Vanilla Bean Pecan Butter
This Vanilla Bean Pecan Butter is incredibly smooth and easy to make. The buttery pecans blend up quickly into a creamy nut butter that you’ll want to spread on everything! Cinnamon and vanilla beans complement the pecans wonderfully.
Back atcha with another nut butter! I’m both excited to share this with you, and a little bit sad, because I’m sitting here looking at the bottom of my empty jar of this vanilla bean pecan butter.
My last couple tablespoons were drizzled all over my breakfast this morning and it tasted so good, but using up the last of something so delicious is always bittersweet. No worries though – I can have another batch ready to be devoured in no time because it’s so easy to make.
I recently shared this cinnamon raisin almond butter and this banana bread pecan almond butter – they were both so delicious, but it’s time for the pecans to shine on their own.
I haven’t ever encountered pecan butter in a store, I don’t think, probably because pecan butter would be prohibitively expensive, like so many nut butters are. That’s one of the main reasons I love making my own – it’s so much cheaper when I can get a big bag of nuts at Costco to whirl into nut butter.
The other reason why I’m so obsessed with making them myself is being able to flavor them however my heart desires, even when I’m keeping it simple like I did here.
Pecans are pretty much a nut butter making dream. They have a higher fat content than almonds do, which is why pecans always taste so buttery and delicious, and that helps them whirl into a super smooth and creamy nut butter in NO time.
It took about 30 seconds, no exaggeration, from my pecans to go from whole nuts to drippy pecan butter in my Vitamix. If you’re using a food processor, it will take you a bit longer because you’ll have to scrape down the sides of the processor, which isn’t required in a high-powered blender.
Either way you make it though, you can be spreading pecan butter on everything in a snap. Because I really wanted the flavor of the roasted pecans to shine though, I kept the add-ins simple this time. All it needs are a touch of cinnamon for warmth, a little bit of salt, and vanilla bean powder.
I opted for vanilla bean powder because I made this while I was on my Whole30 and vanilla extract isn’t allowed, but vanilla bean powder is my favorite thing that I haven’t really shared with you guys. I actually learned about it in my senior thesis class in college – it was a consulting class where we provided consulting with real businesses. Lafaza was one of the businesses my class worked with and my classmates who were working directly with them told them about my site, so they sent me some product to try – among it was a jar of ground vanilla bean powder.
That little jar has lasted me a LONG time, and it’s super amazing. It adds the vanilla bean flecks I love without dealing with seeding a vanilla bean. If you choose to invest in a bit of it, it’ll go a loooong way and help you make LOTS of vanilla bean treats. Lafaza is pretty expensive on Amazon, but this is a great vanilla bean powder as well.
By keeping it simple, the toasted pecan flavor really shines. If you love pecans like I do, you’re going to go nuts for this stuff. It’s naturally sweet and tastes as good on a spoon as it does on an apple, or banana, or drizzle over oatmeal. I doubt you’ll be hardpressed finding ways to use it – more likely, you’ll be like me and get sad when you reach the end of the jar. Off to make another batch – enjoy! :)
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Vanilla Bean Pecan Butter
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 8 minutes
- Total Time: 18 minutes
- Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1x
- 2 cups raw pecans
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla bean powder or ½ vanilla bean, scraped for seeds
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread the pecans on a lined baking sheet and bake in the heated for about 8 minutes, or until fragrant and lightly toasted. Let cool for a few minutes on the counter top.
- When the pecans are cool, add them to your food processor or high-powered blender (I used my Vitamix). Process until it breaks down into a nut butter – in my Vitamix, it only took about 30-45 seconds. In a food processor, it will probably take anywhere from 3-8 minutes and you’ll have to scrape down the sides a few times, or as necessary.
- When the pecans have broken down into a smooth, creamy butter, add the cinnamon, vanilla bean powder, and kosher salt. Process to incorporate, and taste. Adjust add-ins as desired.
- Transfer to a glass jar (like a mason or Weck jar) and store at room temperature for up to a month or in the refrigerator for 2-3 months.
Again, crushing it with this awesome-sauce nut butter recipes! Did you ever have vanilla glazed pecans? I bet this nut butter tastes like a creamy version of them, OMG drool!
Ooooh I have had those, and it is totally a creamy dreamy version. Thanks so much Bethany!
You are on a roll with your nut butters, Rachel! I need to get on board and try some of these, because I’m loving ALL of the flavors! This vanilla bean version sounds incredible. I think I would drizzle it over EVERYTHING!
I see another batch in my near future! It’s so addictive! Thanks so much Gayle :)
I actually did see Pecan butter at Whole Foods. It’s $30! Much easier to make your own at home, and this is one I definitely couldn’t say no to.
$30 for a jar of something I can eat in less than a week is NUTS!!! Much better to make many, many pints of it for that same price :) thanks Megan!
Eager to try this today — thank you!!! Agreed; traditional pecan butter in WF is WAY pricey… And of course presuming this is absolutely amazing, looking forward to adding it in as a ripple effect for the Paleo gelato I make — YUM!!!!
Oh wow – adding it to Paleo gelato sounds AMAZING Dani! I’m so curious, I’ve never seen a paleo gelato before. Is the recipe your own? Hope you love the pecan butter, it’s definitely much more affordable than buying it from WF. Enjoy your gelato! :)
FOLLOW-UP. Just ended up making a double batch! The jar I was putting it into was just under half full with the one recipe–what’s a girl to do? The food processor was already in need of washing anyway! Thank you again!!
Haha I love your logic, Dani!!! Hope you love it :) enjoy!
The price of pecan butter would be insane, so I love that you took matters into your own hands! I buy pecans in bulk at Costco so I happen to have a ton. I need to try this — it looks delicious!
I get mine at Costco too, but I go through them WAY too quickly – I need to buy two bags next time! Thanks Marcie.
Vanilla beans + pecans sounds like pure heaven to me. Love this butter!
Thanks so much Laura!
If I could eat nuts… I WOULD GO NUTS for this! ;)
Aww too bad you can’t have nuts! :( I’ll have to work on a sunflower seed butter for you, haha!
Yummy! I have never made my own nut butter before. I need to give it a try!
You do, you do! Once you start, it’s hard to resist making them all the time :)
This has all my favorite flavors – I’m such a sucker for vanilla and cinnamon – so I’m definitely down for lots of taste testing! ;)
Looove this, Rachel! I visited San Saba, Tx – the Pecan Capital of the World – this past Christmas!! I was surrounded in gorgeous pecan trees – you would have loved it!! Anyway, I bought a ton of pecans to make all things, including pecan butter. It IS sooo good and naturally sweet. I’ve gotta try that vanilla powder tho!
Thanks so much Traci! I’m so jealous of your visit to the pecan capital in the world – I would’ve filled a suitcase full! You must track down some vanilla powder..it’s become my new favorite thing.
You come up with the best combos for nut butters!! This sounds SO GOOD and I’m totally thinking of all the delicious things this could go on. Yum! :)
Thanks Beth!! :)
I JUST had pecan butter for the first time the other day and loveeeed it! I need to try making it at home – this flavor sounds sooo good!
can I use vanilla extract or vanilla powder? I cannot seem to find the vanilla bean powder
Yes, vanilla extract will be just fine instead of the powder.
How much vanilla extract would you recommend instead? I would love to make this and that’s what I have on hand. Thanks! Sounds delicious!
Hi Kim, I’d start with about 1/2 a teaspoon – you can always add more to taste!!
This recipe is really incredible. I’m on my second jar and went for a double batch this time because we killed the first one!
So thrilled you’re loving it!! Isn’t making nut butter at home so much fun?!