Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter

I love peanut butter and sunflower seed butter, but this week it’s been all about another kind of nut butter.


Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter anyone?

 

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Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter

Makes about 2/3 to 3/4 cup

1/2 cup cashews, soaked (I used raw, unsalted, whole cashews from TJs.  Use raw/unsalted if possible)

1/3 cup agave/honey/maple syrup (combo of one or any), to taste

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Optional and omit if you don’t like coconut flavored food; at which point you’d have Chocolate Cashew Butter:

1/4 cup coconut flakes (unsweetened or sweetened)

2 tablespoonscoconut oil

Soak cashews in water for at least an hour (4-6 hours or more is ideal).  Remove soaked cashews and add them with the remaining ingredients to a Vita-Mix, high speed blender, or food processor.  Blend until mixture is smooth.

Tips:

If you don’t have a Vita or similar type blender (i.e. you are using a Magic Bullet or mini food processor), your cashew butter may not get as smooth or creamy as it will in a Vita, but just keep blending.  Scrape down the sides, blend.  Repeat. Repeat. Even in the Vita, it took about 4-5 minutes on high to get the nut butter really smooth.  Find those ear plugs. No one ever said nut butter has to be perfectly smooth.  Crunchy nut butter is still great.

If the nut butter seems too thick and your machine is having a hard time really blending the butter, add a bit more agave/honey/maple syrup, or coconut oil to make blending easier.

I store mine in refrigerator; will solidify a bit in the fridge from the coconut oil but softens again at room temp. 

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Everything in…

…Blend.  And keep on blendin’

This was after about 2 minutes on high.  It took another 3 or so to get it really smooth. 

It all smooths out.  It just takes awhile. And it doesn’t have to be perfectly smooth, anyway.

Enjoy!


If this recipe looks a bit familiar, it’s because it’s the same recipe that I used for the coating of the Chocolate Coconut Kale Chips I made earlier in the week.

The coating was too good not to make and eat as nut butter.

Eat this on fruit, on bread, on top of oatmeal, in smoothies, as a smoothie “topper”, on crackers, or however you like to eat nut butter.

Or just dip your spoon into the bowl and go to town.

If you like chocolate, infused with coconut flavoring, then this recipe is for you.

The other great thing is that cashew butter is much easier to make than almond butter or even peanut butter.  Cashews just soften up and blend far easier than other kinds of nuts, in my experience.

I should know.  I’ve accidentally made cashew butter many times in the process of making Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

So it was easy to make cashew butter for this recipe.  And it was only natural, but of course, to add chocolate and coconut in, too.

From my last post about Locally Grown and whether or not you support locally grown foods or farmers, it was great to read how many of you do as much as you possibly can to support local agriculture.  I think it’s wonderful to support small businesses, locally-owned, and family-0wned businesses from farms to restaurants to service providers when ever possible.

And yes, I can’t wait til my locally grown avocados ripen up!  Thanks for sharing what you’d make with them.

Questions:

1. What’s your favorite kind of nut butter?

I have a serious love affair with peanut butter.  I have an entire post dedicted to my peanut butter recipes.  From tofu to desserts to peanut sauce, I use peanut butter all the time.

I also love sunflower seed butter.  TJ’s sunflower seed butter, especially considering how inexpensive it is, is probably my favorite nut butter for just “eating” whereas PB is what I use in recipes.  However, it’s like picking which blog is your favorite.  Impossible to choose.

But it’s between PB and SFSButter for me. 

All my recipes that I use PB or SFSB in, you could use Almond Butter in them, or another nut butter.  I know some people have allergies or taste preferences and everything is interchangeable with my recipes.

2. Have you ever tried to make your own nut butter?  What kind and how did it turn out?

I have tried to make almond butter before and it so-so.  And I don’t really love almond butter anyway but this was a few years ago when I first got my Vita and wanted to make nut butter in it!  Almonds don’t soften nearly as well as cashews, plus I didn’t flavor it well enough with agave/honey/maple, vanilla, and it was very boring tasting to me.

I have never tried to make my own peanut butter, or sunflower seed butter.  For $3.99 a jar, max, at TJ’s, I’ll leave those to the pros.

However, chocolate coconut cashew butter, cost me less than $3.99 to make and took 5 minutes.  Try it!

 

   

180 Responses to “Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter”

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    Jess@HealthyExposures — April 27, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Holy crap. The amazingness of this recipe hasn’t even sunk in yet because I’m still hung up on how gorgeous your pictures are. Seriously; they are absolutely. gorgeous. and I could stare at them all day.

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — April 27th, 2011 at 3:04 am

      Thank you honey! That means the world coming from you (a photographer!)…I am about to submit them to the food sites. Hope they make it. I posted versions on a theme so that I have options to give them. We shall see if the Photos Gods like me today :)

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    cathy — April 27, 2011 at 3:28 am

    haha, jess (above) beat me to it!…photos #1 & 2 in this post: amazing!!! i was going to ask if you submitted them…if they’re not accepted, then…just what are they looking for?!
    plain old peanut butter is my fave. specifically kraft all-natural, stored at room temp. you just cannot beat this pb for taste, nutrition and price. i’ve tried almond, cashew, hazelnut etc butters and they just don’t match pb for taste, PLUS are a lot more $$. nice for a change, but not a staple.
    not going to be making my own pb at all – too much work!
    have a great day! and more photos, please!

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    Alissa @ Not Just Apples — April 27, 2011 at 3:52 am

    oh.my.goodness. this looks so delicious!

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    lindsay — April 27, 2011 at 3:52 am

    i love cashew butter. It really is great for cooking too! kinda sweet, ya know? I will deifinitely be saving this recipe. Amazing Averie!

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    Just Audrey — April 27, 2011 at 4:01 am

    Wow, these photos are stunning. That cashew butter looks like creamy, dreamy liquid SILK! I want to dive right in! :D

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    Mariah @ Apples "N" Oats — April 27, 2011 at 4:29 am

    wow this looks scrumpious!!!
    i’ve never tried sunflower butter or making my own..just waiting to a get a food processor that can actually process somethng!

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    Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) — April 27, 2011 at 4:30 am

    This sounds amazing! I think peanut butter is my all time favorite, but cashew butter is a close runner up. It is so decadent and rich! I love making nut butters since you can play with the flavors. Maple anything is my favorite!

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    Sue @ Sue In Training — April 27, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Your photos really look awesome! And that cashew butter looks so incredibly smooth, I just want to grab a strawberry and dip it right in. My poor little hand blender can’t process nuts, so I sadly can’t try your recipe, but I’m wondering if I could cheat with some plain almond butter sitting around in my pantry. The combination of chocolate, coconut, and nuts sounds just too good.
    My favorite nut butters are peanut and tahini – ok, tahini is made of sesame seeds (not nuts), but I had to include it. I especially love tahini in recipes like hummus, dips, sauces, dressings, etc. It adds a wonderfull creaminess to everything. And it’s cheap and easily available. Score!

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    Holly @ The Runny Egg — April 27, 2011 at 4:45 am

    Wow your nut butter is SO SMOOTH!!!! Looks like pudding rather than nut butter. I just love cashews and have tried to blend them into butter before but my Magic Bullet is not too strong.

    I usually just buy Jif Natural for my PB needs, or else I get it from Trader Joe’s. Almond Butter took some getting used to and I’ve never tried SSButter, although I’ve heard it tastes amazing.

    Your pictures look great Averie!

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    Tasha @ Voracious — April 27, 2011 at 4:58 am

    AVERIE. That’s IT. This is TOO MUCH! I am going to have to make this and eat the entire bowl RIGHT NOW!!!!! Seriously, this might just be THE BEST thing you have ever posted. Thank you so much!

    We can’t get too many nut butters here, just peanut butter, almond butter, and cashew butter, but cashew butter is far and away my favorite.

    Hmmm…I don’t have a vitamix, just a food processor, and when I tried to make homemade almond butter it never stopped being gritty. Maybe I can adapt this recipe to use the store bought all natural, organic cashew butter I already have? I hope so, because one way or the other I will be eating this for dessert tonight.

    I am swooning!

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — April 27th, 2011 at 5:12 am

      thanks, Tasha! You have been reading me from the beginning, so that’s high praise. And yes, just use your prepared cashew butter and doctor it up accordingly :)

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    Chelsea — April 27, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Oh I love my almond butter and I have a feeling this will save my butt loads of money on making some at home instead of store bought!

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    Heather (Where's the Beach) — April 27, 2011 at 5:13 am

    Oh that looks soooo fantastic. Maybe it’s the strawberries sitting there calling my name too ;-)

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    Kubelek Smakowy — April 27, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Omg, this looks amazing. I can’t believe it’s real and possible to do at home. I’ll try it, for sure. Thanks a lot for the recipe!

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    Nicole @ Fresh & Fit — April 27, 2011 at 5:48 am

    I love cashews! I need to make this ASAP! I have made my own almond butter before, but it didn’t really come out that well.

    PS. your photos look phenomenal!

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    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table — April 27, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Ohhhh… it’s like dessert nut butter! *drool*

    I’ve never made my own, but I did finally get a new blender with good intentions of developing a nutty concoction of my very own.

    Totally envious of your local avocados, btw. :)

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    Becca — April 27, 2011 at 6:30 am

    I’ve been dying to try making my own nut butters… I think this may have to be the first one! YUM!

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    Emily — April 27, 2011 at 6:36 am

    The photos of the chocolate coconut cashew butter are AMAZING. It looks sooo delicious!!
    My favorite kind of nut butter is pb&co’s white chocolate wonderful peanut butter with plain almond butter at a close second! :D

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    Jess (In My Healthy Opinion) — April 27, 2011 at 6:36 am

    This looks amazing, Averie!! I’m definitely going to try it out. And your pictures are so beautiful!! :)

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    Beth — April 27, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Oh YUM! That looks so good and is so simple to make. Will have to see if I still have some cashews in the pantry that I can use for this recipe.

    Your photos are really improving. Appreciating the contrast of the choc nut butter, the red strawberries, white bowl / plate / ramekin, and the green cloth brings it all together. Nice! How many arrangements did you try before you found the one you liked? Or did you just put it together in one go?

    Nut Butters: I’ve tried a wide assortment of nut butters and pretty much enjoy them all. My husband can’t have peanut butter too often (so sad) so if I’m making something that he is going to eat, I don’t use peanut butter. Since we found the larger sized Almond Butter at Costco, that has been our “go to” nut butter.

    Haven’t tried to make my own nut butter, but have accidentally had nut butter come out of the blender or food processor when making something else. What a nice surprise :)

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — April 27th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      How many arrangements did you try before you found the one you liked? Or did you just put it together in one go? =
      Lots! I usually take at least 50 – 100 pics of the food in various arrangements and angles, then go in and edit the best shots. You never know what’s gonna work and what isnt!

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    Jen — April 27, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Peanut butter is definitely my favorite nut butter, but when it comes to nuts in general, cashews win my heart! Especially in the form of cookie dough bites! In the past I’ve made cashew butter and almond butter. I used to love almond butter, but not so much anymore. When I made it myself, I blended it too long and it came out runny. The cashew butter was great though! Cashews are so creamy! I should make peanut butter. I don’t know why I haven’t.

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    kate — April 27, 2011 at 6:58 am

    I can’t get over the beautiful composition of your photos. Every part of the shot was well thought out and it all came together perfectly. It’s inspiring that you’ve really put effort and thought into learning more about photography, on top of everything else you do!!!
    I just got a brand new powerful blender and food processor in the mail yesterday, and this might just have to be the first recipe i christen it with! Looks fabulous.
    -kate

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    Bria @ West of Persia — April 27, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Beautiful, Averie.

    I recently made pistachio-honey nut butter. It was quite good. I let mine be somewhat chunky ;-)

    My favorite kind of nut butter is def TJoe’s SFS butter. That stuff just rocks!

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    Stephanie — April 27, 2011 at 7:13 am

    I’ve been loving your recent chocolate and nut butter recipes lately. Seriously, what can get better than that?? My favorite nut butter has to be the Dark Chocolate Dreams. Gosh its hard to resist attacking the jar when I need a study break.

    Although I’ve tried tons of nut butter varieties and brands, I’ve never attempted to make my own. I need to upgrade to a better blender or food processor first..

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles — April 27, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Oh my that nut butter looks amazingly smooth. I really need a vitamix, I am so jealous. I make nut butters occasionally but they’re still gritty. I can never get them smooth. The pictures look fabulous :D I make a chocolate hazelnut butter because we have a ton of hazelnuts from the trees in our yard. I really have to try again because it tastes great. I still think plain old peanut butter is my favorite though.

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    Salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle) — April 27, 2011 at 7:29 am

    omg girl, that nut butter looks soooo smooth and creamy!!! As soon as I get a vitamix I’m definitely making this!!!

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    Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food — April 27, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Heavens to betsy that looks awesome! :) so creamy and delicious! I am sure that will make it on foodgawker and tastespotter :)

    I am a PB addict, no other nut butter measures up in comparison! :P

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    Kate (Bread & Chocolate) — April 27, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter? I’m drooling! I’m going to try this on my Apple Sandwiches – which would be fun to make with your daughter. Apples + Nut Butter + Granola = Bon Appletit!

    http://bread-n-chocolate.blogspot.com/2011/04/thinking-outside-bread-box.html

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    Katie — April 27, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I would make this and stick my face in it and slurp it up all not at all ladylike. These are your best photos yet!

    OH. MY. GOD. I’m drooling. I’ve got some cashews in my cabinet too. Do you think the soak is necessary? I usually don’t do it.

    I’ve tried to make almond, peanut and sfsb (my favorite!) in the Vita, but I think my impatience is what hinders my progress. I just don’t want to wait that long, but if this is “only” 5 minutes. That’s about half as long as I blended the others, and they still weren’t this creamy. WOW.

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — April 27th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

      oh you HAVE to soak them. That’s the #1 key for me. Some people use the whole dry roasted method and then add oil but to me…no, the results just dont happen. Cashews are easier than almonds, too!

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    Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) — April 27, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Omg this looks freaking amazing! I feel like running out to buy some cashews. I love peanut butter and as of recently my favorite has been PB&C Cinnamon Raisin pb, so addicting :D

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    McKella — April 27, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I love nut butter, but I think pb is the best. Nothin beats pears dipped in raw almond butter though.

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    Mens Diamond Watches — April 27, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Sanita or dansko only approved be whatever i wanted!

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    Mastering Public Health (@MasPublicHealth) — April 27, 2011 at 8:37 am

    And VegNews claims they can’t find quality photography of actual vegan foods? Your final silky-smooth pudding and strawberries shot looks STRAIGHT out of a magazine! Seriously, I bet you could solicit your recipe/photography skills to them successfully after the whole recent controversy. Hey, blog makes a great resume. ;) Thanks also for always providing the helpful step-by-step photos.

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    Crystal — April 27, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Omg that totally looks like pudding! I might make it and just eat it with a spoon, LOL. I must get a vitamix, even though they cost a whole car payment :o

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    Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) — April 27, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Beautiful pictures Averie. They have that ‘you will make me now’ quality. I love how the light bounces off the nut butter in the first shot. Just beautiful & extremely appetizing !

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    Cara @ EAT. PRAY. RUN. — April 27, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I guess this is the common response, but WOW. That looks amazing (great photos by the way!) I just bought a bag of raw cashews from Trader Joe’s…hmmmmm?! ;)

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    Emily @ Comfortable Home Life — April 27, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Oh my gahhh girlfriend! How did you get it to look so smooth!?! It seriously looks like pudding, which makes me want to take big spoonfuls stright to my mouth. I made cashew butter the other day, which turned out alright, it was still a little thick and gritty. I didn’t want to burn out my FP. I should have known that all I needed to do was add chocolate and coconut. DUH!

    I love all kinds of nut butter but sunflower seed butter is way up there. Thank goodness for Trader Joe’s!

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    hippierunner — April 27, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Your butter looks amazing! I have a blender so I can’t really make my own nut butter, or when I do it’s more crumbles but maybe cashews would blend easier. Whatever texture I wind up with I know it will be yummy! Hopefully later I will have some chocolate cashew butter, thanks for the great idea!

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    Lauren — April 27, 2011 at 9:31 am

    MMMM looks silky smooth and delicious!!! I love making nut butter, I don’t buy it in the store anymore!

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    Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope — April 27, 2011 at 10:05 am

    It’s been a while since I had cashew butter – such a neat recipe! And these photos are truly incredible Averie. Definitely showing off both your talents here! I’m an almond butter girl all the way, but I love peanut butter and sunflower seed butter too. It’s fun to switch things up!

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    LauraJayne — April 27, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Your pictures are making me so totally hungry (and my chocolate cravings are kicking in)! This looks delicious – I think I’d have to make a tiny batch so if I ate it all in one serving, it wouldn’t be as bad!

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    Amber K — April 27, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I love peanut butter! I don’t think anything can top it, expecially chocolate peanut butter.

    I have made peanut butter before using my food processor, but someone did say that it has to be smooth and creamy, and that someone is me! ;) I couldn’t eat it because I couldn’t get it to actually be smooth. Saving up for a Vita-Mix because I know that would make it easier!

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    Amanda — April 27, 2011 at 10:59 am

    That sounds and looks soooo good!! My fave is also peanut butter (specifically white chocolate wonderful from pbco if I HAD to pick one, but I always have about 12 different jars in my pantry at any given time…), but sunflower seed butter & cashew butter are close seconds. Guess we have similar nut butter taste buds ;). I always hate admitting it, but I really do not like almond butter. I did discover the chocolate almond butter from Marantha is AWESOME, but otherwise I agree that it’s super bland and I don’t like the texture, it’s too chunky, dry, and not sweet enough for a nut butter for me!

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    Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — April 27, 2011 at 11:22 am

    me, me, me! I want some!
    Averie, this looks amazing?! It’s soooo creamy. I bet you could just eat it with a spoon! mmm or top ice cream with it, or spread it on a cookie. Wow, I have to give this a try.
    Your pictures are beautiful too!

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    Jen — April 27, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I have no words. It looks freaking heavenly!!!!

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — April 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Wow– this looks SO delicious and smooth!!! Yummmmmm-o!

    Oh, and the collage thing on my blog? It’s through a download called Picasa! It’s free and super easy to use! I’m still figuring it out myself, but I’m really liking it so far!

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — April 27th, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      thanks for the picasa info..I know lightroom does it, and i have done it, i am just not FAST with it…lol

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    Sabina — April 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Hey Lady!

    Your cashew butter recipe sounds waaaay to sweet for my liking! I make almond butter and add 1 teaspoon of cane sugar!

    I’ve heard that almond butter works better in a food processor than a Vitamix. I have a food processor, but no Vitamix. Maybe that’s it?

    I made a batch of coconut-carob-almond butter this weekend that was to.die.for. I’m slathering it on everything, including sandwiched in the middle of a date! Mmmm!!

    happy Wednesday!

    xo

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — April 27th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      It’s not really *that* sweet but everyone’s tastebuds are different. I hate bland or bitter food and with all those raw nuts (bland) and cocoa powder (bitter), sweetener is imperative for me!

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    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — April 27, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Lady, these are definitely your prettiest pictures to date! Hard to believe it was just a few months ago that you were debating about getting a dSLR!

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — April 27th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

      thank you my sweet friend..and yes, photography has changed my life and is my passion!!! these days! Wished it had “hit me” back in Phx…we could have had more things to talk about!

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    April @ Grits & Granola Bars — April 27, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    That looks like nutella! And goodness lady, your pictures are stellar! Just completely gorgeous.

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    Kelsey B. — April 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Oh.my.gosh. I’m SO making that cashew butter for my mom for mother’s day! She loves cashews and loves chocolate (who doesn’t? :])
    You post the best recipes, always. Thanks for sharing!

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    Charissa — April 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Aw man, you’ve done it again. Tantalized me with something crazy delicious. Thanks for sharing this delicacy! :)

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