The Condiment Series: A Nod To Nut Butter

What better way to use up all the gazillion walnuts we have than to make a butter? And I must say that this turned out pretty good considering our crop was real dry (and even sun-burnt) but it’s really yummy just the same. Do this for peanuts, almonds… just about any nut you think would make a good spread.

Homemade Walnut Butter

4 cups walnuts
1-3 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons vegetable oil (or more if your walnuts are as dry as ours!)

Makes one pint.

Add the nuts, sugar and salt to your food processor. Start the machine and get the oil ready.

When the nuts really start to break down, the mixture will begin to “ball up” and stick to the sides of the bowl. Just you hold tight now! Scrape down the sides and keep going. Then, once you think it really needs some oil, start adding it a little at a time.

Keep going until it’s smooth and creamy. Yum!

As mentioned above, this works for almost any kind of nut. Some nuts need more oil, some less and some won’t need any at all. Just play around and test it often because it will be a matter of taste in the end.

Add-ins: How about honey instead of sugar? A little cinnamon? You could also try a bit of cocoa powder so it turns out similar to Nutella. Try whatever sounds good to ya!