For many kids, Monday marked the dreaded, exciting, pencil-biting first day of school. After long summers of beach time, cookouts and vacation, it’s back to the grind in those “new school year” kicks. In celebration of teachers, books, and proudly being a “bringer”, we’ve dubbed this week Nut Butters Week. Each day we will show you how to make a different kind of nut butter and give you recipes for 4 sandwich combinations, so there’s no excuse of letting it sit in the back of your fridge.

So the work week is over (congrats you made it!) and what better to fix your Friday happy hour damage or just break the fast than some upgraded breakfast spread? We admit, the walnut butter was possibly the most pain-inducing test (we went through half a loaf of bread trying to spread some chunkier versions), but we nailed it after a few rounds for your sandwich-slathering pleasure. Don't be alarmed that it's not super creamy like the peanut butter; you didn't do anything wrong, the walnut butter is more of a textured spread. That being said, we added maple syrup to it for some sweetness and that, with our sandwiches, it is what Saturday mornings were made for. Try it on your pancakes, waffles, or French toast too; you won't be sorry. Maple Walnut Butter

Homemade Maple Walnut Spread 2 Cups       Walnuts 2 Tsp          Maple Syrup 1 Tbsp        Safflower Oil 1/2 Tsp      Coarse Salt

Place walnuts in a medium sized bowl and cover with tepid water. Soak overnight.Preheat oven to 350. Drain walnuts and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until golden and aromatic.Remove from oven and transfer to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until crunched, about 1 minute.Scrape down the sides and add oil, maple syrup and salt.Process until well-combined.Place walnut spread in an airtight container and store in refrigerator. Sandwiches (Note: these sandwiches were not made with the final walnut spread. The final one is more spreadable #1stblogshootlessons)

Maple Wanlut Sandwiches Toasted Cinnamon Crunch: MW + Cinnamon + Raisins Walley Blues: MW + Blueberries The Ritz: MW + Endive + Pear + Blue Cheese The North Country: MW + Breakfast Sausage

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