Saturday, February 21, 2015

Home made peanut butter

We go through plenty of peanut butter here and our youngest daughter in particular is mad about it on toast for breakfast. She is also a huge Nutella devotee.
I had heard that peanut butter is really easy to make and I don't know why I've never tried, but yesterday I was gripped with the thought this was something I needed to do!

I'm glad I did! It is different to store bought peanut butter (it tastes more nutty, more natural, more REAL!) 

Why don't you try it too? Here is how I made it:

* 500g roasted, salted peanuts 
1 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of honey
 ** 2 tablespoons of peanut oil

Place your nuts in a food processor. Blend until they are coarsely ground. At this point, if you want chunky peanut butter (like I did) take about 1/3 of the ground nuts out and set aside.
Add the salt and honey. Continue to blend until your mix is smooth or starts to look like a paste. Times really vary depending on your food processor, but it's generally a couple of minutes to get to the paste stage. Now, drizzle your oil in and blend until it's a smooth paste. Add your coarse nuts back in and mix through. Put your paste into a jar or sealed container. Drizzle a little more oil over the top as a seal.
I've been told that in needs to be kept in the fridge - I'm not sure if this is totally necessary, I think I will experiment by leaving some out to see how it goes.

* If you want to use peanuts from the shell or raw peanuts you can roast them yourself. Then just follow the steps from the beginning.
** If you find your paste is dry try adjusting the oil amount.

Isn't that simple? Next up I want to try doing Nutella and almond butter would be fun too. Let me know if you give it a go!


Nanna Chel said...

Sounds really yummy, Kelly. I will give that a try one day as my adult son eats peanut butter all the time.

Kelly Casanova said...

I'm sure you won't regret it if you do :)

Sam Forster said...

We started making our own peanut butter a few months ago and aren't going back! Actually, I get my 4yo to do the blending while I watch and do dishes or something. We just use unsalted peanuts and last time I started adding some peanut oil, which I think I'll keep doing because the texture was a bit nicer. Without oil still works, it is just a little dryer. Totally agree that it tastes more nutty and more real!!

Kelly Casanova said...

Good to hear the kids are involved too!

Wendy Manson said...

I was just talking about doing this last night. I will have to try your recipe - thanks!

Kelly Casanova said...

Wendy, something I noticed is you need to get nice quality peanuts - the ones I used were cheapish and I think that affects the overall quality.