Easy DIY: How to make Peanut Butter at Home
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.
Reasons to Ditch Store-bought Peanut Butter
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. A look at the image on the right will show you the shocking ingredients in peanut butter.
These additives are actually harmful to health, as we shall look at below:
The Dangers of Harmful Ingredients in Peanut Butter
Contribute to fatty deposits in the liver, clog arteries, cause type II diabetes, cause hyperactivity in children, speeds up aging, weakens 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, sulphites are just some of the preservatives used in the food industry. Alleged dangers of preservatives include migraines, weakness, hyperactives and asthma.
It's so EASY 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!
So let's get started! Here's what you need.
What you need
- Peanuts (hulled) - 2 cups
- Coconut oil/ Peanut oil - 2 tbsps
- Natural sweetener (honey, maple syrup, organic palm sugar etc) - to taste
- Oven for roasting
- Food processor or blender!
To begin with, in this tutorial, we're going to use 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.
1. Roast away! First, we're going to roast our peanuts! Ignore this step if you're using roasted peanuts. Preheat your oven to 350o F for 10 minutes. Now spread your peanuts on your baking tray and plop them into the oven and toast them for only a further 10 minutes. Be very careful that you don't burn your peanuts as this will affect the taste of your peanut butter!
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. This way, separate all the peanuts from their skins, or at least majority of them!
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:
- For chunky peanut butter, just reserve a handful or two of your toasted peanuts and add them at the very end along with your desired sweetener.
- Please do not add water to your peanut butter! I'm telling you this because I'm guilty of foolishly adding water to make it come together. This is a butter; we will only add oil to bring it together and make it spreadable.
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 tbsps of your preferred oil. I love coconut oil so I used that! (Not pictured)
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.
Store your peanut butter outside the refrigerator for up to 2 months. In the refrigerator, it can last from 3 - 6 months.
6. That's it! Would you believe it? Your peanut butter is all done now! Wasn't that easy? Store you 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 3 days max! It's that good.
Have Fun with your Healthy Peanut Butter
The possibility 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 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 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!