Keto Chocolate Nut Butter Recipe (Pecan and Cashew)

A silky smooth, scrumptious Keto Chocolate Nut Butter full of chocolate goodness with nutritious ingredients.

Yummy homemade Keto Chocolate Nut Butter in a jar.

Learn how quick and easy it is to make your own Keto Chocolate Nut Butter. It’s creamy, slightly sweet, and mouthwatering!

This recipe is a delightful addition to your delicious life. Spread it on top of everything.

It’s full of healthy ingredients and takes just minutes to make.

Why I Love this Recipe

This recipe is my absolute favorite and works spectacularly because of the rich, dark chocolate flavor! I cannot get enough.

It is a delicious yet nutritious treat that is quick to make and keeps for 3-5 weeks when stored properly. The nut butter that keeps on giving. 🙂

What is Nut Butter?

Nut butter is a spreadable food product made by grinding nuts into a paste. The result is a high-fat butter that can be used as a topping or ingredient to flavor food or drinks.

We all know the classic peanut butter, but other nut kinds of butter have become incredibly popular over the last few years.

Nut butter is very easy to make if you have a blender or a food processor, and it provides an excellent source of protein & fat.

Speaking of nut butter, you definitely should try my delicious Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce too. Use it as a dip, drizzle over salads, or on meats. 

Ingredients 

The stars of the nut butter show are short, so try to buy good quality to achieve the best results.

Cashews

Creamy and mildly sweet, cashews contribute a velvety texture and nutty flavor. I buy plain unsalted cashews in a bag at Costco.

Pecans

These buttery and mildly sweet nuts provide a delightful crunch and distinctive flavor to sweet and savory dishes.

Cacao Powder

Made from crushed cacao beans, it brings a rich, deep chocolate flavor and pure and intense chocolatey taste to recipes. I use Navitas Organics Cacao Powder Organic. affiliate link

Swerve or Favorite Sweetener

Natural sweeteners like Swerve add sweetness without the calories of sugar. They allow you to tailor the sweetness level to your liking, making it a versatile choice for those seeking a low-carb or sugar-free alternative in recipes.

How to Make

This delicious nut butter recipe is super straightforward. Be sure to follow all the directions closely.

Step 1

Step 1 – Roast the Nuts

Roasting the nuts first will bring out the amazing flavors and help them break down easier when mixing.

Spread the pecans and cashews evenly on a baking pan and toast them at 350ºF for about 5-10 minutes or until light golden brown.

I recommend checking on them after 5 minutes to be sure they don’t burn. Let the nuts cool on the pan for about 10 minutes.

Step 2 – Blend in a Food Processor

Now add to the bowl of your food processor and start blending. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Step 2 – roasted cashews & pecans

You may have doubts that this will work at about the 4-5 minute marker. I always do (LOL), but patience is key; your nut-butter masterpiece will come together!

The nuts will transform from finely chopped to a thick, grainy sand texture, but hang in there. They will slowly change to smooth and luscious butter.

Optional: Add a couple of teaspoons of coconut oil at the tail end of your blending adventure to make the nut butter smoother. Run the food processor for 4-5 minutes or until you reach your desired consistency.

Below are the stages of the nuts as they are being processed.

A. Pulse to chop to small bits
B. It starts to thicken
C. Process until fully combined
D. Add cacao & blend until smooth and creamy

Nut Butter Tips

Here are some quick tips to guarantee excellent recipe results.

Use a Food Processor

While a blender will work for this recipe, scraping down the sides of the pitcher may be difficult.

Have Patience

The nuts will go from whole to ground, clumpy to creamy nut butter, within 10-14 minutes. Nuts take time to release their oils, so you must be patient while breaking them down.

Scrape Down with a Spatula Regularly

You will need to stop the food processor at regular intervals to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. This will help you incorporate all ingredients evenly and achieve a smooth, consistent final product.

Use Complementary Mix-ins

For example, using honey and maple syrup together could produce a nut butter that’s a little too sweet. However, combining toasted coconut and chocolate could be a fantastic combo.

Variations

The possibilities are endless with nut butter; you can make it with almost any imaginable nut and also add your favorite flavoring! I think about it like a smoothie; add what you love!

You can decide to make it pure and healthy with only nuts, OR you can have some fun by adding decadent candies or cookie bits.

Try these yummy variations.

Almond Butter is a homemade almond butter that is ultra thick and creamy, and it tastes like warm, freshly roasted almonds.
Cashew Butter is a rich and creamy butter that only requires ONE ingredient.
Hazelnut Butter tastes just like Nutella when you add some cocoa powder to hazelnuts.
Mixed Nut Butter can be made with any mix of nuts left over in the pantry.

Nut butter is incredibly customizable. Not a chocolate person? Omit it from this recipe, and you’ll have a more neutral pecan butter.

You can also add some of the following ingredients to add different tastes to your nut butter.

Honey to add some subtle sweetness
Cinnamon for a little bit of spice
Vanilla for a sweeter flavor
Pumpkin Pie Spice for fall flavor all year round
Maple Syrup to add additional sweetness
Toasted Coconut for texture and flavor
Hemp, Chia, or Flax Seeds for extra nutritional benefits

My Favorite Uses For Nut Butter

The options for nut butter applications are almost as endless as those for nut butter itself.

Below are some of my favorite ways to eat nut butter.

Toppings, Dips, and Mix-ins

– On a sandwich with jelly or fruit (makes a delicious sandwich with bananas)
– As a topping on oatmeal
– On toast to banana bread
– As a dip with fruit or veggies
– Blended into smoothies or shakes
– These sweet & salty protein bites
– In homemade granola bars
– In sauces & dressings 

Use as a Gift

Lastly, if you have someone on your gift list who loves nuts and eats healthy, nut butter is a doubly wonderful gift!

It’s so quick to whip up and wrap a ribbon around.

Give alone with a pretty appetizer spreader knife. It would also make a lovely present paired with a loaf of sweet bread, bagels, crackers, a beautiful cutting board, or a holiday plate.

FAQs

What Cuisinart blade should I use for nuts?

Use the Cuisinart chopping/mixing blade or the metal S blade to coarsely chop, grate, mince, mix, or puree food.

Can I substitute Cocoa Powder for Cacao Powder?

You can use cacao and cocoa interchangeably in powder form for most recipes, but I have yet to test it in this one. Raw cacao powder has a richer, chocolateier, and bitter taste, while processed cocoa powder can be slightly sweeter and not as strong. Cacoa is the higher quality chocolate powder of the two and healthier with fewer added ingredients.

Why do I get a crunchy and gritty texture in my nut butter?

The main ingredient in many natural sweeteners is Erythritol, which tends to recrystallize to its granulated texture when exposed to colder temperatures. The confectioner style of these sweeteners is the best option for a smooth, creamy texture. Swerve developed this sweetener video that helps to explain when to use confectioner sugar.

Should you keep nut butter in the fridge?

You can store your nut butter in an airtight container or a glass jar with an airtight lid in a cool, dark place for up to 3 weeks. Or store it in the fridge for about one month.

Tools and Equipment

Making your own nut butter at home requires minimal tools and equipment, and it’s likely stuff you already have in your kitchen.

I’ve got some cute canning jar ideas below, too, if you plan to give jars of butter as gifts or just like in your own kitchen. Otherwise, leftover jars from dressings or dips will also work great.

It’s surprisingly easy to make your own nut butter. You’ll need the following.

Food Processor or Blender

This Cuisinart food processor packs a mighty punch of power. It works excellent for nut butter or other sauces you want to blend.

Storage Jars

I use Ball wide-mouth canning jars for my nut butter. The reusable glass jars are affordable, convenient, multi-use, and perfect for nut butter, sauces, dressings, and random broths.

Spatula

Here are some of my favorite spatulas, which are on rotation daily in my kitchen.

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Let me know when you try this keto chocolate nut butter recipe. I know you will love it!

xo,
Cindy

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Yummy homemade Keto Chocolate Nut Butter in a jar.

Keto Chocolate Nut Butter Recipe


Ingredients

Scale

1 cup cashews

1/2 cup pecans

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 teaspoons cacao powder

1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

4 teaspoons Swerve or favorite sweetener to taste

23 teaspoons coconut oil optional


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° (177 C). Add the raw cashews and pecans to a baking sheet. Bake until light golden brown with a yummy nut smell for 5-10 minutes or until fragrant. Keep a close eye on the nuts as you roast them so they don’t scorch or burn. Taste the nuts to get the flavor just right.
  2. Let the nuts cool right on the pan for about 10 minutes so they are cool to the touch.
  3. Put cooled nuts and all the other ingredients into the bowl of your food processor in the order listed. Secure the lid, pulse, and/or blend on the fastest setting until smooth, about 5-10 minutes, or your desired consistency. Use a spatula or tamper to scrape down the sides of the bowl and press toward the blades when necessary.

Notes

Blender. Use a food processor; a standard blender will not blend fully or adequately.

Storage. Store chocolate nut butter in a glass jar with an airtight lid in a cool, dark place for up to 3 weeks. Or store it in the fridge for about one month.

Sweeteners. If you use natural sweeteners like Swerve, they measure just like sugar. For example, use 1 cup of Swerve equals 1 cup of sugar. Read the sweetener’s label to get the right sweetness for your taste.

  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pecans, cashews, nut butter, homemade cashew butter, how to make nut butter, keto, keto-friendly

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1 comment on “Keto Chocolate Nut Butter Recipe (Pecan and Cashew)

  1. I am obsessed with this HEALTHY recipe. It is so chocolatey and delicious. I literally cannot stop eating it! 🙂

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