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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 4, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Yes – I have a very obsessive personality. I have to be careful about adding in new TV shows, games/apps on my phone, and food – yikes!!!
    I never even thought about making any nut butter spicy.

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    Melissa @ Nourish By Melissa
    May 4, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Haha moderation is tough when it comes to things that are as yummy as nut butters~ Great recipe 🙂

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    May 4, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Wow. I know what I’m making later. I think this one needs it’s own bracha. Seriously.

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    May 4, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I definitely have an obsessive personality. I was literally drinking at LEAST 6 cans of pop a day before! haha

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    Megan @ The Skinny-Life
    May 4, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I’m the same when it comes to but butters. I have 15 in my pantry now. I should be making mine, never tried to before. Your pictures were incredible. I can’t believe you got an action shot of drippige! I hope you didn’t let any of that go to waste!

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    May 4, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Wow this looks fantastic!

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    cait @pieceofcait
    May 4, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I deff ODe on things, haha! Pumpkin, nut butter, nuts, trail mix & chocolate, pretzel crisps.. oh my list goes on. I get obsessed for a little while and then get obsessed with something else.

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    May 4, 2014 at 9:12 am

    yess to the nut butter obsession – I have the same strategy. I think I have 5 or 6 open jars right now? I’ve never actually tried walnut butter though!

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    May 4, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Moderation is overrated. But that’s coming from someone who’s also a bit obsessive with things. 😉 I love making nutter butter recipes at home and this looks delicious! 🙂

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      May 4, 2014 at 11:02 am

      Lol at moderation being overrated. Agree. Go with gusto.

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    Alex @ Alex Runs For Food
    May 4, 2014 at 7:27 am

    you had me at spicy!!! Right now I’m on a spicy kick…. hope I don’t get sick of it! I really need to make my own nut butter! It’s on my to do list 🙂

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    May 4, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Oh yes, iced ODed on things. I went crazy for sweet potatoes a while back, and now the hubby won’t eat them. Ugh!!!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    May 4, 2014 at 5:42 am

    I hope once the photoshoot was finished, you ensured the spilt walnut butter was eaten up. That’s just wastage.

    And I still remember your pistachio butter- I bookmarked it. Just checked and it still is. Boom. Okay, I need to retweet the food processor question to you. It’s being done next paycheck!

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