I can say in all honesty that my oldest son has eaten more peanut butter in his short 12 years than any thing else, maybe everything else combined! Single handedly, he eats a 2 pound jar every two weeks! I get organic and it’s very expensive. Even though making peanut butter homemade isn’t much cheaper, I wanted to give it a spin, pun intended.
Sometimes I like to try to make a recipe just to see if I can. I’ve been wanting to make my own peanut butter since I got my food processor a year ago. Another reason for making peanut butter was possibly get my son to expand his tastes. He’s a very picky eater, but usually if I can get him to help make something he’ll at least try it. My plan is to make peanut butter, then put the homemade peanut butter into muffins or a bread and get him to try it!
I purchased a 16 ounce can of no salt, no skin roasted cocktail peanuts. You can use salted, but I wanted to control the salt myself.
Small Batch Peanut Butter Cookies
would be a perfect recipe to use Homemade Peanut Butter!
So this is what you do. Open the peanuts. Put them in a food processor. Give it a whirl. Seriously, pulse it and run it until the peanuts are ground and smooth. That’s it!
The peanuts go through random stages while being processed. At the stage where they all ball up in a big clump I thought I had done something wrong. Have no fear, just let it whirl and in just a few seconds the now peanut butter will become smooth and creamy!
For real, this was fun! Both boys and I watched the food processor like diamonds was about to shoot from it. Ok, I watched it like diamonds was about to be produced, the boys watched it like LEGOS was about to appear! It’s all relative.
Lincoln tasted and liked it, but says he prefers the store-bought kind. And they say old people get set in their ways…
I totally love it and will make it often. I do plan to make cookies and other desserts with the next batch. Maybe I’ll save a few additives and preservatives that way.
Oh, store this in the refrigerator, it’ll keep longer!
Homemade Peanut Butter
- 4 cups dry roasted peanuts I used unsalted
- Place all peanuts in the bowl of a food processor.
- Pulse and blend. It will take about 3 minutes total.
- Keep blending, stopping to scrap the sides as needed.
- Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for one month.
- Add 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup and pulse until combined.
- Add 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon and combine.
- Try 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice to the mixture.
- Add 1/2 cup Nutella and pulse until smooth.
Get creative! What are some of the fun flavor combos and add-ins would you add to your peanu butter?
More ways to enjoy your peanut butter
Peanut Butter Bars (click picture for recipe)