This creamy Salted Dark Chocolate Cashew Butter is couldn’t be any simpler to make as it only has 4 ingredients! Better double the batch as it will go fast!
I have a new obsession.
I know. I know. Shocker right?
But sometimes in life, the simplest things bring the greatest pleasure. Last weekend was Valentines Day (in case you live under a rock…), and while we usually choose to forgo the crowded restaurants for some quality time whipping up our own dinner in the comfort of our PJ’s, we did decide to venture out. On Friday night though. We have to still enjoy our tradition of a night in with our PJ’s!
For Christmas, my in laws gave us a gift card to the Country Club Plaza, a downtown shopping and dining district that is among my favorite places in KC. The character of the old Spanish architecture and the ambience is more quaint than your neighborhood steak house. All diners are out for a good time, relax after a long week with a cocktail in their hand and to enjoy some indulgent grub. And it isn’t uncommon to see a familiar face or two from across the restaurant.
We chose to go to a favorite of ours, Seasons 52. Have you been? I am all about their theme; celebrating seasonally inspired dishes that are just as indulgent as your local Olive Garden, yet under 475 calories. Their rustic cooking techniques let the natural flavors of the food sing.
I can see my own style of cooking when pursuing through the menu so naturally I want one of everything. And the portion sizes if you were wondering could rival any other steakhouse. No diet dining here. (And this is not a sponsored post; I just truly love their restaurant and food!)
Each time I start to scan the menu, I start to do two things, find what I can’t wait to have in front of me and second, what do I need to recreate at home! It was a toss between the tender pork medallions over a bed of silky potato mash doused in a zesty jus that I wanted to drink solo; or the caramelized sea scallops over a butternut squash risotto. The scallops won as I have a special place in my heart for them. It was what I first swooned Mr. HIT with (please excuse the photos! You are viewing my first post!). With that being said, you bet I will be reinventing at home.
Scallops aren’t the only way to my heart though. This Salted Dark Chocolate Cashew Butter is the other. If your love of cashews is as deeps as mine, then this homemade nut butter is a must for you! The velvety cashews give this nut butter a slight sweetness with all the creaminess of your favorite store bought butter.
And the salted dark chocolate? No explanation needed. Now excuse me, while I go fulfill my heart!
- 2.5 cups roasted, salted cashews
- 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons dark cocoa powder (or regular cocoa powder)
- 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil (or natural oil if you don't have coconut)
- In a food processor or high powered blender, add cashews.
- Process until smooth, 3-5 minutes.
- Add in maple, cocoa powder and coconut oil.
- Blend for another minute until smooth.
- Store in an air tight container; either refrigerated or in a cabinet.
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