Homemade Almond-Cashew Butter
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)
- 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Buy the Ingredients
|Serving size: 1 tablespoon|
|Calories from Fat||117|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 13 g||20%|
|Carbohydrates 7 g||2%|
|Sugar 1 g|
|Protein 6 g||12%|
|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.|