Untoasted walnuts have a creaminess that works especially well in this nut butter. Sweet white chocolate, hints of vanilla and cinnamon, and just a bit fleur de sel make for a spread that is worthy of a special occasion. If you don't have walnut oil, canola or any other neutral oil will do just fine.
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- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- 2 cups walnuts
- 2 tablespoons walnut oil, or other neutral oil
- 1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel, or 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Put the chocolate chips in a small, microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 20-second intervals until the chocolate is mostly melted and almost completely smooth. Stir until completely melted and smooth and set aside to cool slightly.
Put the walnuts in a food processor and process until they breakdown and form a smooth paste, scraping down the bowl once or twice, 2 to 4 minutes. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in the oil and process until it is incorporated and the walnut butter is thick, 1 minute.
Add the fleur de sel, vanilla, cinnamon, and white chocolate and process until combined. Transfer the walnut butter to a jar with a tight-fitting lid and store at room temperature for up to a week, or refrigerate for up to a month. If storing in the refrigerator, allow the walnut butter to come to room temperature before serving.