On some level, you probably already know that, sure, it's pretty easy to make your own peanut butter. But if you've never actually made homemade peanut butter, I don't know if you quite understand how truly, incredibly, ridiculously easy it really is. Peanuts, meet blender. Blender, it's go time.
After about three minutes, you might be tempted to call it good — but I'm going to give you the nod to keep on going. In the next minute or two, I've found that something magical happens. What seemed like perfectly fine peanut butter before suddenly becomes a few degrees softer and smoother. This is the stuff that peanut-buttery dreams are made of.
Just so our expectations are all in line, you should be prepared for the fact that homemade peanut butter will never be quite as perfectly smooth as, say, a jar of Skippy. Homemade peanut butter will always have a rougher texture than the commercially-prepared stuff. You can add a bit of oil — peanut oil or another favorite vegetable oil — to help bump up the creaminess, and a powerful food processor or blender will make a difference.
You can — and should! — apply this basic blending technique to any other favourite nut or mix of nuts. This is how you make your own almond butter, pistachio butter, and all other kinds of nut butter. I think adding some salt improves the overall flavor of the butter, and I like a squeeze of honey when I want something a bit sweeter. Go wild — since you can make batches that are as big or small as you like, it's very easy to experiment with different versions.
Do you make your own peanut butter or other nut butter? Any Favorited tips to share? What do you like mixing into your nut butter?
No cooking required
3 cups Roasted peanuts
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan rock salt, plus more to taste
1-2 tablespoons peanut oil or other vegetable oil
1-2 tablespoons honey or other sweetener like fructose, maple syrup or agave.
Optional Add-Ins: 1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or other spice, handful of chocolate chips.