Homemade Peanut Butter!

Once upon a time, I needed peanuts for a recipe.  Peanut butter bacon cookies, to be exact.  (And if there is anyone in your life who enjoys peanut butter and/or bacon, I would go get Joy the Baker's cookbook pronto and make them some.  Seriously.  They are amazing.)

I needed 1/2 cup of roasted, salted peanuts.  I don't use peanuts for much else, yet there was a 16 oz. container sitting in my pantry.  But I'd seen recipes for homemade peanut butter on Pinterest recently, and since I was almost out of peanut butter (one of my staples), I figured I'd give it a try.  It was kind of impromtu, so I didn't take many pictures.  Maybe next time.

I don't think I'll ever buy peanut butter again.  Or almond butter, for that matter.

The recipe I used called for 16 oz. of salted peanuts.  I had 1/2 a cup less than 16 oz. of dry roasted peanuts.

And it still totally worked.  No conversions, no worry.  I think that's my favorite part about this recipe.

I poured about half of the bottle of peanuts into my food processor.  Give or take a few peanuts.  Whatever.

And then, using the grind setting (my itty bitty food processor only has "grind" and "chop" settings), I took all my frustrations out on the peanuts.  Ok, so not really.  But it is kind of soothing to watch them go from whole to crumbly to a powder to a paste to a giant glob and then to peanut butter.  It was pretty cool.  It will take a while: like up to 5 minutes.  Just keep going.  It will be obvious that it has reached a butter consistency.  And hey, if it's not ready, just put it back in and keep processing!

I took half of my peanut butter out at this point.  I put it in a jar I had on hand, and I have it stored in the fridge.

I added a handful of chocolate chips to the other half and kept processing it.  The original recipe called for 2 cups of chocolate chips for 16 oz. of peanuts, but since I didn't measure in the first place, I just kind of eyeballed it. I also added a splash of vanilla extract.
Voila!  Homemade peanut butter.  And as much as I highly suggest making it in any form (there are many suggestions for mix ins and flavors on the original site), I adore the chocolate version.  Just a heads up: the chocolate will make it very hard when cold.  It warms up nicely, I've heard.

But I've just been eating it in my oatmeal almost every day for lunch.  Because I am addicted to oatmeal.  And the chocolate peanut butter adds both protein and amazing flavor!


  1. Glad to hear it is so easy. Great idea to add chocolate!


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