Home made peanut butter is probably the easiest thing in the world to make, seriously! All you need are peanuts and a food processor, that’s IT! Seriously, nothing else goes into peanut butter, ok maybe a pinch of salt!
Unless you are buying 100% natural peanut butter at a whole food store, the peanut butter you are buying at the grocery store is full of sugar, even worst than that, some brands are now using sorbitol to sweeten their peanut butter. If you have dogs like us, who love peanut butter treats, that is a huge problem, since sorbitol is deadly poisonous to dogs.
Most brands also have hydrogenated vegetable oil (I believe this is to prevent the peanut oil from separating, from the peanuts), fancy molasses, some contain soybean oil and something call diglycerides and salt.
First of all, I will never understand why you would want your peanut butter to be sweet, but if it is something that you enjoy, honey would be a healthier choice. So this recipe is probably the one with the shortest amount of ingredients, and it takes only a few minutes. For this recipe I have 2 cups of unsalted peanuts and a pinch of salt. Two cups of peanuts yield 1 cup of peanut butter.
- 2 cups of unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
- A pinch of salt
- Add the peanuts to a food processor and pulse for a few minutes.
- At this point if you want a crunchy peanut butter, reserve a tbsp of the pulsed peanuts.
- Continue to pulse until creamy smooth (about 5 minutes).
- Add a pinch of salt and pulse for one more minute.
- At this point, you can add in the tbsp of peanut chunks you’ve reserved and mix in with a spatula (this is for the crunchy version).
- Transfer the peanut butter into a mason jar and store in the fridge to prevent oil separation.