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Organic Cashew Butter by Dastony - 8 oz

This cashew butter is unlike any you’ve had before. One spoonful of this pure sweet silky-smooth rich flavorful goodness, and you’ll realize that there’s an entire universe of flavor and texture out there that you’ve been missing. Words like “sublime” and “transcendent,” which should probably be reserved for things less earthly than nut butters, are the only ones that really do justice to this miraculous stuff. It melts voluptuously in your mouth, revealing layers of sweet complex flavor — no off notes, just perfect symphonic velvety depths.

For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.

I grew up eating peanut butter constantly. There were pretty much two kinds — the sweet salty sticky stuff in brightly-labeled jars that tasted like a cross between peanuts and cotton candy, and the bland hard gritty “natural” stuff that came with an inch of oil at the top that never seemed to go away, no matter how much I stirred. As I grew older, I learned about the perils of the brightly-labeled jars, and even the perils of the natural stuff, menacing with moldy aflatoxins and legume-induced leaky gut. So I turned to the universe of alternative nut butters — almond, cashew, sesame. I searched for a nut butter that would bring me back to the innocence of childhood, when a snuck spoonful of Skippy or Jif tasted like pure sweet pleasure, and as far as I knew, I was eating the healthiest food in the world. Unfortunately, the nut butters I found had more in common with the hard oily gritty bland stuff than with the sweet smooth stuff I craved. Worse, their blandness — unmasked by salt or sugar — usually gave rise to rancid notes, bitter planty notes, and weird off tastes that I tried to ignore.

And then I discovered Dastony. Their nut butters are unlike any you’ve had before. One spoonful of their pure sweet silky-smooth rich flavorful goodness, and you’ll realize that there’s an entire universe of flavor and texture out there that you’ve been missing. Words like “sublime” and “transcendent,” which should probably be reserved for things less earthly than nut butters, are the only ones that really do justice to this miraculous stuff. It melts voluptuously in your mouth, revealing layers of sweet complex flavor — no off notes, just perfect symphonic velvety depths. There are no added ingredients — just highest-quality live organic nuts and seeds stone-ground to perfection — but the taste is so incredible, so far from the classic bland “health food store” nut butters, that you might think someone has put in salt or sugar or oils or flavor-enhancers of some kind.

This cashew butter is so incredibly sweet and flavorful that you’ll probably be eating it by the spoonful. If you’ve still got a sweet tooth, even after being paleo/primal for a few weeks or years, this stuff will make you so happy. It’s pretty amazing how sweet it is naturally, with no added sugar whatsoever. This is entirely due to the quality of the raw cashew nuts. Unlike many cashews claiming to be raw, these are truly raw and hand shelled — and if you taste Dastony side-by-side with any other cashew butter, the difference is profound. Between Dastony’s impeccable sourcing and magical stone-grinding techniques, they’ve created a cashew butter that is so sweet and creamy and explosively flavorful, with smoky depths and citrusy heights, that you’ll feel like you’re tasting cashews for the first time. It’s luscious enough to use as a frosting or glaze, but you’ll want to put this on everything, sweet or savory.

Why cashew butter is so good for you

Like most nuts and seeds, cashews are a great source of dietary protein, healthy fats, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Here are some of the wonders of cashews

Cashews have almost 6 times the protein of whole milk.

Healthy fats
Cashews have a rich supply of oleic acid, a classically beautifying oil, great for skin and hair. It also reduces your blood triglyceride and low-density lipoproteins (LDL),  and elevates your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) concentration. Cashews are also rich in linolenic acid, which can effectively lower your blood pressure, and also has antioxidant properties which defend your blood vessels from free radicals.

Cashews contain a small amount of zea-xanthin, an important pigment flavonoid antioxidant, which is selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes, providing protective UV ray filtering functions and helping to prevent age-related macular degeneration.
Cashews are an excellent source of vitamin K, which is indispensable to maintaining healthy bones, and has tumor suppression abilities. Studies have shown that increased intake of vitamin K lowers the occurrence of prostate cancer in men, and is effective in both prevention and treatment of cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Cashew nuts are very rich source of essential minerals, especially manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.  You can read more about this stuff elsewhere on the internets, but here are a few of the minerals most concentrated in cashews, and their nutritional properties

Magnesium is involved in nerve conduction and muscle relaxation. It cooperates with calcium to allow muscles that line your blood vessels to relax, enabling vasodilation (dilation of blood vessels) and lowers your blood pressure.Eating cashews after strenuous exercises or during menstrual periods can effectively help you relieve pain and promote faster recovery.

Cashews are also one of the best sources for dietary copper, which works to break down the fat in your food. Inadequate copper intake can raise your blood triglyceride level and increase your risk of fatty liver and heart disease.You also need copper for proper brain function. Copper is involved in the production and secretion of melanin and dopamine. Without enough copper, you can develop severe sunburn, chronic fatigue syndromes, depression and other neurological disorders.

The high zinc concentration in cashews gives these nuts powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties. There is strong proof that increased zinc prevents microbial colonization, and it is protects you from food poisoning and gastroenteritis. Having cashews in our diet improves your natural immunities against microbial infections.

Why Dastony’s nut butters are so sublime

They use an ancient method known as stone-grinding in the production of their products. Originally used for turning olives into luscious and delicious olive oil, stone-grinding applies pressure with powerful, perfectly smooth granite wheels. Although "old world" in its approach, it is revolutionary in terms of preserving and activating nutrients and flavor. This natural preservation is accomplished by maintaining a consistently low temperature throughout the entire process. Another unmatched result of stone-grinding is a silky smooth texture and mouthfeel that is truly beyond words.

Only the finest selection of raw and organic ingredients are used in Dastony stone-ground nut and seed butters. Every batch is handcrafted and meticulously cared for during a process which takes 24-48 hours. The time and attention may seem excessive, but is well worth the results. A “beyond gourmet” silky-smooth nut/seed butter that still maintains all of its nutritional integrity is something that Dastony takes great pride in. Check out Dastony’s amazing stone-grinding process!



Why is stone grinding such a powerful process?

We've all witnessed the browning of an apple. When the fruit is cut or bruised, browning occurs because living cells are damaged and begin to oxidize. Now imagine the process used during the production of a typical nut butter — mastication with heavy-duty metal blades. This process literally shreds, tears and cuts repeatedly until the desired texture is achieved. Any living enzymes, viable nutrients, and 'life' would certainly dwindle.

RAW and LIVING are principles that Dastony is truly passionate about. Like with anything living, the energy and vital compounds found in nuts and seeds are very delicate. Their method of stone grinding is the best way to preserve and cherish this life force. Large, flawless granite wheels slowly turn,  'grinding' the food until it is silky smooth. Temperatures well below 118 degrees are continuously maintained —another gauge for the preservation of raw and living. Not only are nutrients preserved in stone-grinding, but many vital nutrients and enzymes are actually activated and released during the stone grinding process.

How to eat (or drink) this wonderful stuff

  1. With a spoon, right out of the jar
  2. Drizzled on apples, pears, or celery
  3. On (primal) toast, breads, crepes and ice cream
  4. As a cream alternative or thickener for soups
  5. As a glaze or frosting on primal desserts
  6. Mixed with a few other ingredients to make instant salad dressings that will blow your mind (try Red Boat fish sauce and lime juice )
  7. In smoothies of any shape or size

My personal favorite way to eat Dastony nut butters is to make them into fresh nut milk.

If you’ve ever made nut milk from scratch, you know how time-consuming it can be. Plus, there’s the waste factor (all those sad lumps of nut solid left behind), and the fact that you’re missing out on all that nutrition and fiber, no matter how much you aspire to use those hard-squeezed lumps for something one day. Pre-packaged nut milks, convenient as they are, have their own set of issues: they use lower grade nuts, unfiltered water, additives and synthetic vitamins, gums, thickeners and flavoring agents, and they pasteurize it all for shelf stability.

What's the solution? Make an instant nut milk by blending any Dastony nut butter with purified water. You don’t even need a special high-speed blender for this — just put some nut butter in the blender with some water (a good ratio to start with is one tablespoon of nut butter per cup of water), whirr at top speed for a few seconds, and you’ve got a gorgeous silky-smooth full-bodied nut milk, ready to drink or add to your favorite primal cereal. (Holy Crap is a special favorite.) Because the stone-grinding creates such a small particle size, there’s no gritty residue or odd separation, just a perfect creamy white milk, like it just came fresh out of the nut cow. Plus, unlike made-from-scratch nut milks, there’s no waste, no lost nutrition. You’re getting the whole nut.

You totally don’t need to do this, but sometimes I like to take my Dastony nut milks even further by adding a pinch of salt and a few pinches of coconut sugar. Warning: if you do this, you’ll probably end up drinking the milk immediately before it makes it into your cereal bowl. If you dare take things further still, be lavish with the salt and coconut sugar, and add some cinnamon for the best horchata you've ever had.

Pro tip: make a big batch of basic Dastony nut milk (no salt or sugar) and freeze it in ice cube trays. Add a few cubes to your smoothies. Instant milkshake!  For a primal mint chocolate chip smoothie, blend a cup or so of fresh nut milk, six nut milk ice cubes, a little honey or coconut sugar, a pinch of salt, and a sprig of mint leaves. Stir in cacao nibs at the end. Mmmmmmmmm.

About Dastony, in their own words

The inspiration for Dastony came from a desire to share what we feel is the healthiest and by the far the smoothest nut and seed butters. We are a family owned company with uncompromising standards of purity, taste, and integrity. Our values are in place due to our deep understanding of the benefits that can be achieved through quality ingredients, and when it comes to taste, well, we work tirelessly in this respect. Our integrity is unwavering and our loyal customers and fans would testify to this.

We use only the highest quality, organic nuts and seeds in the making of all of our Dastony's Gourmet Nuts and Seeds. We take it one step further by never adding any preservatives to our products. From farm to jar, Dastony is always chemical free.

It is critical that the fats found in nuts and seeds are never heated to "cooked" above 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Doing so will transform highly sought after 'healthy fats' into avoid-at-all-costs 'bad fats'. Dastony's unique process never subjects the ingredients to temperatures that exceed this threshold.

Fun facts about stone grinding

Stone grinders have been in use for over 2 million years from making olive oil to sesame paste. In ancient times people would use animals like elephants and mules to help push the large granite wheels.

The famed Dr. Gabriel Cousens, (of the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center) has found that when stone-grinding nuts and seeds, the energetic frequency actually goes up and enzymes are kept stable.


100% Certified Organic Raw Cashews
Crafted in a facility that processes tree nuts and seeds but is free of dairy and soy.

Note: Oil separation may occur, stir or warm if necessary.

Categories: Nut Butters Smoothie Essentials Whole30

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