Homemade Walnut Butter

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Introduction: Homemade Walnut Butter

Rich and creamy homemade walnut butter is a great addition to any healthy kitchen. Walnuts are packed with good fats that reduce inflammation and oxidation; they contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA - which is an omega-3 fatty acid) and phenols (which may decrease your risk of developing cancer); they have essential vitamins...and they taste amazing! I could certainly add to the list of benefits that walnuts possess, however, it might take all day! Let's get to making walnut butter!

Step 1: Grind Walnuts

How to Make Homemade Walnut Butter

In order to make walnut butter you will need walnuts and a food processor! It's that simple!

This is so easy that there isn't really a recipe, just instructions!

  • Place walnuts (English halves and pieces) in the food processor and start to grind. Two cups of walnuts will yield approximately 1 cup of walnut butter (maybe a little less).
  • Scrape down the sides as necessary with a rubber spatula.
  • Walnuts will look crumbly at first but will eventually start to release their oils which will turn the walnuts into a thick and creamy spreadable butter. It will take 5ish minutes.
  • Store in an air tight container or a mason jar. Refrigeration isn't necessary.
  • Serve on toast, apple slices or pancakes!!

***If you find the texture not to be creamy enough you can add 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil. If you like your nut butters sweeter you could add 1-2 teaspoons of maple syrup in with the walnuts. Try it without anything first to see how you like it!

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    This is definitly something I am going to try.

    I really prefer walnuts toasted and am wondering if toasting them first would still make good walnut butter. Have you tried it?

    I have, yes it's very good. I like it both ways.

    You inspired me to make roasted walnut almond butter. Its really delicious!!!

    We have black walnut trees here. Been wanting to do something with them but dreading the shelling.

    don't you have to cook the nuts first? or are they cooked during the shelling process?

    You do not have to cook or roast the nuts first. I prefer to eat 100% raw walnut butter. You could toast them first if desired, however roasting any nut may alter (in a bad way) the polyunsaturated fats found in nuts. This makes them more vulnerable to oxidation or rancidity.

    This looks like something I can chew on in days to come.

    I haven't tried this yet but I think peanut oil would be a better choice than olive oil, this way you won't add any odd flavor, would it be a good thing to try to lightly toast the nut meats first to bring out the oils quicker?

    well this is worth a try, I've still got 40Kg in my garage, our tree gifted us with about 100kg this last autumn. If a friend rashly says yes to a bag (thinking, oh you know, a big handful) we give them 8kg!