Cashew Butter

By MadManBro Latest Reply 2011-08-24 04:27:26 -0500
Started 2011-08-15 20:06:14 -0500

At my last checkup my randon BG was up around 196. I had a Fasting BG of about 100 earlier that morning but my appointment was three hours after I had breakfast and I expected it to a bit higher by then, but not quite that high. I had made a fruit smoothie with Strawberries, Banans, and O.J. that morning and I asked the doc if I needed to eliminate them completely. His suggestion was that I have a slice of whole grain toast with peanut butter to slow the absorption of sugars into my bloodstream. Well I have never in my life liked peanut butter - sorry if that offends most of the people in the world, but it's true, I can't stand the stuff. Anyway he said I could substitute a variety of nut butters as long as they were unsweetened. I found some Nature's Choice Cashew Butter on the supermarket shelf and, after checking the expiration date, I took a chance on it since I do love cashews. Well, it's a winner folks! I will add that you may want to stir it thoroughly after opening it for the first time because a small amount of the oils in it separate and rise to the top of the jar. This may be due to it being an organic product. It holds up well in the refrigerator and does not separate again once mixed. It spreads fairly easily and tastes soooo good. I tried it with a little jelly at first, but now I prefer it alone on a slice of whole grain toast. It has become my go to late evening snack. So, if there are any other peanut butter dislikers among you, maybe cashew butter could be the option you have been looking for. I do know that it can be a bit pricey which is why i mentioned that I got Nature's Choice brand. At $4.99 for the jar it wasn't too bad of an investment. Hey, the Almond butter version was a whopping $10.99 for a jar! Good thing I am not all that crazy about almonds eother, although I should mention that my doc preferred almonds over cashews for nutritional value. The cashews are higher in fat calories, but at least it's "good" fat.

20 replies

MrsCDogg 2011-08-24 04:27:26 -0500 Report

I love all kinds of nut butters! They are a good choice for a healthy protein and also a good treat.

mysteria7130 2011-08-18 09:28:04 -0500 Report

If you have a food processor, you can make your on nut butters. Just put in your favorite nuts and put on high. it will become a ball. break it up and process more till smooth. keep refriderated. there is no sweetner or oils or addatives. Just the pecans or cashews. or whatever nuts you so desire.

GabbyPA 2011-08-22 06:17:16 -0500 Report

Don't you need some kind of emulsifier? Or does it become smooth enough to spread on it's own?

Diaschm 2011-08-18 01:20:40 -0500 Report

I make smoothies with ice , strawberries or any kind of frozen berries, diet yogurt and honey. They are great and do not raise my sugar sky high. I would say cut out the OJ when making it because that is probably what boasted your blood sugar up so high. Just a suggestion. Good luck. Diaschm

MadManBro 2011-08-18 06:17:43 -0500 Report

Thanks Diaschm, I actually have reduced the O.J. by half and made up the difference with ice. I can't handle dairy of any sort so there's no yogurt in my smoothies. I have taken such a liking to the cashew butter on toast that it has become my breakfast n most mornings instead of eggs.

GabbyPA 2011-08-18 08:24:55 -0500 Report

What you might like to try is almond milk. I use that in my smoothies. I don't use juice of any kind. Then I add my berries and all the other healthy stuff that makes it look gross, but it is good for me and doesn't spike me. Make sure to add some kind of protein to it to help slow down the glucose rise. It helps a lot. I use vanilla powdered whey in mine along with greens and diatametious earth.

MadManBro 2011-08-18 09:26:31 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby, I will keep that in mind. I have never tried any of soy or almond milks. I can't stomach the taste nor smell of milk. I understand it to be more of an allergy than an intolerance. Being this way all my life, I have never really missed it. I somehow managed to enjoy ice cream (certain brands and flavors) and some cheeses like mozzarella, cheddar, and American for sandwiches, but I could never overindulge in any of the above. I can't eat ranch or sour cream flavored chips or anything like that and I became a label reader long cefore it was popular in order to avoid getting sick from milk products. For right now however I do have my weakness for the fruit smoothies as i make them and the addition of the cashew butter on whole grain toast has made it an acceptable indulgence.

GabbyPA 2011-08-15 20:45:09 -0500 Report

I love the other nut butters. I right now have some almond butter I got at Sams Club. It was a huge jar for $6.99. What a steal. I couldn't resist. I have not tried cashew butter, but I bet it's great. I also like tahini which is made from sesame seeds. That is yummy too. I do use natural peanut butter as well and when I am feeling rather naughty, I have some Nutella, which is made from hazel nuts, cocoa and milk. Very yummy.

Flustrated 2011-08-15 20:50:29 -0500 Report

What do you do with almond butter? We go to Sams often.

margokittycat 2011-08-15 21:19:08 -0500 Report

You can ue almond butter and cashew butter the same way you do peanut butter. If you don't like peanut butter and want peanut butter cookies use the cashew or almond butter instead it is the same just a different taste. Sam's Clubs sales them all we go there regularly. We buy things for home there but also buy alot of our business supplies there.

camerashy 2011-08-15 20:47:53 -0500 Report

Did you read the label on hte Nutella? The very first ingredient is sugar.

jayabee52 2011-08-15 22:11:17 -0500 Report

that's, I'm sure, why she said "when I am feeling rather naughty," she has the Nutella

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