An easy, decadent nut butter made from pecans, almonds, vanilla, and a splash of bourbon.
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 15minutes
Total Time 30minutes
Servings 2cups nut butter
1 1/2cupspecan halves
1 1/2cupswhole almonds(I used the 50% less salt variety from TJs)
2teaspoonsvanilla bean paste*(or vanilla extract, or scraped seeds of 1 vanilla bean)
Spread nuts on a baking sheet and toast at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes, until fragrant. Let cool for a few minutes.
Pour cooled nuts into the bowl of a food processor (at least 7 cups, preferably 9-cup or greater)
Turn the processor to "On" and let it process for 1-2 minutes, or until the nuts are very finely ground. Stop and scrape down the sides.
Add the vanilla extract and bourbon (if using), and process for 2 more minutes. Scrape down the sides again. The mixture may ball up - keep going! It will smooth out.
Process for 2-3 more minutes until the mixture is now very smooth and spreadable. Keep going until you get the consistency you want.
Place in a jar and store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks! Slather on toast, fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, celery sticks...or eat by the spoonful.
*Here is the vanilla bean paste I use. It has such an amazing flavor and you can use it in place of vanilla extract in any recipe!If your nuts are unsalted, you may want to add up to 1/4 teaspoon of salt as well. Depends on your taste!
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