How To Make Homemade Walnut Butter

How to Make Homemade Walnut Butter
I (Kiersten) have been a peanut butter addict since a very early age, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to prefer butters made with cashews, almonds, and walnuts instead. You know, the fancy stuff. Unfortunately for me, the fancy stuff is expensive! So I decided to try to make it myself.

Although I made homemade walnut butter, this method would work for other nuts too, so feel free to substitute almonds or cashews instead. Are you ready? Let’s make some walnut butter!

Toast Walnuts
Start with raw walnuts. If you want, you can toast them first–this is optional. I put them on a baking sheet and baked them at 375 degrees for about 7 minutes, stirring halfway through. Be careful not to burn them, though! You can also toast them in a skillet set over medium heat–cook them until they’re fragrant and just beginning to brown.

Transfer Walnuts to Food Processor
Let the walnuts cool if you’ve toasted them and then transfer them to a food processor.

Process Walnuts
Turn on your food processor and let it run for a bit. You might need to scrape down the sides once in a while too. First the walnuts will turn into a coarse meal…

Walnut Butter in Food Processor
…and then they’ll turn into walnut butter. Delicious! At this point, add a few pinches of salt (to taste) and process until combined. That’s it!

If you want, you can add other flavorings too. I added cinnamon and maple syrup to mine, which is perfect for spreading on apples. Honey, brown sugar, and even mini chocolate chips would be great too. Store in the fridge in a resealable container.

How to Make Your Own Walnut Butter
Have you made your own walnut or almond butter before? How did it turn out?

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  1. Jackie says

    Hi Kiersten, can the walnut butter be stored in jars, freezer or another way besides in the refrigerator? We have 2 very large walnut trees and we would like to be able to make a lot of walnut butter.

  2. Jessica Denise says

    Made walnut butter last night with some walnuts, a little sunflower oil, and some cinnamon. It came out creamy and delicious! Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Andrew says

    Hello! I don’t have a food processor but I have half a kilo of walnuts! I have access to one of those handheld stick blenders, can I use this instead of a processor?

  4. Jenny says

    Hi I am looking forward to trying this, but tell me when toasting the walnuts, is the oven temperature 375 farenheight or celcius?

  5. says

    Wow – it’s so easy. I can’t believe it turns into butter after being processed for a while. I’ve got to try it to see it for myself. Thanks! I really going to try it. I’ll try to make my own peanut-butter. I became a fan of it during my stay in the US, now when I moved to Russia I can’t find it in the store. You are a life-saver!

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