If you’re a loyal fan of almonds, it’s time to consider cashews. This nut is so versatile, it’s been taking the health food world by storm and is especially loved by vegans or others following a plant-based lifestyle. Cashews can do everything from make milk or a creamy nut butter to thicken salad dressings to create a “creamed” soup effect without the cream. There are also some health benefits of cashews worth noting. A ¼-cup serving of our Thrive Market Organic Raw Cashews delivers 5g of protein, 2 percent of your daily recommended value of vitamin calcium, and 10 percent of iron. We have a handful of cashew butter brands to try, but you can also make cashew butter at home in a food processor. For the first few minutes of grinding, it’ll look quite powdery. Eventually, the oils and fibers will break down and a creamy consistency will appear—the whole process can take up to 10 minutes. For added flavor, you can toast the nuts beforehand. We also recommend adding sweeteners like honey or maple syrup and a pinch of salt to round everything out.
Ways to Use Cashew Butter
Cashew butter can easily move from sweet to savory. Here are a handful of ways to use it!
- Swirl a spoonful into oatmeal
- Enrich curries, stews, and sauces
- Make a cashew sauce (instead of peanut sauce) for a cold noodle salad
- Blend soaked cashews into puréed soups to add a “creamed” effect, sans cream
- Include it as a base for salad dressings
Top Cashew Butter Brands
Get to know our top cashew butter brands.
Almond butter was the first product Artisana created, and the brand has grown from there. It’s known for using raw nuts and partnering with family farms that use responsible growing methods.
Thrive Market makes a handful of delicious nut butters, and they all come in resealable, squeezable packs that make serving super easy. As always, all ingredients are non-GMO.
With a name like Justin’s Nut Butter, you know this brand makes one thing: nut butter. The founder wanted a better butter to support his active and vegetarian lifestyle, and was unimpressed with what he found on the shelves—so he decided to create his own.
Best Cashew Butter
For the best cashew butter, give these top picks a whirl.
Artisana Organics Raw Vegan Cashew Butter
This cashew butter is made from organic raw cashews using a special temperature-controlled process that turns out a smooth and creamy spread jar after jar.
Thrive Market Organic Cashew Butter
Thrive Market’s organic cashew butter is made from roasted cashews and sunflower oil. It comes in a slim and convenient pouch that makes pantry stacking a snap, and is a gluten-free and vegan snack option.
Justin’s Cashew Butter
Keep this jar handy to spread on toast or eat by the spoonful—it stays creamy and ready to enjoy in your pantry. Each serving delivers 5g of protein and 1g of fiber.
Tips for Cooking With Nut Butter
It’s easy to incorporate nut butter into meals throughout the week—here are some of our favorite ways to use it.
All About Nut Butter
Brush up on all things nut butter. This post goes over the basics of some of the most popular nut butters, and offers 10 recipes that are ready to add to your rotation.
Sweet Potatoes With Drizzled Almond Butter
Don’t knock it til’ you try it. This unassuming recipe quickly became a fan favorite, and it involves nothing more than drizzling almond butter over a fluffy, baked sweet potato.
The Best Gluten-Free Cashew Cookies
You don’t even need to turn on your oven to make these gluten-free cashew cookies that use only six pantry ingredients. They’re the perfect after-school snack!