Monday, September 26, 2011

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.

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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.


47 Responses to “Homemade Peanut Butter”

  1. #
    Tina@flourtrader — September 26, 2011 @ 7:13 am

    I love natural peanut butter and it is a shame that most people buy it instead of making it. It is easy and so much healthier for you.

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    Three-Cookies — September 26, 2011 @ 7:15 am

    I remember the label on a PB jar said something like “since this is natural peanut butter oil separation will occur”. In that particular brand you could always see the oil separate. I think that was a 2-ingredient PB, and it tasted delicious – like peanut and salt and no mystery ingredients

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    Curt — September 26, 2011 @ 7:52 am

    When my daughter was about 10 years old, her and I used to make peanut butter pretty much the same way. I always wanted to experiment with other nuts like cashews, but never did. I’ll have to try it again. My wife and I now. My daughter is 31 and lives in England now!

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — September 26, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    I love anything peanut butter as well! It was one of biggest cravings I had when I was pregnant, but I still can’t get enough of it! Looking forward to making some of this creamy peanut butter goodness!

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    Kelly — September 26, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    Cassie I love this! I’ve never made peanut butter before so I’d love to try this looks delicious! And if I haven’t told you yet, I love the new look of your blog!! xoxo

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    RavieNomNoms — September 26, 2011 @ 10:12 am

    I am so in love with peanut butter you have no idea…thank you so much for sharing this! I am definitely going to try it

  7. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 26, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    My blog is overloaded with peanut butter recipes as well! There is just something about it, so yummy! I made my own once years ago, and it was so good. Not sure why I have not done it again!

  8. #
    Susie — September 26, 2011 @ 10:28 am

    It’s pretty awesome you made your own peanut butter and it’s that simple. I love peanut butter, I’ll have to try making some. 🙂

  9. #
    Bev Weidner — September 26, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    I could scuba dive in that peanut butter.


  10. #
    Kristen — September 26, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

    I love nut butters like this that let the true nut flavor shine through. I could eat it by the spoonful!!

  11. #
    Suzi — September 26, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    Now this is the way peanut butter should taste. I haven’t made it myself, not sure why. So easy and tasty. Great peanut butter cookies too.

  12. #
    Britne @ Shabbott's Habits — September 26, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    I’m also a peanut butter lover. I haven’t made my own yet – I only have a small prep-size food processor. I can’t wait to make some in the future though. Yours looks delish!

  13. #
    Erin — September 26, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

    How fun! You see so many nuts butters circulating around but I think you’re the first I’ve seen to do the original peanut butter.

  14. #
    Beth Michelle — September 26, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

    Cannot be any easier then homemade peanut butter! It is definitely nice knowing whats going into your foods!

  15. #
    CJ @ — September 26, 2011 @ 3:13 pm

    ohhh i love making my own nut butters! this is cheating but at whole foods they have a place where you can grind your own nuts and it is just so much better than most jarred stuff! i do enjoy peanut butter and co and their fun flavors, barney butter packets and of course TJ sunflower butter, but making my own is just so much more satisfying!!

    have you ever added cinnamon or anything?! I added honey once and that was awesome!

  16. #
    Sylvia@Peaches and Donuts — September 26, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

    Thanks for showing me that it’s so easy!! I will have to make it soon. I’ve check my jar and it contains peanuts, salt and palm oil so it’s definitely better to make my own. 🙂

  17. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 26, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

    I have always wanted to try this! I agree with you, I like making my own food at home so I know what goes in it. It does seem like there can be a lot of unnecessary ingredients in the kind you buy at the store! This is way better!

  18. #
    Colleen Bierstine — September 26, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    I had no idea it was this simple to make your own PB! I’ll be trying this ASAP with cashews (my favorite)! Thanks for the recipe!

  19. #
    Ann — September 26, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

    Awesome! Another cool thing is you can flavor your peanut butters with ANYTHING you want! You’re SO cool!

  20. #
    Baking Serendipity — September 26, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

    I love how simple this is and that it lets you control the ingredients 🙂 I’m on a sketched out over weird, unnecessary ingredients kick so this is perfect!

    • Cassie @ Bake Your Day replied: — September 27th, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

      I hope you enjoy it, I like adding a little honey. I’ve been on that ‘get rid of weird ingredient’ kick for a while now too!

  21. #
    Christine — September 26, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

    Easy, tasty and good for you.

  22. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — September 27, 2011 @ 1:53 am

    Oh it must be so good to eat homemade version! I didn’t grow up eating peanut butter (in fact it’s not very common food in Japan) so I don’t really have peanut butter at home. Now my kids don’t even like peanut butter… no one can believe it. LOL. I’d love to make this at home with the kids. They might change their mind!

  23. #
    Manu — September 27, 2011 @ 3:36 am

    Ohhhhh if only I had read this yesterday!! I went all the way to the store just to get a jar of peanut butter… out of which I only needed 3 tablespoons!!! mmmmmmmm This looks so much better than the jar I have sitting in my pantry!!!! Great job!

  24. #
    Alyssa — September 27, 2011 @ 5:59 am

    I’ve made nutbutters at home before and I loved them. They did turn out different than what I would buy in the store, but I agree two ingredients is way better than ten! Nice post!

  25. #
    Liz — September 27, 2011 @ 6:41 am

    You go, girl!!! You made your own peanut butter…wow! I never knew it was such a simple process~

  26. #
    Lauren — September 27, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    Wow. Guess peanut butter really is ridiculously easy to make! I have lots of peanut butter treats on my site too! Love it!

  27. #
    Giulietta | Alterkitchen — September 27, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

    You totally made my day! I love peanut butter, too! And I’d love to eat an home-made one.. now I know how to make it! Thanks!

  28. #
    Elyse @The Cultural Dish — September 27, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    This is awesome! I didn’t realize it would be so easy to make. I’ll definitely have to do this now because you are right, sometimes the store bought items just have too many unnecessary ingredients.

  29. #
    Cookin' Cowgirl — September 27, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

    So simple!! Love it! I’m one of those nerds that loves “making my own peanut butter” at Whole Foods, but that’s not really making your own. Must. Try. This!
    🙂 Thanks for the fantastic inspiration!
    ~Cookin’ Cowgirl

  30. #
    Melissa @ thefauxmartha — September 27, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

    I like your style! The more pure the better.

  31. #
    Yuri - Chef Pandita — September 27, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

    Great idea! So much better than store-bought 🙂

  32. #
    kita — September 27, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

    I tried to make my own almond butter earlier this summer …. well, it didn’t end well. lol I have to give it a try again and figure out where I went wrong. With the rate that I have gone through peanut butter recently I should try this soon!

  33. #
    Jennifer Eloff — September 27, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

    Believe it or not, I have to add light tasting olive oil to my peanuts to make peanut butter because my food processor is not powerful enough to turn the peanuts into peanut butter.

  34. #
    Anne@frommysweetheart — September 27, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

    Cassie….one of the reasons I LOVE your blog so much is because it is filled with so much peanut butter! Honestly…I can eat peanut butter with a spoon out of the jar! It’s funny how we tend to think of things like peanut butter as being easier to buy than make. But gosh…2 ingredients and fresh without being loaded with sugar… doesn’t get any better than that. You have inspired me to start making more things from scratch and I can’t wait to whip up a batch of this yum! : )

  35. #
    Kim Bee — September 27, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

    Cassie I love this. You are a rock star! I am not a peanut butter fanatic but my brother is. I think this would make an amazing christmas gift for him. Thanks for sharing this.

  36. #
    Russell at Chasing Delicious — September 28, 2011 @ 11:20 am

    I’ve always wanted to make homemade peanut butter. What a cool post! Your line about the grocery store, its convenience at the cost of extra ingredients is sooo true.

    Also, thank you always for all the kind words you comment on my blog!

  37. #
    Juliana — September 28, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

    How nice making your own peanut butter…must taste really fresh 🙂
    Hope you are having a fantastic week Cassie!

  38. #
    Jill | Dulce Dough — September 29, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    I used to do this every now and then, but haven’t for a long time. Thanks for the reminder. I think it tastes so much better than the stuff you buy.

  39. #
    Mike@The Culinary Lens — September 29, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

    Would you believe I had my first PB sandwich just a couple of years ago. Peanut butter is such a American foo. I love the idea of home made

  40. #
    sarah — September 29, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

    Um I’m not sure how I missed this post because it’s ah-mazing. Love that you took your love of peanut butter to a new level. I am so trying this soon!

  41. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — November 12, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

    Come feed thios to me with a spoon. Please?! 😉 Love love love your new design!!

  42. #
    Nancy — July 9, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

    Hi I aquired a peanut butter maker from a local swap meet it was made in 1979 in NYC, still had the directions and the warranty card was a IBM punch card, never used even better, so cool, its small but works so well just put the peanuts in the hopper and turn it on it comes out a little shoot, easy to clean, no oil, no salt just dry roasted peanuts. Just love it and dont have to buy peanut butter with all the bad ingredients.

  43. #
    Nancy — July 9, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

    Hi I aquired a peanut butter maker from a local swap meet it was made in 1979 in NYC, still had the directions and the warranty card was a IBM punch card, never used even better, so cool, its small but works so well just put the peanuts in the hopper and turn it on it comes out a little shoot, easy to clean, no oil, no salt just dry roasted peanuts. Just love it and dont have to buy peanut butter with all the bad ingredients. PS I never have had any oil seperation just the peanut butter


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