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Creating your own homemade peanut butter is a lot simpler than you might expect. Seriously! It’s even easier than a cup of homemade tea. Grab 2 cups of peanuts, oil, and some salt and sugar. That’s all you need! That’s why knowing how to make your own peanut butter is so valuable; it’s one of those things you’ll just love to whip out sometimes because you can.
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- Optional: Cocoa
- Optional: Powdered Sugar
- Put peanuts in food processor or blender.
- Blend until peanut butter consistency, adding oil if necessary.
- Add sugar and salt to taste. Additionally, add cocoa and powdered sugar.
If you buy raw peanuts, start by putting them in the oven for a few minutes to roast them. If you don’t roast them long enough, they’ll have a slightly leafy flavor. We roasted ours for about 5 minutes at 35o F. If you buy roasted peanuts, you can skip this step.
After you’ve roasted the peanuts, stick them in a blender. If you have a food processor, that’s WAY better. Blend the peanuts until they turn into peanut butter consistency. On a bad blender, like ours, it will take several minutes. By that we mean about 20, because we had to give our blender breaks so it didn’t burn out. And several times of stopping to scrape the sides. It’s really old. But if you have a nice blender or a food processor, it will go much faster. If you’ve tried for a very long time and the peanuts still don’t get a smooth consistency, add a tablespoon or two of oil. After you’ve finished, add sugar and salt to taste. We put in about 1/4 tsp. salt and 2 T. sugar.
This is the final result when you’re making just plain peanut butter. We decided to try a second batch and include 1/4 c. cocoa and 3/4 c. powdered sugar to turn it into chocolate peanut butter. Delicious! Because it doesn’t have the preservatives store-bought peanut butter has, you need to keep this in the fridge. And it only lasts for a few weeks well. So only make as much as you think you can use in a couple weeks.
Now you can make homemade peanut butter whenever you want!