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Homemade walnut butter.
Probably the easiest recipe on this entire blog!
If you've ever made almond butter or cashew butter, then you'll have no trouble making this homemade walnut butter recipe either.
How to make homemade walnut butter:
- Roast the walnuts for a few minutes until slightly browned and oily - for me, it usually takes 15 minutes, however, oven-times vary so keep an eye out on your walnuts and don't let them burn! Burnt walnuts do not equal yummy butter. On the other hand, walnuts that are not roasted long enough also make for underwhelming butter because you need the toasty oil from the walnuts to produce the butter.
- Pop the roasted walnuts over to your food processor and let them go round and round until a smooth butter forms.
- That's it!
walnut butter's distinct flavor
The only negative to walnut butter is its distinct bitter flavor. Unlike almonds and cashews, which are naturally sweet and therefore produce a delicious butter that requires no added sweeteners... walnut butter is different.
Walnuts are naturally bitter, and even after roasting, the walnut butter produced tends to have a bit of a bitter after taste. This is normal and expected!
However, some people actually find this taste delightful... but if you are not part of that camp you can always add in a few optional ingredients to enhance the flavor.
How to make your homemade walnut butter sweeter:
A few ingredients you can try are:
- cacao powder for a chocolatey walnut butter
- a few drops of vanilla extract
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of a sweetener of your choice (note this may alter the consistency depending on what sweetener you use - but at least you'll have sweet butter!)
I usually leave my walnut butter as is because I like to use it for baking and for smoothies to take advantage of all of the benefits of walnuts.
In that case, if you are adding your walnut butter to baked goods for let's say cookies or a cake, you don't need to add extra sweetener because the flavor will be masked by the rest of the ingredients.
I hope you enjoy making your very own homemade walnut butter!
Let me know below if you give this recipe a try.
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Homemade Healthy Walnut Butter Recipe – a super simple way to make your own healthy walnut butter at home.
- 1.5 cups of walnuts
- 1 tbs of cacao powder
- 1 to 2 tbs of maple sugar or maple syrup/agave syrup for sweetness
- 1 tsp of cinnamon powder
- Preheat oven to 300F.
- Roast 1.5 cups of walnuts at 300F for 15 minutes (or until slightly browned and oily).
- Transfer to food processor and process until a smooth butter forms – can take a few minutes depending on your food processor.
- 1.5 cups of walnuts make about 1/2 cup of walnut butter. For a full cup, double the amount of walnuts.
- Walnut butter alone is quite bitter. This is due to walnuts naturally being quite bitter in taste. Walnut butter is *not* as sweet as almond or cashew butter. However, it works great when using it in smoothies, cookies, and other baked goods. You can add sweetener, cacao powder, or cinnamon powder if you’d like to flavor your walnut butter and mask the bitterness a bit.
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Cook Time: 18 minutes
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