‘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 a while… 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 made gift tags. This is the time of year when I try and get a little crafty.
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.