Do you want to know how to make peanut butter at home ? So keep reading and I will tell you how to turn only ONE ingredient into a creamy smooth homemade spread.
Are you a peanut butter addict ? Undoubtedly we are all in love with this popular breakfast spread that can be use in so many ways. Not only you can eat it by itself or on toast but also make delicious homemade peanut butter cookies. Unfortunately, the store bought version can have many additive, starting with sugar, oil or preservatives. So let me show you my tips to make delicious peanut butter at home with only one ingredient.
3 tips to make homemade peanut butter
While all you need to make peanut butter is peanuts, there is few tips and tricks to turn those precious nuts into a creamy, smooth spread. First, the choice of peanuts matters.
Choice of peanuts
Use homemade roasted peanuts rather than raw. Roasted nuts release their oil better. Consequently your spread will be smoother, easier to spread on toast and it has a deeper flavor.
Roast them yourself. This gives you control on time and temperature. It should be noted that peanuts keep more nutrient if roasted below 180C. So, buy raw peanuts, skin on and roast them at low temperature (160C-180 C/350F) for a maximum of 10 minutes. They will release their oil and keep most of their nutrients.
Keep some peanuts skins ! the skin add an even deeper nut flavor and a lovely light brown color to your spread. However, if you keep all the skin from your batch of roasted peanuts it will get very difficult to process. So roughly remove the skin of half the amount roasted.
Below you can see the HUGE color difference between a homemade peanut butter made of roasted peanuts with no skin (left) and roasted peanuts with skin on (right).
Pick the right equipment
Next, make sure you have the right equipment to turn your nuts into nut butter. There is two options.
1 . Blender. Clearly not all blender can make peanut butter. You must have a professional blender like this one, with a square base and a stick that helps moving the nuts in the jug. Luckily, those blender create smooth peanut butter in less than 2 minutes.
2. Food processor. Good news, most food processor can create a smooth nut butter too! However, there is one main rules to stick with. You must add enough peanuts to fully cover the blade or it won’t blend properly. Usually you need 4 cups of nuts for a large food processor bowl. Note that 4 cups of peanuts create about 2 cups of peanut butter. As you can see below, the longer you process the nuts, the smoother it gets.
Add some flavor
You don’t need to add flavor to your spread, a pinch of salt is great that is all. However if you really fancy some flavors, for example yu added liquid sweetener or cocoa powder, you must know that this will dry out the spread. Consequently you will need to balance the texture with the addition of oil or you will lose the smooth texture.
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Preheat the oven to 180C (350°F). Spread the raw peanuts onto a baking sheet and roast them for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden and glossy- you will spot some oil coming out of the peanuts.
Transfer the roasted peanuts onto a towel, rub until the skin of half the peants has been removed. The more skin you keep, the deeper the nutty flavor will be. I recommend to rub off the skin of at least 2 cups of roasted peanuts to make sure it blend easily. The more skin you keep, the more difficult it is to blend into a butter.
Process 1 minute - Total: 1 minute
Process on high speed until the peanuts form a ground texture -about 1 minute. If the nuts are still warm it will goes even faster. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Now the nuts looks like a thick dry ground.
Process 1 extra minute - Total: 2 minutes
Process for 1 more minute on high speed. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Now, your peanut butter start to come together, forming a sort of butter but still dry and thick, almost there!
Process 1 minute again - Total: 3 minutes
Process for 1 more minute on high speed. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl as before. Now, the butter is shiny/glossy, soft but still thick.
Process 1 last minute (or so) - Total: 5 minutes
Process for few more minutes - usually less than 2 minutes. Now the peanut butter is forming ! It is super smooth, lukewarm, glossy and ready to spread on toast or to use in the next flavored peanut butter recipes. You should obtain 2 cups of natural unsalted peanut butter with this recipe.
Peanuts choice: for a faster recipe you can buy roasted peanuts without skin. I love to use raw peanuts with skin on and roast them myself. I only remove half the skin from my roasted peanuts to keep extra fibre and it also add an extra nutty flavor to the spread.Quantity: note that 4 cups of peanuts create 2 cups of peanut butter. Storage: store in glass sealed jar in the pantry for up to 3 monthsNutrition panel is for one serve of homemade peanut butter. This recipe makes 2 cups of smooth peanut butter, 60 servings, one serving is 10g (about 1 tablespoon)
How to make peanut butter
Amount Per Serving (1 servings)
Calories 103Calories from Fat 79
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.