It’s certainly not a secret around here that I am a full-fledged peanut butter-aholic. I’ve been completely obsessed with the stuff since I was a kid. It was the only sandwich I wanted in my lunchbox, I would slather peanut butter on everything, and I even had a peanut butter and jelly sleeping bag growing up. I’ve continued my obsession into adulthood, favoring peanut butter and chocolate sweets over most anything else, and sneaking peanut butter into my day whenever possible.
Surprisingly, I only recently began making my own peanut butter from scratch. Once I did, I was totally hooked! It has infinitely more flavor than any store-bought peanut butter I’ve had; it just tastes much… wait for it… NUTTIER. I love it! When I made it a few weeks back and posted a picture to Instagram, I received a ton of requests for a recipe or tutorial on how to do it. The good news is that making homemade peanut butter is incredibly easy and takes less than 10 minutes. Let’s do it!
First, we start off with some dry roasted peanuts (I prefer unsalted). This batch will yield about 2 cups of peanut butter, but you can easily scale it up or down, depending on your needs.
Throw the peanuts into the bowl of your food processor:
Start running the processor and then just let it do its thing!
This is what it will look like after about 15 seconds – pretty much ground nuts…
This is after 30 seconds – the nuts are much more finely ground, and they’re starting to stick to the outside of the bowl…
After 1 minute, the peanut mixture will start to clump up, sort of like a graham cracker crust…
We’re 1 minute 30 seconds in, and the peanut butter has gotten to a very thick, paste-like stage. Keep going!
At 2 minutes, the peanut mixture has broken down and it’s starting to look like peanut butter… we’re almost there!
Finally, around 2 minutes 30 seconds, we’ve hit the peanut butter jackpot!
You can certainly let the peanut butter churn longer if you’d like, but at this point, the peanut butter should have a very smooth and creamy consistency. You can eat it with a spoon straight from the food processor (guilty as charged), cut up an apple, toast a slice of bread, or transfer it to a container to store in the refrigerator.
If you prefer jazzing up plain ol’ creamy peanut butter, here are some ideas for different versions:
Chunky: Pulse an additional 1 cup of peanuts into the finished peanut butter for a chunkier texture.
Honey: Pulse 2 teaspoons of honey into the finished peanut butter until evenly disbursed.
Cinnamon-Raisin: Pulse ½ cup raisins + 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar into the finished peanut butter until evenly distributed.
Maple: Pulse 1 tablespoon of maple syrup into the finished peanut butter until thoroughly combined.
It’s also worth mentioning that you can use this same process (and add-ins) to create any nut butter you’d like. Feel free to swap in almonds, cashews, even sunflower seeds!
What’s your favorite peanut butter flavor? I’m a crunchy girl through and through!
Note: I made batches of peanut butter in both the food processor and in my Vitamix blender. While both worked, I found the processor to be much easier. Using the blender, I had to push the peanuts down into the blade, and at one point, it started to smell like the motor was burning a bit. If you have a food processor, I definitely recommend going that route. If you don’t, you can use a blender, but you might want to break it up into smaller batches to it’s more manageable for your blender.