Pecan Butter Recipe

Learn to make delicious Pecan Butter with this easy recipe. Simply blend toasted pecans until smooth for a rich and nutty spread, perfect for toast or as a tasty ingredient in your favorite recipes.

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Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • This delicious nut butter is an excellent alternative to peanut butter, making it an option for those with allergies.
  • Making pecan butter at home can be cost-effective, especially if you buy pecans in bulk. This can be more budget-friendly than purchasing artisanal or specialty nut butters.
  • Its smooth, nutty texture adds a unique twist to spreads, snacks, and recipes.
  • This pecan nut butter recipe is naturally vegan and gluten-free. Bonus!
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Ingredients

Find the complete ingredient list, with measurements, in the recipe card below.

  • Pecans – Use whole or pecan halves.
  • Salt – A pinch of salt brings out the best in your ingredients. Our pick for the best fine sea salt is always Redmonds.
Our Pick
Redmond Real Salt

Unrefined, unprocessed, ancient sea salt with trace minerals and no additives. Natural sea salt the way nature made it, with nothing added and nothing removed.

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Equipment

Our Pick
Wood Handled Mini Spatulas
  • Cute colors.
  • Useful and easy to clean.
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Instructions

Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for the FULL recipe details.

Step 1

First, start by placing the pecans into a large skillet.

Step 2

Next, place the skillet over medium heat and toast the pecans for 5-8 minutes. Watch for the color of the pecans to start to darken, and they will become fragrant.

Nuts in a skillet.

Step 3

Then, transfer the toasted pecans to the food processor and allow them to cool. This is important because processing them while they are still hot could cause your pecan butter to be oily and thin instead of thick and creamy.

Let the pecans sit for at least ten to fifteen minutes to cool to room temperature.

Nuts in a food processor.

Step 4

Next, process the pecans until the mixture is smooth. Stop the machine every minute to scrape the sides down and allow the machine to cool down.

Step 5

The mixture will be crumbly after the first 2-3 minutes. Be patient and keep scraping down the sides.

Nuts being processed in a food processor.

Step 6

Then, the pecans will start to clump together.

Keep going!

Nuts being blended in a food processor.

Step 7

Finally, in the last 2-3 minutes, the butter will become more creamy.

Nuts being blended n a food processor.

Step 8

Once the butter has reached your desired consistency (about 5-6 minutes), sprinkle in the salt and process again for 10 seconds.

Taste and adjust the salt if needed.

A spatula stirring nut mixture in a food processor.

Step 9

Scrape the pecan butter into a clean jar with an airtight lid.

We use a small mason jar.

Expert tip! Always toast the pecans first. Don’t skip that step! The toasted pecans add a deep, nutty, and rich taste to the nut butter that is irresistible.

A spoon scooping pecan butter from a jar.

Substitutions

  • Substitute almonds, pistachios, or cashews for a variety of flavors. Or do a mix of them for a delicious mixed nuts concoction.
  • Use flavored salts like smoked salt or sea salt with herbs for a unique taste.
Our Pick
Redmond Real Sea Salt Seasoning Set

Makes a practical and memorable gift for an individual or a family.

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Recipe Variations

  • Add a splash of vanilla extract, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a touch of maple syrup for a sweet spread for coconut flour pancakes.
  • Incorporate some shredded coconut into pecan butter for a tropical twist.
  • Blend the toasted pecans with cocoa powder or melted chocolate for a chocolate-infused pecan butter.
  • Mix pecan butter with chai spices like cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves for a unique twist. Enjoy it with a cup of Chai Coffee!

Serving Suggestions

  • Spread on toast or bagels for a delicious breakfast.
  • Add pecan butter to your favorite energy balls recipe for a fun twist.
  • Fill pitted dates with pecan butter for a quick, satisfying snack or dessert.
  • Use it as a protein-packed dip for fruit like these cinnamon apples.
  • Stir it into chocolate overnight oats to add richness and a nutty flavor.
  • Blend a spoonful into a smoothie for an added protein boost.

FAQS

Is pecan butter healthy?

Yes, pecan butter is nutritious, as pecans are rich in healthy fats, protein, and essential nutrients. However, moderation is the key due to its calorie density.

Is pecan butter suitable for individuals with nut allergies?

Those with nut allergies should avoid pecan butter, as it is made from pecans, which are tree nuts.

Storage Tips

To Store: Store the nut butter in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to a month.

To Freeze: We do not recommend freezing this recipe. After putting it to the test, we found that the texture of the homemade pecan butter was compromised by freezing it. After thawing, it had to be rerun through the food processor, so to us, it defeated the purpose. This recipe is best enjoyed fresh as a small batch of craft nut butter.

Overhead image of a jar of pecan butter.

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Pecan Butter

Sharon Rhodes
Learn to make delicious Pecan Butter with this easy recipe. Simply blend toasted pecans until smooth for a rich and nutty spread, perfect for toast or as a tasty ingredient in your favorite recipes.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cooling time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 171 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Start by placing the pecans into a large skillet.
  • Place the skillet over medium heat and toast the pecans for 5-8 minutes. Watch for the color of the pecans to start to darken, and they will become fragrant.
  • Transfer the toasted pecans to the food processor and allow them to cool. Let them sit for at least ten to fifteen minutes.
  • Then, process the pecans until the mixture is smooth. Stop the machine every minute to scrape the sides down and allow the machine to cool down.
  • The mixture will be crumbly after the first 2-3 minutes, then the next 2-3 minutes, it will become more creamy.
  • Once the butter has reached your desired consistency (about 5-6 minutes), sprinkle in the salt and cinnamon (if using) and process again for 10 seconds. Taste and adjust the salt if needed.
  • Scrape the pecan butter into a clean jar with an airtight lid.

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Notes

Storage Tips

To Store: Store the nut butter in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to two weeks.
To Freeze: We do not recommend freezing this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 171kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 2gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gSodium: 36mgPotassium: 101mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Wow, this pecan butter is so good and easy to make. I don’t like other nuts, so I never used any type of nut butter. I am surprised I have not seen this at a market. I did add the cinnamon which I highly recommend.

    1. Yes to the cinnamon!! So good. And I would suspect that if pecan butter was at the market it would be super expensive – better to make your own! Thank you Elly.

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