Do you love pecans like I love pecans? Maybe it’s the Louisiana girl in me but I can’t get enough of these rich (and really good for you) nuts. You’ve seen me use them in my banana nut bread, they are the star ingredient in my favorite pie (pecan, duh!), and now I’ve used them to make a wonderful nut butter. Like peanut butter? Try making your own pecan butter. I’ll be honest, it doesn’t taste anything like peanut butter, but I like it a lot better. Making your own nut butter is super easy and only requires one major piece of equipment. If you have a food processor or a blender, you’re golden. This was my first time making my own nut butter and I can’t wait to play around with all kinds of nuts.*
*Note: I’m cracking myself up as I write this because I have the sense of humor of an eight year old boy, sorry y’all.
2 C pecan halves (don’t get the salted kind)
2 Tbsp grapeseed oil (I like it because it has such a light flavor)
1 tsp salt
Depending in the size of your blender or food processor, you might have to do this in a couple of batches. I made mine in two batches.
I poured 1 C of pecans in my food processor along with 1 Tbsp of oil and 1 tsp of salt. I then pulsed the ingredients until they were roughly chopped.
I took a quick swipe of the sides of my food processor’s bowl with a spoon just to make sure nothing was sticking to it. Then I ground the mixture, stopping evry thime it began to form a ball and/or stick to the sides of the bowl. Then I’d scrape down the sides and keep going. In the middle of the process it looks something like this:
I keep grinding the mixture until it smoothes out and startsto look creamy.
Then just spoon it into your favorite jar or immediately spread it on your favorite bread. This recipe makes about 8 oz. of pecan butter. You can use this nut butter in any way you would use peanut butter.
Pecan butter and apple slices is a killer midday snack! Plus, pecans are filled with healthy oils and fatty acids and stuff so you should really try to eat them, like, all the time.