This comforting maple cinnamon pecan butter is as easy as it is delicious. If you have a few minutes and a high-powered food processor, you can make this sweet and salty spread.
One of the things I love most about blogging is how I’ve learned to pay attention to seemingly mundane things. I don’t mean the way I often take pictures of my food as potential blog fodder (that’s more annoying than it is endearing). I mean how everyday events and experiences often teach me invaluable life lessons.
Like when I tried my hands at making homemade nut butter for the first time.
I promise I’ll get to the nut butter soon, but I’m feeling chatty so you’ll have to be patient with me. 😉
After I finished making this maple cinnamon pecan butter, I was astounded at how easy it was. I couldn’t believe, even after reading recipe after recipe (for years!) of various creative homemade nut butters, that I had never tried it myself.
That I’d denied myself some of my favorite nut butters (pecan, almond and cashew) because they are so expensive and I couldn’t justify the price.
I’m not going to tell you that homemade nut butter is cheap, but it’s definitely cheaper than much of the organic, artisanal stuff in the stores.
You get where I’m going with this?
How often do we deny ourselves simple pleasures—or things that would enable to us to experience growth—just because it’s inconvenient, scary, or too costly?
I’m telling you (and myself) to try your hand at making the metaphorical (and literal) nut butter.
Start off small—just a cup or two of nuts—but go in full-force!
Mix in something special—even if you’re afraid it might be over the top—and then hang tight until the crumbs begin to warm and the oils begin to separate.
Transformation isn’t instant—but it’s remarkable when it does happen.Transformation isn’t instant—but it’s remarkable when it does happen Click To Tweet
Maple Cinnamon Pecan Butter
- 2 cups raw pecans
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (heaping)
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 300F. Evenly spread pecans onto a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes (till lightly toasted).
- Once pecans have cooled, add to the food processor and process until crumbs form.
- Scrape down the sides as needed and continue processing. It may take several minutes, but the pecans will break down and form a smooth butter.
- Add your maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt, and process until well-mixed.
- Store in a glass jar in a cool place (pantry).
This butter is light on the maple-cinnamon flavor, but feel free to adjust the ratios to your liking. If you want to be fancy, tie a ribbon around the jar and add a cute label. These would be wonderful stocking stuffers for Christmas!Homemade maple cinnamon pecan butter. It’s easy, delicious & a perfect #holiday gift! #healthyfats Click To Tweet
So tell me…
- What’s your favorite type of nut butter?
- Have you ever tried making your own?
- What’s something you want but are afraid to try?