Recipes: Walnut Butter

Published: Wednesday, Jul. 11, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 4D

Makes 1 cup

Note: You can make walnut butter using raw, soaked or toasted walnuts. See instructions to decide which you prefer.

From Mollie Katzen,


2 cups walnuts

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons walnut or vegetable oil, or as needed

Honey to taste, optional

Cinnamon to taste, optional


Use raw walnuts for a very creamy and smooth texture that tastes like a just-shelled walnut. Walnuts that have been soaked overnight, then toasted at 350 degrees for 15 minutes to dry them out, offer a more textured walnut butter. Toasting unsoaked walnuts for 8 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees will result in a sweet, nutty- flavored, coarse-textured butter.

Place the walnuts in the bowl of a food processor and grind them until they become sticky or pastelike.

Add the salt. Add the oil, a little bit at a time, until the walnut butter binds together. Add small touches of honey and/or cinnamon to taste.

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