Pecan Pie Butter…

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Do you say “pee-can”, “peh-cahn”, or “puh-caahhnnnnn”?

I say “pee-can”. I pride myself on not saying ‘ya’ll’ even though I lived in the South for a while, but I guess this Southern pronunciation stuck with me. Thank goodness my pronunciation of “milk” has improved since childhood-my parents joke that they moved away from Texas when I was young because I started saying milk with three syllables. Yeah, you tell me how I managed that! They say it sounded something like “Mii-eeeeeehhh-elkk”.

No matter how much we may argue over how to say the word ‘pecan’, I’m sure we can all agree that it’s one of the best nuts out there. At least, I deem it to be. I love the ridged texture, the depth of flavor, and all of the foods that I associate it with; namely sweet potato casserole, pecan pie, and pralines.

This weekend I found myself with two jars of pecans from the bulk food section on hand. Although I usually love snacking on them or sprinkling them on Greek Yogurt in the morning, I decided to try to create my own pecan butter. As much as I love plain pecans, there is no way that eating them plain could ever top the flavor of this pecan butter. I swirled toasted pecans, cinnamon, almond milk, and a pinch of salt together to create a nut butter that tastes like pie. Imagine the possibilities: pecan pie and jelly sandwiches, pecan pie topped oatmeal, pecan pie drizzled over apple slices. The list goes on, and on, and on. Best part about this nut butter? It’s super healthy; packing essential fats, and good-for-you vitamins and nutrients that will send a boost to your body as well as your mood. In addition, by blending the pecan butter with a substantial amount of almond milk, I essentially volumized the recipe, meaning you can eat more for less! More pecan pie? Who would say no to that?

Go ahead-skip the knife or spoon and just pour it out!

Before I rave on more about how amazing this nut butter is, I’ll go ahead and let you try it for yourself. I’ve tried a lot of nut butters, but this one is the best I’ve ever had. Hope you go nuts over it!

Pecan Pie Butter

Ingredients

2.5 cups pecans

1-1.5 cups almond milk

2 teaspoons cinnamon (or more, to taste)

1 teaspoon salt

How To

1. Lightly spray a medium-sized pan and pour the raw pecans into it. Heat over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want to take the pan off the stove top when the pecans are lightly browned and toasted.

2. Pour the pecans into a food processor and blend them until they begin to resemble a nut butter. The pecan butter should be very, very thick at this point, like a very dense version of a nut butter. When this occurs, begin to pour the almond milk in, doing so in half-cup increments to monitor the thickness of the nut butter. You can add from .5 cups to 2 cups depending on how liquidy you want your nut butter to be. Remember though, that if you add a ton of liquid the nut butter will sink into breads and will not drizzle over food as nicely. However, if you plan on eating the butter straight out of the jar, make it whatever consistency you’d like. Personally, I made my nut butter to be a little thinner than frosting and it has been perfect on a variety of foods.

3. Add cinnamon and salt. Blend. Taste-test at this point to measure the consistency and flavor. Add more spices/salt if necessary or more almond milk if your pecan butter is too thick for your liking.

4. Grab a couple jars and fill them up with the most delicious nut-butter on earth! You’ll need to store the pecan pie butter in the fridge so make sure you do so. I hope you enjoy the pecan pie butter as much as I do (although I’ve been eating it by the cup-full so that might be a challenge!)

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15 responses »

  1. Seriously the best nut butter around. Remember we went through that “lets make everything in a jar” phase for like 12 minutes? Pecan Pie in a jar. Check!!!!

  2. It’s so addictive! I love it, and most I love that it’s volumized so I can have more than a measly tablespoon of it! :) Hope you love it when you try it! And thanks for reading my blog!!

  3. how sweet is it? if you put it on oatmeal, would you still want some sugar thrown on top? just trying to decide how i want to use it before i make it :) I think i’d really want it for more of a sweet treat…

    thanks!

    • When I put it on oatmeal I don’t add any sugar (I make my oatmeal with unsweetened vanilla almond milk) so between the vanilla flavor of the milk and the sweetness of the pecan butter I never feel the need to use any. The roasted pecans add a punch of flavor to the nutbutter which is a taste I love on oatmeal! I’ve also spread it on toast, topped a muffin with it, and eaten it straight out of the jar, so it’s a pretty versatile spread! Hope this helped and thanks for checking out my recipe! :)

  4. Whoa. This looks awesome. I LOVE pecan (puh-cahn) pie. I normally only have it once or twice a year at holidays, my grandmother left us a super yummy recipe. I’m definitely going to be making this amazing jar of heaven (yes, I am that excited) sometime soon once I can get some pecans…my mom and my best friend are going to LOVE this when I show them! :D

    • Hahaha, glad you are so excited! Don’t worry, I go around my apartment referencing the pecan butter as heaven too. It’s so good. Hope you enjoy it!!! (Oh, and as a fellow peeps fan, I loved your peeps in a blanket the other day!) So cute.

      • I’m sure I will enjoy it a lotttt! and thanks, I had fun wrapping them up in their little dough blankets :)

  5. I love this recipe!!! This sounds so delicious and I bet you could substitute any variety of nut, or better yet… Mixing them! How does hazelnut peanut butter sound?!

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