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Cashew Coconut Butter

$2.46 Recipe/$0.41 Serving

Coconut cashew butter is the perfect 2 ingredient nut butter recipe. This nut butter is thick and creamy and super addicting and less expensive than store bought. This cashew coconut butter tastes sweet but has no added sugar and is vegan, Whole30, keto, low carb, gluten free and dairy free.

Jar full of cashew coconut butter with swirl on top.

Why you will love this recipe

  • Easy to make! All you need are 2 ingredients and a food processor. You won’t believe how simple making your own nut butter can be!
  • Budget friendly: jars of store bought nut butter can be so expensive $10+ dollars for a small jar. You can save so much money with just a small investment of time.
  • Customizable: add your favorite ingredients to make this all your own. Want chocolate or cinnamon butter? Check out the ingredients below!
Ingredients to make cashew coconut butter.
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Ingredients for cashew coconut butter

  • Raw or roasted cashews
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut flakes

How to make cashew coconut butter

  • Start by roasting raw cashews or roasting pre-roasted cashews and coconut flakes together in a 350F oven. Roasting the nuts and coconut flakes before blending allows the natural oils to be released and easier to make into nut butter.
    • For raw cashews: bake at 350F for 6 minutes. Remove from the oven and add coconut flakes and bake e more minutes.
    • For roasted cashews: toast the cashews and coconut flakes in 350F oven for 3 minutes.
  • Allow the nuts and coconut flakes to cool 5-10 minutes until cool to the touch.
  • Add cashews and coconut flakes to food processor and turn on high. After about 1 minute, pause and scrape down the sides.
  • Turn on high again and run about 4 more minutes. After 2 minutes you will notice the mixture creates a “ball” right before it smooths out into a butter. Allow this butter to continue to blend for at least 2 more minutes to ensure it’s got the perfect texture.
  • If you want an even smoother butter, continue to process until 100% smooth.
Steps on how to make cashew coconut butter.
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Top tips

  • Be sure to toast the cashews before blending. Roasting the cashews (or toasting them if already roasted) helps to bring out the natural oils which makes them easier to blend and turn into nut butter.
  • You will need to stop and push the cashew/coconut mixture down the sides of the food processor 1 or 2 times before a butter if formed.
  • Don’t walk away from your toasting nuts/coconut flakes. Every oven is different so you will want to be close by to use your nose to ensure you don’t smell the nuts/coconut flakes starting to burn.
  • Be patient! The nut butter needs at least 2 minutes of processing once in looks smooth to really ensure it’s spreadable and not too thick. The texture will not be the same.
  • The friction from the nuts in the food processor will make the nut butter warm when it’s done processing. Sometimes the metal of the blade of the food processor can get hot, so be careful when removing it.

Other flavors you could add

  • Cinnamon: Add 1 tsp. cinnamon to make this have a warm undertone
  • Pumpkin spice: Add 1-2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice to the cashew coconut butter while still in the food processor so you can get it evenly distributed.
  • Chocolate: Add ½ cup of chocolate chips when you start to blend the mixture to make a chocolate cashew coconut butter.
  • Espresso cacao: Add 1/2 – 1 tsp ground espresso and 1-2 tbsp cacao nibs once the cashew coconut butter is smooth. Turn on food processor for 20-30 more seconds to slightly break up cacao nibs and fully incorporate.
Cashew coconut butter in a food processor.

How to use coconut cashew butter

Use this nut butter any way you would use peanut butter or almond butter. This cashew coconut butter is a bit sweeter than almond or peanut butter so it goes best in sweeter applications. Here are some great ideas:

Note: because this cashew coconut butter has coconuts in it, when it’s poured over frozen foods, it creates a “shell” over the food (like magic shell).

Stages of making cashew coconut butter

This entire process tastes about 7 minutes (depending on how many times you scrape down the sides)

  • Quickly turns from cashews and coconut flakes into a coarse sand (first 20 seconds)
  • It won’t look like much is changing but the mixture will start to grow up the sides of the food processor. Stop and scrape down the sides using a silicone spatula. This is after about 1 minute.
  • The mixture will start to form a ball in the food processor – this is where the magic happens, don’t stop the food processor, let it continue here. This happens after about 2 minutes from when you scraped down the sides. 
  • The ball will smooth out and quickly resemble coconut cashew butter. Don’t stop the food processor at this time. About 30 seconds after the ball forms.
  • Let the food processor run at least 2 more minutes to really break down the nut butter and ensure it’s creamy and the smooth. Stop and scrape down the sides during this 2 minutes to ensure everything is getting combined.

Note: Run the food processor longer if you want a smoother butter.

Spoonful of coconut cashew butter from the jar.

Troubleshooting tips

  • If you find that your cashew butter is not reaching that “ball” stage above and therefore not turning into butter, you can add 1 tbsp. coconut oil or avocado oil to the food processor to help it along.
  • I have not tried this in a high speed blender. I have seen others make nut butter in their blender but you may need to add some oil (see above) to ensure you don’t burn out your blades.

How to store coconut cashew butter

Store in an airtight container in the pantry for 1 month or store in the fridge up to 3 months.

If you store this cashew coconut butter in the fridge, it will harden up because coconut butter gets hard when cold. If you choose to store it in the fridge you can warm it up in the microwave 5-10 seconds or let it sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes.

Substitutions

  • Cashews: Cashews are pretty soft and easy to make into a nut butter. You can use peanuts in place of cashews without adding any additional ingredients, there is no need to toast the peanuts first. You could also use sunflower seeds or almonds in place of the cashews but you may need to add 1 tbsp. coconut oil to break down in the food processor.
  • Coconut flakes: Use unsweetened coconut flakes in this recipe. You can also buy them already toasted (in that case you won’t need to toast them in the oven). If you don’t like coconut, you can always use all cashews or replace the coconut flakes with chocolate chips to make chocolate cashew butter.
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Cashew Coconut Butter

$2.46 Recipe/$0.41 Serving
Cashew coconut butter is a simple homemade nut butter that goes well with anything sweet. Easy to make and budget friendly! You will never need to buy fancy nut butter at the store again!
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cashew Coconut Butter, coconut cashew butter, homemade cashew butter
Prep Time: 6 mins
Cook Time: 9 mins
Cooling time: 10 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Add the raw cashews and place in the oven for 6 minutes. NOTE: If you are using roasted cashews, skip this step.
  • Remove from oven and add the unsweetened coconut flakes to the baking sheet along with the cashews. Bake 3 minutes. NOTE: If you are using roasted cashews, add both the cashews and the coconut flakes to the oven together and toast 3 minutes.
  • Take out of the oven and allow to cool 5-10 minutes.
  • Add cashews and coconut flakes to food processor and process a total of 6-7 minutes. You will want to pause it and scrape down the sides 1-2 times during processing.
  • Store in an airtight container in the pantry about 1 month or in the fridge up to 3 months.

Notes

Other flavors you could add:
  • Cinnamon: Add 1 tsp. cinnamon to make this have a warm undertone
  • Pumpkin spice: Add 1-2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice to the cashew coconut butter while still in the food processor so you can get it evenly distributed.
  • Chocolate: Add ½ cup of chocolate chips when you start to blend the mixture to make a chocolate cashew coconut butter.
  • Espresso cacao: Add 1/2 – 1 tsp ground espresso and 1-2 tbsp cacao nibs once the cashew coconut butter is smooth. Turn on food processor for 20-30 more seconds to slightly break up cacao nibs and fully incorporate.
Store in an airtight container in the pantry up to 1 month or in the fridge up to 3 months. Note the cashew coconut butter will get hard if stored in the fridge. Microwave 5-10 seconds or let sit on the counter for 10-15 minutes to thin it out after refrigeration. 
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Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
Calories
182
Fat
 
16
g
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
Fiber
 
2
g
Sugar
 
2
g
Protein
 
4
g
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database.
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Sherry

Thursday 2nd of July 2015

I love cashews. This butter looks and sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. Hope to see you again this week.

Elaine

Wednesday 1st of July 2015

I love This!! Yum! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!

stephanie

Tuesday 30th of June 2015

Can't wait to try this! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

Bri

Friday 26th of June 2015

This looks really yummy. Pinning for later!

Linz @ Itz Linz

Friday 26th of June 2015

this is like nut butter heaven! can you send me like.... a gallon?