Walnuts are acknowledged as a great source of Omega 3’s and in general a great snack for Paleo eaters. Peanuts (and therefore peanut butter) are decidedly NOT Paleo as they are a legume. So, I decided it was time to make walnut butter, because peanut butter is a fond yet distant memory I would like to create.
Why has it taken me literally 4 years to do this? I have no freaking clue.
I’m not a ‘measuring’ kinda girl anymore, so here’s what I did:
How To Make Paleo Walnut Butter
Total Time: <5 minutes
- Walnuts (shelled, doesn’t matter if they’re whole, halves, chunks, whatever)
- Walnut oil (do this to avoid adding another food to the recipe so you follow your 4-Day Rotation Diet easier)
- Agave Nectar (optional but recommended… Agave Nectar isn’t Paleo because it’s a processed food item, but it’s my preferred sweetener when trying to eat Paleo and needing a little break)
You will also need a food processor (a blender may work too but the blade would have to pretty much reach the bottom of the blender to work right).
- Throw your walnuts in your food processor. THROW THEM!
- Turn on your processor and let it run until the walnuts are mostly walnut powder (this was like 30 seconds for me).
- Add a couple pinches of salt and pulse the processor a few times to get it mixed in with your magic walnut pixie dust.
- Through the top hole of your food processor, slowly (SLOWLYYYYYY) drizzle in walnut oil. Watch the mixture – the goal is to get your walnuts to turn into a paste. I had to stop the processor and scrape the walnuts off the walls a couple times to make sure the oil was actually getting into them. This took 2 rounds of scraping and restarting the processor (while slowly adding oil during the blending process) to get the right consistency.
- At this point, you would add some agave nectar and blend again if you wish. I thought the agave nectar made the walnut butter incredibly better, but it’s totally up to you and how strict you are with sweetener.
That’s it – magic. You can also toast your walnuts ahead of time in the oven to change the flavor of the walnut butter, but I haven’t gotten THAT crazy yet.