We’re all aware that nut butters are particularly calorific and that store-bought nut butters are filled with sugar and cream and numerous preservatives just adding to the calorie count. But take away all that and you’re actually left with an incredibly healthy and tasty luscious spread.
And that brought me to thinking, why not just make my own butter. The principle is just to process the nuts into their own creamy butter. Et voila – I succeeded in making my very own cashew-nut butter !
The process :
Just soak 1/2 cup of cashew nuts in water for a few hours so that they’re swollen and moist.
Drain and pop them into a food processor with a pinch of salt and some palm oil 1/2 tsp palm oil and BLITZ !
Hey presto! Creamy creamy cashew goodness completely healthy and guilt free. Be a little patient though – the blitzing bit takes 15-20 minutes.
** Get creative by adding flavours like cinnamon or maple syrup or vanilla essence (though I prefer them plain)
To eat …
Just because this is a healthier option for a nut butter doesn’t mean you go nuts ! Spread thinly over slices of apple or over 3-grain-rye bread. You can go that step further and create an apple sandwich with berries and bran flakes (pictured)