Salted Chocolate Cashew Butter

When Dude was 2 or 3 years old and in the height of his picky eating, Nutella was a lunchtime staple.  Gradually, I was able to expand his palate and then I would conveniently “forget” to buy Nutella as the jar ran out.  And eventually I stopped buying it all together (especially once Dude started going to a school with a “no peanut no tree nut” policy).

Then, out of the blue, Spud started asking me if he could have a Nutella sandwich for lunch.  I told him that we didn’t have any and had him pick something else.  Then he asked the next day.  And the next.  And the next.  Clearly, he wasn’t giving up. 

Finally, after telling him (again) that I didn’t have any Nutella, he asked me to make some instead.  I didn’t have any hazelnuts on hand, but I did have cashews.

And so, Salted Chocolate Cashew Butter was born, just in time for this week’s #HandCraftedEdibles.

I left my cashew butter quite thick (more of a frosting-like consistency), because I wanted to reduce the amount of oil I was adding to the butter.  It made it a little difficult to spread and I didn’t get the super silky smooth consistency I’m used to with nut butters, but I was fine with it and so were both boys!  Dude especially was thrilled to have “Nutella” back in the house…at least for a little while!

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Salted Chocolate Cashew Butter
Adapted from With Salt & Wit

1 cup lightly salted cashews
2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup or agave)
2 tsp dark cocoa powder
1-2 tbsp neutral oil

Place the cashews in a food processor.  Process until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary.  This may take several minutes.

Add the honey, cocoa powder, and 1 tablespoon oil.  Process until smooth.  Add more oil, 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is achieved.

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  1. I think I would like this much better than Nutella as cashews are one of my favorite nuts in the world. They come in there right after Frank haha.

  2. ooooh this cashew butter looks delicious!!