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?



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.


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. 


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.


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.


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!



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  2. 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!

  3. 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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  5. 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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  7. 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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  9. 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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  13. I have no words. It looks freaking heavenly!!!!

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  16. 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!

  17. 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!


  18. 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!

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

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

  23. Ahhh that looks amazing!! I love how gorgeous the photos turned out, as well. I’ve never tried to make my own nut butter, but I think my own is just plain old peanut butter. Smuckers’ Creamy Natural is AMAZING and super cheap. I love that it’s got a salty kick to it!!

  24. Aaaahmazing pictures Averie!! I hope you submitted. These are some of your best yet :) Not to mention how freakin delicious that nut butter looks. Chocolate?! Nuts?! Mmmm

  25. Wow! This looks so good and the pictures are GORGEOUS! Great work Ms. Avery! I love walnut butter (homemade with cinnamon, AB (TJs raw unsalted and Justin’s Maple AB) & PB (naturally more)

  26. That butter looks SO smooth! I’d definitely be afraid to publish pictures of mine when I make it – I’m sure it would be super chunky and awkward looking haha.

    I LOVE peanut butter. LOVE.

  27. OH MY GOSH! that looks SOO creamy! I seriously want :)

  28. That nut butter looks SO creamy and smooth … wow, it is just perfect!!!!!

    I want to say that is my favourite, and I haven’t even tried it yet!

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  30. Love love LOVE your photos!!! They look so professional, Averie! Did you just use your regular camera for them? They look studio-done! :)

    And lol what on earth is with all the weirdo trackbacks? ;)

  31. Wow! Averie, that Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter looks soo good! Looks like chocolate pudding, except much healthier :) Thank you for the recipe.

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  34. Look at you go with those photos!! They look incredible – and so does the choco butter, of course!

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  36. oh gosh that looks like PUDDING. i can’t make it or else i’ll eat the whole batch straight up (which will end up on my hips, straight up :))

  37. Awesome job on the cashew butter, looks wonderful! Great pics and treat inspiration.

    1. Almond or pistachio butter.
    2. Yes, almond, hemp seed, walnut, cashew and mixed nut. All in the small cup of my food processor.

  38. You make me want a vita-mix and a kitchen; but I’m a college freshman so I guess I’ll have to wait a bit. All your recipes seem amazing! So beautiful too.

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  41. Averie,
    The pictures really are beautiful and amazing, can’t wait to try this recipe yummy. Everything you make sounds great!! Keep it up I love it :)

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  43. Oh my gosh Averie, this looks DIVINE! I need to make it. First though, I need to buy a Vita. Soooo smoooth! ;)


  44. Oh boy! This sounds great! My poor blender may not like it, though…Why do you soak the nuts? Is it to soften them? I’ve always been curious abou that….

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  47. This looks SO perfect. It’s kind of blowing my mind. I need to make some chocolatey nut butter asap, and it just might be this one.

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