Here’s how to make homemade peanut butter in which all the ingredients are under your control, which means no funnily named fillers or sweeteners or preservatives. Just wholesome peanut butter goodness. It’s ridiculously easy to make. That said, if what you’re seeking is the satiny smooth, crazy sweet peanut butter sold in jars at stores, this is probably not the recipe for you, though we still think you should try it.–David Leite
WHY IS MY NUT BUTTER BALLING UP DURING MIXING?
Patience, friends. Like the stages of life (but SO much better), homemade peanut butter sometimes goes through a few distinct changes as you’re making it. From whole peanuts to a crumbly-looking, impossible mass to a suddenly smooth and stunning butter. Just keep going, grasshopper. You’ll get there.
How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter
- 4 cups roasted, unsalted Virginia peanuts
- 2 to 3 tablespoons mild vegetable, olive, or peanut oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, optional
- Put the peanuts in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade attachment and drizzle 2 tablespoons of the oil over the top. Pulse to break up the peanuts, add the salt and sugar, if using, and blend until very smooth. (For a chunky peanut butter, stop before the peanut butter reaches a smooth consistency.) You’ll need to scrape down the sides of the food processor periodically and, if the mixture is very dry, drizzle in more oil by the teaspoonful.
- Store the peanut butter in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. If the oil separates from the peanuts, simply stir to recombine.
Homemade Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter variationFor honey roasted peanut butter, add 2 teaspoons honey after you begin to pulse the peanuts and just before adding the salt.
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Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.