‘Tis the season for gift giving! In the past, I was known for my holiday trays filled with cookies, fudge and all sorts of unhealthy treats. Now that I follow more of a “real food diet” (i.e. I don’t eat processed food), I stick to making healthier holiday treats.
Since the cost of using high quality healthy ingredients can add up – that tends to mean 1-2 smaller homemade gifts vs a gigantic holiday tray. And let’s be honest, wouldn’t you rather have one tasty and guilt-free treat vs. a huge tray of unhealthy stuff?
Enter: Spiced Holiday Nut Butter.
I was set on using walnuts to make these homemade nut butter gift jars. I wanted to use walnuts because they’re unique (in the world of nut butters at least) and they’re more affordable than most other nuts out there: cashews, pecans, almonds, macadamia etc. I buy my walnuts in bulk from Costco (my store sells organic walnuts!).
Deciding on how to flavor my walnut butter took awhile… I mean, there are so many different possible flavor combinations.
Since I’m a big fan of cinnamon raisin (see: cinnamon raisin n’oatmeal and cinnamon raisin cookies), I decided to try a cinnamon raisin walnut butter and it turned out perfect. It’s sweet, salty, and of course nutty.
To give this homemade nut butter a personal touch, I bought cute little jelly jars and colored pencils from Michaels so that I could make gift tags. This is the time of year when I try and get a little crafty. (p.s. a little hint: if you’re heading to Michaels, make sure you check out their coupons before you head out).
I made the little gift tags below using colored pencils. And when I was done making them, I took a little break and colored. Yep, as in – I actually colored. Adult coloring books are a thing now, have you heard? (You can click here & select “free pages” to download free Prismacolor coloring pages to check what adult coloring looks like if you want).
Are you giving any DIY gifts away this holiday season? Tell me what you’re making!
- 2 cups walnuts
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon walnut oil (or another neutral oil like avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup raisins
- Soak the walnuts overnight: place them in a mason jar and then cover them with filtered water.
- After 8-12 hours, drain the water.
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Spread the walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast for 12-15 minutes, or until the walnuts are toasted.
- Once the walnuts have cooled, put them in a powerful food processor (or a twister jar if using a Blendtec) along with the maple syrup, oil, cinnamon, salt. Blend until smooth.
- Add the raisins and mix well.
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