This is one of those recipes that I debate about whether or not to share, as it just seems so easy and simple. But then I think, hey, it's literally something we make a few times a month, constantly have a half eaten jar in our fridge, so why would I not share it!
Walnut butter is probably my most favorite nut butter. Honestly. Roasted with some honey, a little vanilla and mixed with a pinch of salt. Of all the nuts, walnuts are what we use the most in this house, for dinners, snacks, smoothies, pestos and butters. Besides their more reasonable cost, I just love them so.
We eat this walnut butter and absolutely everything, from toast, to crackers, mixed into our smoothies, spread onto apple slices, and to make some pretty incredible cookies.
Once you make your own nut butter, it's pretty hard to go back to the store bought kind. Just a warning.
Honey Vanilla Roasted Walnut Butter
2 cups chopped walnuts
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place chopped walnuts onto a baking sheet and toss with 2 tablespoons honey and vanilla. Spread the walnuts out into a single layer and roast for 10-12 minutes.
Remove the walnuts from the oven and let cool.
Place the cooled walnuts into a food processor, add salt and 1 tablespoon of honey and process until smooth. You may need to take the lid off a few times to push the mixture down. Store walnut butter in a glass jar and keep in the refrigerator.