Maple & Cinnamon Roasted Walnut Butter

Walnut butter?! Say what?! Yes my friends, you can indeed turn almost any nut into a ‘nutable’ spread! And…the best part is this nut butter tastes SO good! You can put this on toast, with fruit, in oatmeal, smoothies, cookies, desserts, and so much more! Or if you’re like me, you just like to eat it by the spoonful! Whatever way you choose to indulge in this delicacy is up to you! Just make sure to not eat it all in one sitting!

INGREDIENTS
2 cups walnuts
3 tbsp maple syrup (more or less depending on your maple desire)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1-2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

DIRECTIONS
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Place walnuts onto a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. They should start to become fragrant and turn slightly golden brown. Make sure to check frequently because they can quickly burn. Take out of oven and let cool.
3. Add roasted walnuts and cinnamon to a food processor or high speed blender and mix until it forms a smooth consistency. This may take up to 10 minutes. Be patient and scrape down the sides as needed. **I found mixing on the low setting with my food processor yielding a smoother result**
4. While blending, add in maple syrup and vanilla extract.
5. Once a smooth consistency forms, transfer to a clean jar or glass container and store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks! (Mine is always gone in less than a week!)

You can easily use this recipe with any nut. Macadamia, almond, pecan, cashew, peanut, hazelnut…SO many options!

If you try making a nut butter, let me know how it goes! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #joyfulbeets on Instagram! ENJOY!

 

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