Walnut Butter

This is the real deal. No oil. No sugar. No water. No soaking. No weird stuff. All you need are raw walnuts and (optionally) a pinch or two of salt to make this walnut butter.

Walnut Butter

Walnut Butter

A delightfully savory nut butter that I use as a fat/oil source in many recipes. This is one of my favorite recipes of all time since it's easy to make, nutritious, and tastes divine!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American


  • Food processor


  • 1 bag walnuts (frozen or at room temp)
  • salt (optional, just a pinch or two to taste)


  • Fill the food processor about 70-90% full with walnuts.
  • Turn on the processor, and stop every 1-2 minutes to scrape down the sides as needed. Room temperature walnuts may not require scraping.
  • Process until desired consistency, about 5-10 minutes total, including stirring time.


Walnut halves or walnut pieces are both fine for this recipe. I prefer to make this with frozen walnuts so it gets thick but not TOO creamy. I’ve been making this recipe for many years, and it’s always a delight. It’s great for recipes as well as plain on a slice of bread (or as a sandwich) with a sprinkle of salt.
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I don’t want to come off as hyperbolic or anything, but this is the best walnut butter recipe on Earth!

I almost always start with frozen raw walnuts, and after all the blending in the food processor, they will end up at room temperature. This allows me to make a slightly coarser walnut butter, but it’s also convenient in that it allows you to make the walnut butter in just 10 minutes. If you start with room temperature walnuts, the finished walnut will be warm and you’ll need to cool it down for storage in the refrigerator. This nut butter can last well over a month in the refrigerator, but I would recommend using it up within a couple of months.

Shop around for less expensive walnuts in bulk sections or at bulk stores like Costco, Sam’s Club, or BJs. Of course if you’re looking for efficiency, you can order walnuts from Amazon in a zip (#affiliatelink).

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What You Need to Know About Walnut Butter

A Plant-Based Omega-3 Powerhouse: Walnuts are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, crucial for overall wellness and brain function. Walnut butter is a great way to incorporate these essential fats, however it’s important to include them as a small part of your overall diet. Informative articles on the benefits of plant-based sources of omega-3s can be found on NutritionFacts.org, a resource dedicated to the latest in health and nutritional wellbeing.


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