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Homemade Almond-Cashew Butter

Updated on May 10, 2013
Almond-Cashew Butter on Banana. A delicious combo!
Almond-Cashew Butter on Banana. A delicious combo!
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The Healthy Nut Butter

Almond butter is quickly replacing the old (and less healthy) standby, peanut butter, as our nut butter of choice, and for good reason!

  • Almonds are healthy fats. They are high in heart-protective monounsaturated fats, like olive oil, as well as Vitamin E. A lesser known fact is that a 1/4 cup of almonds supplies almost a quarter of your daily value of magnesium, an important mineral, as well as a large dose of potassium. They are low in sodium and protect against high blood pressure and atherosclerosis.
  • Similarly, cashews also provide many health benefits. Like almonds, they are high in monounsaturated fats as well as magnesium. Cashews are high in copper, which is an essential component to many enzymes and plays a role in iron utilization, bone development, and the production of hair and skin pigment.
  • While nuts are relatively high in calories, a study published in the journal, Obesity, found that participants who ate nuts twice a week were less likely to gain weight than those who did not eat nuts. A small serving will provide you with the health benefits without affecting your waistline.
  • Cinnamon is well known for its aromatic appeal and wide use in desserts. However, the spice is versatile and can be used in all types of recipes. In addition, cinnamon has many health benefits. It is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, prevents unwanted clotting of blood platelets, and helps to stabilize blood sugar. Plus, it tastes amazing!

What about Peanut Butter?

While peanuts offer health benefits like other nuts, there are some concerns regarding their consumption.

  • Peanut allergies are very common and can be extremely dangerous for some individuals.
  • They contain oxalates, which can cause health problems such as difficulty absorbing calcium. People with kidney or gallbladder problems should avoid peanuts.
  • Peanuts are susceptible to Aflatoxin, a poison produced by the fungus Aspergillus flavus, which is a carcinogen twenty times more toxic than DDT and has been linked to mental retardation and lowered intelligence. (WHFoods.com)

Cook Time

Prep time: 3 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 23 min
Yields: 1 jar of nut butter
Just 3 ingredients!
Just 3 ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 1 16-oz bag Raw Almonds
  • 1 16-oz bag Raw Cashews
  • 1-2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon unrefined coconut oil, (optional)

*Try to buy raw nuts, which are healthier than roasted. I buy mine for a decent price at Trader Joe's. You can also find them at Whole Foods.

Instructions

1. Pour entire bag of almonds into food processor (or high powered blender).

2. Add half to full bag of cashews.

3. Add 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon to the mixture.

The nuts have been ground into a powder.
The nuts have been ground into a powder.

4. Place cover on processor/blender and turn on (set to high).

Nuts will start to grind into a powder. Allow machine to run until the mixture starts building up the sides of the container. Scrape down the sides.

A large "butter ball" is forming! We're almost there!
A large "butter ball" is forming! We're almost there!

5. Continue to run the machine. (If the mixture doesn't seems to be clumping fast enough, you can add the coconut oil to speed up the process.)

The mixture will begin to stick together and form a large ball. This is good! Soon we'll have our smooth nut butter!

There it is!
There it is!

6. Allow the machine to run and the "butter ball" to roll around.

In another minute or two, it will smooth out into spreadable nut butter.

7. Scoop out the mixture and store in a glass jar or container....then enjoy!


This nut butter is fabulous on bananas, apples, celery, bread, and in smoothies!

Yum!
Yum!
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 tablespoon
Calories 160
Calories from Fat117
% Daily Value *
Fat 13 g20%
Carbohydrates 7 g2%
Sugar 1 g
Protein 6 g12%
Sodium 3 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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      cdemp11 4 years ago from GA, USA

      Let me know how you like it!

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      cdemp11 4 years ago from GA, USA

      Thanks peachpurple! I agree, any store bought packaged food will have some additives, so it's nice to know that that this does not! And it's so easy and yummy!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      this almond cashew butter looks easy to prepare. I think it is far better than peanut butter because manufactured food is usually unhealthy with lots of unknown stuff added into it. I will definitely try it out as I need to purchase almond and cashews. Great hub!!

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      cdemp11 4 years ago from GA, USA

      Cashew butter is fabulous! I use almonds mainly because they are less expensive than cashews here! No coconut oil, huh? That's strange and a real bummer! It's amazing! Maybe order some online? I use it for everything! You don't need it at all for this recipe, though. Please let me know how you like the cashew and cinnamon butter. The cinnamon is a delicious addition!

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      This sounds wonderful. I may have to make a few adjustments though. I have cashews growing here on our farm in Brazil, however almonds are expensive here! The odd thing is, there are coconut palms everywhere here, yet I have yet to see coconut oil. They mainly use soya oil.

      I will make some cashew butter, and I love the addition of cinnamon. I can't wait to try it. Great idea.