You can make homemade peanut butter spread in less than ten minutes with just peanuts, a little honey, and a food processor. Peanuts are inexpensive and making your own peanut butter is another way to control the amount of sugar and sodium you consume.
I made some peanut brittle last week and had a bunch of leftover peanuts so I pulled down the little food processor and made my own with just the perfect amount of salt and honey!
Keep dry roasted peanuts and honey in the pantry and make this homemade peanut butter recipe in smaller batches.
- Peanuts: I buy the ones without salt so I can control how much salt is in my peanut butter recipe.
- Honey: Only use the real stuff! Honey adds a hint of sweetness and is also a natural preservative.
Equipment Needed: You will also need a food processor. My Cuisinart finally died so I replaced it with a smaller 3.5 cup KitchenAid model which I love. Since I mostly cook for two and have a small kitchen so I appreciate the smaller footprint.
How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter Spread
All you need to do is place the dry roasted peanuts in the food processor and run for about 5-6 minutes until the peanuts transform into a smooth and creamy butter. I have a smaller unit so I will stop the food processor every 30-45 seconds or so to keep the motor from overheating.
Start with 1 ½ cups of peanuts, this will make about 12 ounces of finished peanut butter.
Run the processor on chop for about 45 seconds.
Switch to the Puree setting and continue to run for about 3-4 minutes depending on how creamy you like your peanut butter.
Next, drizzle in the honey. Taste the peanut butter and add salt and additional honey to your personal taste.
Store the peanut butter in the fridge. My old Bonne Marman Jam jars are perfect for storing homemade peanut butter.
Do you need to refrigerate homemade peanut butter?
Yes it should be refrigerated because the oils can become rancid if left at room temperature for to long. To soften, remove from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 30 - 45 minutes..
Can you freeze the peanut butter?
Yes, freeze the peanut butter in a freezer-safe storage container for up to six months. I freeze homemade peanut butter in amounts needed to use in my chocolate peanut butter cups and peanut butter cookies.
How to make peanut butter spread without a food processor
It's pretty much the same process. Add the peanuts to a blender, and set to low speed. When the peanuts are completely broken down and begin to look creamy set the blender to medium speed. Drizzle in the honey and continue blending until the peanut butter reaches the desired consistency.
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