If you follow my Instagram (@ellen_whitney) you probably know by now nut butters are my favorite food. Almond, cashew, peanut, pecan, mixed…you name it! The unfortunate part of this love is that all natural nut butters can sometimes cost $14-$20 per jar….and when I eat a jar a week, that is simply not in the budget haha. Since I’ve been getting raw walnuts lately for $3.99/lb. this homemade batch of Walnut Butter came to a grand total of just $5.50 (Yay for saving money!) and is absolutely in my top 3 favorite nut butters of all time!
Almond butter is usually my go-to butter, but the other day I had a sample of walnut butter at the farmers market, and was inspired to go home and blend up my own since it was SO good- and, in my opinion, walnuts are probably the healthiest nut you can eat because of their Omega-3 content. (1/4 cup provides 113% of your recommended daily value).
Omega 3’s provide the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting and the contraction and relaxation of artery walls (improving blood vessel function). They also help the heart beat at a steady clip and not veer into a dangerous or potentially fatal erratic rhythm. Additionally these fats have been shown to reduce inflammation and lower blood pressure.
Even if you don’t care about the health benefits, between the taste and price of this DIY version, you will be making walnut butter a part of your regular pantry! Oh, and another great quality about this recipe is if you stop grinding it at Step #3 (below) the thick texture resembles cookie dough, and that’s a food I’m ALWAYS in the mood for. Spread this on toast, melt into a sweet potato, or just take a spoon straight to the jar!
If you’ve never made your own nut butter before, you might be intimidated by this DIY Walnut Butter. But do not fear! This is so much easier than you think. I will say, having a high powered blender or food processor will make this a much easier and faster process. I personally use this food processor,and my process looks like this:
1lb raw walnuts
1/3 cup* walnut oil1/4-1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/2 tsp sea salt
Grind the walnuts in a food processor for 3-5 minutes until it forms a dusty paste. Then add in the remaining ingredients, and blend until it reaches the texture you prefer (another 3-10 minutes). Store in the fridge!
*Optional, but without it you will end with a thicker texture (really like cookie dough in this case) or you could add more 1T at a time- it just depends on how creamy you want it!