I’ve experimented with my share of nut and seed butters over the years, but none as fresh or tasty as my son’s homemade cashew butter.
And that’s the whole truth.
I came home from walking our golden the other afternoon and my 11-year-old surprised me with a fresh batch of homemade nut butter and some apple spiced tea that he made in the infuser.
What was especially endearing (as if that wasn’t enough), was that he made the cashew butter in the coffee grinder (he sees my husband and I using it every morning to grind our flaxseed ). The little motor had to work so hard to grind the thick cashews that the butter was soft and warm – which only added to its deliciousness – (and the motor survived just fine).
Nuts and seeds are amongst the healthiest foods we can eat.
Almonds, pecans, cashews and hazelnuts are all rich sources of monounsaturated fat which forms an integral part of the highly revered Mediterranean diet. There is ongoing evidence to support the idea that diets inclusive of naturally occurring fats are healthier for our hearts than low-fat diets and do not, contrary to popular belief, contribute to weight gain. While it is theoretically possible to gain weight from overeating any food, including apples, very few of us are actually getting into trouble eating too many cashews (yogurt or avocados).
Strawberry Tuesdays: Cashew Butter on the Red Carpet
- 1 cup natural cashews
- 2 Tbsp EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
- Fresh strawberries
We find nut butters are especially delicious paired with fruit. Simply slice the fruit and spread the nut butter over top. We particularly enjoy strawberries, pear and apple – but the sky’s the limit, so have fun experimenting.
Place cashews in a small blender (or coffee grinder) and blend until desired consistency is achieved (smooth, chunky or somewhere in between, as you wish). Remove ground nuts and place them in a bowl. Whisk in olive oil.
Spread cashew butter over fruit and enjoy.
Thank you for sharing your recipe with us, young man. You and your big brother make us smile every day. We are very blessed.