Wondering how to make peanut butter? You only need one ingredient and a food processor or a high-powered blender! You’ll never want to buy store-bought again. This homemade peanut butter is so much cheaper and tastier! With a video.
Peanut butter couldn’t be any easier to make. Seriously. You dump peanuts in a food processor and let it go. And I’m sure some of you are shaking your heads at me. She’s posting a recipe for peanut butter? Yup, I am. Because of this conversation:
Student: I make my own peanut butter! I put a stick of butter in the food processor and add some peanuts!
I really don’t understand how people can pay $5 or even more for a jar of natural peanut butter. Maybe I’m just too cheap. And maybe this is just an issue in Germany, but I’ve tried a lot of natural peanut butters that tastes just awful. Even after adding 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a small jar, I wouldn’t even call it edible. I thought peanuts were peanuts. Apparently not!
Some peanut butters marketed as “natural” even have added fat and sugar. I have no idea what sets them apart from regular peanut butter and why they’re considered natural. They’re delicious, sure, but natural? Hmm.
Be sure to use roasted peanuts. Peanuts get most of their flavor from the roasting process. I always use roasted and salted peanuts but if yours are unsalted, you can just add salt during the processing.
If you want to get really fancy, you could use some honey roasted peanuts. That would be mind-blowingly awesome. But being as I go through cups of this every week as it is, I’ll have to pass on the honey roasted variety. I can guarantee you I’d sit there with a spoon and eat it all until it was gone. And then cry a little. Because I’d have just eaten 43,000 calories worth of peanut butter.
According to this site, homemade peanut butter lasts for 3–6 months in the refrigerator. You can tell if it’s gone bad by a rancid smell.
I’ve been making this peanut butter for years and have never had that happen and have never had my oil separate like in the store bought kinds!
If you run out of ideas on what to do with your homemade peanut butter, try these no-bake peanut butter cookies. They’re definitely a favorite of ours! These chickpea cookies have also been a huge hit. I hate chickpeas, but the cookies are awesome!
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How to Make Peanut Butter
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- Yield: 1 cup peanut butter
- enough roasted salted peanuts to go over your food processor blade - I like to use at least 2 cups (which yields a little less than 1 cup of peanut butter)
- salt to taste
- Using a food processor: Dump peanuts in the food processor fitted with an S-blade and process on high until creamy. For me it took about 4 minutes. In my old food processor it took about 8. First there’ll be ground peanuts, then it’ll start to clump together, and then the clump will break down. Then process it a little more until you’re sure it’s nice and creamy.
- Using a Blendtec: Add 1 1/2 cups of roasted and salted peanuts to the Twister Jar, and process on high, while turning the blade counterclockwise. This usually takes about 40 seconds. Take breaks if your blender starts to get too warm.
- Add salt to taste, if you used unsalted peanuts.
- Store in the fridge for up to three months. I've forgotten jars of peanut butter that have lasted much longer.