Has this ever happened to you? It is Saturday morning and you have a piece of undressed toast. As you glaze into the refrigerator you are stumped. What should top the toast? Butter? Been there, done that. Preserves? Good but looking for something less fruity. Nutella? Always a winner but just not today. You are looking for something that will say, “it is the weekend and I am that special treat meant for a weekend breakfast”.
If this has ever happened to you, then I have the perfect solution! This recipe is for a maple walnut spread that will trump any other topping you can put on toast. It is naturally sweet, surprisingly healthy and super simple to make. The best part about this recipe is that it only requires 2 ingredients!
It has been known for a long time that walnuts are extremely healthy. I eat a handful of walnuts everyday and can tell it helps make my body run smoothly. Walnuts have cancer fighting properties, are heart healthy, contain antioxidants and can help control diabetes. Furthermore they are full of omega 3 fatty acids, minerals and key vitamins including a large amount of vitamin E.
Maple syrup has also been known to have great health benefits. The syrup has healthy heart properties, can lead to a healthier immune system and is full of antioxidants. Maple syrup features high levels of riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium and potassium. It is hard to match the natural sweetness of maple syrup and it makes it the perfect addition to this walnut spread.
Maple Walnut Spread
2 cups walnuts
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt (technically optional but highly suggested)
Place walnuts in a food processor. Process for about 1 minute or until the walnuts have become tiny bits. Stir the walnuts then add salt and maple syrup. Process for about another minute or two. Empty the spread into a seal-able container and store in refrigerator.
If you would like the spread to be more of a butter like spread you can add either coconut or olive oil to the recipe. I prefer mine without oil as I like the thicker consistency and I am not a huge fan of oils. However, if you wish to add oil to the spread I would start off with about 1 teaspoon and then increase the oil amount until you reach the desired consistency.