My suspicions have been confirmed–homemade, organic peanut butter is just as easy to make as homemade organic roasted almond butter! I was so excited when my homemade almond butter turned out well that I started wondering what other nuts I might be able to turn into nut butter. With organic peanut butter prices on the rise, I thought “Why not start out simple, with peanuts?” Many recipes that can be found on the internet call for frying the peanuts in oil first, or adding additional oil. I wanted to start out with the simplest recipe and move from there. After all, I am a believer that good peanut butter need only call for one ingredient: peanuts. My first attempt was a huge success! I followed my almond butter recipe very closely and came out with delicious homemade organic peanut butter.
Food Processor (I used my Cuisinart 11-Cup Food Processor)
Oven or toaster oven to roast the peanuts
Glass jar with a lid
3 cups raw organic peanuts (You can also use roasted and skip Step #1)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (optional)
1 Tablespoon honey (also optional and can be replaced with maple or agave syrup)
1. For a roasted flavor, start by baking the peanuts in a preheated oven at 350°F for 10 to 12 minutes. If you prefer raw peanut butter, you can skip this step.
2. Place the peanuts in your food processor, close the lid, and turn it on.
3. The peanuts will transform quickly, passing through several stages (rough, sandy, mushy, smooth) over the course of 8 to 10 minutes. I like to turn off the food processor about half way through to scrape down the sides. Eventually, you will wind up with a smooth & creamy peanut butter.
4. Add the salt and honey if you are using it and process for 10-20 seconds more. There are lots of creative ingredients that can spice up this simple recipe. Try experimenting with cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, or whatever else you’d like to try.
5. Spoon the peanut butter into a recycled glass jar. This recipe will just about fill a 16oz glass jar. I reused a jar from previously store-bought organic peanut butter.
*Tip: If you like a crunchy peanut butter, remove a handful of the nuts after the first stage of processing, when they are in small chunks, and stir them back in at the very end.