Homemade Peanut Butter

September 12, 2011 at 9:00 am 13 comments

Costco may have won with the fresh figs, but disappointed me when I couldn’t find any natural peanut butter! Don’t get me wrong, I love the classic, crunchy kid-stuff as much as the next girl, but when buying in bulk I don’t want to buy all of that added sugar! So I paced the condiments aisle debating what to do: let my cheapness outweigh my food philosophies, since the grocery trip was my mom’s treat? Or get a little creative…

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What do you do when Costco stops selling natural peanut butter? You buy bulk peanuts and make your own! Nut and seed butters are really easy to make on your own, with really great results. All that is needed – a semi-decent food processor. And understanding neighbors, since my food processor is pretty noisy after running for 5-10 minutes. Peanut butter should literally just be peanuts, oil, and salt. No sugar, no fillers, no strange chemicals… just the good stuff. (Watch for low fat peanut butter! They are often full of sugar and additives to maintain the taste, but the natural fat in peanut butter is better than all the stuff they add back to keep the flavor!) Natural peanut butter is good. Homemade, of course, is better! I love that the homemade peanut butter has a little extra crunch to it!

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What do you do when you have a ton of homemade peanut butter on your hands? You make some of Katie’s most recent peanut butter recipes! I tried out her peanut butter milkshake, so good! Surprisingly light for a peanut butter drink, and much prettier in Katie’s picture. My roommate was confused when she saw me drinking this, since I had just made the peanut butter in a similar mason jar. “Are you drinking peanut butter?!” I love it, but not that much!

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Oh wait, maybe I do… thanks to these peanut butter cookie dough balls. Just 4 ingredients, easy, healthy, and fun! Since I used salted peanuts, I omitted the salt and they worked perfectly! I also rolled them in some finely ground peanuts, just so that they are a little easier to store and handle. Reminds me of when I was a kid and made peanut butter cookies with my mom and sister! I have kept these in the fridge and enjoy them as a pick-me-up whenever I am getting the study blues throughout the day. I can memorize a few more diseases if I know one of these babies is my reward!

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Question: What is your favorite use for peanut butter?

Homemade Peanut Butter

yields 1 1/2 cups

2 cups peanuts (I used roasted and salted)

2 tbsp canola oil

Add 1 cup of the peanuts to the food processor and blend for about 5 minutes. A thick paste should form. Add half of the oil, and the rest of the peanuts. Continue to process for another 5 minutes. Add the rest of the oil. Process until smooth for another minute or two. If you like crunchy peanut butter, add 1/4 cup of coarsely chopped peanuts. Store in an air tight container in the fridge.

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  • 1. goingsteadyblog  |  September 12, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Do you get oil that rises to the top like you would with store-bought natural peanut butter? Dumb question: Is there an easy way to mix natural peanut or almond butter? I find myself churning and making a mess with the natural stuff. I churn so much I want an old-timey bonnet!

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    • 2. homemadeadventure  |  September 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm

      I don’t get as much oil as the store-bought natural peanut butter, but I also don’t blend it quite as long and probably don’t get the full release of the natural oils. I like it a little crunchy though, and like that not as much stirring is involved!

      The start of a new jar always requires more mixing, and I have found that using a chopstick causes less spillage when you are stirring. Definitely no way around the churning, though.

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  • 3. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide  |  September 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I’ve never tried this, but my mom used to do this. Yours looks great as do the cookies.

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  • 5. EmandM  |  September 12, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Ah!! That’s such a cool idea! I never thought about making homemade peanut butter =)

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  • 7. Joy  |  September 12, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    My grandmother used to make peanut butter except at the time, I had no idea that it was peanut butter – she would grind groundnuts with manually – I have no idea how she managed to do that. She also added some pepper to it which made it taste even better!!!

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    • 8. homemadeadventure  |  September 12, 2011 at 10:28 pm

      That’s impressive! She must have had arms of steel. What kind of pepper – cayenne or black?

      Remember when my mom and I made “groundnut stew” for you?

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  • 9. Chocolate-Covered Katie  |  September 13, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Awww! I love this post! :) :)
    I love that you made your own peanut butter… it sounds like such a fun idea!

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  • 10. ilikestoscribble  |  September 13, 2011 at 8:47 am

    YAY! I’ve been wanting to do this because here in the UK, they only import natural peanut butter from NY, which means $$$$. Can’t wait to get a food processor so I can try this!

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  • 11. What I Ate Wednesday « homemadeadventure  |  September 14, 2011 at 8:22 am

    [...] trick up from KERF, and now fuel up with a pre-run date before my morning runs. I also snagged a peanut butter cookie dough ball for a little extra protein. That and a big glass of water and I was set to go! I met a friend for [...]

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  • 12. Birthday Hike in the Blue Hills « homemadeadventure  |  September 18, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    [...] of the city skyline in the distance. We found a rock just beyond the lookout to enjoy our lunch. Homemade peanut butter with Nutella on homemade whole wheat bread (a gift from my friend Vince) with apple slices (from my [...]

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  • 13. WIAW While Sick « homemadeadventure  |  September 28, 2011 at 7:44 am

    [...] some chai tea with a splash of rice milk instead. I had a whole grain English muffin with a bit of homemade peanut butter (my second batch, since we used the first up hiking!) and an orange on the side. Load me up with [...]

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