Homemade walnut butter is a delicious nut butter made with antioxidant rich walnuts! This nut butter can be made at home with raw walnuts and a food processor.
Why Choose Walnut Butter?
Among the different types of nut butters available, walnut butter stands out as an exceptionally wholesome choice for your pantry. Packed with antioxidants and essential omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts offer numerous health benefits. By incorporating walnuts into your diet, you can elevate your meals and enjoy the versatility of walnut butter. Add them to salads, blend them into smoothies, or dip fresh fruit into creamy walnut butter.
How To Make Walnut Butter
To make your own walnut butter at home you will a few cups of raw or roasted walnuts and sea salt. You can choose either whole or halved walnuts. I used whole walnuts.
Next, you can roast the walnuts. This is an optional step, but makes this nut butter taste better and will churn into a nut butter quicker. Spread the raw nuts in a single layer over a baking sheet and roast them for 10-15 minutes. Remove them from the heat and allow them to cool.
Then, place the toasted walnuts into a food processor and process for 1-2 minutes, or until the nut butter has a smooth consistency. If you are looking for a creamy nut butter, let the nuts process for a few minutes to achieve a creamy consistency. Use a rubber spatula to scrap the sides of the food processor during the process.
At this point you can add a pinch of salt or other natural oils like coconut oil. I left mine plan, since hat’s how I enjoy my walnut butter.
Store the final product in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
- Make a nut butter mix: I like to add different nuts to my homemade nut butter to boost the flavor and nutrients in this nut butter. Walnut butter has a bit of a bitter taste, so adding in different nuts can help balance out the flavors. I like to add hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seed and cashews to mine to make a walnut-cashew butter mix. Create your own blend of nuts to customize to your taste.
- Maple Walnut Butter: A a few tablespoons of maple syrup to the walnut butter to flavor and sweeten it. This combo taste so good and is a great condiment to add to toast or oatmeal. You can also add other natural sweeteners like date or coconut sugar to sweeten the nut butter.
- Chocolate Walnut Butter: Add a few teaspoons of cocoa powder and a tablespoon of raw honey to the nut butter to make a chocolate nut butter.
Do I need to add any additional ingredients to make walnut butter?
No, you do not need to add any additional ingredients. The process involves solely using raw walnuts in a food processor. However, if you prefer a touch of sweetness or added flavor, you can incorporate a small amount of honey, maple syrup, or a pinch of salt, according to your taste preferences.
Can I make walnut butter in a blender instead of a food processor?
While a high-speed blender can be used, a food processor is generally recommended for making walnut butter. The high-speed blades and wider container of a food processor facilitate better grinding and smoother consistency. If using a blender, make sure it is strong enough to handle the grinding process and be prepared for possible scraping down of the sides more frequently.
How long does homemade walnut butter last?
It can be stored in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to three months. If you wish to extend the shelf life, you can freeze it in smaller portions and thaw as needed.
Can I use walnut pieces instead of whole walnuts?
Yes, you can use walnut pieces instead of whole walnuts. The only difference is that the processing time may be slightly shorter since the pieces are smaller. Ensure that you measure the equivalent amount of walnut pieces for the recipe.
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How To Make Walnut Butter
Learn how to make walnut butter at home with just one ingredient – walnuts! This easy nut butter comes together quickly and is a great healthy snack to keep in your pantry.
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Cook Time: 3 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 2 cups 1x
- Method: Food Processor
- Cuisine: American
- 2 cups raw walnuts
- (optional) sea salt, maple syrup or coconut oil
- Spread the raw walnuts over a baking sheet and roast in a 300 degree oven for 10-15 minutes. Remove the roasted nuts from the oven and allow them to cool.
- Place the roasted nuts into a food processor and process for 3-5 minutes, or until smooth and creamy.
- Add optional sea salt, oil or sweetener if you prefer to add flavor to the nut butter.
- Mix well and store in a glass jar.
This nut butter can be stored at room temperature for up to three months.
- Serving Size: 2 tbs
- Calories: 210
- Fat: 19g
- Carbohydrates: 5g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 5g