Homemade Peanut Butter

We are like all typical American families: we consume peanut butter like it is going out of style. And since part of this journey is a quest toward consuming more real food, your typical jar of peanut butter on the typical grocery store shelf is full of unknown weird ingredients. Not something we’re looking to consume.

Because of this I decided to try my hand at making peanut butter.

I used the recipe at Food Skills for Self Sufficiency as a basic tutorial, and made some tweaks. In an effort to save money, I bought peanuts from the bulk bins of my local health food store. I shelled enough to have about 2 cups of peanuts and put them in my food processor. After a minute or so the peanuts were chopped down to small grains – it kind of looked like sand in my food processor.

After another minute or so the oils in the peanuts began to be extracted and the coarse peanut paste started to stick together and ball up. At this point I added about 1 Tablespoon of olive oil as well as 1 Tablespoon of honey and continue to blend. The tutorial said that after about 10 minutes we should have had a runny, creamy peanut butter. Instead, I had this:

It was decidedly UN-runny. But it was very tasty. I added a little more oil, hoping it would break down more and it didn’t. Rather than continuing to add oil, I decided to just consider it done and spoon it into our jar.

The verdict: it was tasty for sure! But it was not creamy, and therefore, not very spreadable. We tried to use it on sandwiches a few times but it just ripped up our bread. In the end, I used it to bake a peanut butter dessert (which was DELISH!) and went to the store and bought some organic peanut butter.

But I’m willing to try it again. I think I’ll eliminate the honey next time, just in case it caused the peanut butter to thicken up. And next time, I’m not going to bother buying the bulk peanuts! I’ll just spend the extra cents and buy some previously shelled nuts. Try #2 will happen next month. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Happily Homesteading!


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10 thoughts on “Homemade Peanut Butter

  1. I’ve considered doing this before as well. My concern is that peanut oil goes rancid at room temperature very quickly, so you would have to keep it in the fridge. Which would make it impossible to spread. hhhmmmm. I have tried homemade almond butter, and that did turn creamy and easy to spread. Good luck with you next experiment!

    • Yep – we kept it in the fridge. That definitely made it harder to spread. I tried taking it out an hour or so before lunchtime one day. It was a little softer, but still didn’t work. How do you make almond butter? Same basic process?

      • exactly the same. Puree almonds in the food processor. I found that adding a few Tbsp of coconut oil really helped with spreadability…I wonder if that would work for your peanut butter too!

      • Easy! I’ll have to try both now! And I have coconut oil too. I’ll let you know how it goes. 🙂

  2. I have a friend that makes her own and swears by it, but she says it only works if you have one of the high-powered blenders like a Vitamix or something. I just buy jarred organic, too.

    • Yeah…I was afraid of that. But I’m not quite ready to give up yet. I’ll try one more time before I do. Or maybe I’ll find a way to convince hubs it’s worth the expense to buy a vitamix. Or maybe I’ll just keep buying the jarred organic from the store. 🙂

  3. Get a Blendtec if you want to give eating raw or homemade a real run! I made peanut butter last week, no added oil or anything, and it was completely smooth and delicious in 45 seconds!

    • I tried honey once and my results were similar to yours. I use a cheap $20 food processor and it works perfectly. I use planters roasted peanuts and that’s it. Peanuts have enough of their own oil. It takes a long time in the processor before it “creams” up. I leave mine out on the counter, but I go through it very fast. It has never turned out rancid.

      • I’m so encouraged to hear you were successful with your blender since that’s all I’ve got too! 🙂 And maybe I didn’t blend it long enough. I’ll let it go longer next time.

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