Salted Vanilla Cashew Butter

It’s the night before the fourth of July & and all the roomies are gone… What do I do??

Hint: it involves a blender + cashews. Yeah… I made cashew butter.

Someone call the fun police!!

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I have had an obsession with nut butter for as long as I remember. When I first became interested in nutrition, I ate the Jiff extra crunchy peanut butter like it was my friggin job – I still love that crunch in my nut butter… BUT now, I do my nut butters a little bit differently.

After discovering that my crunchy PB had hydrogenated oils in it, I dropped it!

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Hydrogenated oils are man-made oils that add hydrogen molecules. This converts the unsaturated fats ( think “not saturated with hydrogen” ) to saturated fats. You’ve likely heard of this term from the news or from a health nut like me ( hah, pun intended 😉 ).

The conversion creates a trans fat which are fats you want to avoid! Trans fats raise LDL ( “bad” ) cholesterol levels, reduce HDL ( “good” ) cholesterol, and block production of chemicals that fight inflammation.

SOOOO…. What does one do in this horrible conundrum??

I started buying organic, natural nut butters. I swear by this kind because: (1) it tastes like real peanuts, (2) it has no nasty artificial ingredients, (3) it has no hydrogenated oils!

However, there’s not much fun in buying a nut butter… so why not make it?

**It is also a LOT cheaper !! **

My closest grocery store sells cashew butter for $12.19… no thx!

While I go through a constant rotation of my go-to nut butter, my current obsession is cashew butter. It’s simple, it’s delish.

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Heres how ya do it:

Ingredients:

16 oz roasted cashews

1 T coconut oil

splash of vanilla extract

pinch of salt

cinnamon

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Directions:

Blend cashews and coconut oil in a food processor for 5-10 minutes ( or until desired texture is reached ) . Add vanilla extract and salt to mixture. Blend for 30 seconds. Top with cinnamon and eat it by the spoon 😛

As I said, I L-O-V-E crunchy nut butters. If you want yours slightly crunchy, set aside some cashews and chop. Fold in after you completely blend all ingredients.

Enjoy!!

xx hails

 

3 thoughts on “Salted Vanilla Cashew Butter

  1. Well that certainly is great way to prepare a healthy and a delicious snack! Thanks so much for providing insightful healthy snacking and cooking recipes/ideas…

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