Take 100grams of cashews; about one measuring cupfull. the unroasted kind, of course. The lovely little white moon-shaped wonders, just as they are. Insert into mini chopper or food processor.DO NOT SOAK THEM. (If you are using a larger food processor, you may need to make 2 cups. Don’t worry. It will all be eaten!)
Just turn on the machine and leave. It should take around 7-8 minutes, ’tis all. Much as I love my Kenwood, the one disadvantage is that you have to keep the button pressed down manually, so I had to stand there for 7 minutes, but that’s alright. It will turn from powder, to wetter looking “meal”. You may need to stop periodically and give it a mix around. Just keep on processing and eventually, the nuts will release their natural oils and it will become this heavenly creamy white spread.
Despite the instructions above, there is only HALF A CUP of cashews in this photo. You can do this with any nut and seed, by the way. Some take longer than others. Macadamia Nut butter is quite quick to make, it being a fatty, soft nut. Almond takes longer; 10-12 minutes.
There is a very useful photo step-by-step guide for making almond butter here. If you wish to add a pinch of salt, or some honey, do so at the end. What can you do with this? Well let’s see….
- Eat it as is, on ryvita or your choice of wholesome bread/cracker.
- Add the juice of half a lemon, a little water. some garlic and onion powder, fresh or dried herbs, and use as a scrumptious creamy nut-cheese or dip.
- Make amazing healthy, nurturing chocolate ice cream, thank you Karen Knowler!
- Or make some yummy caramel sauce to dip apples or banana into, by whizzing up nut butter, soft dates (and a touch of maple syrup if you have a very sweet touch) to top the amazing raw wholefood ice cream recipes that I will post up shortly.
I just love what fantastic things you can do with raw plants!! To your health!!!