peanut butter

September 27th, 2010

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.

Comments: 14 Total

  1. Anna

    September 27, 2010 at 7:44 am

    I’ve thought about making peanut butter from time to time, you’ve inspired me to try it as soon as the jar I have runs out.

  2. samantha hahn

    September 27, 2010 at 7:54 am

    holy mother…..pb is my favorite thing in the universe and this looks amazing.

  3. Emily

    September 27, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Woah!!! AMAZING idea! I know what the next thing I’m making in my food processor will be….

  4. Jennifer

    September 27, 2010 at 9:43 am

    My son just asked me last week to make peanut butter. Because of you inspiration – it’s on the this for the week. Thanks!

  5. Lara

    September 27, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I love the ease & simplicity of this! Why is it that sometimes the easiest & most pure things are the things we forget to make? love the addition of honey – will definitely have to try this sometime! :)

  6. Dana

    September 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    And by making it on your own, you can control the amount of sugar and salt in your peanut butter too. Some of the store brands have the craziest amounts of sugar in them!

  7. Justine

    September 28, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    That looks like the filling to a Reese’s. SO creamy and fluffy! I might have to try that one out…. :)

  8. DailyChef

    September 28, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Great tips and great recipe! I’ve never made my own peanut butter, and have been wanting to give it a try.

  9. Edith-Nicole

    October 5, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Oh my heavens this looks perfect. And so much less oily than the jarred versions, I imagine. I’m totally making some tomorrow. Thanks!

  10. hannah

    October 12, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Yum- just made it and it’sdelicious, the perfect way to procrastinate when you should be studying!!

  11. ellen.e

    October 17, 2010 at 5:33 am

    do the peanuts have to be peeled?

  12. kelly

    October 17, 2010 at 7:15 am

    ellen.e: yes the peanuts should be peeled.

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