Roasted Cashew Butter
Cashews have a relatively sweet flavor and a fairly soft texture, and are used to make all sorts of dairy-free alternatives, such as milk, cheese and ice cream. They also make a delightfully creamy nut butter. Roasting the raw nuts before blending coaxes out the nuttiest flavor. Flax seeds, sesame seeds and poppy seeds are all great add-ins for crunch, but you could also stir in some tahini, which intensifies the flavor and adds even more creaminess.
- Serves: 1 person
- 1pound raw cashews (about 3 cups)
- Kosher salt (optional)
Step 1Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread nuts in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until golden and nicely toasted, about 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Transfer to a rack and cool completely, 30 minutes.
Step 2Place nuts in a food processor and purée until smooth, about 8 minutes, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed (mixture may clump up, but will eventually become creamy). Season to taste with salt, if desired. Cashew butter will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for at least 3 weeks.