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

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Total Time: <5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 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)
  • Salt
  • 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).

Instructions:

  1. Throw your walnuts in your food processor. THROW THEM!
  2. Turn on your processor and let it run until the walnuts are mostly walnut powder (this was like 30 seconds for me).
  3. Add a couple pinches of salt and pulse the processor a few times to get it mixed in with your magic walnut pixie dust.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Enjoy!