Often the best kitchen creations are the simplest. I absolutely love when something fantastic comes together using a few basic ingredients I have on hand in the pantry. This cashew butter is not only fantastically simple, it is simply fantastic.
I set out to restock our nut butter supply and while I was processing the cashews our fruit assortment caught my eye. Our fruit assortment would catch anyone’s eye.
So, we like fruit – there are worse things to hoard.
Since we had a few clementines to spare, I thought a little zest sounded like a good addition to the cashews. I assure you, “good addition” is a total understatement.
A few clementines along with a little vanilla add a sweetness that reminds me of being a kid. It bears a likeness to a vanilla cream-filled cookie. A subtle citrus flavor in a blend of salty, creamy cashews. This needs no accompaniment. No jam. No honey. The sweetness is in the butter. I really couldn’t believe that just a few clementines added such flavor and transformed this basic nut butter into something absolutely spectacular, something definitely worth hoarding.
I hadn’t planned on posting this recipe since I’ve already posted a few nut butter recipes. But once I tasted it, I couldn’t keep this from you. That would just be wrong. And once you taste it, you’ll see what I mean. I’ll expect a thank you note, maybe some flowers….or how about a basket of fruit? We’re running low.
Clementine Cashew Butter
3 cups raw, unsalted cashews, slightly roasted
1½ teaspoons vanilla (I used mexican vanilla)
½ teaspoon kosher salt
Posted on April 8, 2011