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, www.walnuts.org
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.