How to make homemade cashew butter

By Rena |

An easy process on how to make your very own Homemade Cashew Butter. All you need is two ingredients and a food processor to make it. Silky, creamy, and super simple, you’ll be making this cashew butter regularly at home! 

top view cashew butter in a jar

Making Cashew Butter at Home 

Buying all-natural cashew butter can get pretty expensive over time. And I specify all-natural because there’s a lot of nut butter on the market that have added sugars in it such as cane syrup! One way to skip the having to scan the ingredient lists with an eagle eye and to save money is by making cashew butter at home! 

It really only takes two ingredients: cashews and a bit of oil plus a good processor. One ingredient if you want to skip the oil. That’s really all it takes. Let’s make some cashew butter!  

What You’ll Need 

Ingredients 

  • Roasted cashews: unsalted or lightly salted 
  • Neutral oil: like coconut oil or grapeseed oil, this is optional but I like using it to making the cashew butter extra silky. 

Equipment 

  • Food processor: I use a Kitchenaid food processor. Make sure you have a high powered food processor that can handle making nut butter to avoid burning out the motor. 
  • Jar: You’ll need a mason jar or airtight jar to store the cashew butter. 

 

roasted cashews in a measuring cup

FAQ’s and tips

 

How To Make Small Batch Cashew Butter at Home 

  • Place the roasted cashews in a food processor and process for 2-3 minutes until crumbly. 
  • Using a spatula scrape down the sides and process again at low speed for 2 minutes until cashew starts looking like a dough.  
  • Scrape down the sides again. The cashews should be gritty and start to get smooth by now. If it looks too dry you may add the oil now, but it may not be necessary. The oil will just help it get smoother and creamier.  
  • Process again at low speed for another 2-3 minutes until it has reached the desired consistency. 
  • Remove and store in an airtight container or mason jar and store in the pantry for up to 2 months, and store in the fridge for 3-6 months. 

collage of cashew butter in food processor

How Long Does Homemade Cashew Butter Last? 

Homemade cashew butter can last 3 to 6 months when stored correctly. As the cashew butter is all-natural, it won’t have shelf stabilizers to make it last longer. 

How To Store Homemade All-Natural Cashew Butter 

If using within the week, you can leave your cashew butter in the pantry. If not, store the cashew butter inside the fridge. 

Can This Recipe be Doubled? 

Yes! However, you might have to make it in two batches as you don’t want to overfill your food processor. 

Can You Use Raw Cashews to Make Cashew Butter? 

If you only have raw cashews, I recommend you roast them first before blending them up. Roasting the raw cashews will help them release natural oils that will aid in breaking them down in the food processor for silky smooth cashew butter. To roast raw cashews, place them on a sheet pan and roast at 325ºF for about 15 minutes, or until just lightly golden. It is up to you if you want to add salt onto them or not. Also, be sure to let them cool before grinding them up. 

Do You Need A Food Processor? 

You will need a food processor or a high power blender such as a Vitamix to make nut butter at home. Making homemade nut butter requires a lot of power so regular blenders might not be able to handle the load. The motor could burn out. 

 Do You Need to Add Oil? 

Nope! The natural oils from the cashews will release while you blend. But adding a little bit of extra oil to the cashew butter helps make the nut butter more smooth. So, i recommend you use a neutral oil like coconut oil or grapeseed oil as the cashew butter can take on the taste of the oil. 

When and How to Add in Flavors 

Always add in any flavors you’d like near the end. Adding something like honey at the beginning of the process will cause the nut butter to seize up and there’s no fixing that, unfortunately. If adding honey, salt, vanilla extract, etc, blend it in at the end! 

cashew processed in food processor

Cashew Butter Flavor and Mix-in Ideas 

  • Honey and vanilla extract or vanilla beans 
  • Cinnamon and raisins 
  • Brown sugar 
  • Gingerbread spice mix 
  • Maple syrup 
  • Cocoa powder

 

Delicious Ways to Use Cashew Butter 

  • Spread it on some toast 
  • Use it in a smoothie 
  • Stir it into some oats 
  • Eat it with some sliced vegetables 

 

More Tips 

  • If your food processor starts getting warm, give it a short break to avoid burning out the motor.  
  • Trust in the process – while blending, the cashew may look a little gritty at the start but by the end of it, you’ll have smooth cashew butter. Just keep blending! 

side view of cashew butter in a jar

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How to make Homemade Cashew Butter

All you need is two ingredients and a food processor to make the easiest Homemade Cashew Butter. Silky, creamy, and super simple, you’ll be making this cashew butter regularly at home!
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Course: condiment, ingredient
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 16 2 tbsp per serving
Calories: 106kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Roasted cashews unsalted or lightly salted
  • 1 tablespoon Neutral oil or any nut oil

Instructions

  • Place the roasted cashews in a food processor and process for 2-3 minutes until crumbly.
  • Using a spatula scrape down the sides and process again at low speed for 2 minutes until cashew starts looking like a dough.
  • Scrape down the sides again. The cashews should be gritty and start to get smooth by now. If it looks too dry you may add the oil now, but it may not be necessary. The oil will just help it get smoother and creamier.
  • Process again at low speed for another 2-3 minutes until it has reached the desired consistency.
  • Remove and store in an airtight container or mason jar and store in the pantry for up to 2 months, and store in the fridge for 3-6 months.

Notes

Yield: 1 cup
Serving size: 2 tablespoons
  • Add 1-2 more tablespoons of oil if you aren't able to get the right consistency
  • For a crunchy cashew butter, consider adding some chopped cashews
 

Nutrition

Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
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