Raw Pecan Butter

Monday, October 1, 2012


A couple of weeks ago, Dayv and I bought and moved into our first house.  We are basically settled in at this point, with only a couple things left to do on our list.  Although I am feeling pretty darn good about what we've accomplished with everything in it's own place, I thought it wasn't a good idea to throw myself into an overly demanding Vegan Mofo theme.

After thinking things through, I decided to go into more detail about the day to day foods that Dayv and I eat.  This isn't to say that I will be posting a daily journal of everything we consume.  Rather, I will show (five) foods or meals that we eat within each week.  Hopefully, this theme will help the readers out there that have emailed me in the past, asking for advice and help transitioning themselves and/or their loved one to a gluten-free vegan diet.  I am definitely going to make an attempt to show more of the foods Dayv eats and how I alter recipes to help others that also have to please very picky taste buds.

But today, I will share a simple but important recipe to me- Raw Pecan Butter.  I have been making my own nut butters for a little over a year now.  There is no question that it's healthier, cheaper, and more delicious than store bought nut butters.  Really, the taste is by far better, and is reason enough to give it a try.

I had been making this pecan butter for nearly a year, until I read Thrive.  One of the biggest lessons I took away from the book was to incorporate more raw foods into my everyday life.  I immediately decided to start making my nut butters raw, and haven't looked back ever since.

This recipe is incredibly simple.  The one key here is to not give up.  Seriously.  It may feel like the nuts will never smooth into a butter, but trust me, it will.  Just be prepared to stop the food processor every 10-30 seconds in the beginning to scrape down the sides.  Once it gets into the groove, you can leave it alone, but not unattended, until a very smooth and delicious concoction is created.  I will be sharing a recipe I use the pecan butter in later this month ;)

Raw Pecan Butter
16 oz raw pecans
pinch of sea salt(optional)

In a food processor, add raw pecans and sea salt(optional).  Process until a smooth nut butter is created.  Be prepared to scrape down the sides every 30 seconds in the beginning.  Once pecan butter is created, pour into a 16 oz glass jar with lid.  Store in refrigerator.  Lick all remnants of the pecan butter off the food processor, then feel free to clean up.  Enjoy!

33 comments:

  1. I made my own walnut butter over the summer. It came in handy when I was making homemade pesto. I've been meaning to make more nut butters so maybe pecan butter should be next on my list.

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    1. you should definitely try pecan butter! i tried making walnut butter over the summer, too, but oddly enough, i hated it. if i make it again, i'm going to add cashews to it.

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  2. This sounds wonderful! I need to try making pecan butter...yum :)!

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    1. for sure, amy! i know you're a big pecan fan already. you'll love it!

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  3. That sounds awesome. I couldn't afford to buy enough pecans for a recipe like this but maybe someday! Love love love your wooden board as well.

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    1. thank you! and i hear you. pecans can get a big pricy. maybe look for a good deal(especially now since it's fall).

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  4. Never tried raw nut butter! You think it'll work with peanuts?

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    1. you gotta try it, chinmayie! i know that it's much harder to make nut butter from peanuts, but a friend of mine does it. she adds oil to it, though, to help things moving along.

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  5. What a freaking great idea, Caitlin! I never thought to butter up pecans--I am loving this!! PS Your pics are looking especially amazing too! xo Must be the new home *wink*

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    1. yay, cara! thank you <3 xoxoxoxoxoxoxo.

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  6. I don't think I've ever tried Pecan Butter! It looks really great. I love your Mofo theme too, can't wait to see more of your day-to-day staples. :)

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  7. I loved Thrive and have also been trying to incorporate more raw foods into my meals. One thing I learned (and I forget where) is that most "raw" nuts are not technically raw, at least in the US. They're pasteurized due to the laws here. The Detoxinista had a helpful post a while back explaining it if you're interested... http://detoxinista.com/2012/08/are-your-almonds-truly-raw/

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    1. interesting, amanda! that makes a lot of sense, actually. i've definitely seen "steam pasterized" on packages before.

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  8. and good mofo day 1 morning to ya! most of the morning went in crunching numbers with hubbs..:) he made an excel sheet and added all his research into it.. now i am back online.:)
    i love the theme. It will be good to know about all the gf options and meals since one of my local friends is on a gf and v diet now.
    and that butter looks soooo gooooodd!

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    1. your husband sounds just like mine! those excel spreadsheet geniuses ;) i'm very excited and hopeful for you!!

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    2. someone wants that house real bad. so they are offering a crazy inflated offer..:(.. ahh well, some other house might come up.

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    3. i'm sure an even better one will come along!!

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  9. This is such a fabulous theme! Many times people looking to transition to a vegan or vegetarian diet get overwhelmed by complicated recipes and cookbooks. It's great to show people that eating vegan can be simple, uncomplicated, unfussy, and still entirely delicious! I've been making my own nut butters since I purchased my Vitamix last winter. I haven't ventured into the world of pecan butter, though. Clearly, that needs to change!

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    1. thank you, cadry! i'm glad you're enthusiastic about it ;) i wasn't sure how exactly it would go over. and you need to try pecan butter!!!

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  10. Pecan butter is now on the list of nut butters to try! I don't know why I haven't given it a try yet, but now it's on!

    I love this theme, Caitlin. It is so important to show people how simple and easy it is to be both vegan and gluten-free. For a new vegan, and especially a new vegan trying to be gluten-free as well, it can be so daunting and intimidating to have a list of ingredients they've never heard of and cooking techniques they've never tried. That is what I love about you and your blog- you are so good at making what could be overwhelming, totally simple and delicious. Awesome first MoFo post! :-)

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    1. aw thank you so much, kristy! that is such an amazing compliment!

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  11. Looks fantastic. I love the feeling of making my own nut butter but the only one I've tried is almond butter. Pecans are probably a lot easier to blend!

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    1. i would definitely say that pecans are easier to blend than almonds! i love the feeling of making my own nut butters, too ;)

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  12. YUM! I added it to my “to try” Vegan MoFo Pinterest Board: http://pinterest.com/vegangela/vegan-mofo-2012/ :)

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  13. Love that idea :) I need some help with my meal planning and making better vegan choices :)

    So glad you are settled into your new home! Congrats on your first house! That is so exciting! Going to post pics of your kitchen? *hehe*

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    1. thank you! i hope i can help you!

      maaaaaaaaybe. we'll see ;)

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  14. I love this idea but I have always wondered if my food proc. would be good enough or would I need something like a vitamix? I am determined to give this a go (I also want to try raw nutella!)

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    1. mandee, i'm embarrassed to say my food process was my mom's(i stole it from her) and it is literally 25+ years old! and it works for me...which i even find to be amazing. so, i think you're food processor will work fine. i am certainly not working with a vitamix ;)

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  15. Your raw pecan butter sounds delicious! Do you eat it just with a spoon or do you put it on something? Do you have a recipe for a healthy fruit spread to go with it?

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    1. i like to eat it with fruit and i also put it in my oatmeal! i should make a healthy fruit spread. never thought of that!

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  16. I have yet to make my own nut butters and I have no idea why - it seems incredibly easy!

    Great theme Caitlin - I love seeing how others live and eat day to day, this is going to be so much fun to follow!

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