Store-Bought Cashew Butter Review!

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Jars of various brands of cashew butter for our unbiased review

Although cashew butter isn’t as popular as peanut or almond butter, we still think it deserves the spotlight once in a while. After all, it basically tastes like frosting!

If you’re already a cashew butter fan, prepare to elevate your fan-hood to even greater heights.

We did a formal, side-by-side review of some of the most popular cashew butters on the market. Our goal was to see which brands delivered on taste, texture, and stir-ability and which ones weren’t worth the hype, saving you the time and money of doing the research yourself!

THE GROUND RULES

  • We tested 10 cashew butters. Some were purchased from Amazon (for accessibility’s sake) and others were from a variety of health food stores.
  • This review is not sponsored in any way. We were not given free product or compensated for any of our reviews, and we had no contact with any of these brands.
  • We excluded any products containing palm oil, added sweeteners, or artificial ingredients.
  • We tried to be as unbiased and objective as possible when reviewing.
  • We tested each cashew butter by the spoonful, grading on a scale of 1-5 (1 being poor, 5 being excellent) on:
    • Stir-ability
    • Taste
    • Texture
    • Overall thoughts
  • For consumer awareness, we also examined:
    • Cost per ounce (US $) — subject to variability
    • Added oils or salt
    • Raw or roasted
    • Glass or plastic jar (and whether BPA-free)
    • Quality of ingredients (i.e. organic, non-GMO, etc.)
    • If we would repurchase

RESULTS

Three spoonfuls of our top 3 favorite cashew butter brands

First place: Jiva Organics Raw Organic Cashew Butter
Second place: Manna Organics – Manna Butter Roasted Cashew Bliss
Third place: Artisana Organics Raw Cashew Butter
Fourth place: Masie Jane’s Creamy Cashew Butter
Fifth place: Whole Foods 365 Cashew Butter – Creamy
Sixth place:
Georgia Grinders Cashew Butter
Seventh place: Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Cashew Butter
Eighth place: Crazy Richard’s Cashew Butter
Ninth place: Wilderness Poets Raw Cashew Butter
Tenth place: Once Again Unsweetened Creamy Cashew Butter

THE REVIEW

Jar of Jiva Creamy Raw Cashew Butter for our favorite brand of cashew butter

#1: Jiva Organics Raw Organic Cashew Butter

Stir-ability: 5 – literally no separation and incredibly smooth. No stirring required.
Taste: 5 – whoa, this is obviously high-quality stuff! You can taste the cashews just as you would if you were eating a handful of cashews! Tastes like there’s vanilla added, but there’s not. Perfection.
Texture: 5 – Incredibly rich and creamy. Coats the tongue.
Overall thoughts: 5 – ours had no safety seal, which was the only disappointment. The jar was noticeably sealed as it “popped” when opened. The flavor, texture, and quality are on point!
Approximate cost per ounce: $1.19
Added oils or salt: None
Raw or roasted: Raw
Glass or plastic jar: Glass
Quality of ingredients (i.e. organic, non-GMO, etc.): Organic, Raw, Non-GMO

Overall score: 20/20
Would we repurchase? Yes!

Jar of Manna Organics Cashew Bliss Butter for our unbiased cashew butters review

#2: Manna Organics – Manna Butter Roasted Cashew Bliss

Stir-ability: 5 – no stirring required and SUPER creamy.
Taste: 4 – really pleasant. No bitterness. It didn’t blow me away like Jiva, but overall really good!
Texture: 5 – very creamy.
Overall thoughts: 4.25 – great quality overall! I enjoyed the flavor and texture. It is a little on the runny side, but great overall.
Approximate cost per ounce: $1.58
Added oils or salt: None
Raw or roasted: Roasted
Glass or plastic jar: Plastic
Quality of ingredients (i.e. organic, non-GMO, etc.): Organic, Non-GMO

Overall score: 18.25/20
Would we repurchase? Yes

Jar of Artisana Raw Cashew Butter for our unbiased review of various cashew butter brands

#3: Artisana Organics Raw Cashew Butter

Stir-ability: 4.5 – only slight separation. Visibly creamy, almost “mousse-like” texture after stirring.
Taste: 4 – somehow tastes slightly roasted. Not quite as good a flavor as Jiva, but still very enjoyable.
Texture: 5 – ridiculously creamy, rich, coats the tongue.
Overall thoughts: 4.25 – a great nut butter overall. Definitely high quality, creamy, and great flavor.
Approximate cost per ounce: $1.18
Added oils or salt: None
Raw or roasted: Raw
Glass or plastic jar: Glass
Quality of ingredients (i.e. organic, non-GMO, etc.): Organic, Non-GMO

Overall score: 17.75/20
Would we repurchase? Yes

Jar of Masie Jane's Creamy Cashew Butter for our unbiased cashew butter brands review

#4: Masie Jane’s Creamy Cashew Butter

Stir-ability: 4 – no separation, but a little thick. Overall easy to stir.
Taste: 4.5 – tastes like straight-up roasted cashews in the best way.
Texture: 4.5 – very creamy.
Overall thoughts: 4.5 – A classic, creamy, no-fuss cashew butter!
Approximate cost per ounce: $0.94
Added oils or salt: None
Raw or roasted: Roasted
Glass or plastic jar: Glass
Quality of ingredients (i.e. organic, non-GMO, etc.): Non-GMO

Overall score: 17.5
Would we repurchase? Yes

Jar of Whole Foods 365 Cashew Butter as part of our unbiased review of popular cashew butter brands

#5: Whole Foods 365 Cashew Butter – Creamy

Stir-ability: 5 – little to no separation, visibly creamy, and really easy to stir (no chunkiness)
Taste: 3.75 – pretty good. A little on the bland side. But overall pleasant.
Texture: 4.5 – super creamy, light, buttery, and only slight grittiness.
Overall thoughts: 3.75 – pretty close to homemade, but I feel like I get mine smoother at home. The taste was good, but nothing to write home about.
Approximate cost per ounce: $0.56
Added oils or salt: Expeller pressed safflower seed oil
Raw or roasted: Roasted
Glass or plastic jar: Plastic
Quality of ingredients (i.e. organic, non-GMO, etc.): Non-GMO

Overall score: 17/20
Would we repurchase? Yes

Jar of Georgia Grinders Creamy Cashew Butter as part of our cashew butters review

#6: Georgia Grinders Cashew Butter

Stir-ability: 4 – a little separation but overall easy to stir. Noticeable thick and thin parts.
Taste: 3.5 – good, not amazing. The salt was a nice touch, but the cashew flavor wasn’t nearly as prominent as some of the others.
Texture: 3.75 – creamy, slight grittiness (possibly from sea salt crystals).
Overall thoughts: 3.75 – a little underwhelming overall considering how much I’ve liked their other products. It’s good, just not something I’d run to repurchase.
Approximate cost per ounce: $1.83
Added oils or salt: Sea salt
Raw or roasted: Roasted
Glass or plastic jar: Glass
Quality of ingredients (i.e. organic, non-GMO, etc.): Non-GMO

Overall score: 15/20
Would we repurchase? Maybe

Jar of Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Cashew Butter for our unbiased cashew butters review

#7: Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Cashew Butter

Stir-ability: 4.5 – little to no separation, visibly creamy, and really easy to stir (no chunkiness) — slightly oilier than Whole Foods.
Taste: 3 – over-salted so it overwhelms the cashew flavor. You can taste the oil.
Texture: 3.75 – looks creamy, but definitely has a noticeable grittiness to it.
Overall thoughts: 3 – promising texture. The taste was off.
Approximate cost per ounce: $0.44
Added oils or salt: Sunflower oil
Raw or roasted: Roasted
Glass or plastic jar: Plastic (BPA-Free)
Quality of ingredients (i.e. organic, non-GMO, etc.): Non-GMO

Overall score: 14.25/20
Would we repurchase? No

Jar of Crazy Richard's Cashew Butter as part of our cashew butter brands review

#8: Crazy Richard’s Cashew Butter

Stir-ability: 4.5 – very easy to stir, a little separation.
Taste: 2 – just bad. It tastes off. I suspect the oil is covering up the flavor of the cashews, which makes me think they aren’t high-quality nuts to begin with.
Texture: 4 – very creamy, only slight grittiness.
Overall thoughts: 2.75 – I wanted to like this one, but the taste was so off-putting I just couldn’t.
Approximate cost per ounce: $1.36
Added oils or salt: Sunflower oil
Raw or roasted: Roasted
Glass or plastic jar: Plastic (BPA-Free)
Quality of ingredients (i.e. organic, non-GMO, etc.): Non-GMO
Other:
 10% of proceeds go to charity

Overall score: 13.25/20
Would we repurchase? No

Jar of Wilderness Poets Raw Cashew Butter as part of our review of cashew butter brands

#9: Wilderness Poets Raw Cashew Butter

Stir-ability: 4 – no separation, but visibly a little gritty looking. However, easy to stir overall.
Taste: 2 – somehow quite bitter. Not pleasant.
Texture: 3.5 – creamy, but with little chunks of grittiness.
Overall thoughts: 2 – the taste I couldn’t get over. And then the texture was underwhelming, too.
Approximate cost per ounce: $2.00
Added oils or salt: None
Raw or roasted: Raw
Glass or plastic jar: Glass
Quality of ingredients (i.e. organic, non-GMO, etc.): Organic, Non-GMO

Overall score: 11.5/20
Would we repurchase? No

Jar of Once Again Creamy Cashew Butter for our unbiased cashew butter review

#10: Once Again Unsweetened Creamy Cashew Butter

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Stir-ability: 4.25 – a little separation, but overall visibly creamy and quite easy to stir.
Taste: 1.75 – it tasted off — almost rancid. Very bitter and unpleasant.
Texture: 3 – gritty.
Overall thoughts: 2 – would not recommend this one at all.
Approximate cost per ounce: $1.17
Added oils or salt: Sunflower oil
Raw or roasted: Raw
Glass or plastic jar: Glass
Quality of ingredients (i.e. organic, non-GMO, etc.): Organic, Non-GMO

Overall score: 11/20
Would we repurchase? No

HOW TO USE CASHEW BUTTER

Now that you know the best cashew butter on the block, put it to good use!

We enjoy cashew butter by the spoonful, on toast, on apple slices, and in recipes such as our Vegan Matcha Bliss Balls, 5-Ingredient Golden Milk Snack Bites, 20-Minute Asian Kale Salad, and Cashew Dipping Sauce. It can also be used as a substitute for other nut butters (such as peanut butter) in many recipes.


Into product reviews? Be sure to check out our Plant-Based Vanilla Protein Powder Review, Flavored Protein Powder Review, Chocolate Protein Powder Review, and Plant-Based Protein Bar Review!

We hope you enjoyed this cashew butter review! Let us know what other brands you love in the comments below!

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Comments

  1. Lauren says

    This is so helpful! I usually buy Artisana and use it when I don’t want to make my own cashew cream. I’ve been happy with it, I’m glad to know it’s a good one. I would really love a review like this for tahini! I’ve tried a couple that have clean ingredients lists, but taste awful. Some guidance there would be so helpful!!

    • Serena Sciallo says

      Hi! Thank you so much for your reviews. I recently found Vor Cashew butter and it is delish! Raw cashews are the only ingredient (found through thrive.com). If you try it, let me know your thoughts!

      • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Serena, We’re so glad you find the reviews helpful. Thanks for letting us know about Vor! We haven’t tried it.

  2. Linda C says

    I was told by my dietician/nutritionist to beware of cashews as they have a high mold content. I appreciate the fact that you compared brands as I have always purchased #10 until I recently learned what my dietician/nutritionist had to say. Now I’m on the fence.
    Thank you for the review and for all you do.

  3. Ashley says

    Do you have any other reviews besides the powders? I would LOVE to see the reviews on peanut butters, vegan cheese products, etc. I love your page!!!

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