Homemade Peanut Butter

Do you have peanuts? Do you have a food processor? Well then in a few simple steps you have homemade peanut butter. My lesson learned here is that inspiration comes in all places. I’ve been on a few flights lately and my new kindle has one downfall – no use during take-off and landing. So I found myself reading an inflight magazine that was doing a bio on Jennifer Reese and her new book. I’ve made a lot of things from scratch- hummus, pesto, sauces, etc. – and I cannot believe I had never thought of making my own peanut butter before! It is so easy. Hopefully, you will find some inspiration in this post 🙂

Average time: 25 minutes, 5 minutes if using peanuts already out of their shell

Yields: 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

1 bag (12 oz) roasted unsalted peanuts in their shell (you can use already shelled peanuts to save time but my research showed this was the best way to go)

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1 Tbsp peanut oil

Directions

1. Remove shells from all the peanuts but keep skins on. If using peanuts already shelled, skip this step.

2. Place peanuts and salt in a food processor. Process for approximately 2-3 minutes. At first it will appear that the peanuts are just chopped but wait a few minutes and you will get a more of a creamy texture.

3. Slowly add peanut oil until your peanut butter it the consistency you want. You may need to use more or less peanut oil depending.

Serving suggestion: To create a chunky peanut butter simply add coarsely chopped nuts into your mixture. You can also add in a bit of honey for a sweeter flavor.

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