Homemade Walnut Butter

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Let us show you how to make homemade walnut butter by simply roasting walnuts to bring out their natural oils and then blending them in a food processor or blender to create a buttery, silky smooth, creamy nut butter that is incredibly nutritious!

small mason jar filled with homemade walnut butter and a small wooden spoon with raw walnut pieces scattered around the table.

If you’ve ever tried to find walnut butter in a store you already realize it is no easy feat to accomplish, and it’s crazy expensive when you finally do.  I have great news for my fellow nut-butter fans, making homemade walnut butter is super easy and much more economical than the store-bought varieties! And, the result is a creamy nut butter that is silky smooth and tasty!

This homemade nut butter is delicious on these homemade whole wheat bagels and believe it or not, even our banana oat pancakes.

Ingredients you will need

Making your own walnut butter also allows you the flexibility to tailor your ingredients to suit your personal dietary preferences. Not only can you make walnut butter without adding oils, but you can also make it without adding sugars. 

Homemade walnut butter is so easy to make that all you truly need to make it is shelled walnuts and a food processor or blender. However, plain walnut butter has a very mild, somewhat bland, flavor so in this recipe, we’re toasting them and adding a few optional ingredients that will enhance the natural flavor of the walnuts.

  • Walnuts (raw and shelled)
  • Maple syrup
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sea salt
bright yellow bowl full of homemade walnut butter with raw walnut pieces spread out on the table.
PHOTO CREDIT: Drenda-Michell Brennan

How to make walnut butter

Toasting raw walnuts releases their natural oils so they are more flavorful and process very quickly. To toast the walnuts, preheat your oven or air fryer to 350°F. Spread the walnuts in a single layer in the basket or on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Toast until fragrant and slightly darker in color, approximately 8-10 minutes. Watch carefully so that they don’t burn.  Allow them to cool a little before you begin blending them.

Hint: I highly recommend adding a few extra walnuts to the pan/tray before you start toasting, otherwise once the aroma fills the kitchen it will be difficult to safeguard a full 2 cups for the recipe!

Note: You can skip the toasting step if you prefer raw butter. Raw walnut butter is very mild and tends to be a little creamier, but the processing time is much longer. 

Transfer the slightly cooled walnuts to your food processor or blender. If you’re using our optional ingredients now is the time to add the maple syrup, vanilla, and sea salt and process on high until smooth and creamy, approximately 1-2 minutes.

food processor filled with walnuts after grinding.
PHOTO CREDIT: Drenda-Michell Brennan

If you did not toast your walnuts, using a high-speed food processor or a high-speed blender like my Vitamix 5200 is your best option. The blending process takes much longer (approximately 15-20 minutes) with raw walnuts, and you should stop every 3-4 minutes and scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula to let your food processor or blender cool off and rest so that the motor does not overheat.

Keep in mind that different sizes and speeds of food processors/blenders can affect how quickly your nut butter blends.  A smaller one will take a few minutes longer than a high-powered one. Blend until your nut butter is soft and smooth.

Optional add-ins

If you want to mix this walnut butter recipe up a bit, here are a few ingredients that can be mixed in to jazz it up even more.

  • Cacao powder
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Cinnamon

How to serve walnut butter

Walnut butter, roasted and ground into a creamy spread, is a tasty snack with fruit, spread over your favorite breakfast bread, or even as part of your favorite savory sauce!

It is great on toast, oil-free whole wheat bagels, and English muffins, with apple slices or celery sticks. Try it in these fruity smoothies and homemade granola, oatmeal, or overnight oats. Drizzle over banana pancakes or waffles. Make vegan homemade ice-cream or stuffed dates.

piece of whole grain toast smeared with homemade walnut butter on wooden board.
PHOTO CREDIT: Drenda-Michell Brennan

Storing Leftovers

You can keep the leftovers in the fridge, in an airtight container, for up to 4 weeks. Nut butter can even be frozen for up to 4-6 months. You might want to portion it into individual servings that can easily thawed as needed.

Recipes that use walnut butter

Walnut butter can be used in recipes to replace peanut butter or other nut butters. If you are looking for healthy vegan recipes to try this nut butter in, check out these delicious options.

Benefits of walnuts

Walnuts are naturally one of the most nutritious nuts to make butter with because they are such a great source of omega-3 fats, antioxidants, and vitamins, and grinding them into a nut butter offers us even more ways to enjoy them while maintaining their inherent nutritional value.

brown ceramic bowl of dark walnut butter made from scratch.
PHOTO CREDIT: Drenda-Michell Brennan

More healthy spreads

If you want more deliciously healthy spreads for bagels, toast, and English muffins, look no further. We have some great suggestions that are great for spreading and adding to oatmeal and other recipes!

For those of you new to the whole food plant-based lifestyle, we’ve created a FREE 7-Day Plant-Based Menu Planner to help you get started!

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Creamy Walnut Butter

Author: Drenda-Michell Brennan
Let us show you how to make homemade walnut butter by simply roasting walnuts to bring out their natural oils and then blending them in a food processor or blender to create a buttery, silky smooth, creamy nut butter that is incredibly nutritious!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups raw walnuts shelled
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup (optional but recommended)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional but recommended)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (optional but recommended)

Instructions

  • Roasting raw walnuts releases their natural oils so they are more flavorful and process very quickly. To toast the walnuts, preheat your oven or air fryer to 350°F. Spread the walnuts in a single layer in the basket or on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Toast until fragrant and slightly darker in color, approximately 8-10 minutes. Watch carefully so that they don’t burn.  Allow them to cool a little before you begin blending them. If you want to skip toasting to have raw nut butter, see my notes in the article above.
  • Transfer the slightly cooled walnuts to your food processor or blender. If you’re using our optional ingredients now is the time to add the maple syrup, vanilla, and sea salt and process on high until smooth and creamy, approximately 1-2 minutes.
  • If you did not toast your walnuts, using a high-speed food processor or a high-speed blender like my Vitamix 5200 is your best option. The blending process takes much longer (approximately 15-20 minutes) with raw walnuts, and you should stop every 3-4 minutes and scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula to let your food processor or blender cool off and rest so that the motor does not overheat.
  • Keep in mind that different sizes and speeds of food processors/blenders can affect how quickly your nut butter blends.  A smaller one will take a few minutes longer than a high-powered one. Blend until your nut butter is soft and smooth.

Video

Notes

Ways to serve walnut butter
Walnut butter, roasted and ground into a creamy spread, is a tasty snack with fruit, spread over your favorite breakfast bread, or even as part of your favorite savory sauce!
It is great on toast, bagels, and English muffins, with apple slices or celery sticks. Try it in smoothies and granola, oatmeal, or overnight oats. Drizzle over pancakes or waffles. Make nice-cream or stuffed dates. More great ideas are listed in the article above.
Storing Leftovers
You can keep the leftovers in the fridge, in an airtight container, for up to 4 weeks. Nut butter can even be frozen for up to 4-6 months. You might want to portion it into individual servings that can easily thawed as needed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.4g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9.9g | Sodium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g

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