Spiced Cashew Butter

 I’m one of those people who thinks peanut butter can do no wrong.  Peanut dressing? Yes!  Peanut butter pie? Yes!  Boy, it’s one of my very favorite ingredients.

Freshly ground peanut butter isn’t a new thing, I remember my mom picking it up for us at the health food store as kids.  It came out of a huge red grinder and was packed in tiny plastic tubs.  What is a little newer is the increase in other nut butters: almond, sunflower seed, cashew.  I, personally, welcome them warmly. 

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Grab some apples, because this cashew butter is tasty and reminiscent of pie with its spicy kick.

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Spiced Cashew Butter
Yummy with apple slices, spread on toast or substituted for peanut butter in any recipe (including PB&J sandwiches!)
  1. 3/4 cup cashews, divided
  2. 3 tablespoons to 6 tablespoons coconut oil, liquid (melt at low heat in a saucepan if needed)
  3. 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Toast 1/2 cup of the cashews using or toaster oven or a regular oven at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes. You want them golden brown and fragrant.
  2. Add toasted cashews and raw cashews to food processor and process for approximately 1 minute. You will notice the nuts begin to crumble into small pieces, similar to a graham cracker crumbs. As you continue to grind, you will notice a darker/creamier looking layer beginning to assemble at the bottom of the processor. Keep going until the nuts all have this consistency.
  3. Scrape sides down and add 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Blend further, adding additional coconut oil as needed until you have achieved a creamy consistency.
  4. Add pumpkin pie spice and salt, incorporating with a spoon or a quick turn in the processor.
Extra tips
  1. While I prefer using coconut oil without any coconut flavor for cooking, this recipe is even MORE delicious if you use one with the tropical taste! Trader Joe's is especially easy to find if there is one in your area!
  2. Substitute roasted/salted almonds for the 1/4 cup raw cashews for a slighty different nutty flavor.
Alyssa and Carla http://www.alyssaandcarla.com/
You had me at cashew. 

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Alyssa here: I made this with a touch of cinnamon and honey for Christmas gifts.  Absolutely delicious and a big hit!

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Carla is based in awesome San Francisco, where she's always lived (apart from a few years in beautiful New England). Being the youngest of four girls in a home with no dishwasher or microwave means she knows a lot about scrubbing pots and a little less about what was cooked inside them. She enjoys sparkly beverages, zucchini, laundry, and adventures, but is much less excited about the texture of fruit (SHE KNOWS), Axe body spray, and bad grammar.

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