Anyone who knows me, knows that I really enjoy peanut butter. I mean seriously, who doesn’t?
There have been times that I have avoided nut butters, and people are like, what is wrong with nut butter?? There is nothing wrong with nut butter, it’s a great source of protein and good fats, but the problem is the PORTION CONTROL. If you can portion it and only eat 2 tablespoons, then you are okay, but for those of us who like to eat out of the jar, portion control can be difficult at times. haha.
My favorite kind of peanut butter is the fresh ground kind. It has no additives, no preservatives, no sugar, no molasses, just peanuts! I decided to try to make my own fresh ground peanut butter at home – shouldn’t be too hard right?
I started with raw peanuts, because the roasted peanuts have a distinct flavor, I roasted them first.
I placed 4 cups (it was a little full) in the oven.
I knew they were done because my kitchen started to smell like peanuts!
You can also use already roasted peanuts. I prefer low to no salt peanut butter, so I always buy unsalted peanuts. Buy whatever your preference is. These ones from Trader Joe’s are my favorite.
I have also bought some from Amazon before too — check them out HERE
IF YOU ARE USING ALREADY ROASTED PEANUTS START HERE
Place peanuts in the blender (you can also use food processor)
*My blender has variable speeds from 1 – 10. Use these instructions keeping in mind the way your blender or food processor works*
Start on lowest setting (#1), stop after mostly chopped and use spatula or blender tamper to push down towards blades.
Slowly increase blender speed to maximum. It will get chunkier as time goes on.
You may have to keep stopping the blender or food processor to push ingredients down. Once it starts to get semi-creamy, turn back down to medium (#5 on my blender). Continue to blend until you reach the desired consistency.
I totally did some “sampling” along the way, and I’m pretty sure it amounted to more than 2 tablespoons of PB. Haha. I totally over did it and ate enough PB to last me for the rest of the week I think.
It is a little messy (see previous pics lol) but it is easier than trying to go to a specific grocery store where I can grind my own, and I also know that my PB doesn’t have any added sugars or ingredients.
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
- 4 cups roasted, unsalted peanuts. Shelled. (4 cups is about 1 pound)
- Raw (aka-unroasted) peanuts are great too, you can roast them yourself
- If you have raw peanuts;
- turn oven on to 350F
- place in a layer on a rimmed baking sheet
- roast 15-20 mins (or until your kitchen starts to smell like peanuts)
- Peanut Butter;
- 1. place peanuts in blender (or food processor)
- 2. start on low, after a few minutes, stop the blender and use a spatula or blender "tamper" to push peanuts down.
- 3. continue to process, turn blender up to medium high blending mode. peanuts will slowly start to get creamy
- 4. stop to scrape down sides as needed
- 5. once you have reached desired consistency, stop & enjoy!
- some blenders may take shorter/longer than others, you will know when to stop when the PB reaches the consistency you desire.
- There may be a time where the peanuts seem to be chunky and sticking together, continue to blend/process, they will start to get creamy on their own.