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If you have a food processor and peanuts, you can make your own natural peanut butter at home in just a few minutes.

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How to Use Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade peanut butter is delicious on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, as a snack with apple slices or celery, or straight out of the jar. You can also turn basic peanut butter into chocolate peanut butter by blending it with dark chocolate chips or cocoa powder. Show off your own homemade nut butter in Thai peanut and coconut chicken curry, chicken teriyaki with peanut sauce, or peanut butter cookies.

Simple Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe

Makes
2 cups
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Cook Time
15 min

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw peanuts
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil (optional, for creamy peanut butter)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  1. For more flavor, roast the whole peanuts (optional). Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread peanuts on an ungreased rimmed baking sheet and roast until fragrant and golden brown, 10–15 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes.
  2. In a food processor or high-speed blender, pulse roasted peanuts until finely chopped, about 30 seconds. For chunky peanut butter, remove ¼ cup chopped nuts and set aside.
  3. Process until nuts form a smooth, thick paste, about 3 minutes, pausing every minute or so to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add salt, maple syrup, and oil (if using), and continue to process until fully incorporated, about 1 more minute. For crunchy peanut butter, add the chopped nuts back in, and pulse a few times to incorporate.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

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