Homemade Peanut Butter
You all know that I love peanut butter. My blog is overloaded with peanut butter treats and peanut butter has been on my list of things to make for a while now. I love peanut butter for lots of reasons but I’m adding one more reason to my list: it’s so easy to make at home.
The grocery store adds tons of convenience to our lives but sometimes adds unnecessary ingredients as well. We have two jars of store-bought peanut butter in our cabinet and the ingredient lists contain items like sugar, palm oil, molasses, hydrogenated vegetable oils and sugar. Guess how many ingredients I used for my at-home version? Two ingredients. Peanuts and salt. I love making things at home because I know exactly what’s going in. No hydrogenation, no added sugar or oil makes my favorite nut butter healthier, affordable and still tastes awesome! If you prefer a sweeter peanut butter, you could add honey, cinnamon or vanilla to sweeten it up a bit.
The other beauty of this process is that you can use it to make cashew butter, almond butter or any other nut butter.
Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe
Yield: approx. 1 cup
Total Time: 10 minutes
1 cup unsalted, dry roasted peanuts
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
Place the peanuts in a food processor and add the salt. Process the peanuts. Scrape down the sides as needed and continue to process until a smooth butter forms as the oils in the peanuts are released. You will be able to see the peanuts transform into butter; they’ll go through various stages.
The butter will form after about 8-9 minutes of processing. If you feel your butter is particularly dry as it processes, you can add oil, one teaspoon at a time.
Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. The oil will most-likely separate so stirring will be necessary.