Cashew Chai Butter
A great low carbohydrate and vegan snack to help you stay full between meals!
Cashew; traditionally the nut for a deep pocket. I woke up craving cashews and chai tea, so I figured I’d combine the two! So, off I went to pick up some raw cashews.
$9.99 later and I had my pound of soft, toasted, yellow crescents. I’ve eaten lobster’s that were cheaper! Fear not there are alternate options when buying in bulk**. Ideally, 3/4 pound is plenty for this recipe.
Pro Tip: Not a cashew lover? Switch out cashew for literally any other nut. This would go great with sunflower seeds, peanuts, almond, or macadamia nut.
Chai is a robust combination of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, coriander, and ginger. Add a touch of sweetness with low glycemic agave for the perfect medley of sweet and spicy. All of these spices have unique benefits including anti-diabetic and blood pressure lowering properties.
Cinnamon: Loaded with antioxidants and some studies have shown its benefits to improve insulin sensitivity (1)
Cloves: Boosts one gram of fiber per teaspoon! And has an impressive antioxidant capacity (5)
These spices are great addition to your diet, but not recommended in high doses (supplement/pill form). Remember to always talk to you doctor before making any changes to your supplement and medicine regime. There may be interactions you are unaware of!
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Cashew Nut Butter
Homemade Nut Butter with Added Chai Spices
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