Lately, I've been thinking about Omega's and getting them directly from the source as much as possible. I know walnuts are a source of them and have often wished there was pre-made walnut butter at one of the stores we frequent. It would probably be too ridiculously expensive, and after making it myself I've been contemplating making more of the nut butters we use. It was so ridiculously easy I wish that I'd discovered it earlier.
My new favorite lunch is a toasted pumpkin butter and walnut butter sandwich. It tastes like fall to me. Anyways, it is a big hit with the kiddos. Here is how you make it:
3 1/2 cups walnuts
1-3 Tbsp of Maple Syrup and/or Just Like Honey
salt to taste
Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Roast the walnuts on an ungreased pan for 10 - 20 minutes. They will start to smell like a roasted nut, when it does take them out. Let them cool, then put them in a food processor and let it run for 3-5 minutes, stopping to scrape sides a few times. After it starts to look like a nut butter add the salt, maple syrup and/or Just Like Honey. I used equal parts maple syrup and Just Like Honey and just a dash of salt. Be careful with the salt it doesn't really need to be much more than a dash of salt. Of course, no sweetener is required, I just preferred it that way. Run processor another 2 -3 minutes to be sure it is mixed well. Put the walnut butter in a jar and keep it in the refrigerator.