Creamy or crunchy. Peanut or almond. Original or sea salt chocolate. Spooned directly from the jar into my mouth with no other flavor-altering vehicle is by far the preferred method of indulging!
Yes, folks we are talking about nut butter today! My appreciation for nut butter runs deep and is non discriminatory. Because I love it all so much, I have begun to experiment with homemade nut butters. If you have ever purchased the fresh ground nut butter at your local grocery store you understand what a revelation that is. So imagine making it at home?! #onanotherlevel
As fall approaches, in true nutrition coach fashion, I have also been consciously incorporating more produce and flavors of the season into my cooking. Not only because pumpkin and apples are delicious, but there are more nutrients from the produce eaten in season. Not to mention, it tastes better and saves money. Have you ever tried to buy peaches in the dead of winter? Then you understand that disappointment.
Let’s spice up snack time with these simple fall inspired walnut butter recipes variations. The best part is that you can use the combination of YOUR favorite ingredients. I highly recommend trying it at least once with walnuts. When toasted walnuts bring warmth to the apple cinnamon and pumpkin recipes like you are eating a fresh baked pie. If you are not a fan of walnuts, try almonds or cashews!
The base walnut butter recipe requires just a few ingredients and a food processor or high-speed blender. Make it on its own to replace peanut butter in your kid’s lunches. By adding just a few ingredients to the base recipe, the fall variations are perfect to dip apples, put on toast or top pancakes and oatmeal.
Watch Amy on KATU Afternoon Live, making these live!
Base Walnut Butter Recipe
2 cups walnuts, toasted
Sprinkle of salt
1 tsp. vanilla
Start by toasting walnuts. Place nuts on a parchment lined baking sheet and roast at 375 degrees 7-10 minutes until fragrant and golden brown. Watch carefully so they do not burn. Then place all ingredients in the order listed in a high-powered blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and well combined, about 1-3 minutes.
Pumpkin Pie Walnut Butter
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. maple syrup
Apple Cinnamon Walnut Butter
1/2 cup dried apples packed, no sugar added
Up to 1/2 – 3/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. honey
Salted Dark Chocolate Walnut Butter
1/3-cup dark chocolate chips
1 tsp. coconut oil
1-2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. Honey
1/4- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small saucepan over very low heat. Stir until melted and smooth. Add chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla, honey and sea salt to base mixture.
Now the question is which one to make first? Make a big batch of base walnut butter and try a little of all three! Hit up our HellaBella Facebook or Instagram page and let us know which one is your favorite!