June 27, 2019

Toasted Walnut Butter

Toasted Walnut Butter is incredibly smooth and creamy. It's super simple to make and is crazy good for you. Only ONE ingredient!

Toasted Walnut Butter

We're talking walnuts today, friends. I think walnuts are both an over- and underrated nut. I know. Sounds counter-intuitive, but hear me out.

Everyone touts the health benefits of walnuts. Omega-3s! Healthy fats! Helps your brain!

All of that is true. In fact, I'm about to be one of those people who talk about how great walnuts are. BUT here's the thing: people never eat walnuts. When you go to the store to buy mixed nuts, the mixes rarely ever include walnuts. Most party hosts don't put walnuts out for guests to snack on. What gives?!

I don't know about you, but I think it's just because people haven't tried Toasted Walnut Butter yet.

I've made a couple other recipes with walnuts, like this salad, or this nut butter, or this amazing granola. But for this recipe walnuts are the star! ... Okay they're the only ingredient. But still, this Toasted Walnut Butter is amazing and it really does have some amazing health benefits.

Benefits of Walnuts

Walnuts have tons of antioxidants. They're a great source of Omega-3s. They've been shown to decrease inflammation. And walnuts are indeed good for your brain.

Walnut consumption is linked to faster processing speed and better memory. As a busy student/young professional I'll take any brain boost I can get!! Of course there are so many other wonderful benefits of walnuts that I'm not going to mention here but a quick google search can show you all the info you'd ever want to know.

So now that I've (hopefully) convinced you that walnuts are amazing, let's actually eat some! Toasted Walnut Butter is super simple.

Toasted Walnut Butter

How to make Toasted Walnut Butter

Step 1. Start by toasting the walnuts (obviously). Heat them in the oven for 10-15 minutes. This differs slightly from my usual nut butter recipes. Normally I toast the nuts just slightly so they release their oils more easily when we process them. But for this, we want to toast the walnuts a few minutes longer to get that nutty flavor to come out.

Step 2. Once the walnuts are nice and toasty (juuust before they turn brown), remove them from the oven and stick them in the food processor. Process for 5-10 minutes. It shouldn't take that long because walnuts have a higher oil content than most nuts.

Soon you'll have super creamy walnut butter. Perfect for smearing on toast, drizzling over oatmeal, eating with a banana, or just treating yourself to a spoonful (<-- my favorite method).

Store this delicious Toasted Walnut Butter in a mason jar or similar container and enjoy!

Recipe Prayer

Lord, thank you for foods that heal our bodies and equip our brains. We know that You give us such wonderful gifts so that we may do Your work. Amen.

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Toasted Walnut Butter

Toasted Walnut Butter is incredibly smooth and creamy. It's super simple to make and is crazy good for you. Only ONE ingredient!















  • 3 Cups Raw Walnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Place the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes, or until the walnuts just start to turn brown.
  2. Remove the walnuts from the oven and transfer to the food processor. Process for 5-10 minutes until the walnuts become a super smooth nut butter. Scrape down the sides of the processor as necessary. Enjoy!
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January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography