A pumpkin recipe calls for cashew butter. I am not eating cashews. Would pecan butter sub well? Are their textures... - Food52

A pumpkin recipe calls for cashew butter. I am not eating cashews. Would pecan butter sub well? Are their textures/consistency similar enough?

Heather Hawn
  • 159 views
  • 3 Comments

3 Comments

Angelina M. November 23, 2020
Hi Heather - I agree with Nancy, peanut or almond butter would be a closer substitution match for cashew butter.
 
Nancy November 23, 2020
When working out a food substitution, I often go to a nutition data base drawing on USDA and similar sources.
Along with nutritional values by portion or shopping size, it also gives profiles of each food in fat, carb and protein.
Using this, I find that pecans are much fattier than cashew, about 90% compared to about 70%.
So either reduce the volume of pecan butter vs cashew butter in your pie, or use a nut closer to cashew profile (peanuts and almonds both around 80%).
see attached FYI for the nut profiles.
https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3095/2
https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3129/2
https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4355/2
https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3085/2
 
Nancy November 23, 2020
Sorry, you're making a pumpkin dish, not pie.
Still, use lower amount of pecan butter or similar amount of peanut or almond butter.
 
Recommended by Food52