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Spicy Walnut Butter

May 4, 2014

This Spicy Walnut Butter is an easy DIY nut butter recipe made with toasted walnuts and spices you’ll find in your cupboard! If you’ve never tried walnut butter before, you are definitely missing out!

I have an obsessive personality. I get obsessive over certain foods, TV shows, music and the 9-week old English bulldog named Petunia who I met last week. I’ll talk about my “obsession-du-jour” incessantly to a point where I actually overdose on it. Nut butter is no exception to this rule.

Spicy Walnut ButterIf you’re unaware of my obsession with nut butter, then you are either a) new to the blog or b) a skimmer. I love me some nut butter of all kinds. Peanut, almond, pistachio, you name it, I’ve made it! I rarely buy nut butters for this reason. Unless someone decides to pay me for my nut butter consumption, it is cheaper for me to make them than buy it in stores.

But more than anything, I need to keep making new nut butters because my obsessive personality causes me to go overkill on whichever one I have on hand. I’ve figured out the only way for me to not get turned off by nut butters is to keep at least 5 open jars in my house at all times. This means that currently I have 1 jar of almond butter, 1 jar of peanut butter, 1 jar of coconut butter, 1 jar of pumpkin seed butter and 1 jar of this delightful spicy walnut butter open.

Spicy Walnut Butter 2I cycle through each. A little almond butter with my waffles, some peanut butter with an apple, coconut butter straight from the jar and my new favourite snack, a banana with walnut butter and chocolate chips. I’ve officially eaten this for dessert 6 nights in a row. This means that 1 month from now, after I’ve eaten it for 30 days straight, the thought of banana + walnut butter + chocolate chips will make me nauseous. Whyyyyyyyyy?!?!

As delicious as this walnut nut butter is, one day it will be added to the “things I’ve ODed on” list which also includes All Bran Bars, Grey’s Anatomy, anything by Avicii and sadly, creamsicles. One day I will learn moderation…I hope.


Spicy Walnut Butter

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: about 2 cups 1x


  • 3 cups walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • pinch of cayenne


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spread walnuts out on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 10 mins.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 mins.
  5. Add walnuts to food processor and process until it reaches “butter” consistency.
  6. Add in spices and continue processing until well combined.
  7. Store in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator.

Spicy Walnut Butter - an easy DIY nut butter recipe made with toasted walnuts and spices you'll find in your cupboard.
Do you have an obsessive personality? Have you ever “ODed” on something?


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    May 13, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I’m new to the blog so didn’t know you were into nut butter – but I could guess, because I got here through a post called “Spicy Walnut Butter” and what nutter would make something as delectable that if they WEREN’T into nut butter?:D

    I love this idea. My friend offered me spicy peanut butter before, but to be honest that was just TOO spicy – we had to keep running out of his house, into the shops and shovelling yogurt into our mouths. (I wasn’t vegan at that point). Always wanted to try a more rational version, and one with WALNUTS as the base just sounds…. mmmm.

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    May 13, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Of course you have an obsessive personality because I have an obsessive personality as well. I OD on most things in life because of that. I don’t think I’m currently burnt out on anything, but there is a possibility soon it may be oatmeal…

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    Suzanne @ hello, veggy!
    May 9, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    You are the queen of nut butters my friend! How original 🙂

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    May 6, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I love the spicy kick you added to this walnut butter! I definitely OD on things. Usually it is food. Sometimes TV. 🙂

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    May 5, 2014 at 6:38 am

    I’m allergic to most nuts, and yet I still manage to have a zillion jars of nut/seed butter (almond butter, soy nut butter, coconut butter, sunflower seed butter, cinnamon soy nut butter, pepita flax butter, and cookie butter). Yup, I definitely have a problem. 😛

    I OD’ed on Swedish berries once. I had like 2 lbs in one sitting when I was 12… I had to go many years before I even wanted to look at them again hahaha.

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    Polly @ Tasty Food Project
    May 5, 2014 at 12:19 am

    I love nut butters but never tried walnut butter! This looks delicious! I wouldn’t mind trying it sometime!

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