Homemade Peanut Butter

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Homemade Peanut Butter – This dreamy 5-minute peanut butter will have you scraping the container and licking your fingers for more. It’s so simple to make and puts the store-bought stuff to shame.

Freshly churned peanut butter is unlike anything you’ve picked up at the market. It’s the simplest thing, but it will change your life. Let me explain.

If you’ve been here before, you know that I’m a huge fan of homemade sauces and spreads. Mixed Berry Jam and Homemade Nutella fill my pantry at home and are also some of my favorite items for gifting. 

Even so, the most coveted spread in my family is Homemade Peanut Butter.

peanut butter

 

If you’ve never had homemade peanut butter before, I guarantee you’ll be surprised when you realize just how bland the store-bought stuff tends to be. 

It’s not hard to do better! 

In fact, it only takes 5 minutes. Let me show you how.

Here’s Why You’ll Love It

Aside from a vastly improved flavor, there are a lot of reasons to love homemade peanut butter. Here are a few of my favorites,

  • Is it difficult to make? Not at all. This recipe is so simple that my 7-year-old son can whip up a batch in about 5 minutes. You’ll wonder why you haven’t been making your own all along.
  • Whether you prefer creamy or crunchy, this peanut butter is easily adaptable to match your taste. If you start from the recipe as I’ve written it, experimentation is a breeze.
  • This is an incredible gift, especially when you don’t have much time or budget to work with. Just spoon it into a mason jar, wrap it with a ribbon and add a card. Voilà!
  • There’s always a reason for peanut butter. Enjoy it on its own, with a pretzel or apple slice. Or incorporate this spread into your baking recipes.

What You’ll Need

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  • Food Processor – Although technically you can prepare this recipe with a blender, using a food processor tends to be a lot easier. It will also allow you to create larger batches.
  • Roasted Peanuts – Any dry roasted peanuts will do, and I like to use the jumbo containers you can find at Costco. If you want to get fancier with your efforts, try Spanish Peanuts. They have a high oil content and are often considered to be the best for peanut butter.
  • Honey – Honey is my favorite natural sweetener for this recipe, but alternatively, you could use date syrup. And if you don’t want it sweetened at all, you can just omit it.
  • Salt – Salt will amplify the nuttiness in your peanut butter, but (and this is important) omit it if you’re starting with salted peanuts. You can always add more to taste, but there’s really no coming back if there’s too much salt to start.
  • Peanut Oil – Adding oil helps keep the peanut butter smooth. But it also completely optional if you want to skip it!
homemade peanut butter on toast

How To Make Homemade Peanut Butter

Mix It Up – Add all of the roasted peanuts, honey, and salt to your food processor. Let it run for about a minute. Then pause and scrape down the sides of the processor cup to ensure an evenly blended spread. Now run it again.

PRO TIP: If you want chunky peanut butter, reserve ⅓ cup of your roasted peanuts and add them to the food processor in the last 15 to 30 seconds. 

Drizzle The Oil – Next, while the processor is running, slowly drizzle in the peanut oil. Do this step slowly, so the oil easily incorporates into the peanut butter. Let the processor run for 2-3 minutes or until the spread is perfectly smooth. If you want a thicker peanut butter, you can skip the oil.

PRO TIP: If you plan on adding any additional ingredients like cinnamon, vanilla, or chocolate, mix them in by hand after your peanut butter is processed. 
Store – Transfer your homemade peanut butter to an airtight container. At first, it will be very liquid-y from the heat of the food processor. Once you move it into the fridge, expect the mixture to firm up and become easily spreadable.

peanut butter in a jar

Tips For Homemade Peanut Butter

  • Make your peanut butter stand out by adding additional flavors. Try ½ teaspoon of cinnamon or vanilla bean extract. Or drizzle it with dark chocolate. 
  • Spanish peanuts have a high oil content and are best for homemade peanut butter, but any dry roasted peanuts will do.
  • If your peanuts are salted, skip out on adding more salt.
  • Store your homemade peanut butter in an airtight container. 
  • Separation is natural. If you notice the oils separating in your spread, just give it a good mix before using it.
How Should I Store Homemade Peanut Butter?

Keep your homemade peanut butter in an airtight container. Clean lidded jars or tupperware with well-fitting lids are the best options to keep your peanut butter fresh for as long as possible.

Do I Have To Keep Homemade Peanut Butter In The Fridge?

You don’t have to keep homemade peanut butter in your fridge, but it will last longer that way. It’s also possible to store in a cool, dark place like the pantry so long as it’s in an airtight container. However, once you notice the oils naturally separating, you should move your peanut butter into the fridge, so it doesn’t spoil.

How Long Will Homemade Peanut Butter Last?

No matter where you plan to keep your homemade peanut butter, you should store it in an airtight container. If you keep it in the fridge, it can last between 3 and 4 months (if you don’t finish it before then). In a cool, dark pantry your spread should last about 1 month.

close up peanut butter in a mason jar

How To Serve

There are a thousand ways to serve peanut butter, and here are a few of my favorites.

  • Mixed Berry Jam – An obvious pairing for peanut butter is jam. If you make both from scratch, you’ll elevate your PBJ to new heights.
  • Thai Peanut Noodles – If you’re looking for savory ideas, this fresh Asian noodle dish is a simple crowd-pleaser. 
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie – When your morning sweet tooth strikes, but you want to keep it healthy, try this protein-packed smoothie that’ll keep you fueled and full. 
  • Chocolate Protein Balls – a quick snack that you can just grab and know you are getting something good!
  • Peanut Butter Protein Bars – homemade version of the store bought Perfect Bars are great for breakfasts or snacks on the go.
  • Peanut Butter Banana Bread – Either smooth or chunky homemade peanut butter will work for this recipe, and just imagine the smell of this baking in your house. My mouth’s watering already.
homemade peanut butter in a jar
5 from 1 vote

Homemade Peanut Butter

By Erin
Turn roasted peanuts into peanut butter in about 5 minutes! Super easy, and so much better for you than the store bought stuff.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients 

  • 15 oz roasted peanuts
  • 3 Tablespoons honey, optional
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons peanut oil, optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt, omit if peanuts have salt on them

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

Note: For crunchy peanut butter add in 1/4 – 1/3 cup roasted peanuts during the last 15-30 seconds of processing.
You can omit the oil if you want a thicker peanut butter
If you do not want your peanut butter sweetened at all, just omit the honey

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Sodium: 339mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Side Dish Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 239
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39 Comments

  1. 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!

  2. 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?

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

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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! 🙂

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

  8. 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.