This Easy Homemade Peanut Butter just needs 1 ingredient (with options for a couple of add-ins) and only takes a few minutes to make. It's so simple to make, you will wonder why you have been buying peanut butter in a jar for so long. It is super creamy, and has so many uses. It's definitely a kitchen staple.
We always have some homemade peanut butter in our kitchen - it's like liquid gold. For a quick snack on banana, apple or toast, to add to a smoothie, or to make an epic PB&J sandwich. This all-natural peanut butter has no hidden added ingredients, but you can add some flavourings to mix it up a bit.
Making peanut butter couldn't be easier. You just need peanuts and a high powdered food processor. You have to trust that this will come together, as there will be a time that you doubt it will. At first the peanuts will go a crumbly mixture, but after scraping it down and letting the food processor do its thing, it will come together. This peanut butter recipe has been tested hundreds of times and it works every time.
Looking for some other nut butters to try? Why not try our Maple Cinnamon Pecan Butter or Vanilla and Honey Almond Butter.
Why you will love it
- Just 1 ingredient - Peanuts are all you need. How easy is that!
- Homemade comfort food - We could happily eat this out of the jar. It is total comfort food.
- Only takes a few minutes to make - Using a high powered food processor means this takes just a few minutes to come together.
- Lots of ways to use it - Is there anything that peanut butter doesn't go on? We have lots of different ways to use it.
- Can make different flavours - Why have plain peanut butter when you can flavour it?
How to make peanut butter - Step by step
One: Put the peanuts in to a high powered food processor and turn it on.
Two: You will need to keep stopping it to scrape the sides down, and starting it again.
Three: After a few minutes it will start to turn in to a butter. Blend until it is the desired consistency. About 4-5 minutes gives the perfect texture I think.
What peanuts to use
We used raw, unsalted peanuts to make ours and keep it as a healthy peanut butter. However if you like a salty peanut butter, then you could use salted peanuts, or just add a pinch of salt.
You can use this method of making nut butter to any nuts or seeds, or even a mixture of nut and seeds. We make pecan, cashew, almond and pistachio butter this way, as well as sunflower seed butter.
What about roasting the peanuts? You could roast them first if you wanted to and it will give it a stronger flavour, but we find they are a bit dry.
Crunchy Peanut Butter
This is totally a preference thing, but for me the best peanut butter has to be smooth and that is what this recipe is for. If you like chunky/crunchy peanut butter, then still follow this recipe and at the end stir in some finely chopped peanuts to give it that crunch. Do you prefer yours crunchy or smooth?
If you like a little sweetness in your homemade peanut butter, then a tablespoon of honey adds a nice sweet touch. You could use maple syrup if you wanted it to be vegan too. We also like adding a pinch of cinnamon for extra flavour.
If you want to make a chocolate peanut butter mix, then add a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder at the end and blend a little.
What to have with peanut butter
There is so much more that you can do with homemade peanut butter than make cookies and sandwiches. Not to mention just eating it out of the jar with a spoon! We love it spread on our Easy Homemade Bagels.
For something savoury, stir some into these Soy Sauce Noodles.
It's a great way to give a smoothie a protein boost, or spread on banana and apple slices for a healthy snack. Why not try one of these recipes which are a delicious way to use healthy peanut butter:
- Peanut Butter Banana Muffins
- Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
- No Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Oat Squares
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl
Although most store bought peanut butters would be stored in a kitchen cupboard, this is a totally natural homemade peanut butter with no additives or preservatives, so it can spoil.
It is best to keep it in an air tight container and then in the fridge. It will keep for about 3-4 weeks. This will make it quite hard and more difficult to spread, but you can just pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds to soften it up.
You need a high powered blender to really bring this all together and also to make it nice and smooth. We recommend the Ninja Food Processor.
Every food processor is different. If yours isn't quite powerful enough, then it may need a few extra minutes. If your food processor is getting hot, take a break and open the lid and let it rest for 10 minutes before carrying on. You don't want to break it.
• If you are really struggling to get your peanut butter to come together, then a little bit of oil can help with this. Vegetable or peanut oil is best for this.
• The exact amount of peanuts needed will depend on the size of your food processor. You need enough for them all the blend up.
• Store the peanut butter in an air tight container in the fridge.
• If you want chunky peanut butter, stir in some finely chopped peanuts.
• If you want an even richer flavour peanut butter, then toast the peanuts in a pan first, as this will release some of the oil.
• You can flavour this peanut butter with honey, cinnamon or cocoa powder.
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Homemade Peanut Butter
- 275 g (3 cups) Roasted and unsalted peanuts
- Vegetable oil or peanut oil - (if required)
- Honey or maple syrup - (if using)
- Put the peanuts into a high powdered food processor and turn it on.
- You will need to keep stopping it and scrapping the sides down, and starting it again.
- After a few minutes it will start to turn in to a butter. Blend until it is the desired consistency.
- If you are really struggling to get your peanut butter to come together, then a little bit of oil can help with this. Vegetable or peanut oil is best for this.
- The exact amount of peanuts needed will depend on the size of your food processor. You need enough for them all the blend up.
- Store the peanut butter in an air tight container in the fridge.
- If you want chunky peanut butter, stir in some finely chopped peanuts.
- If you want an even richer flavour peanut butter, then toast the peanuts in a pan first, as this will release some of the oil.
- You can flavour this peanut butter with honey, cinnamon or cocoa powder.
How long will it last?
In an air tight container, a couple of weeks.
I made this recipe using cashews last night. It tastes really good but it came out very dry with no oil separation at all. I was wondering if this is normal or if there is something I can do to improve this.
Some nuts work better than others. Peanuts are best, as they are very oily naturally. I find that roasting the nuts before can help release some of the oil.
If you live in Florida, Publix supermarket sells fresh ground peanut butter with no additives! Yeah. I eat reduced calorie PB but I do worry about the extra chemicals. Thanks for you recipe.
when you grind sesame seeds into a paste that is traditionally called tahini (and olive oil is sometimes added to the tahini but not necessary) and is used to make humus.
You're great Dannii. I have tried lots of your recipes and I have enjoyed all of them.
I just made this and it is so good. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas.
Any suggestions on roasting your own peanuts?
I haven't gone a day without peanut butter in the past 6 months :)
Do you need a special kind of food processor to make this? I have an old one, I am wondering if it would break it?
just keep going with your food processor. Take breaks if you think it's overheating, but peanuts turn to butter pretty easily. You only need to worry if you're making other types of nut butter.
I have a total peanut butter obsession at the moment too. I love it on bananas as a snack. Making this myself could save me a fortune.
I love your recipes. You are such an inspiration to others that are wanting to be healthier. Thank you for all that you do.
I have just found your blog on pinterest and I look forward to reading more. I need to lose about 150lbs, but I just love food too much.
I made this yesterday and I have eaten so much of it. It is really good - I can't believe I made it myself. I can burn water!
Thank you for this, I am going to make it tomorrow.
This is so easy. I am going to buy peanuts now!
Is it really this easy? Why have I been buying it for so long?