olive or canola). Blend into cashew butter until smooth. 

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Persian-Style Cashew Butter + 5 Flavor Variations

  • Author: Lauren
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: about 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Spread
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Just 4 ingredients is all you need to blend up this Persian-style cashew butter that’s naturally sweetened, silky smooth and flavor-packed.


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups raw cashews (9 ounces)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
  • Pinch cardamom 

Instructions

Heat oven to 350°F. 

Arrange cashews in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast cashews until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Let cashews cool to room temperature. 

Transfer roasted cashews to a food processor and process until smooth, scraping down sides and breaking up mixture as needed, 8–10 minutes.

Add maple syrup, vanilla bean paste and salt; continue to process until completely smooth. 

Transfer cashew butter to an airtight glass container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.



Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 200
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 79mg
  • Fat: 16g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: Cashew Butter, Homemade Cashew Butter, Homemade nut butter

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Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.

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