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.

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