Homemade Peanut Butter


peanut butter

We love peanut butter in this house.  I like creamy, my husband and son like crunchy.  So we always have lots of peanut butter around here.  But awhile ago my  year old asked how they make peanut butter.  I told him it was actually pretty easy.  Just put a few things in the food processor, let it grind until smooth, and you are done.  He didn’t believe me!

I tried to explain to him that his dad and I actually made peanut butter years ago, before he was born.  Still, he didn’t believe me.  My husband even backed me up, but still, he didn’t believe me!  Maybe it is just me, but if someone doesn’t believe me, even my 7 year old, I will do pretty much anything to prove that I am right.  A trait I get from my dad, I think.

So off to Costco we went to get a GIANT container of peanuts.  I pretty much let my son do all the work for this, that is how easy it is!  He weighed the peanuts, measured the ingredients, and turned on the food processor.  In less than 10 minutes we had peanut butter, and he was eating toast.  He was pretty impressed, and I was back to being the mom who can do everything.

After it was done we threw in a handful of peanuts and lightly processed them so he could have his crunchy peanut butter.  It is pretty liquidity from the heat of the food processor.  Store it in the fridge, and it firms up quickly.

Yields 12

Turn roasted peanuts into peanut butter in about 5 minutes! Super easy, and so much better for you than the store bought stuff.

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

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  • 15 oz roasted peanuts
  • 3 Tbls honey
  • 1 1/2 Tbls peanut oil
  • 1 tsp salt (omit if peanuts have salt on them)
  • Note: For crunchy peanut butter add in 1/4 - 1/3 cup roasted peanuts during the last 15-30 seconds of processing.


  1. Put the peanuts, honey, and salt if using into the off processor. Turn on and let run for about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides. Turn back on, and slowly drizzle in the peanut oil. Let it run for 2-3 minutes, or until smooth. Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 months.


For crunchy peanut butter add in 1/4 - 1/3 cup roasted peanuts during the last 15-30 seconds of processing. Adapted from Food Network





  1. I use a lot of nut butters and I love the idea of making them myself!

  2. I make homemade almond butter and milk but for some reason I’ve never made peanut butter! This looks awesome.

  3. Even though I have made other varieties of homemade nut butter, peanut butter has never occurred. Fun story too!

  4. I have been wanting to make my own peanut butter for forever! I’m waiting for my jar to empty itself and then I’m on it!

  5. We go through so much peanut butter at home–I buy multiple jars at a time. I really should try making it myself. Yours looks so creamy–love the little bit of honey that you added. :)

  6. I love peanut butter – yesterday I got to open a new jar, and that’s one of my favorite things ever. Love the honey you added here (I’m a lover of creamy pb, too!).

  7. I love making any kind of homemade nut butter. This looks perfect!

  8. I have always wanted to try and make my own peanut butter! This looks delicious!

  9. I like the idea of making my own peanut butter, it does look good and you know exactly what’s inside;-)

  10. A great reminder of one of the simpler things in life. We get our freshly ground just peanuts peanut butter from our local health food store. I can’t eat the store bought crap anymore, just too sweet and salty for my taste.

  11. You know I’m ALL about this!!

  12. Haha, I would have totally been that kid at 7 years old. Now he knows for sure.

  13. I love making homemade PB. I’ve never had to had peanut oil to it, but I’m sure that makes it silky smooth. I may add some next time. And adding honey makes it even better. Homemade PB is SO much cheaper AND healthier than store bought! I just love it.

  14. Oh wow, Erin! This peanut butter you made looks so delicious, decadent and creamy! I would slather it all over a piece of toast or add it to my favorite baked treats. Great recipe!

  15. who knew that making peanut butter was so easy? i’ll definitely have to try this sometime soon – it looks awesome!

  16. You know me and PB, Erin but I hafta admit this looks pretty good. But I’ll deny it if you say that to anyone :-p

  17. You are doing great things for you son, Erin! Having him in the kitchen is an invaluable learning experience and I bet no store-bought peanut butter is going to measure up after this, and there will be more to come :)

  18. Could you tell me exactly what peanuts you buy at Costco? Is it the plastic container of roasted and salted peanuts in the snack/candy area?
    Or over by the bagged almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, etc? I don’t remember seeing peanuts in that area.
    I feel like an idiot asking. Thank you in advance!

    • The nuts I have a Kirkland brand. It is a large 2.5 oz container. The label says Super Extra-Large Peanuts. Roasted & Salted. I think I got them over by the other bagged nuts, but this is a container with a plastic lid. You could use any roasted peanuts. They have some with the shell on, but I didn’t buy those. Hope you can find them!

  19. I really need to try to make PB. I’ve been seeing lots of homemade versions lately (almond butter too), and you definitely make it look easy!

  20. We don’t eat a lot of PB (it’s not common at all in Italy, so I did not grow up with it), but we like it too. It is great to know how to make it as sometimes I find a recipe that calls for a couple of tbsps of it and I need to get a full jar that then sits in my pantry for ages! hehehe Like this I can make less and use it fresh whenever I need it! :-)

  21. I am a crunchy kinda girl, though I will not turn down creamy, for sure. Your photos are stunning. Gorgeous. And, I completely agree with your logic of proving you’re right. When you’re right you’re right and everyone should know it…_especially_ the kids. haha! Love it!

  22. We are a PB loving family!! This looks great. :) I have been under the weather the last day or so (my son came home sick the last day of school) and now I have it. Talk about timing. Let me think about the bake sale when my head gets out of a fog. Maybe I can make a curry powder or curry starter kit. Would that work?

    • Ramona – That would be awesome!! Completely different from the normal bake sale items, but I think people would love it!

  23. There is nothing better than homemade peanut butter on toast for breakfast. Yours looks so, so good!

  24. Nothing is better than homemade nut butters! I love this peanut butter!

  25. I love that you proved to him how easy it was to make, so he’s back to beleiving his mom can do anything :) What a fun memory he will have too. You peanut butter sounds great and healthy. I’ll have to try this with my kids too, they love using the food processor!

  26. Yum! I *love* peanut butter. I’m living in Europe right now and although I can find peanut butter, it’s in teensy and hideously overpriced little jars. I should totally try making my own. I love the idea of putting a little honey in and sweetening the peanut butter naturally, although my favourite PB is one made with nothing but peanuts and a little salt. Thanks for the recipe!

  27. Nut Butters Rock! says:

    There’s no need to add oil. We make nut butters with no added ingredients in a regular 7 cup, $99, Cuisinart food processor. Processing time is about 20 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl every 5 minutes or so. Peanut, almond, and sesame (tahini) are favorites. All of them release oil: if you make a lot at one time and keep it in the fridge a while, the oil will even rise and collect at the top, just like with the store bought. There’s no need to add extra oil. PS: Try some maple sweetened pecan butter sometime. It’s great in a crepe or spread on toast! :)

  28. I go through so much peanut butter in my house. I will have to try making my own. It sounds so simple!

  29. I’ve never made peanut butter before, but I really should do it, just so my kids can see that it can be done! I bet they would enjoy that activity.

  30. This is a wonderful peanut butter recipe! Everyone loves it, and once again you get featured on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/RecipeNewZ :-)

  31. Great recipe … sometimes simple is best!

  32. Kimberly says:

    We go threw so much peanut butter at our house in a month, I would love to make my own. I do not own a food processor, could I make this in a blender?? Thank you!!

    • I think so, you just need to ground peanuts until smooth – so I think a blender would do. I broke my blender years ago, and haven’t replaced it :(


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