I love peanut butter. It’s a simple fact.
If I were allergic to it or anyone in my family, it would be devastating to me. For instance, when I was pregnant, the doctors recommended that I not eat peanuts or peanut products for my pregnancy due to my weird food and environmental allergies. For one year, I had to swear off peanuts and peanut products including peanut butter. (Oh, the things to you go through to bring a healthy child into the world.) There are, however, worse things in life, of course.
I finally got a chance to sit down the other night to watch some television. (It’s very rare.) Of course, there was nothing on that I wanted to dedicate 60 minutes of my time to, so I went with my old standby channel, the Food Network. Apparently, Alton Brown was sharing his love of nuts. He recommended that I make cashew butter and, of course, I obliged. It was fantastic.
I highly recommend making your own. It’s a fantastic substitute for peanut butter.
2 cups toasted cashews
2 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup walnut oil (you can purchase this at Giant in the olive oil/cooking oil aisle)
1 tsp salt
In a food processor or blender, mix the cashews and salt. Pulse until you get a fine mixture. In the meantime, in the microwave heat the honey for 30 seconds. Combine the walnut oil with the honey. Slowly add the mixture to the cashews as you continue to hit the pulse button.
Congrats, you have cashew butter. If your mixture is too thick, you may add additional oil.
Would you ever try to make your own butters?