home-made walnut butter

by Antonia on August 24, 2012

What do you love most about healthy living blogs?

I love the awesome community, the fun workouts and exercise inspiration and the healthy recipes. The best part though it that without healthy living blogs I would not have discovered the wonderful flavor of nut butters. Yes, I knew of peanut butter but really I never bought it mainly because in Austria PB is not 100% peanut butter, but it’s more like 80% peanuts, partially hydrogenated oils, sugar, etc. Almond or cashew nut butter is only just now available in very few selected stores, but that’s better than nothing, right?

Anyhow, once I started writing my blog and I discovered a endless list of great blogs I noticed that everyone was eating one thing: almond butter. Since at that time I lived in England it wasn’t too difficult to get hold of a jar myself and ever since then I’ve been eating nut butters almost every single day.

As you can imagine after raving about how delicious nut butter are my family wanted to enjoy the great taste of smooth almond butter too and whenever I visited them in Austria I had to make a few jars of AB that would last until my next visit. But most recently we’ve discovered a new favorite: walnut butter.

I would have never thought of making walnut butter but my mom was fed up with the endless supply of walnuts piling up in our garage. Although we eat raw walnuts {especially me dad loves them – he calls them brain food} you can only eat so many in one sitting and so we decided to give walnut butter a go. It’s not a difficult process: roast the walnuts, put them into a food processor and process them until they are smooth and creamy. Easy peasy! Walnut butter has been such a major success in our house that my mom took up a very entertaining summer job, she’s cracking walnuts in her free time. If you’re like us and are using walnuts from your garden, you’ll have to invest some time {ok, lots of time, it takes forever to crack enough walnuts for 1 jar but I have an awesome mom who does it for me} in opening them beforehand. But the good thing is that you’ll save LOTS of money cause nuts tend to be expensive {which also explains why nut butters are a bit pricey}.

If you like walnuts {and I know not everyone does} this will be the perfect recipe for you. Even if you usually find walnuts to be too bitter you can add different spices, sweeteners, etc. to adjust it to your taste.

 

Walnut butter

Ingredients:

  • 500g shelled walnuts
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • optional: stevia or sugar to counteract the bitterness

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 150°C {300°F}.
  2. Evenly lay out the walnut shells onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and roast the nuts for 12-15 minutes.
  3. Once roasted, transfer them to the food processor and process until you are left with a smooth and cream butter. Stop in between to scrape down the bits from the edges and give everything a good mix.
  4. Once the consistency is smooth add the cinnamon. Process for another 20 seconds.
  5. Fill the nut butter into clean jars and let it cool before putting on the lid.

Give it a go, experiment with the flavors and report back with any suggestions and recommendations!!!

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Bec August 24, 2012 at 6:58 am

Oh I actually love cracking walnuts. My Biz Nonno had a tree in his yard and whenever we saw him we used to go out the back and use one of those old fashioned hand nut-cracker things to crack the shells. And I love walnuts too! Definitely a great recipe :)

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Antonia August 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm

thanks bec! by the way, I started answering your questions this morning…I’ll try finishing them this weekend :)

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Gabi August 24, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Sitze gerade wieder auf dem Balkon und knacke und knacke und knacke…… Wieder einmal den gleichen Gedanken gehabt….. Bis später…:-)

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Antonia August 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm
Christina August 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm

This sounds so good! I am in love with peanut butter, but havent branched out to other flavours, even though everyone loves almond butter! I really should give it a try :)

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Antonia August 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm

yes you should !! I like almond butter most, but cashew butter is a very close second…soooo creamy!!!

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Doris @ vanillacocoberry August 25, 2012 at 3:09 pm

wow and even whole walnuts that u have to crack yourself! highly commendable :D

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Antonia August 25, 2012 at 9:28 pm

danke, danke! ich werd meiner mama dein lob weiterleiten. sie hat eh heute schon wieder den ganzen nachmittag nüsse geknackt. sie ist schon wie ein kleines eichhörnchen.

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Ulli August 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Also langsam wird mir das unheimlich, wir posten so oft etwas fast zeitgleich ,-) Ich hab nämlich ein Nussmus Rezept für Sonntag in den Entwürfen, aber ist eh Cashew Mus und eigentlich nur ein Test für den Vitamix, aber trotzdem ;-) Walnussmus war mir immer zu bitter, vielleicht sollt ichs auch mal mit Stevia versuchen!! lg Ulli

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Antonia August 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm

great minds think alike :) cashew nut butter ist soooooo gut!!!! freu mich schon auf den post. schönes wochenende noch!

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