Making peanut butter at home is surprisingly easy, and only requires one ingredient: peanuts! Customize this basic recipe to make smooth or chunky peanut butter, salted or unsalted peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter, and more.
Peanut butter ingredients:
• peanuts: that's about it for the ingredients ... seriously! You really don't need anything else, unless you wanted to add some of your own flavor like sea salt, honey, or chocolate. But other than that, peanuts should be enough to make a smooth paste
Peanut butter storage:
Keep homemade peanut butter stored in an airtight container in the fridge, and it should keep for up to 3 months (crazy, right?)! Peanuts have an amazing shelf life.
Uses for homemade peanut butter:
I've personally never tried baking with homemade peanut butter, so I'm not too sure how it'll hold up if you wanted to make something like peanut butter cookies. In terms of its consistency, it's not quite as thick and creamy as store bought peanut butter because it doesn't have any additives. So I don't think it would make a great option for baking.
That being said, this peanut butter is delicious raw! It's great with crackers, on toast, on pretzels, with oats, with apples, or whatever else you like!
Scaling this recipe: Make less or more peanut butter:
You can really easily scale this recipe depending on how much or how little peanut butter you'd like. A general rule of thumb is that for every cup of peanuts, you'll get about ½ a cup or ⅔ of a cup of peanut butter. I wouldn't use less than 1 cup, or more than 5 cups of peanuts at a time, just because your food processor can have difficulty processing them if it's not full enough or too full!
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Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe
- 3 cups peanuts, dry roasted * see notes
- Pour your shelled, roasted peanuts into the bowl of a large food processor. Process until smooth and creamy. Pause every 30 seconds or so to prevent the food processor from overheating. Give it about a 10 second break, and continue processing in 30 second intervals. Pause as necessary to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl.