Ok, so maybe this weekend wasn’t a TOTAL loss…
And maybe…just MAYBE, I ended up with something to soothe my soul after
The Great Vegan Pancake Meltdown of 2014.
There’s something to be said about comfort food.
When I was a kid, my mom used to make THE BEST car-mul apples from scratch. It’s been YEARS since I’ve had one, but I can still remember how it felt, standing beside her in the kitchen, eye-level to the countertop, watching her work, sucking back the saliva forming at the corners of my mouth while waiting…WAITING the twenty thousand years for them to set.
You know, give or take a day or so.
Eventually, the clouds would part, the angels would sing, and the sun would cast it’s heavenly light upon the no longer forbidden fruit. I would squeal with delight as I was bestowed my caramel confection, spinning it round and round on it’s spindle admiring its sugary sheen.
Then, I would finally FINALLY take that first bite…
I would struggle to find just the right angle…undoubtedly coming back with only a mouthful of caramel after the first few attempts…but I would conquer that snack on a stick. And when I had finished, I would look up to my mother and hope she could see my gratitude…under the layers of stickiness that streaked my face, dribbled down my shirt, and clung to a few strands of my hair.
If only food processors had been as popular as camcorders in the 90’s…perhaps my mom could have saved herself from having to wipe the entire house down with baby wipes. This Caramel Apple Cashew Butter is the quicker,
picker upper snack of today and in less than twenty minutes you can have your cake caramel and eat it too…without having to take a bath afterwards! 😉
Caramel Apple Cashew Butter
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Keywords: food processor breakfast dip/spread snack
Ingredients (1 cup)
- 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 Tablespoons prepared caramel sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
Now break out the apples, graham crackers, bagels, or in the case of impending tears, just shove a spoonful of that comforting classic flavor right in your PIE hole! 😉
What was one of your favorite comfort food treats growing up?
CARmul or CARAmel?
Oh yum, comfort on a spoon!!
Oh this looks wonderful. My boyfriend has a serious obsession with cashews so I’m not sure if making this is safe!!
Growing up my mother would take this beautiful crusty Portuguese bread and toast it up. She would add just a little butter and always serve it with cut strawberries, sprinkled with a little sugar. It would always make me happy. 🙂
Oh, Diana! That sounds like heaven! Pure and simple heaven!
When pancakes fail, it really irks me senseless!! I’ve actually never tried a vegan pancake, but I’m not all that inspired to since I’m not vegan. Let’s do some body pumping, make egg-y fluffy pancakes and shmeaaaaaar them with this delicious caramel apple cashew butter! Done? Done!
Mmm, this looks totally divine. I love how cashews are such a soft nut that pretty much any type of blender will butter them up! You can bet I would eat this by the spoonful. 🙂
Mmmm…this looks wonderful! I would seriously just eat this right out of the food processor! 😉 Ya know, I’ve never made my own nut butter before, but it seems so easy and looks so darn delicious that I should really give it a try.
CARAmel…like it’s spelled 😉
This looks and sounds insane. Makes up for the pancake fails! Which I would have eaten anyway, just sayin’ 😉
Cashews and apples make a great pairing! And caramel? Color me happy! I say it car-mul and always giggle when it’s pronounced the other way :p Caramel apples are one of my favorite fall treats, so this takes me back to the glory days when there wasn’t 6 inches of snow and bitter cold temps outside. sigh.
Oh girl, I hear ya! My seasonal denial is in full force as well…if it’s not fall, I’m thinking of springy things! Please God, let this winter be over already!
Oh yep, this would not be a good idea in my home. Nope Nope Nope. Cashews, apple & caramel?! That’s just…so not even right…and by not even right I mean its SO right that I want to dunk my face in that tiny jar.
Hahaha! Oh girl, you’re such a NUT! <- Pun TOTALLY intended! 😉
CARAmel 😉 So I was never really a big fan of caramel apples…is that really weird? Maybe because I’ve never actually had a homemade one, just the super candy-ified ones from fairs and whatnot.
Oh yeah, the homemade ones are WAY better…or at least my mama’s were! Of course, it’s still on my list to try one of the chocolate/cookie-covered ones from the fancy candy shops! 🙂
This would make an excellent hostess gift. #imjustsaying
Well, way to spoil the surprise! 😛
CARmul, for sure. My favorite caramel apples are the ones that are covered in fun toppings — graham crackers, chocolate, caramel, peanut butter — and pre-cut into slices. YESSSSSS.
This cashew butter though. Oh baby baby! This is definitely eat-with-a-spoon butter.
Oh it SO is! And you know, I’ve never had one of those fancy schmancy chocolate/cookie/party covered apples before, but next time I spy one at a candy shop, it’s GAME ON!
I’ll take that and a spoon… thank you!
Ok I am a little embarrassed to admit I googled “What does Car-mul mean?” before commenting. Then I realized you were spelling it out the way you pronounce it! Im blaming that blunder on the fact I haven’t had my coffee yet.. Any who I pronounce it Car-mul Apples and I used to LOVE them with a bunch of toppings. The more the merrier right 😉
Haha! We can not be held responsible for any of our actions or the words spoken from our mouths BC (before coffee)! As far as I’m concerned, this Googling “incident” never happened! 😉
Cara-mel not carmul!
Yyup!! This sounds like PURE heaven and WAY better to dip apples in than just plain caramel sauce.
Okay, not going to lie..I am beyond bummed. Because I just made cashew butter yesterday using all my cashews.. and wish I saved them for this recipe!
Ah, this looks so much better than my plain cashew butter…next time!;)
Easy fix! Just throw the cashew butter back in the food processor WITH the caramel and spices…I’ve done that with plain store-bought nut butters in the past that I wanted to “spruce up” a bit! 😀
Um genius! Why didn’t I think of that! haha, duh.
Haha! Hey, it’s what I’m here for! 😉
Uhhhhhh, holy yum?! I wish I had more of my homemade healthy caramel sauce left because I TOTALLY could have made this! That said, it’s a good excuse to make more 😉
When I was growing up I had weird food obsessions. I went through a stage where my favourite foods were tomatoes – but they had to have the top cut off (egg tomatoes work best) and sprinkled with salt and pepper and then devoured whole). I’d make my mum pack tomatoes for me to have wherever we went and I can even remember going to a birthday party at McDonalds and having my tomato, using the little salt and pepper packets they have. I was TOTALLY a weird kid – which is probably why I never had that many friends, hahaha. The other comfort food was a family friend’s banana cake which we always made and the recipe for “Fay’s Banana Cake” is right by our stove!
It’s definitely Cara-mel for me!
Oh kids and their weird food phases…my sister went for a little while eating ketchup by the SPOONFUL! 😯 I can’t really remember having any particularly “unique” cravings when I was little, but I think I’ve made up for it over the last few years for sure! 😉
This sounds amazing! Can you believe I’ve never had a caramel apple before? I can’t really have the ones from carnivals because they could/do contain nuts, and my mom wasn’t as cool as yours and never made homemade ones. 😛 But she did make a mean chocolate chip cookie – those were always my favourite treat!
Well there ya go…I actually can’t remember my mom ever making cookies! But she did always keep a good supply of Oreos on hand! 😉 Ohhh, one of these days, I’m going to try one of those chocolate-covered apples that you see in candy shops…the ones coated in crushed cookies? Looks SO good!
CarMUL for sure 🙂 This sounds amazing and I’m not even a huge caramel apple person!
Oh this sounds fun! I used to really like the carmel apple suckers that are out around halloween. One of my favorite comfort foods is toast with butter and cinnamon sugar. My mom used to always make it when I was sick or feeling down.
Awww, that’s ANOTHER of my favorites! We would always have cinnamon toast (or sugar toast…with just colored sugar? Haha!) when we went to my grandmother’s house to visit! And those caramel apple suckers? I used to lick all the caramel off and throw the rest away! Lol
Why didn’t I see this before I went grocery shopping?? Whyyyyy!?
Perfection. Pure and honest perfection.
You did it again! 😉
CARAmel all the way baby!! 🙂 This looks absolutely delicious. I can’t have cashew nuts in the house as I would just eat them up like there is no tomorrow. Whenever there is a bowl of mixed nuts I always pick out all the cashew nuts first.
It’s weird, cashews used to be last on my list of favorites, but now I’m the same way…in a mix, they’re the first to go! So gosh darn buttery! Love em!
I’ll be honest with you. I’d much rather have a spoonful of this than a stack of vegan pancakes. There’s no contest.
I’d also like a classic caramel apple covered in roasted nuts; the kind that sticks to my hands, my face and everything I touch, simply because I haven’t had one in years. In the meantime, I’ll have to make due with your delicious and nutty (in a good way) concoction. Rough life, huh?!
ESPECIALLY since you can have one…now that you’re BRACE FREEEEEEEEE! HooRAH, whoop WHOOP, ahhhhhh! *confetti in the air* 😉
And thanks…this was a HELL of a lot tastier than those bland flapFLOPS! Lol
CarMUL!! CaraMEL sounds snobby. 😉 😉
Seriously that nut butter sounds amazing!! I have still yet to make my own!! Can you believe it? Can I even be called a food blogger??
Also I think we are font sisters because I use that same cursive fonts on my photos..yay picmonkey!!
I’ve thought the same thing…like you should be wrapped in a fur shawl with your nose up in the air awaiting your CARAmels! Haha!
You’ve made the leap into the world of green smoothies, so we’ll cut you some slack on the homemade nut butter…for now! 😉
I tend to go through font phases with Pic Monkey, but right now I’m LOVING this one and “things we said” <- So funky and fun!
CARA-MEL. and I love anything and everything apple cinnamon/apple caramel.. so this is right up my ally! making it immediately!
Oh my, this looks so good! You should sell this stuff!
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This is a whole lot easier than my Caramel Apple Nutty Butter recipe. #winner
I actually would faceplant that right this minute…..
Hmm comfort food growing up made by mum- Maybe her mock KFC fried chicken? she’d coat it in her ‘mum’s secret herbs and spiced’ (It was probably just salt and bread crumbs) and it was sooo good! She baked it in the oven and…ahh cravings!
Cara-MEL. We ain’t need camels here.
Ohhhh, that sounds like heaven! Gotta love a good crunchy chicken leg…or titty! You know, whatever gets your feathers ruffled! Lol 😉
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