Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe


If you are a fan of natural peanut butter, then this recipe takes your the best varieties and perfects it by limiting the essential ingredients to one--peanuts. The oil, salt (or even honey) are all optional additions to increase flavor in your homemade peanut butter. I love finding a jar of peanut butter with one ingredient on the label but the price is almost always too high for me. I'm not certain of the going rate for one pound of Smuckers Natural Peanut butter (I'm guessing around $4), but this version of homemade peanut butter costs about $2.40 per pound (depending on the price of your peanuts of course.) 

A win-win-win in my book. 

Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe

makes 3/4 pound of peanut butter (about 1 cup)

2 cups dry roasted peanuts 
1-1/2 Tbsp canola oil, optional
pinch of sea salt, optional

Combine ingredients in the bowl of a food processor with the blade attached. Turn on the food processor and let the nuts come together to form a paste. As the mixture ceases to churn, stop the machine, stir and resume processing. Repeat as needed. Keep processing until a smooth paste is achieved (though peanut butter will not be perfectly smooth like the store bought, highly processed versions like Jif.) Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When serving, it may help to microwave for 20 or 30 seconds to increase spreadability. 

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