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Cinnamon Vanilla Walnut Paste

Cinnamon Vanilla Walnut Paste

Mark Malinsky
Tired of using the same old spread to dress your toast? Try something a little different by making Cinnamon Vanilla Walnut Paste! This spread is infused with walnuts, cinnamon, maple and vanilla, plus a handful of pecans for creaminess. All of these ingredients create a rich paste that’s thicker than your average nut butter but spreads beautifully on toast or crackers. Great for breakfast or snacking!


  • 2 heaping cups (240 grams) raw walnuts
  • 1/2 cup (60 grams) raw pecans
  • 4 tablespoons grade B maple syrup, room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3-4 vanilla beans, cut with seeds scraped out
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Spread out the walnuts and pecans and roast for 10 minutes, or until fragrant.
  2. Add the nuts and syrup to a food processor and pulse until puréed, smooth and no longer crumbly, scraping the sides as necessary. This may take a few minutes depending on your processor.
  3. Slice the vanilla beans down the middle and scrape all the seeds out with a spoon. Be sure to get them all out. Add the cinnamon, salt and vanilla seeds to the food processor. Process until smooth and creamy, again scraping the sides as necessary. It should reach a thick, paste-like consistency.
  4. Spread on toast, bagels, crackers or anything you would normally put nut butter on! 


Brandi is the creator of the blog The Vegan 8. She has been a passionate cook for years, but it was her husband's painful disease with gout that led her to choose a vegan lifestyle. She chose a healthier way of eating for her family that ignited a passion to create unique and delicious recipes that also happen to be vegan, gluten-free and oil-free. Her blog has become very popular, as it focuses on 8 ingredients or less, so anybody can make them with ease. Brandi believes in using nature's powerful whole foods to nourish and promote a healthier body and a healthier mind. She enjoys creating food that everybody loves, whether vegan or not. Brandi's belief is that food can be easy, use minimal ingredients, yet still be shockingly delicious.