A Homemade Kitchen: Peanut Butter
This recipe is the easy version as it uses pre-roasted peanuts. To save money, you could purchase shelled, raw Spanish peanuts and roast them yourself by baking them in a 350 degree oven in a single layer on a sheet pan, sprinkled with salt, for 30-35 minutes. Once roasted and cooled, remove shells. Rub peanuts between your hands to remove skins, then throw them in a salad spinner to further remove skins.
Homemade Peanut Butter
Makes about 1 cup
- 1 1/2 cups roasted peanuts (can use honey roasted, salted, or unsalted; see above for roasting at home)
- salt (amount based on what peanuts you used, taste and adjust seasonings as necessary)
- honey (amount based on what peanuts you used, taste and adjust as necessary)
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil (optional)
Place nuts in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. With lid on, pulse the peanuts until they become a smooth and shiny butter, about 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. If it seems your peanuts aren’t turning into a paste, slowly add the oil until incorporated and smooth. If peanuts turn into a paste easily, omit the oil. Taste, and adjust seasonings to your preference.
Store peanut butter in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month. Peanut butter may require stirring to redistribute oils.
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is there any alternative of honey? please let me know.
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It’s looking so fresh. I’ve been using peanut butter with brown bread for a long time now. Surely gonna try this at home. Please tell, Since there are no added things, so should I keep it in fridge or at room temperature?
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I make almond butter at least once a week, but for some reason I’ve never even considered making homemade peanut butter!
Great post. I have not purchased peanut butter for several years. I was one of the unlucky people to get food poisoning from Trader Joe’s peanut butter. Now I make my own with a trip through the oven for more flavor and no bacteria. Why was I not doing this sooner?
I love drizzly homemade peanut butter! It’s seriously the bomb dot com – the packaged stuff just doesn’t even compare. I have been trying to talk myself out of buying a food processor for myself, but I think this post really tips the scales… I could have homemade PB all the time! Magical.
Try adding cinnamon to your PB! We have a current brand here that currently does that and I am thoroughly addicted. They also have a maple syrup flavour which is a bit too sweet for me. Tempted to try this with the added cinnamon though!
How long will this pb last in the fridge?
At least a month, probably two! The oil will separate so you will have to stir it to reincorporate.
Where do you recommend the best bargains on peanuts?
Hi there, thanks for your comment! My first thought is perhaps your food processor or blender has dull blades or simply isn't powerful enough. It's hard to tell what could be going wrong without being right there in the kitchen. Homemade peanut butter will also never be quite as smooth as commercial peanut butter, we just don't have the same heavy-duty equipment at home! But it should still be pretty smooth.
Hi! Thanks for post. Unfortunately, my peanuts insist on not turning into a smooth paste! I've tried your recipe twice, but it didn't work, even though I added some oil… What do you think I'm doing wrong..?
I'm new to reading your blog…and I'm obsessed!
You're a great writer and post such interesting recipes.
I make almond butter at least once a week, but for some reason I've never even considered making homemade peanut butter!
Thanks for the idea!
Can you make this without a food processor? Like maybe a blender? I yearn for a food processor–but until that day… 🙂
You could use a blender (I don't have one so I haven't tried it), just make sure you're stirring/scraping sides with a spatula every minute or so to ensure it is being evenly pureed. 🙂
I eat peanut butter from the jar all the time…it is my weakness! I have to admit that while I would love to try homemade peanut butter, I am sketical that the texture would be what I like. Is this peanut butter smooth or somewhat on the grainy side?
Monica – I'd have to say the texture of homemade peanut butter is slightly less smooth than commercial peanut butter.
Yum 🙂 I love making as many things myself as I can. I need to add peanut butter to my list… This does look dreamy!
I love honey in this peanut butter! Looks scrumptious.
I love making my own peanut butter! So easy and delicious and its fun to try out different peanuts and flavor combinations! Im really excited for this new series! Replacing store-bought staples with homemade is always something I try to do more and more!
I love that first picture! The children here eat a lot of peanut butter. Not sure if I am going to make it myself, since we already buy organic peanutbutter with just peanuts in it, but it sure looks like an easy enough little project. Maybe the little ones will like to make some sometime, that would be fun!
What do you do if you like crunchy peanut butter?
I haven't made it, but I would fathom a guess that it would work if you separated the peanuts into two groups – one slightly more than half of the peanuts, the other slightly less. Blend the first group until it's smooth, like above, and then blend the second group until they are just in little pieces. Combine the two for crunchy peanut butter 🙂
Wes, you could process for less time so that the peanuts are chunkier and/or mix in a handful of chopped peanuts 🙂
Didn't realise homemade peanut butter was that easy to make! I'd like to try and make some once my store-bought one is finished…which won't take too long 'cos like you, I have peanut butter almost daily! Thanks for posting this. 🙂
Thanks for the post – it is hard to buy peanut butter without palm oil or partially hydrogenated oils. I will try this!
Oooh I bet this is so delicious! You always have the best pictures!
Delicious! Who knew it was that east 🙂