Pumpkin Spice & Date Walnut Butter

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So the good news is, my voice is almost back.  Did you know that when you communicate to someone that you have no voice, the first thing they do is ask you how you lost it?  Because clearly if I have about five minutes of voice time in this entire day, I want to use it explaining to you how I lost my voice in the first place.  I’d rather save those few minutes of real communication for something really important like “I’d like a large cup of split pea, please” or “Can I have the manicure before the pedicure today?” or even “How good is that girl on X-factor who did the Beyonce song from Dreamgirls?!”

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Because otherwise I’m left sounding like the combination of a squeaky mouse, a 13-year old boy and a 27-year old 3-pack-a-day female smoker.  I’ve been compared to all of those things in the past few days.  And when I met Madison in real life for the first time at dinner with Kris, I was barely audible.  Didn’t my co-workers know I had to save my good voice time for dinner with blog friends? Priorities, people!

But I digress. On top of having my voice back, I have my other senses are back too.  I can finally really smell and taste what I eat again.  (Not that being under the weather affected my appetite in anyway.  I was still plenty hungry, if not hungrier.)  And this walnut butter, with the spice of pumpkin pie seasoning and the sweet addition of dates is a great treat that I can enjoy even more.

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Pumpkin Spice & Date Walnut Butter

Yield: Makes 14 tablespoons of walnut butter


  • 1 1/2 cups walnut pieces (unsalted)
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 chopped dried dates

Cooking Directions

  1. Place walnuts into food processor and process for two minutes or until creamy
  2. Ad pumpkin pie spice and salt; grind for another minute
  3. Add dates and run through processor until distributed evenly (you can leave them in pieces or process until they are fine)
  4. Store in a jar or tupperware up to one month in the fridge


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What annoying questions have you been asked lately?

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30 Responses to “Pumpkin Spice & Date Walnut Butter”

  1. Christine October 27, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Glad you are getting your voice back. Great recipe… sounds good.

  2. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 27, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Oh wow that sounds sooo good. I love making things like that and seeing what good stuff I can piece together. I’d spread your creation on just about anything :)

  3. A Brown Table October 27, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    Wow, this butter could be a great way to begin my mornings!

  4. Kiri W. October 27, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    Wow, that sounds wonderful! I love dates, I wish they were more easily available fresh around here. These “butters” (preserves?) are a new thing to me, so I’m excited to give them a try. I have a jar of hot pepper butter waiting to be cracked for my inaugural butter experience.

    • KeepItSweet November 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

      Hot pepper butter sounds so interesting! These butters are more like peanut butter:-)

  5. betty October 27, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    It looks really good! I recently made cinnamon and brown sugar butter but this one sounds way better!

  6. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. October 28, 2011 at 12:47 am #

    Oh, this butter sounds incredible!! Glad to hear you are getting your voice back!

  7. Baker Street October 28, 2011 at 2:32 am #

    Oh my! This sounds perfectly delicious!

  8. Veronica Miller October 28, 2011 at 2:37 am #

    I love losing my voice! As long as it’s not due to illness. Guys love a low voice and it makes me feel sexy, to be rasping and cracking, even if I’m really not. haha! The butter looks fantastic!

    • KeepItSweet November 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

      Hahaha! Just like Pheobe:-)

  9. Kathryn October 28, 2011 at 4:15 am #

    I’m glad your voice is on the way back, it’s miserable to be without it!

    This butter sounds absolutely delicious!

  10. marla October 28, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    Congrats on getting your voice back…this looks great. Love the dates for sweetness!

  11. Joanne October 28, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    I’m always hungrier when I’m sick. I’m pretty sure that entire batch of walnut butter would be GONE if you were me. Super delicious.

    I’m so glad you’re feeling better! And yes, reserving your voice for food ordering is totally necessary!

  12. Parsley Sage October 28, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    Yuuuuuuuuuum! This butter sounds amazing. Perfect for Halloween. I feel you on the ‘losing voice’ front. My voice is my livelihood though so when I can’t talk, I’m in REAL trouble. Lemon, tea and honey, my friend.


  13. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    This sounds awesome! Can’t wait to try!

  14. Baking Serendipity October 29, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    Glad your voice is back! And I love this butter :) I’ve made a lot of different nut butters before, but never walnut…it looks delicious!

    • KeepItSweet November 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

      It was definitely different! It was my first time using walnuts as the main component.

  15. Ceecee October 30, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    This sounds delicious and quite easy but the flavors sophisticated! Love it.

  16. DessertForTwo October 30, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    I love all your nut butter creations!

    I can’t wait to meet you next weekend! eeeee!!!
    I’m jealous you got to meet Madison! :)

    • KeepItSweet November 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

      I am SO excited!!! You would love her, hopefully we can all go to the same blogger festival some time!

  17. Amy October 30, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    This sounds amazing! You have combined two of my favorites here, dates and nuts! The pumpkin spice is a wonderful addition!

  18. thelittleloaf October 31, 2011 at 4:05 am #

    I’m so glad I’ve discovered your blog – have been surfing around looking at all the gorgeous recipes! This butter sounds lovely – can imagine it’s good on practically anything!

    • KeepItSweet November 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

      Thank you so much!

  19. Iva | in my kitchen October 31, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    i realised a lot of bloggers are baking/cooking with pumpkin lately! I love pumpkin and especially dates, they are a very healthy combination.

  20. Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel October 31, 2011 at 7:10 pm #



    • KeepItSweet November 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

      Thanks, Kelsey! Hope you had a great one:-)

  21. Lauren from Lauren's Latest November 1, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    I’m not a big date eater, but this could definitely convert me.

  22. kita November 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    That is one killer butter recipe! I am not sure I would need anything to slather it on – just hand me the spoon.

  23. Caroline November 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    Ah, I completely relate. I already have a lower/raspy voice, so I lose mine pretty easily. So frustrating! But anyways, this butter sounds really yummy. Such a unique combination of flavors.