Chestnutbutter a perfect Christmas giveaway

It is time to begin thinking about ideas for small cozy christmas giveaways. I always bring some sort of homemade treat when I am visiting friends and family during Christmas, or include a little jar or box with some mouthwatering joy when I give presents to my loved ones on Christmas eve. I think it gets more personal and I have so much fun developing, making and preparing these homemade treats! Last year I was on a granola wave, very much inspired by this recipe, and the year before where I made all sorts of healthy cookies and gingerbreads! This Christmas I would like to give away jars. Jars filled of jam, date spreads, chocolate spread and of course nut butters. We all know the classics: peanutbutter, almondbutter and some maybe cashewnutbutter, but do any of you know chestnutbutter??
I for sure hadn’t tried it before and that’s why I absolutely needed to experiment with it. Since chestnuts are very different from other nuts, especially in their content of fats, I needed to make the butter in another way than the classic ones, with nothing but the nuts and a brilliant food processor. So I have teamed the chestnuts up with walnuts, giving the butter a very healthy fat profile due to the content of omega 3 & 6 fatty acids in both walnuts and chestnuts, and then adding water and a little sunflower oil to ensure the perfect texture.

You can push this butter in many different directions. For a sweeter spread you can add dates or honey and different spices, e.g. cardamom or vanilla. You could also add cream cheese + dates to give it a fresh twist (trust me – it is actually delicious), or maybe add garlic, herbs and lemon to make it a savoury spread or snack dip?? Everything is possible.
My version is just the basic recipe for a ‘plain’ chestnutbutter, and it is very mild and creamy. I think it is delicious with jam or honey and banana slices. It is not as distinctive in it’s flavours as e.g. peanut butter, which makes it very suitable to play with and to add all sorts of new and different flavours. And it is more healthy and less calorie dense than all of the other nutbutters!
It is very easy to make. I actually just saved a good handfull of pitted chestnuts from when I made the speltotto the other week. Then added everything in a blender and bam there it was!
So if you need a little giveaway inspiration or simply a new touch to spice up a little snack meal, then I recommend you to give it a go, and be creative and remember to share your results with us in the comments!! 

Chestnutbutter
Makes about 1 cup
1 cup baked and peeled chestnuts (2,5 dl)
½ cup walnuts (50 g)
2 Tbsp sunflower oil
½ tsp salt
3 Tbsp water

Directions:
1. Prepare the chestnuts by: Preheating oven to 400°F/200°.  Use a sharp knife to cut a cross in the top of the chestnuts, place them in a baking pan, and roast for approximately 30 min in the oven. While they are hot, use a knife to remove the shell, it can be a little tricky, but it will be worth the effort! (Tip: Bake a few more minutes in the oven if it is impossible!!)
2. Use the same baking pan and heat from oven to give the walnuts a little roast, approximately 5-7 min until they look slightly golden and oily.
3. In a blender add all walnuts and chestnuts and blend until very fine texture. Then add oil + salt and a pulse, and 1 Tbsp of water a time and pulse until the perfect creamy texture is reached. Season to taste.
Keep the butter in a jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or maybe more.

All the best Chritmas wishes and snowy hugs!

Josephine

  1. TineTine12-04-2012

    YUMMY YUM! It looks so delicious!! I must try that one day soon :) And I love the thought of such a personal gift – think I might copy that ;)

    • Josephine MaleneJosephine Malene12-09-2012

      Oh yes, the personal gifts are the best :) Hope you come up with something nice, the truffles I just posted are also something I have made as giveaways, they were quite popular!

  2. Liz BLiz B12-08-2012

    Oh my word, I absolutely love chestnuts!! I can not wait to try this!! xxx Thank you! I gave my family homemade Nutella, and they loved it!

  3. SandraSandra12-10-2012

    This could be a great Holiday gift for my Ladies Club..Thanks

  4. Jann MumfordJann Mumford12-10-2012

    Love this idea~sometimes I get tired of peanut butter!

  5. MilaMila03-07-2013

    Hi! I work for The American Chestnut Foundation, based in the eastern US. We publish The Journal of The American Chestnut Foundation and distribute it to our members and supporters and one of the elements of The Journal is a chestnut recipe. So, I am always scouring the web for recipes. This one is very unique!

    Would you be willing to share your chestnut butter recipe and high resolution photos with us to publish in The Journal? We would send you the hard copies once it is published.

    Let me know if this works for you. Please email me at mila@acf.org. Thanks! Mila Kirkland

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