How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter
It’s really expensive to buy peanut butter at the supermarket and the regular brands often contain a bunch of sugar and chemicals that you probably don’t want to be putting into your body. The natural peanut butters from the health food stores are even more expensive.
But, it’s totally unnecessary to buy peanut butter! With a good blender, it’s so, so, so simple to make your own and the basic recipe includes only three ingredients: peanuts, salt and a bit of oil. Then it’ll keep in your refrigerator for up to two months.
Here’s How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter:
Step 1: Get yourself a sweet blender. I hate those cheap blenders you buy from Wal-Mart. You know the ones. They have no power and so blending up something like a carrot becomes a chore. Plus they seem to break after using them about 20 times. Stop wasting your time and money and get yourself a serious machine.
I personally use the Oster Versa, a serious beast of a machine. It’s kind of expensive, but it’ll last you for years. If you want to splash out and get what the pros have in their kitchens, get yourself a sweet, sweet Vitamix. Then get your blending frenzy on!
Step 2: Add your ingredients. The basic recipe is:
- Peanuts (roasted, unsalted). Unsalted is best so you can control the salt amount.
- Salt. Start small and adjust to taste.
- Oil. I use canola oil usually, but any kind of neutral one will do. Again, start small and add just enough so it blends.
Step 3: Blend it all up. Put your ingredients into your sweet blender. Start by pulsing until everything is broken up nicely. Scrape down the sides as needed. Add a bit more oil if necessary, but not too much. The natural oils will start to come out of the peanuts. Turn on low and blend for a few minutes. Longer if you like creamy, less if you like chunky. You can also blend for a long time for that creamy texture, then throw in a handful of peanuts at the end and blend for a few seconds for that crunchy texture.
Step 4: Eat that goodness up! Homemade peanut butter doesn’t last long at my house, so eat that stuff up quickly. Put whatever you don’t eat right away in the fridge in an airtight container and it’ll keep for up to a couple of months.
Optional, Yet Awesome Ingredients for your Homemade Peanut Butter
The beauty of homemade peanut butter is the simplicity of it. Just three ingredients: peanuts, oil and salt. However, in case you want to mess with perfection, you can add some of these optional things:
- Something sweet. Honey or maple syrup work best, or a bit of icing or brown sugar are good too.
- Other nuts. Any kind of nut will do. Some of my favourite ones to throw in there are cashew nuts or brazil nuts. Delicious!
- Coconut. For a bit of a texture and flavour boost, add some shredded coconut in at the end.
- Cocoa powder. Like chocolatey peanut butter? Add some cocoa powder in there. Yum!
- Vanilla extract. Can’t get enough of that deliciousness! Add a drop or two.
My #1 Tip for Making Homemade Peanut Butter
If you’re going to make yourself some freakishly delicious homemade peanut butter, or other nut butters, then do yourself a favour and start with a good blender. Nothing is more frustrating that trying to do something like this in a piece of crap.
For recommendations on blenders in various price ranges, see this post: Top 5 Blender Recommendations. You’ll find something awesome that you’ll love using.