Learn how to make peanut butter with this easy recipe. It takes only 5 minutes using your food processor or a high speed Vitamix blender. This easy homemade peanut butter recipe includes tips, tricks and step-by-step instructions and photos for the creamiest peanut butter.
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Ever wanted to make your own peanut butter at home? It’s actually much easier than you think. Peanut butter is a pantry staple and it’s an easy do-it-yourself recipe that requires as little as one ingredient.
WHY MAKE HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER?
As convenient as it can be to go out and pick up a jar of store-bought peanut butter, I love knowing exactly what goes inside.
Plus, this healthy peanut butter recipe tastes better and it’s cheaper to make than most natural peanut butter brands.
Not a fan of smooth peanut butter? No problem! You can easily make your own crunchy peanut butter using your blender in even less time by leaving a few chunks.
Switch up the flavors with what you have in your pantry.
And depending on what you add, this creamy peanut butter is also gluten free, sugar free and can fit into a low carb diet.
THINGS YOU NEED FOR THE BEST PEANUT BUTTER RECIPE:
- peanuts (I prefer roasting the nuts or buying pre-roasted peanuts since it helps give you a more flavorful peanut butter)
- a pinch of salt, helps to bring out the flavors
- SWEETENER OF CHOICE: honey, coconut sugar, monk fruit sweetener, erythritol, maple syrup etc.
- SPICES: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin pie spice – get as creative as you like
- OIL: coconut oil or MCT oil – if you’re trying to increase fats in your macros
HOW TO MAKE PEANUT BUTTER:
- ROAST PEANUTS: For more flavor, roast the peanuts before blending. Roasting also helps the nuts to blend up quicker. Be sure to allow the nuts to cool down before processing otherwise, the concentrated oils may cause your blender or food processor to overheat.
- ADD NUTS TO A HIGH-SPEED BLENDER OR A FOOD PROCESSOR: Add the roasted peanuts to a high-speed blender or a food processor or blender. If you make a lot of your own peanut butter or other nut butters, investing in a high-speed blender like a Vitamix can save you a lot of time since it works much faster.
- PROCESS: You’ll notice that the nuts will go through various stages before it turns to smooth and creamy nut butter.
- CRUMBY TEXTURE: First, you’ll notice that the nuts will look like crumbs.
- CLUMPING INTO A BALL: then they’ll start clumping up into a ball.
- SANDY / GRITTY PASTE: Keep processing and the clump will break down and start to turn into a gritty paste.
- CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER: Finally, the nut butter will get smooth and spreadable and you’ll end up with creamy homemade peanut butter.
WHAT CAN YOU USE HOMEMADE NUT BUTTER FOR?
Homemade peanut butter is great for:
- baking a peanut butter pie or easy peanut butter cookies – you can learn how to make peanut butter cookies <—-
- drizzling some over a bowl of oatmeal
- add a spoonful to your smoothies
- spread on your morning toast
- enjoy as a snack with some apples
- or by the spoonful straight out of the jar or container
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A FOOD PROCESSOR, CAN I MAKE PEANUT BUTTER IN A REGULAR BLENDER?
I’m afraid not and highly recommend using a high-speed blender like a Vitamix or a food processor. You may end up burning out the motor on a regular blender.
For smaller batches, I’ll use a smaller food processor like this one.
For larger batches, I always use my handy Vitamix because it works like a dream when it comes turning nuts into a creamy, drippy butter in like, 3 minutes flat.
A food processor takes quite a bit longer to process versus a Vitamix depending on the strength and size of your machine.
HOW TO STORE PEANUT BUTTER:
To store this homemade peanut butter, simply transfer to an airtight container or a glass jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator.
HOW LONG CAN YOU STORE HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER FOR?
Homemade peanut butter will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
HOW MANY NUTS DO I NEED TO MAKE PEANUT BUTTER?
I recommend making smaller batches to start off with so they are easier to blend or process if you aren’t familiar with the process. Start with 2 cups of dry roasted nuts and then once you get a feel for the process and know how much your machine can handle, you can increase the amount.
Two cups of roasted nuts yields about 1 cup of nut butter.
CAN I HAVE PEANUT BUTTER ON KETO?
Natural peanut butter with no added sugar or sweetener is high in healthy fats and low in carbs.
HOW MANY CARBS ARE IN PEANUT BUTTER?
The macros for one tablespoon serving of homemade peanut butter:
- 104 calories
- 1g Net Carbs
- 5g Protein
- 9g Fat
- 1g Sugar
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Learn how make homemade peanut butter with this easy recipe. Takes just 5 minutes using your food processor or high speed Vitamix blender to make the creamy smooth peanut butter.
- 2 cups (8 ounces) raw unsalted peanuts (can also buy preroasted peanuts)
- 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt to taste
- ground cinnamon to taste
- sweetener: monk fruit, maple syrup or honey , to taste
Preheat oven to 325 F and spread a single layer of nuts on a large-rimmed baking sheet. Toast for 8-10 minutes, mixing half-way. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes, until no longer hot (warm is okay).
Add the (roasted or unroasted) nuts to a high-powered blender like a Vitamix (fitted with the four-blade attachment) or a food processor. Process on high speed until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl frequently.
You’ll notice that the nuts will go through various stages:
CRUMBY TEXTURE: First, you’ll notice that the nuts will look like crumbs.
CLUMPING INTO A BALL: then they’ll start clumping up into a ball.
SANDY / GRITTY PASTE: Keep processing and the clump will break down and start to turn into a gritty paste.
CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER: Finally, the nut butter will get smooth and spreadable and you’ll end up with creamy peanut butter.
Once the mixture is creamy, you can add optional salt, sweetener or add-ins of your choice.
Allow to cool down slightly before transfering to a glass jar. Seal and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 weeks.