Do I have a sweet recipe for you today! During the summer I made a ton of more "festive" holiday recipes (unintentionally), so I have been saving them for just this season! Think things like cinnamon, snickerdoodles, sweetness, gingerbread, and christmasy love! That will all be coming at you in the next few weeks leading up to THE BEST days of the year 😉 For now I'm sharing a super fun homemade nut butter! What could be better than that!?
Say hello to my Roasted Sweet Vanilla Pecan Butter! You all know by now that I have an undieing love for cashews (the best nut ever...ever!). But, my heart does have a special place for the beautiful pecan as well. I really never ate nuts when I was younger. We just never had them in the house, especially the more expensive ones like pecans. So I wasn't sure I liked them until I became a nut fanatic a few years ago.
However, now I can tell you that I love pecans! I love all nuts for that matter! Well, except walnuts. They are okay, but I wouldn't freeing choose to eat them. They definitely rank last in my opinion. Pecans though, they are near the top. They're sweet like cashews, but a little more robust. Of course I love eating them raw, unsalted, and cold from the fridge just like cashews. That keeps them a little chewy if you will, just how I like it! But roasted and sweet isn't bad either 😉
Don't pecans just feel like the holidays? They are one of the holiday nuts...right? I think so! Plus this sweet vanilla butter is the perfect homemade gift! You can of course eat it all yourself (like I did), but now since it is the holiday season and not summer...why not put it in a pretty glass jar and gift it to a loved one! So easy and they will LOVE you 😉 If someone made me homemade nut butter I would be eternally grateful! **hint hint**
You know what's great about pecans? They must have more oils in them, because they blended into the best, smoothest, and creamiest butter! Even my Ninja Ultima was able to handle it! Plus, anytime you roast the nuts before making a nut butter, that just releases the oils more and makes blending much easier without have to add your own oil.
Roasted Sweet Vanilla Pecan Butter
Ingredients: (serves 6-8)
+ 2 Heaping Cups of Raw Unsalted Pecans
+ 1 Tsp Pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract
+ 6 Drops of Vanilla Stevia
+ Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
+ Line a baking sheet with parchment or lightly oiled foil. Spread your pecans evenly on the sheet and bake for about 7 minutes (you'll start to smell them and they'll glisten!)
+ Remove the pecans and let cool for a few minutes. Then add them to a high-powered blender or food processor. Blend until the pecans form a flour-y meal texture.
+ Now add the vanilla extract and stevia. Blend again, scraping the sides of the container a few times, until the mixture becomes a lovely creamy butter!
+ Store in a glass jar with a tight lid, in the refrigerator!
O yea, not only does your house smell lovely when the pecans are roasting, but once you put them in the blender with the vanilla...o my! My whole kitchen smelled like festive holiday love...in the dog days of summer 😉 The best of both worlds, right?
I hope you decide to make this and make it as a gift! It is such a fabulous spread for anything! From bread, to apples, to carrots...to just, you know...a spoon! And for more of my homemade nut butter, make sure you check out this cinnamon roasted almond butter and this raw cashew butter!
So tell me:
+ What is you favorite and least favorite nut?
+ Did you grow up eating nuts or is it something more new? I'm pretty sure I only ever really had peanuts and sunflower seeds as a kid. Sad life!
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