Saturday, June 2, 2012

Easy Homemade Organic Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter is a huge hit in our house, my daughter absolutely loves it and puts it on fruit, toast, in sammys, with crackers....the list goes on.  What I don't love about organic peanut butter is the cost....the really yummy organic ones here cost about $7.00 a jar.  With how fast it goes in our home, I was looking for a way to cut that cost down just a bit. :)

So, I surfed on pinterest {that site is awesome!} and found several tutorials on how to make your own peanut butter.  They were all exactly the same so I figured they must all work pretty good. :)

I went to one of my favorite natural food stores and picked up around a pound of organic peanuts that had been blanched in oil already. I figured that they would grind up in the food processor a lot easier that way, and I was right! :)

What you need for making your own: 
1 lb of Organic Peanuts {you could do a bigger or smaller batch, it won't matter since the other ingredients are to taste}
Organic Honey {I used a raw local honey}
Salt {I used Himalayan salt}

I saw some people had to add more oil to theirs as it was mixing when I was reading their posts.  I found that I didn't have to with my batch of nuts but it might be good to have some oil on hand {peanut or canola} just in case.  I think a lot of things can alter this, how fresh are the nuts, temp. they are stored, if you get dry as opposed to blanched...ect

Dump all of your peanuts into your food processor and then turn it on medium and watch it do its magic. 
When it was about 3/4 of the way to being smooth and creamy I added the honey and salt to taste.  I did this so that it would be fully incorporated by the time it was done.

Turn it back on med to get it to a creamy texture. 

When its done it will have a smooth runny consistency, that's totally normal.  Pour it into clean glass container that has a lid that will create a seal when screwed on.

Store in the fridge for up to a month.

Being stored in the fridge, the peanut butter does firm up.  If you added more oil you may have to stir before use because the oil can separate.  I found that for mine, since I didn't add any extra oil I don't have any separation issues.  Just nice creamy peanut butter. :)

If you have trouble spreading it right out of the fridge, you can always put some on a plate 10 mins or so before you would like to use it so that the temp comes down to room temperature. 

My family loves this version way better than what we were getting at the store.  I think its because its got that fresh taste to it and because we can tailor it to our exact taste we want.  

Total cost for this homemade organic peanut butter? Less than 4 bucks. I'd day that's a pretty sweet deal, even more so because I got a lot more peanut butter making it myself than I was getting in our favorite store bought version. :)


  1. I just recently did this with almonds as our school has a peanut butter ban (and have you seen the price of almond butter?). It worked well too.

    1. Cool! I will have to look online for how to do that, my daughter loves this maple almond butter that I get every once and awhile from the store. The price like you said is redic. expensive so making my own would be fabulous. :)


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