Liquid Gold is a phrase that has been used to describe many things over time. Whether it be a cleaning product, an olive oil company, or a place to visit, there seems to be endless claims for what is actually “liquid gold.” Throughout my childhood I was quite the mac ‘n’ cheese connoisseur, so for me liquid gold meant that melty, creamy, cheese sauce cascading over a mountain of noodles.
I now have a whole new love for liquid gold because I just made my own cashew butter.
HELLO ACTUAL LIQUID GOLD.
Smooth. Creamy. Melt-in-your-mouth-delicious. It almost has the same consistency of condensed milk. Now I love making a good nut butter from scratch because it’s so easy (and way cheaper than store bought nut butters) and I know exactly what’s going into what I’ll be eating, but cashew butter puts all my other nut butters to shame. I’ve discovered my all-time favorite nut butter. Whether it’s spread on some sweet potato toast with bananas and honey, drizzled over a smoothie bowl, or baked in a cookie, your tongue will be rejoicing. Mmmmmm, excuse me while I drool on my laptop right now. And, it may even be the easiest of all the nut butters to make! Cashews are so soft that it just requires a few minutes of blending and BOOM liquid gold.
But cashews aren’t just a pretty face, they came to play. Softness is great and all, but I’m talking nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These guys have it all. Cashews are high in heart-healthy fats, fiber, and protein so they work wonders for your heart and can even lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. Also, high levels of copper and iron in cashews help your red blood cells function properly, which in turn boosts your immune system and helps maintain healthy nerves and bones. It’s impossible to list all the health benefits, but just trust me on this, cashews will work wonders for your body.
So if you haven’t jumped on the DIY nut butter train, this is a beautiful recipe to start out with. Forget spending $10 for a minuscule jar of nut butter at the local grocery store, you just need a few simple ingredients, throw them in your blender, and you’ve got your own healthy jar of deliciousness in just a few minutes.
Liquid Gold Cashew Butter
- 2 cups unsalted cashews, lightly roasted
- Pinch of sea salt
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ Tbsp coconut oil
- Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender (I use my Vitamix) and blend (while scraping the sides if necessary) until smooth and creamy. I find it usually takes about 2-3 minutes for me.