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Cashew Nut Butter Recipe

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This is my favourite healthy spread. It's perfect for anyone who cannot eat dairy products (like me).

This is an eczema-friendly version of Cashew Nut Butter, which is also free of gluten, egg, salicylates and amines (if using raw cashews, not roasted).

I have added fine calcium powder for acid-alkaline balance (nuts are acidic and some types of calcium are highly alkaline).

If you are sensitive to nuts... see my Sesame-free hummus recipe as it is nut-free. 


  • 1 cup raw cashews (soaked, drained, rinsed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine quality sea salt (or to taste)
  • 2 scoops fine calcium powder Skin Friend PM (optional, see notes)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice bran oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons flax seed oil
  • 3 tablespoons filtered water 


  1. Soak raw cashews in enough water to cover overnight (or you can soak them for 4 hours). Drain and rinse. 

  2. Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add extra water if necessary. 

Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for about a week.

    Notes: you can make this dairy free spread calcium enriched (and acid alkaline based) by adding calcium carbonate powder. 


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    • karen on

      Hi Greg, thanks for your comments. Happy to help clarify … I feel saddened that some medical professionals still prescribe topical immunosuppressants for eczema as they can cause damage to the skin and internal organs over time. This includes increased risk of skin cancer and liver or kidney damage (see link, below). Eczema is often caused by under functioning liver so you want to strengthen your liver not damage it. People who use topical immunosuppressants long term also end up with smelly skin and the embarrassment often keeps them housebound. This is not the solution to eczema. The goal should be to get the body healthy and well. That is why I prescribe Skin Friend AM which gradually improves liver health and relieves eczema from the inside out – the bad skin smell also disappears and people can go back to living normal eczema-free lives.

      In my research with eczema patients I have found they have food allergies and intolerances that trigger immune system responses – it’s not the immune system’s fault. Once you diagnose the food intolerance/s and avoid that food the eczema completely disappears within a few weeks. But if you have relied on topical drugs the recovery process takes longer as you have to strengthen the liver health again (which takes about 3 months using Skin Friend AM).

      Re garlic: The research you quoted is for lupus so I’m not sure it relates to eczema. But I understand what you mean. People with eczema often have elevated Th2 immunity and suppressed Th1 immunity so suppressing a person’s entire immune system is not a good idea. The goal should always be to balance the immune system (lower Th2 and raise Th1 in the case of eczema – but if you had psoriasis you would do the opposite and raise Th2).

      Research shows that regular garlic (in average amounts) does not elevate Th2. However, research on high doses of garlic oil or extracts used in rat studies show the opposite as the concentrations are higher – note these are not human studies and not related to use of garlic the herb used in cooking. So garlic works differently within the body when used as a food, not a supplement. Of course anyone who is allergic or sensitive to garlic should avoid this ingredient so if it’s in a recipe you can simply leave it out

      I hope that has helped to clarify things. I hope you are going well with the Skin Friend products. Thanks for ordering! Here is the link if anyone else wants to try it:

      Immunosuppressants side-effects are listed here:

    • Greg on

      According to John Hopkins Medical School of the United States (one of the most respected medical schools in the world) garlic revs up the immune system which makes it counterproductive for people with autoimmune diseases. Severe adult eczema is treated with immune suppressants because the immune system is over-active and needs to be calmed down;therefore, I conclude that garlic is one of the worst ingredients for adults with eczema, especially if you’re like me and have abnormally high ANA (anti-nucleus-antibodies) which are present in people with autoimmune diseases. The biopsy I had done confirmed that I have eczema (eczemous dermatitis) and my blood work keeps showing abnormally high levels of ANA. There are probably other adults with eczema whose eczema is the result of an autoimmune disorder and should avoid garlic.

      The article form Johns Hopkins is on lupus, but still the principle of avoiding foods that stimulate an already overactive immune system applies to adults with severe eczema.

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