I love discovering and sharing simple recipes that you can make at home. They make for a healthier option than store-bought products.
Reasons to Ditch Store-Bought Peanut Butter
I've been making peanut butter at home for quite a while now. It's incredibly easy and the end result is so delicious that you'll never turn to store-bought peanut butter ever again! So many peanut butter tutorials have cropped up online, but here's my version to guide you through making peanut butter, even if you've never made it before.
After making my first batch of peanut butter, the taste of store-bought peanut pales by a million times in comparison. Homemade peanut butter tastes so rich, fresh, aromatic, and just plain awesome! So that's reason #1 to make your own peanut butter at home: the rich, creamy, superior quality of homemade peanut butter.
You won't believe how many extra additives are found in store-bought peanut butter. All those nasty extra ingredients alone are a great incentive to stop buying store-bought peanut butter. Making peanut butter at home guarantees that you know exactly what contents are in it.
The additives found in commercial peanut butter products are actually harmful to health, as we shall look at below.
The Dangers of Harmful Ingredients in Peanut Butter
This contributes to fatty deposits in the liver, clogs arteries, causes type II diabetes, speeds up aging, and weakens the immune system.
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils
Hydrogenated oils do not occur in nature. They cause serious degenerative diseases, autism, type II diabetes, and cancer.
Benzoates, nitrites, and sulphites are just some of the preservatives used in the food industry. Alleged dangers of preservatives include migraines, weakness, hyperactivity, and asthma.
How to Make Peanut Butter at Home
Trust me, even if you are a complete newbie to this, you can make peanut butter at home, and you'll be surprised how easy it is. Once you get started, you'll stay away from store-bought peanut butter forever. I know I did!
What You'll Need
- 2 cups peanuts (hulled)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil/peanut oil
- Natural sweetener to taste (honey, maple syrup, organic palm sugar, etc.)
- Oven (for roasting)
- Food processor or blender
Note: In this tutorial, we're going to begin with raw hulled peanuts, which saves us the task of hulling. But we still need to roast them in an oven. If you don't have an oven, you can simply buy roasted unsalted peanuts and work from there.
Step 1: Roast away! First, we're going to roast our peanuts. Ignore this step if you're using roasted peanuts. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Now spread your peanuts on your baking tray and plop them into the oven and toast them for only 10 minutes. Be very careful that you don't burn your peanuts, as this will affect the taste of your peanut butter!
Step 2: Skin away! Now allow your peanuts to cool and begin the process of removing their skins. Some peanuts may have already shrugged out of their skins due to the oven heat. For the rest, simply grab some peanuts and rub them between your palms. With this method, separate all the peanuts from their skins, or at least the majority of them!
Step 3: Grind away! Now the fun begins! It's time to pour your peanuts into your food processor or blender (I used my trusty ol' blender) and begin grinding. In roughly the first 30 seconds, your peanuts will reach a gritty powdery consistency as shown below. Continue blending and it will slowly start oozing out some of the natural oils within the peanuts. Use a spatula or soup spoon to scrape down the sides. Don't lose hope just yet! In a few more minutes, the peanuts will start forming a mass as shown below.
Step 4: Make it spreadable! Once you reach this stage, you're pretty much done. All you need to do is to bring this peanut butter into a spreadable consistency. Take off the blender lid and add in 2 tablespoons of your preferred oil. I love coconut oil, so I used that.
Step 5: Add final touches. Once that's done, this is the stage where you add your natural sweetener (e.g. honey or maple syrup) to taste. I used shaved organic palm sugar.
Step 6: That's it! Would you believe it? Your peanut butter is all done now! Wasn't that easy? Store your peanut butter in an airtight glass jar in a cool place. I usually make 2 cups of peanut butter, and it always gets finished in three days max! It's that good.
Have Fun With Your Healthy Peanut Butter
The possibilities are endless! You can make so many flavors and variations with peanut butter. You can add raw cocoa powder for a healthy chocolatey version; you can also add Nutella, an amazing variation! Or you can even add chopped dried fruits like dates, figs, and raisins and skip the sweetener. Just be creative and you'll be surprised by what you come up with.
There's a great load of healthy snacks you can enjoy with peanut butter. I don't mind enjoying a spoonful of plain peanut butter every now and then. The best quick-fix snack I usually have is peanut butter with apples.
Enjoy and stay healthy!