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In a world of processed food products, sometimes we simply forget that we can do something ourselves. When it comes to homemade peanut butter, the whole process is a breeze. All you need are nuts and a blender.
Best of all, homemade peanut butter is silky smooth, spreadable, and the best thing you'll ever eat. No one who tries it can believe that it is made only from peanuts.
Add a little salt if necessary, a drizzle of honey, or a handful of chopped peanuts to make things crisp. Perfect for the little ones' breakfast, snacks when you are hungry and, of course, the best PB&J on the planet.
What do you need to make your own peanut butter?
Plus, a high-powered blender or food processor makes a difference with this recipe.
What type of peanut is better for homemade peanut butter?
Good quality shelled peanuts work best. If they are not yet roasted, you can roast them in the oven.
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Here's how to roast peanuts in the oven:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add walnuts to a rimmed baking sheet.
- Roast the walnuts for 3 minutes, shake the pan and roast another 3 to 5 minutes or until the walnuts are lightly browned and smell … nutty. Be careful not to burn them.
- Allow them to cool until you can handle them.
- Then continue with the recipe!
How to make homemade peanut butter:
- Add the peanuts to the bowl of your food processor.
- Turn it on and start looking.
- Peanuts will go through several stages during the next few minutes of processing, so don't worry, you're doing fine. Just be sure to stop the machine about every minute and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- You will see peanuts move from crumbs to a dry ball to smooth, creamy peanut butter. Depending on the processor, it may take a few minutes longer than others. That happen!
How to make crunchy peanut butter:
- If you're making crunchy peanut butter, add 1/3 cup roasted peanuts to the bowl of a food processor.
- Pulse 6 to 8 times, or until the peanuts are cut into very small pieces.
- Transfer the chopped peanuts to a bowl and save for later.
- Add the chopped peanuts once the peanut butter has reached the desired consistency.
Peanut butter variations:
Half the fun of doing your own thing is doing it exactly the way you want it to.
- Homemade peanut and almond butter: Mix equal parts of almonds and peanuts and make a peanut almond butter.
- Peanut butter with chocolate: Add a little powdered sugar and a tablespoon of cocoa powder (not cocoa mix) to the peanuts while mixing. Talk about
- Homemade peanut butter with honey: A tablespoon of honey adds natural sweetness to your bp masterpiece.
- Homemade peanut butter with coconut oil: If you're going to drizzle peanut butter over bananas, brownies, or your morning muesli, add a tablespoon or two of coconut oil so that the butter can be poured and creamy.
- Homemade butter with cinnamon: A hassle-free spice, cinnamon goes well with everything and adds something special to peanuts.
How to store homemade peanut butter:
Store it in the refrigerator or at room temperature if you think it will do it fast enough. If you're a slow consumer of peanut butter, you might want to keep it in the fridge so it stays really cool, especially if it will be several weeks before you finish a jar.
What can you do with homemade peanut butter?
First of all, you can make your own dog treats. Store-bought peanut butter, especially things labeled sugar-free, may contain an artificial sweetener called xylitol. Xylitol is safe for humans, but is toxic to dogs. If you make yours, you can share it with your furry friends.
For human friends, I recommend: Peanut Butter Buckeyes, Unbaked Peanut Butter Balls, Thai Peanut Dressing, when you need something salty. Peanut butter needs little more than a spoon and an appetite for a perfect snack.
More pantry recipes:
- Homemade almond butter
- Homemade tahini
- Orange marmalade
- Barbecue sauce
- Homemade chili seasoning
- Basil and walnut pesto
- Kale pesto
All it takes is a few minutes, some peanuts, and a food processor to make all-natural homemade peanut butter that is better than anything you've tried anywhere. Without sugar, without salt, without additives … zip, nothing, zilch. Cuisine: American Cooking time: 5 minutes Total time: 5 minutes Servings: 28 Calories: 220kcal
- 4 cups roasted peanuts
- Add peanuts to a high-powered blender or food processor. Press the peanuts until finely chopped.
- Process or mix on low speed for 1 continuous minute, then stop the machine and scrape down the sides. Peanut butter will be dry and gritty.
- Process or mix on low speed a second time for 1 continuous minute, then stop machine and scrape down sides. Peanut butter will begin to form a lumpy paste.
- Process or mix on low speed a third time for 1 continuous minute, then stop machine and scrape down sides. Peanut butter will be thick and grainy at this point.
- Process or mix on medium speed the fourth time for an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Peanut butter should be creamy and smooth at this point. It will also be warm, fragrant and delicious.
- Peanut butter will keep in a covered container in the refrigerator for several weeks.
Calories :: 220kcal
Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe