Make your own peanut butter at home and enjoy full peanut flavor with no additives!
Name the most mouth-watering word pair you can think of.
I’m sure many things come to mind like ice cream. Or cookie dough. Or chocolate praline.
But don’t tell me that peanut butter is not among them! Because for me it’s definitely one of the first three that come to mind!
A few years ago, when my kids were in kindergarten school, peanut butter was not a very common food here in Greece. And I wouldn’t have thought of adding it to my children’s snacks if it wasn’t for my husband who had eaten many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as a kid growing up in Canada.
My eldest daughter loved it from the very first mouthful! But when she proudly presented her peanut butter and honey sandwich to her classmates at school, they didn’t show the same enthusiasm… This weird-smelling, brownish thing didn’t look like something they’d like to trade their chocolate croissants with. And of course, they voiced their opinions. In a blunt way, as 5-year-olds usually do…
Little did she care. In the years that followed she became a real peanut butter-lover. And mom and dad had to find the best and healthiest kind available.
The quest for homemade peanut butter had just begun.
Ever since then we’ve made – and devoured – lots of jars of peanut butter in our house. And we have some great tips to share!
Let’s start by why we choose to make our own peanut butter at home instead of buying the store product. The most obvious reason I can think of is because we want it to be healthier, right? No partially hydrogenated oils or big amounts of sugar or salt added. So, we have to choose our main ingredient accordingly. Because even though we can make peanut butter from any kind of peanut, if we choose roasted ones with added vegetable oils, we kind of defeat the purpose. What we need is “the untouched” as my husband calls them. The peanuts that you will be the first one to touch. Raw and still in their shells.
So, after you’ve cracked all those peanuts out of their shells, (don’t go nuts, your hard work will be worth it in the end!), it’s time to roast them. And this is a really crucial step of the process because the roasting time is what will give your peanut butter the unique distinct flavor you like and also the color you prefer best. You should roast them for about 5 to 15 minutes, keeping in mind that the more they stay in the oven, the darker color and the more intense roasted peanut flavor they will give your peanut butter.
It’s all downhill from here! Your food processor will do the rest of the hard work. Or, if you don’t have such a hard-working food processor – like me – you could add the help of your blender. The food processor will give you a crumbly texture and it will be even easier for your blender to create the smooth peanut butter of your dreams!
If you prefer crunchy peanut butter, you can put aside some of the crumbly mixture and add it to the smooth one in the end.
Slightly mix them together and there you have it!
I go for the smooth type. The creamier, the better!
Now get down to the full recipe and make yourself a jar of nutty, golden yumminess!
Homemade Peanut Butter
What you need:
• 1.5 pounds (700 gr.) peanuts peeled from shells and skins (2.2 pounds / 1 kgr in-shell)
• 1 ½ tablespoon olive oil
• 1 ½ teaspoonful salt
• (optional) 1 tablespoon brown sugar or honey
What to do:
– Preheat the oven at 400°F / 200°C.
– Put the peanuts in a bowl, add ½ tablespoon olive oil and ½ teaspoon salt and stir until they are well coated.
– Spread them on a non-stick baking pan and, depending on your color and flavor intensity preferences, roast them for 5-15 minutes, stirring slightly in between.
– Transfer the roasted peanuts to a food processor and add the remaining salt, olive oil and sugar or honey if you wish. Process them in maximum speed. Periodically, stop and use a spatula to clean down the sides. If the processing is not enough to make it smooth, you can also use a blender afterwards.
– When the texture is as smooth as you like it, transfer the peanut butter to jars and keep it refrigerated.
Homemade peanut butter makes a wonderful gift for your loved ones.
Get creative with the decoration of your jars and prepare gifts that will be bursting with your own imagination, love and, of course, healthy eating inspiration.