Updated: Feb 18, 2019
Peanut butter is one of those ingredients that I would not be able to live without. I love me some peanut butter. I eat peanut butter every day, I smear it on toast in the morning, add a tablespoon to my porridge or smoothie. I also drizzle it over pancakes, add into curries and use it in dips or baking. I mean the ways in which you can use peanut butter are endless.
If you use or love peanut butter as much as I do, you know that it can get a bit pricey buying so much peanut butter. Making it at home is so much cheaper and healthier. The advantage of making peanut butter at home, is that you know exactly what ingredients are going into it. There are no colourants, preservatives and artificial sweeteners added into your peanut butter. You are also in control of how much sweetener, salt and oil you want to add into your peanut butter.
All you need to make your own peanut butter or any nut butter is a high speed food processor. I would recommend that you use a food processor that is at least 1000 watts. This will make processing the nuts into a butter very quick and easy, without adding any or excessive amounts of oil. I recently wrote a article/blog post on 10 essential kitchen tools for healthy eating. The article goes into more depth about which food processor I recommend and why.
Homemade Peanut butter
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
3 cups/ 750ml raw peanuts (Shells removed)
2T/ 30ml peanut oil or vegetable oil
2T/ 30ml honey (optional)
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 180°C. Place peanuts into a large baking tray, making sure that the peanuts are one signal layer (no overlapping).
Bake the peanuts for 8-10 minutes, checking every 5 minutes so the peanuts do not burn. Once you smell the peanuts then they are ready. Remove from the oven and allow to completely cool.
Rub the cooled peanuts against the palms of your hands to remove the skin off the peanuts.
Place all the peanuts into a food processor and process for 1 minute until a flour consistency is formed. Process for another 2-3 minutes until a stiff dough is formed. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl.
Process for another 2-3 minutes until the stiff dough starts to loosen up. It should resemble a thick bean dip. At this point you can add in salt and honey.
Process for another 2-3 minutes, while pouring in oil slowly.
Your peanut butter should be shiny and smooth, with a liquidly consistency.
Note...You can make your peanut butter crunchy by first processing 1/3 cup/80ml of peanuts. Pulse the peanuts until coarse crumbs are formed. Set the peanut crumbs aside while preparing the peanut butter as instructed in the recipe. Once the peanut butter is done mix in the peanut crumbs with a spoon or spatula.
Ps: All weight loss starts in the kitchen...