homemade coffee chai cashew butter

an easy & totally natural recipe for homemade cashew butter, made extra special with a hit of coffee & the warming flavors of chai spice. the perfect healthy snack, especially for an afternoon pick-me-up!an easy & totally natural recipe for homemade cashew butter, made extra special with a hit of coffee & the warming flavors of chai spice. the perfect healthy snack, especially for an afternoon pick-me-up! #playswellwithbutter #cashewbutter #homemadecashewbutterrecipe #chai #healthysnacks

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remember when i told you that i’ll make pretty much any excuse to consume chai spice flavors this time of year?

???

oh yeah, me too.

but SERIOUSLY guys. SERIOUSSSLY.

is there anything in the world that sounds better than the creamiest homemade cashew butter, laced with the warm flavor of chai spice & an extra jolt of whole coffee beans?an easy & totally natural recipe for homemade cashew butter, made extra special with a hit of coffee & the warming flavors of chai spice. the perfect healthy snack, especially for an afternoon pick-me-up! #playswellwithbutter #cashewbutter #homemadecashewbutterrecipe #chai #healthysnacks

nope. didn’t think so.

homemade cashew butter with coffee & chai spice an easy & totally natural recipe for homemade cashew butter, made extra special with a hit of coffee & the warming flavors of chai spice. the perfect healthy snack, especially for an afternoon pick-me-up! #playswellwithbutter #cashewbutter #homemadecashewbutterrecipe #chai #healthysnacks

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i feel like homemade cashew butter is kind of having a moment in the food blogosphere right now, so when i set out to make this coffee chai cashew butter, i wasn’t totally sure that i’d share it here. there are a lot of cashew butter recipes/tutorials out there, & i really just wanted to try out the flavor combination i adore so much in the form of homemade cashew butter.

but the very second that i finished blending it up, i knew i absolutely had to post it.

guys. it is SO good. an easy & totally natural recipe for homemade cashew butter, made extra special with a hit of coffee & the warming flavors of chai spice. the perfect healthy snack, especially for an afternoon pick-me-up! #playswellwithbutter #cashewbutter #homemadecashewbutterrecipe #chai #healthysnacks

i love making homemade cashew butter, or any nut butter, really, for a couple of different reasons:

  1. it’s super, SUPER easy to make…i even have step-by-step pics for you below!
  2. it’s so much, SO MUCH cheaper than buying the stuff at the store. meaning we can spend our $$ on fun things, like new fall boots. plus! store-bought cashew butter often has so much crap added to it. when you make it at home you can control exactly what goes in it. double win.
  3. related to #2 – you can make it your own! leave it unsweetened! make it extra salty! use pure maple syrup instead of sugar or honey (?)! add in any extra flavors you love! like chai spice AND coffee! it sounds so extra, & maybe it is, but it’s so good.

how to make homemade cashew butter: step by step photos!an easy & totally natural recipe for homemade cashew butter, made extra special with a hit of coffee & the warming flavors of chai spice. the perfect healthy snack, especially for an afternoon pick-me-up! #playswellwithbutter #cashewbutter #homemadecashewbutterrecipe #chai #healthysnacks

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the first time i made homemade nut butter was a total & complete disaster, so if the idea of giving this a try at home scares you, i completely get it. i really do.

BUT! you need to try anyway.

once you know what to look for, homemade cashew butter is so ridiculously easy to make. an easy & totally natural recipe for homemade cashew butter, made extra special with a hit of coffee & the warming flavors of chai spice. the perfect healthy snack, especially for an afternoon pick-me-up! #playswellwithbutter #cashewbutter #homemadecashewbutterrecipe #chai #healthysnacks

first of all, you really need a food processor. because a food processor is wider & shallower than something like a high-speed blender, it grinds & blends the nuts evenly, which is key for a smooth & creamy homemade cashew butter.

remember when i said my first time making homemade nut butter was a disaster? yeah. it was because i used my vitamix. the nuts would just NOT blend, even after 20 minutes of tamping on them. my nut butter was grainy & smelled HORRIBLE for some reason, my vitamix practically started to smoke because it overheated, & i kind of died inside because i wasted $12 worth of almonds. not fun.

so yes, i really do believe a food processor is a must when it comes to making homemade cashew butter. this is the one i’m obsessed with & always talk about. it’s seriously my little sidekick in the kitchen. i use it almost daily & it’s held up to heavy use in the past 3 years very well. highly recommend! if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, this is another option by the same brand that has great reviews! an easy & totally natural recipe for homemade cashew butter, made extra special with a hit of coffee & the warming flavors of chai spice. the perfect healthy snack, especially for an afternoon pick-me-up! #playswellwithbutter #cashewbutter #homemadecashewbutterrecipe #chai #healthysnacks

next, you add in the cashews! (& since we’re making coffee chai cashew butter here, i add in 2 tablespoons whole coffee beans at this point too!)

i like to take the extra 2 minutes to toast up my cashews before i make homemade cashew butter. all you have to do is add unsalted cashews to a skillet over medium-low heat, & toss & stit them occasionally, just until they’re slightly golden & fragrant. it’s an easy step that wakes up the oils in the cashews, which makes your homemade cashew butter easier to blend up & a little bit tastier.

if you’re trying to keep things really easy, go ahead & buy roasted unsalted cashews. either way, your homemade cashew butter will be insanely delicious. promise. an easy & totally natural recipe for homemade cashew butter, made extra special with a hit of coffee & the warming flavors of chai spice. the perfect healthy snack, especially for an afternoon pick-me-up! #playswellwithbutter #cashewbutter #homemadecashewbutterrecipe #chai #healthysnacks

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next up: grinding the cashews down into a coarse meal.

let the food processor run, just until all the cashews break down & get into a coarse flour-like consistency. an easy & totally natural recipe for homemade cashew butter, made extra special with a hit of coffee & the warming flavors of chai spice. the perfect healthy snack, especially for an afternoon pick-me-up! #playswellwithbutter #cashewbutter #homemadecashewbutterrecipe #chai #healthysnacks

at this point, i’ll add in some kosher salt to season, & any other seasonings you’d like to add in to flavor your homemade cashew butter, like a little pure maple syrup for some sweetness & a sprinkling of chai spice

my chai spice mix is something i keep on my spice rack all year round. it is ginger- & cardamom-forward, which is exactly how i like chai flavors to taste. you can make it in only 5 minutes & it only calls for 6 ingredients. if you’re a chai lover, be sure to check it out!

an easy & totally natural recipe for homemade cashew butter, made extra special with a hit of coffee & the warming flavors of chai spice. the perfect healthy snack, especially for an afternoon pick-me-up! #playswellwithbutter #cashewbutter #homemadecashewbutterrecipe #chai #healthysnacks

let the food processor run again, for about 7-10 minutes. things will get to a point where you’ll think you ruined it & your homemade cashew butter will never get creamy, but just as you think all hope is lost, your homemade cashew butter will ball up. this is a good sign!an easy & totally natural recipe for homemade cashew butter, made extra special with a hit of coffee & the warming flavors of chai spice. the perfect healthy snack, especially for an afternoon pick-me-up! #playswellwithbutter #cashewbutter #homemadecashewbutterrecipe #chai #healthysnacks

shortly after the ball forms, the cashew butter will break down into the creamy, dreamy consistency we’re after when we make homemade cashew butter.an easy & totally natural recipe for homemade cashew butter, made extra special with a hit of coffee & the warming flavors of chai spice. the perfect healthy snack, especially for an afternoon pick-me-up! #playswellwithbutter #cashewbutter #homemadecashewbutterrecipe #chai #healthysnacks

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at this point, your homemade cashew butter is pretty much ready to go! if you want it to be SUPER creamy & smooth, you can add in 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil. i like to do this, since i find it adds a little bit of extra moisture to the cashew butter, but it’s totally optional.

if you do add in a little extra oil, let the food processor run again. the cashew butter will take 3-4 minutes to ball up again, then break down again.an easy & totally natural recipe for homemade cashew butter, made extra special with a hit of coffee & the warming flavors of chai spice. the perfect healthy snack, especially for an afternoon pick-me-up! #playswellwithbutter #cashewbutter #homemadecashewbutterrecipe #chai #healthysnacks

how freaking dreamy is that?!an easy & totally natural recipe for homemade cashew butter, made extra special with a hit of coffee & the warming flavors of chai spice. the perfect healthy snack, especially for an afternoon pick-me-up! #playswellwithbutter #cashewbutter #homemadecashewbutterrecipe #chai #healthysnacks

pin this homemade coffee chai cashew butter for later!

needless to say, this coffee chai cashew butter has been my go-to snack these days. i like to eat it with apples & an extra sprinkling of cinnamon, & it’s the perfect little mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

it’s flavorful enough to keep hangry cravings at bay, satisfying enough to keep you full enough ‘til dinner, & the extra little kick of coffee is enough to help you get through the rest of the day without keeping you up ‘til midnight. an easy & totally natural recipe for homemade cashew butter, made extra special with a hit of coffee & the warming flavors of chai spice. the perfect healthy snack, especially for an afternoon pick-me-up! #playswellwithbutter #cashewbutter #homemadecashewbutterrecipe #chai #healthysnacks an easy & totally natural recipe for homemade cashew butter, made extra special with a hit of coffee & the warming flavors of chai spice. the perfect healthy snack, especially for an afternoon pick-me-up! #playswellwithbutter #cashewbutter #homemadecashewbutterrecipe #chai #healthysnacks an easy & totally natural recipe for homemade cashew butter, made extra special with a hit of coffee & the warming flavors of chai spice. the perfect healthy snack, especially for an afternoon pick-me-up! #playswellwithbutter #cashewbutter #homemadecashewbutterrecipe #chai #healthysnacks

or, i mean, you can totally just eat it by the spoonful. that’s totally acceptable too. ?

if you love this homemade cashew butter recipe, here are a few other snacks you have to try!

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an easy & totally natural recipe for homemade cashew butter, made extra special with a hit of coffee & the warming flavors of chai spice. the perfect healthy snack, especially for an afternoon pick-me-up! #playswellwithbutter #cashewbutter #homemadecashewbutterrecipe #chai #healthysnacks

homemade coffee chai cashew butter


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an easy & totally natural recipe for homemade cashew butter, made extra special with a hit of coffee & the warming flavors of chai spice. the perfect healthy snack, especially for an afternoon pick-me-up!


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Instructions

Optional: Toast the cashews. Add the cashews to a large skillet over medium-low heat. Toast, stirring & tossing the cashews occasionally, until the cashews become golden & fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. The line between perfectly toasted cashews & burnt cashews is a thin one, so be sure to stir the cashews regularly, & keep a close eye on them. Remove from the heat.

Add the cashews and whole coffee beans to a food processor. Let the food processor run for 1-2 minutes, until the cashews are broken down into a coarse meal. See photos, above, for reference. Add in the maple syrup, chai spice, & kosher salt. Let the food processor run for 5-7 minutes. The cashew butter will look coarse & clumpy, and eventually it will form into a ball just before it smooths back out into a creamy cashew butter. Be patient – it’ll work!

At this point, your cashew butter is ready. If you’d like your cashew butter to be extra smooth and creamy, add in 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil, then let the processor run. The cashew butter will take 3-4 minutes to ball up again, then break down again into a smooth & creamy cashew butter.

Transfer the cashew butter to an airtight container or jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!


Notes

  • Food processor! You really need a food processor to make homemade cashew butter, or any nut butter for that matter. Because a food processor is wider & shallower than something like a high-speed blender, it grinds & blends the nuts evenly, which is key for a smooth & creamy homemade cashew butter. This is the one i’m obsessed with. It’s seriously my little sidekick in the kitchen. I use it almost daily & it’s held up to heavy use in the past 3 years very well. Highly recommend!
  • Toasting cashews: You can use either! If you use roasted cashews, there’s no need to toast, as detailed in the optional Step 1. I do like to take the extra 2 minutes to give roasted cashews a fresh toast them up before I make my homemade cashew butter, as detailed in the optional Step 1. It’s an easy step that wakes up the oils in the cashews, which makes your homemade cashew butter easier to blend up & a little bit tastier. Either way, go for unsalted so you can control the salt levels in your homemade cashew butter. These are the roasted cashews I love most, & they are a great value!

Keywords: homemade cashew butter, nut butter

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Hi there, I'm Jess!

If there’s 1 thing to know about me, it’s this: I am head-over-heels in love with food. I’m on a mission to make weeknight cooking flavorful, fast, & fun for other foodies, & PWWB is where I share foolproof recipes that deliver major flavor with minimal effort. Other true loves: pretty shoes, puppies, Grey’s Anatomy, & my cozy kitchen in Minneapolis, MN.

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  1. 9.22.18

    Holy cow lady!!! As if nut butter couldn’t get anymore divine. Send some of this creamy goodness my way. Now I’ll go pick my tongue up off the floor.