Maple Walnut Butter

Ever since I got that wonderful surprise two pound bag of walnuts in the mail, I’ve been dreaming up new walnut butter recipes to try. My twitter pals certainly help feed my new walnut butter addiction. Steph (who I also know from grad school, and not just from the nerdy interweb) is the one who introduced me to walnut butter in the first place, and she always comes up with amazing creations like dark chocolate walnut butter that tastes like brownie batter. Holy cow. I’ve been meaning to make Maple Walnut Butter and I fi-na-lly got around to it.

Into the Vitamix went:

  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1 tsp salt (you can use a little less, but I was going for a salty sweet flavor)
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup

I gave it a whir for a few seconds and voila! I had an amazing sweet, salty and nutty spread on my hands. After licking a few spoonfuls, I decided to make better use of my concoction and paired it with a banana. Dipping banana slices in the mapley sweet, slightly chunky nut butter was the perfect mid-morning snack.

Have any new walnut butter flavors I should try? I have a feeling I’ll eat through this one verrrrrry quickly.



  1. Pam
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    I was just about to have my mid morning snack and wasn’t feeling like having my typical yogurt. I actually have a big tin of walnuts in my cabinet from a recipe I made months ago and thought they would be sitting for a while. What a good recipe! Anyone who likes peanut or almond butter and is looking for a change should try this! It was great paired with a banana Janel! How much would you suggest eating for 1 serving size?

  2. Janel
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    I’m glad you liked it! A typical serving size of nut butter is 2 tablespoons.

  3. Posted April 19, 2011 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Oh my goodness, I think I would go through an entire loaf of bread if this butter was put anywhere near me. Or I would just eat it off the spoon. Yum!

  4. Janel
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    No bread necessary. I def ate this right off the spoon…shhhhhh.

  5. Posted April 19, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to try heart-healthy walnut butter and the pesto recipe, too! The walnuts weren’t raw, were they?

  6. Janel
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Yes I think they are raw walnuts, but I’m sure using roasted would give a nice taste too!

  7. Posted April 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    This looks delicious! I haven’t tried too many other nut butters to be honest. I think I would love a walnut butter. I love the addition of syrup to add a touch of sweetness.

  8. Posted April 20, 2011 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    want. want. want. can’t wait to come still your vitamix next week!!!

  9. Posted April 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Loves it! I just made some to have w/sliced apple and it’s such a nice flavor combination. I find raw walnuts a little too bitter on their own, but they’re much subtler as a butter w/a little salty-and-sweet added in.

  10. Posted April 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    It’s seriously that simple. Ohmygoodness this could be trouble. This nut butter sounds so good! I can see myself eating it on bread, sweet potatoes, bananas, a spoon … 🙂

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