California Walnut Butter

  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Total Time: 5 min
California walnut butter


Walnut butter is easy to make, and offers a variety of convenient applications. Spread on crostini and garnish with a slice of fruit or fresh herbs for an elegant appetizer, or use it as a dip for crisp vegetables for a quick snack.


  • 2 cups California walnuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons walnut or vegetable oil (or as needed)
  • Optional, to taste: A little honey A little cinnamon


You can make walnut butter using raw, soaked or toasted walnuts. Here’s how to do all three, and why they’re different.

Raw walnuts: Use raw walnuts for a very creamy and smooth texture that tastes like a just-shelled walnut.

Soaked walnuts: This method will remove some of the tannin from the walnut skin, and offer a more textured walnut butter. Soak walnuts overnight, drain and discard the water. Then, toast the walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet at 350° F for up to 15 minutes to dry them out (don’t let them get dark!). Cool the walnuts before making them into butter.

Toasted walnuts: To enhance the sweet, nutty flavor of walnuts, toast them before making them into butter. Walnut butter with toasted walnuts will provide a coarse textured finished product. Toast walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet at 350° F for 8 to 10 minutes, or until fragrant. Cool the walnuts before making them into butter.


  1. Make walnut butter by putting the walnuts in the bowl of a food processor and grinding them until they become sticky or paste-like. Add the salt. Add the oil, a little bit at a time until the walnut butter binds together. If you like, add small touches of honey and/or cinnamon to taste.

nutrition facts

Based on 8 servings

Per serving:

  • Calories174
  • Total Fat17 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat12.5 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • Sodium73 mg
  • Carbohydrates3 g
  • Dietary Fiber2 g
  • Protein4 g


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