Homemade Peanut Butter

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homemade peanut butter

Homemade Peanut Butter

Making Homemade Peanut Butter is so easy….and I am on a kick to see what’s in my food.  What exactly is it we’re eating?  One of the foods my family loves is peanut butter.  (Or any nut butter, really!)  I picked up a jar of commercial peanut butter in the store expecting peanuts, maybe some peanut oil, and salt.  What I found seemed wrong for such a simple food: peanuts, sugar, molasses, hydrogenated vegetable oils, mono and diglycerides, and salt.  Mono what?  Diglycerides?  A little research shows that they are chemicals that emulsify, in this case, keep the oil released from the peanuts mixed in to the final product.  I had to be able to do better.

So, armed with my trusty food processor and a bag of peanuts, I set off to make some homemade peanut butter of my own.  What’s in my peanuts?  Peanuts, peanut oil, and salt.  That’s it.  The result?  A fantastic peanut butter that tastes fresh and is slightly crunchy, a compromise in my household for those that love crunchy, and me that loves creamy.  And I didn’t have to add any weird sounding things.  Although, I will admit, I have to stir it before using it, which really is no big deal.

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Here’s how I did it:

1 lb kettle roasted peanuts (or your favorite peanut)

1 pinch of kosher salt (if your peanuts are unsalted)

1 teaspoon of honey (if you would like the sweeter flavor)

Food processor

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Place the peanuts in a clean food processor bowl.  Close the lid and turn it on.  It will first resemble a dry crumb, but with continued blending, a semi-smooth mixture.  I blended mine for about 5 minutes to get the texture I was looking for.

Yep.  It’s that simple.

I keep my homemade peanut butter in the pantry, in a cool spot.  It will last a week or two, and if you keep it in the fridge, you can keep it much longer.  And this isn’t limited to peanuts!  Try almonds or cashews.  Whatever nuts your family enjoys, make them into a healthy butter!

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Comments

  1. My family grows peanuts every year, I think I just found something to use the extra peanuts for!

  2. Was looking for a good recipe thanks

  3. Wow! I had no idea it was that easy!!! Thanks! Will try :)

  4. Never thought to make my own Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. I think I might actually do this

  6. Frances Blagg says:

    not kidding i was just thinkingabout these last week.

  7. Jennifer Hall says:

    How much does it cost to make?

    • I get my peanuts on sale for around $3.99 per pound or less. If they are full price, they are around $4.99 per pound though. I’m sure area of the country factors into that too.

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