I can’t believe how EASY it is to make peanut butter at home. Homemade peanut butter takes less than 5 minutes to make in your food processor, and you don’t have to do any extra prep work to get started!
How Do You Make Peanut Butter?
To make peanut butter, all you need is peanuts and a food processor. Do not add any extra oil, as the peanuts will release their natural oils as you go.
If you’ve ever made homemade almond butter, making peanut butter is even faster. Unlike almonds, which need to be heated to help them break down faster, peanuts break down surprisingly fast in the food processor.
How Long Does it Take to Make Peanut Butter?
I actually timed myself while making this homemade peanut butter, and it takes only 1 minute and 30 seconds for the peanuts to break down into a thick paste, as pictured above. It almost reminds me of playdoh.
Just 30 seconds later, it looks like the thick peanut butter consistency below.
Within 4 minutes of your food processor running, your peanut butter should look something like the photo below. I don’t even stop to scrape down the machine! The peanuts easily break down on their own, so the process is hands-off.
How Do You Make Peanut Butter Runny?
Within 4 minutes, you should have a creamy peanut butter. For a runny and silky-smooth peanut butter, let the food processor run for 1 more minute.
You’ll hear a “sloshy” sound as the peanuts release their natural oils, becoming very runny. This is when I usually add any extra seasoning to my peanut butter, like salt or honey.
How Much Salt Do You Add to Unsalted Peanut Butter?
For a 16 ounce jar of peanut butter, I like to add 1/2 teaspoon of fine sea salt for a “salted” peanut butter flavor. However, you can start with just 1/4 teaspoon of salt and see if that’s enough for you. The nice thing about making your own is that YOU get to control the flavor.
Is it Cheaper to Make Your Own Peanut Butter?
Oddly enough, it’s NOT always cheaper to make your own peanut butter. When comparing prices at the grocery store, a pound of unsalted peanuts is $3.49 (not organic), while a jar of non-organic peanut butter (with nothing else added) is just $2.49. So you actually save a dollar by buying it instead of making it.
A jar of organic peanut butter is $3.99, and I can’t find organic peanuts cheaper than $6.99 per pound on their own. (Crazy!) So, in this case the only advantage to making your own peanut butter at home is that you get to control the flavor and texture.
My homemade peanut butter is smoother than any option I’ve found at the store, and the flavor is unbelievably good! The fact that it’s hands-off and ready in 5 minutes is even more reason that I love it.
How to Make Peanut Butter (1-Minute Video):
How to Make Peanut Butter (with NO added oil!)
- 16 ounces dry roasted peanuts (about 3 cups)
- fine sea salt , to taste
- Pour the peanuts into a large food processor fitted with an "S" blade. Secure the lid and process until broken down.
- Within about 2 minutes of processing, the peanuts should become a relatively smooth paste. When you process it for 2 more minutes, the peanut butter will become even more smooth, and you'll start to hear a "sloshing" sound as the peanuts release their natural oils, making the peanut butter have a runny texture.
- Within 5 minutes, the peanut butter should be very smooth and runny. Add up to 1/2 teaspoon of fine seal salt, and process again until evenly incorporated. Pour the peanut butter into an airtight jar and store it in the fridge until ready to use.
- Homemade peanut butter should last up to a month in the fridge as long as you don't introduce moisture to the jar. Always use clean utensils and return it to the fridge for best shelf life.
Per 2 tablespoons: Calories: 165, Fat: 14g, Carbohydrates: 6g, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 6g
If you would rather use a different type of nut to make a nut butter, I’m pretty sure you could use pecans, walnuts, cashews, or a mix using this method. Almonds are a harder nut, so I recommend following my how to make almond butter tutorial for more detailed instructions.
As always, if you try something different with this recipe please leave a comment below letting us know what you try. We can all benefit from YOUR experience!
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