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Pine nut butter on toast (or anything you would spread peanut butter on) is a simple special treat for someone in your life with (or without) nut allergies.  Pine nuts, as it turns out, are not nuts – they are seeds!  Therefore, pine nuts do not need to be avoided by people with nut allergies.  Hooray!  And, because pine nuts are so soft, they are incredibly easy to turn into nut butter – just whizz the toasted pine nuts and a touch of vegetable oil a few quick times in a food processor.

Toasted pine nut butter tastes like nut butter (peanut, almond, or whatever kind you are used to), but with a toasted pine nut aftertaste.  It goes particularly well with raspberry jam.  You’ll see over the course of the week how I’ve used that flavor combination to create a more sophisticated twist on peanut butter and jelly bar cookies and cupcakes.

Toasted pine nut butter is not meant to be an everyday thing – the high cost of pine nuts doesn’t make that a very economical choice.  But, splurge occasionally for an indulgent and healthy treat!

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Toasted Pine Nut Butter – Nut Allergy Safe

Servings 1 cup toasted pine nut butter


  • 2 cups pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Heat up a skillet on medium-low heat.
  2. Add pine nuts to the hot skillet and stir frequently until slightly toasted, about five minutes.
  3. Food process pine nuts with oil until you have a fairly smooth nut butter with just a few chunks.
  4. Store in the refrigerator.


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3 comments on “Pining For Toasted Pine Nut Butter – Nut Allergy Safe”

  1. Anonymoussays:

    I use sunflower seeds and sesame seeds instead of pine nuts – due to the cost of pine nuts and the whole “pine nut syndrome” that causes some people to develop a metallic taste in their mouths for a few days. Pine nuts from China are suspect but these are the ones that are less expensive. Anyway hence I wonder if sunflower or sesame seeds might work too …

  2. This pine nut is very new to me. I’ve never encountered one so maybe I’ll find and try that recipe, great, looks very delicious, I hope my taste pallets will be glad :)

  3. It sounds great but pine nuts are so expensive!!! I use them very sparingly but I am sure than sunflower seed butter would be quite easy to make. I buy it by the jar at Trader Joes when I am in the States.

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