Ever since I first came home with a tub of freshly ground peanut butter from Whole Foods, I’ve been meaning to give it a try at home. Peanut butter has always been a favorite of mine, but sweet goodness, the flavor and texture of just ground peanuts is magical. After making a trip to my local bulk food mecca (woohoo Sahadi’s) I came home with a big old bag of peanuts specifically for a little homemade peanut butter. It was perhaps the easiest and most satisfying thing I’ve made in long time.
You can be ultra simple and use only peanuts, but I added a little honey and salt to mine for a little extra pizazz. All you need to do is dump it all in the food processor, let it go for about 3-4 minutes and ta-da! That’s it! I mean, what else takes so little effort, is so affordable and is so dang delicious? If you’re like me, you’ll be searching for an excuse to spread a peanut butter on just about anything… umm, ok, or you’ll just might find yourself sneaking a spoonful. Seriously, give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.
homemade peanut butter
makes about 1 cup
1 cup unsalted peanuts (you can also use honey roasted peanuts)
1 teaspoon honey
pinch of salt
Toss all ingredients in a food processor and blend for 3-4 minutes. The peanuts will go through a few different phases, from crumbly to a dry sticky mixture then finally you’ll begin to see the peanut oil begin to appear. Throughout the process, you may want to stop the processor to unstick the peanuts from the bowl once or twice. You’ll know its done when the mixture starts to get shiny and smoother, but it will still have a bit of texture.