I made my first nut butter and I'm totally hooked! Growing up, I've only ever had peanut butter and never even considered making my own nut butter. I never thought it would be so simple to make!
I tried walnut butter for the first time a few months ago at a friend's house. I was skeptical at first but after my first piece of toast, I was asking for more! Unfortunately, when I went into stores to check out these fancy schmancy nut butters, I found that they were super expensive - and you only get a really tiny jar's worth of butter.
Now, that I know the secret to making these little jars of goodness, I'll be saving a lot more money!
I roasted my walnuts, combined everything in a food processor and stored them into little jars - it was as simple as that. I roasted the nuts by baking them in the oven but you can also toast them on a pan over a stove.
I tried the recipe with both a batch of raw walnuts and a batch of toasted walnuts and I thought the toasted version tasted a lot better. If you're like me and you're a fan of chunky peanut butter, this is for you! I love the coarse texture and toasted nutty taste.
Recipe: Honey Roasted Walnut Butter (makes a little under 1/2 a cup)
- 1 cups raw walnuts
- a pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp vegetable oil optional)
What to do:
- Optional: Line a baking tray with baking paper. Spread walnuts evenly on the tray and bake for 15 minutes on 150°C or until slightly brown. Allow the walnuts to cool
- Transfer the walnuts into a food processor.
- Run the processor until the walnuts turn coarse and flour like.
- Add the salt, honey and cinnamon. Run the processor until smooth or to your liking.
- Scrape down the sides when necessary.
If you want chunks of nuts through out the butter, you can put aside a tablespoon of chunk nuts before it turns flour like. If you're lazy and impatient like me - I stopped running the processor early so the consistency was pretty thick but still spreadable.
I'm pretty sure you can store these in sealable jars and leave them in the fridge - for how long - I'm not sure. My walnut butter didn't even last 3 days before it was all gone! I guess I'll be making more very soon!