It is safe to say we are coconut and cashew butter addicts. Once you try it, you’ll understand why.
You only really need 2 ingredients – roasted cashews and coconut flakes (and a high power blender). We’ve also added coconut oil and a pinch of salt to this recipe however this is optional. Coconut and cashew butter is delicious spread on toast, rice crackers, on banana or simply by the spoonful!
Coconut and cashew butter
3 cups raw cashews
1 cup coconut (flaked or shredded)
1 tbsp coconut oil
Pinch sea salt
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Arrange cashews on a lined baking tray and bake for approx. 10 minutes or until lightly golden.
- Allow to cool and then transfer cashews to a high power blender or food processor. Blend for a few minutes or until creamy.
- Once blended, add coconut flakes and coconut oil. Blend until well combined.
- Store in an air tight jar at room temperature.
What are the health benefits of cashews?
Cashews are quite different to other tree nuts and are sometimes referred to as seeds, or fruits, as they grow attached to a cashew apple (related to the mango genus), with the larger part (the apple) often being discarded. However, the potential benefits of the cashew apple juice has been the subject of recent research (and captured the interest of pepsi co), so we may be hearing more about this in the future, as the demand and search for ‘superfoods’ escalates.
For now, we will talk about the ‘cashew’ portion. These nuts are often avoided due to their calorie and fat content. However, cashews are very nutrient dense and the fats are predominantly mono-unsaturated oleic and palmitoleic acids, beneficial for cardio-vascular health due to their ability to reduce triglycerides and improve cholesterol ratios. Epidemiological studies show that those who consume a variety of nuts have a reduced risk of coronary heart disease.
Cashews are low on the glycaemic index, a good source of protein and contain a number of minerals, particularly copper, but also zinc, magnesium, manganese and anti-oxidant trace mineral, selenium. Good levels of some B vitamins, especially B1, B5 and B6 can also be found in cashews, along with Vitamins E and K.
Want to try another one of our delicious sweet spreads?
Try our raspberry and chia jam. It is perfect spread on toast (with nut butter), served with raw desserts or even simply paired with granola and yoghurt.