Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dry roasted peanuts: Choose salted or unsalted depending on your preference.
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup: (optional, for sweetness)
  • Pinch of salt: (optional, if using unsalted peanuts)
  • 1 teaspoon neutral-flavored oil: (optional, for extra creaminess – try peanut oil or vegetable oil)

Equipment:

  • Food processor
  • Rubber spatula
  • Airtight jar or container

Instructions:

  • Roast peanuts (optional): If using raw peanuts, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Spread the peanuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring occasionally for even roasting. Let cool slightly before proceeding.
  • Process the peanuts: Add the roasted (or store-bought dry roasted) peanuts to your food processor. Process for 1 minute and then scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula.
  • Keep processing: Continue processing, scraping down the sides every minute or so. The peanuts will go through several stages:
  • Crumbly: The mixture will initially be dry and crumbly.
  • Thick paste: After a few minutes, the peanuts release their oils and form a thick paste.
  • Creamy: After about 5-8 minutes total, you’ll have smooth, creamy peanut butter.
  • Add flavorings (optional): If desired, add honey/maple syrup, a pinch of salt, and/or a teaspoon of oil for extra smoothness. Process until thoroughly combined.
  • Store: Transfer your homemade peanut butter to an airtight container. Store at room temperature for up to a week, or in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Tips:

  • Consistency: If the peanut butter is too thick, add a bit more oil, one teaspoon at a time.
  • Crunchy peanut butter: Reserve 1/4 cup of roasted peanuts and pulse them a few times in the food processor until coarsely chopped. Stir these into the smooth peanut butter at the end.
  • Variations: Try adding a pinch of cinnamon, some cocoa powder for chocolate peanut butter, or other flavorings you like.

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