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Nut butter is what I make when I feel like making nothing. It doesn’t take much effort to throw some nuts in a large bowl and then watch them spin around some super sharp swirly thing. The closest thing that mirrors effort is trying not to slice your tongue as you lick the blade. Which definitely almost happened to me yesterday. Which was actually after I almost chopped off three of my fingers at three different times.

I learned my lesson and quit while I was ahead. Which is exactly how I got to the whole nut butter thing.

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I’m being serious though. When I feel like making nothing, I always drag out my food processor. It hasn’t failed me before and is the exact way I ended up with containers of dark chocolate toasted almond macaroon butter and chocolate chip cookie dough peanut butter. There is no shortage of things to spread on toast in this house.

Or to eat with spoons.

One thing I looooathe is when people tell you that OMG this tastes just like “insert food here that can never be replicated without actual food.” !!! But um, this sort of tastes like… something. Maybe frosting? I don’t know. Brownie batter sort of? Not sure again. Either way, it tastes like something really, really good. And I should mention that out of all the nuts, cashews are probably my least favorite. Very weird, I know. But unless they are basically on drugs, like totally spiced up and maybe given a good sugar rub or something, they just don’t do it for me. And since I believe firmly that nuts should be in anything BUT baked goods, I often look for other things to do with them. I mean honestly, I’m convinced that if you like nuts in your cookies and brownies, you are probably 75 years old. And you know, if you are much younger than that and now seriously offended and hate my guts, please don’t. We would make excellent friends. You will probably just love my taste in music.

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In addition to being the perfect blanket for a spoon, this would make a nice little homemade gift in a cute jar with a cute label, don’t you think? I can’t really be bothered with such things and would rather just bake cookies and throw them on a plate, but some of you crafty people could make the most adorable little surprise out of this.

Me… well, I’ll just eat it.

Finally, you can always count on me to justify that any nut butter is healthy. It’s just the way it works. It’s PROTEIN people. Good fats. Things that are essential to your well being, if you will. You are doing yourself a huge favor here. That’s what I’m trying to say.

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Milk Chocolate Cashew Butter

Yield: makes about 1/2 cup

Total Time: 15 mintues

Ingredients:

10 ounces raw, unsalted cashews
1 teaspoon coconut oil, melted
2 ounces quality milk chocolate, melted
pinch of salt

Directions:

Add cashews to a high powered food processor and blend until smooth, about 6-8 minutes. Periodically scrape down the sides if needed. Once smooth and buttery, add in the coconut oil and chocolate, blending and scraping again until totally smooth. Add in salt and blend again, tasting to see if it needs more.

Store in a sealed container, preferably in the fridge. I go by the rule though... if I am going to eat it within 3-4 days, I do not refrigerate!

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I hope you’re convinced.

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112 Responses to “Homemade Milk Chocolate Cashew Butter.”

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — November 29, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    gaaaaah, i don’t care what you think i love cashews!!! I’m coming to your house for breakfast tomorrow.

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    Kim@hungryhealthygirl — November 29, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    You have me convinced! I really want to stay home from work and make cashew butter all day!

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    Rachel Cooks — November 29, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    I’m convinced! You had me at “it tastes like brownie batter.”

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — November 29, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    i’ve licked the blade one too many times! need to learn to just use my fingers to get all the glorious nut butter remains. :) i looooove all nut butters but what i love about cashew butter is how “buttery” and creamy it is. Simply remarkable. adding milk chocolate? i like your style. ;)

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    Simply Life — November 29, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    I do love cashews AND chocolate so I’m sure I would LOVE this!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 29, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    I’m into making easy stuff too. Especially nut butters – they go in anything!

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    Liz — November 29, 2012 @ 8:32 am

    I’m fully convinced! :)

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    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty — November 29, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    You are spot on about nuts in baked goods. Well, particularly walnuts. UGH.

    This looks so freakin’ delicious. I don’t even know what else to say about it.

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    Rhona @ Mrs Ellwood's Simple Life — November 29, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    I laughed out loud (not the LOL kind, the ACTUAL kind) a number of times during this post… which was unfortunate, because I’m at work and really shouldn’t be looking at your blog. But I just couldn’t help myself.

    I’ll admit it, I did kinda judge you on the whole not liking cashews thing… but that’ s simply because I just devoured a whole bag (and not a small bag) while sat here ‘working’. You completely redeemed yourself with the whole “no to nuts in baked goods” part though- totally agree, they just get in the way!

    This will be my breakfast tomorrow. And lunch. I’m still trying to work out how to persuade the hubsnad to have it for dinner.

    Dude, this is a long comment. Sorry!

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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — November 29, 2012 @ 8:36 am

    Cashew butter is my all time favorite! It was one of the first nut butters I made and I completely fell in love with it. The chocolate…that must be heavenly.

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    Amanda @ The Dormestic Goddess — November 29, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    How long would this last in the fridge? I love the idea of making it a Christmas gift but don’t want to make it too early!

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    • Jessica — November 29th, 2012 @ 10:36 am

      pretty sure it would last a few months – most natural nut butters have an expiration date of a few months later. it’s just so the oils don’t go rancid!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — November 29, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    VERY convinced Jessica. Except, very lazy….could you just mail me a jar?

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — November 29, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    I’d have to agree with you on the whole nuts in dessert thing… I’m normally not a fan either, unless the nuts are used in a crust or something like that. Having said that, I’m perfectly willing to make an exception for this cashew butter. LOVE the idea of putting it into jars for Christmas treats!

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    Rachel — November 29, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    I can’t believe a texture freak like you doesn’t like nuts in baked goods!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 29, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    I made chocolate coconut cashew butter a few years ago and it was one of the best nut butter concoctions I’ve come up with. Cashews are so creamy and I just love them in blended applications.

    I don’t like nuts IN baked goods either, on their own, blended, etc. but not actually in my desserts.

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    Jennifer — November 29, 2012 @ 9:34 am

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    Jennifer — November 29, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    Ack! Hit enter too soon…. as I was going to say…

    This looks AWESOME… and I LOVE cashews… but definitely not in baked goods.

    Thanks for sharing!

    And feel free to delete my little haven’t-had-enough-coffee-yet OOPS up there.

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    Simone — November 29, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    Making this as a gift could be the best idea ever.
    First, I must make it for myself though, to make sure it will be acceptable…or maybe just as an excuse to eat cashew butter and chocolate all in one.
    MMMMMM

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — November 29, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    Cashews do totally suck as a nut…until they become nut butter. Then, they’re actually one of my faves. I think it’s because they taste the most like “batter” and everyone loves licking the batter :)

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    Rachel — November 29, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    I love the idea of adding chocolate to the butter! Cashews are my husband’s favorite nut, I know–I think they are kind of bland myself, as well… but I think he would really enjoy this! Thanks for sharing!!

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — November 29, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    Hmm..I was thinking about doing a chocolate-y nut type spread recently! I try to avoid making things that will probably have me sitting on the couch and eating a complete jar of something with a spoon, but you have my convinced.

    Also, I completely agree with hating when people describe foods as tasting exactly like _____. My least favorite is when people exclaim that nutritional yeast tastes exactly like parmesan cheese. No…no it does NOT :)

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    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots — November 29, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    I have yet to try any kind of cashew butter but a few weeks ago I made chocolate almond butter and it was to die for!

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    Janet — November 29, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    yes, i will make this – holy yum

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    Laura — November 29, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    I love your site! However, I don’t think this is vegan-it’s got milk chocolate in it, no?

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    • Jessica — November 29th, 2012 @ 10:36 am

      oops sorry – you are correct!

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    natalie — November 29, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    this looks absolutely delightful, and you may have given me another thing to slip into my DIY gift boxes this christmas.

    also, I have those same adorable ceramic spoons, and I think I break one of them PRETTY MUCH every time we use them. I’m constantly buying replacements. I’m the most accident-prone person ever!

    but back to the cashew butter…. that stuff is going to haunt me in my dreams until i finally make it.

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    Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) — November 29, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    I’ve been on a cashew kick for the last week ever since my husband bought a bag of trail mix and gave me all the “nasty” cashews – he’s crazy! Anyway, this would be great and since he hates them I wouldn’t have to worry about him stealing any =)

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    Katie — November 29, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    Totally convinced. Also totally the kind of person who likes nuts in baked goods. Also totally not offended because I know that your old soul and my old soul are kindred spirits and they would love to get together and listen to music.

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien — November 29, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    This looks deadly delicious….I’m imagining the amazingness if this were made with dark chocolate….drool.

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    bridget {bake at 350} — November 29, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    Totally and completely convinced.

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — November 29, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    I love it! I made a recipe like yours and it is soooooo addicitng! Almost like eating a chocolate truffel!!! I love your photos!!

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    Amy Powell — November 29, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    that just looks delightfully awesome! will definitely be trying soon!

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    Danijela — November 29, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    This gift idea sounds lovely. I love easy-to- make stuff so, I am totally convinced. :)

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    Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries — November 29, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    You can’t go wrong with nut butter! Yum!

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    Emily {Pink Tiger in the Kitchen} — November 29, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    So I’m totally into the idea of making my own nut butters but I haven’t ventured out there yet… This recipe is totally going to change that. I’ve mainly been avoiding it because I know I’ll sit there with a spoon and eat the whole jar… But it’s protein right???!

    And I’m totally with you on the no nuts in baked goods thing. I’m a fan of no nuts in baked goods, fudge, ice cream. But I do love nuts in salads. That works.

    Thanks for the motiviation and reasoning Jessica!

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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — November 29, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    yumm I love cashews!

    throw in a dash of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey into this and I am SO there with some toasted brioche :)

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    Alicia Greenrabbit — November 29, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    Better than Nutella? I’ll have to convince my 7 yo Charlotte.

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    ana cooks — November 29, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    in a winter dessert’s workshop with Sarah B. from My New Roots blog we learnt to make a butter like that but with hazelnuts like nutella. HOLY YUM!

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    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — November 29, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    Okay but really.. this looks like frosting. And I’m not complaining.

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    Shundara@ SavyNaturalista — November 29, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    I love your food creativity especially when you can whip out a food processor and make something so delicious. This butter looks amazing..

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    Brittany @Eating Bird Food — November 29, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    I need a real food processor because making nut butter isn’t nearly as fun when you have to hold down the pulse button on your mini food processor for 10 minutes straight.

    But yes, Cashew nut butter is so creamy and delicious. I need chocolate cashew butter in my life. I bet it has healing powers. ;)

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    Jaime [5 to 9 Foodies] — November 29, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    Hi Jessica! I love love your blog. This looks amazing — I recently found a recipe for and tried making for the first time cashew milk in the blender. So delicious! I have to try making this next since I have roughly a bajillion cashews (thanks, Costco!). I don’t think it would be humanly possible for me to drink that much cashew milk, no matter how good it is. Thanks for the post! :)

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    allie@sweetpotatobites — November 29, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    i’ve never made cashew butter but i think i can definitely get on board with this milk chocolate version!

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    Lady Lip Print — November 29, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    you made something with out cheese! Im so proud! :) This looks so creamy and rich and just flat out delicious!

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    little kitchie — November 29, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    ok, looks SO GOOD. i love cashews! and chocolate!

    i love, love, love nuts but totally agree about leaving them out of baked goods always. they need to know their place.

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    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — November 29, 2012 @ 11:58 am

    So, why haven’t I been spreading this on my toast for my entire life? I feel as if I have been missing out and I need to go back to my childhood and start fresh.

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — November 29, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    Brownie batter, huh? I am totally trying this! I made almond butter once and loved it so I must try!

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    Iris — November 29, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    Oh mannn. I’ve been afraid of cashew butter because a) I freaking love cashews and b) nuts are totally better and faster to consume in butter form, so I feel like having any cashew butter in the house is BAD NEWS. But this looks way too good to pass up!

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    a farmer in the dell — November 29, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    NO joke….I’ve sliced my tongue on my food processor blade. It’s worse than burning your tongue on hot coffee. Embarrassing!

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    Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen — November 29, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    Pretty pretty swirls at the end!

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    Sierra — November 29, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

    Wow, that looks so good!

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