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. Natural peanut butter is still 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.
This recipe for 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 become 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.
How to make peanut butter - Step by step
One: Put the peanuts into 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 into 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.
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.
How to use natural peanut butter
There is so much more that you can do with this peanut butter recipe 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 our 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:
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.
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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.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.