How to Make Peanut Butter (with NO added oil!)

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!

peanut butter on toast

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.

peanuts in food processor

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.

ground peanuts in 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.

peanut butter in food processor

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.

runny peanut butter

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.

smooth almond butter going into jar

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.

peanut butter in jar with raspberries behind

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.

5 from 4 votes
peanut butter in jar with raspberries behind
How to Make Peanut Butter (with NO added oil!)
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Here's HOW TO MAKE PEANUT BUTTER at home, using no added oil. It takes less than 5 minutes to make from start to finish and is silky smooth!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanut butter
Servings: 16
Calories: 165 kcal
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces dry roasted peanuts (about 3 cups)
  • fine sea salt , to taste
Instructions
  1. Pour the peanuts into a large food processor fitted with an "S" blade. Secure the lid and process until broken down.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

Recipe Video

Per 2 tablespoons: Calories: 165, Fat: 14g, Carbohydrates: 6g, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 6g

Recipe Notes:

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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Comments

gia

I made this peanut butter this morning and you’re right, it’s so easy! I love that I didn’t even have to stop and scrape it down. Peanut butter is more expensive where I live, so this is a win win!

Abby

I love how much smoother this version is than store-bought! I used 1/2 teaspoon of salt as you suggested, and I think that’s the perfect amount. I’m using it in smoothies this week!

trish

I use your recipe for almond butter all the time, and I was wondering if peanuts would be the same. Thanks for doing the testing for us! I made this last night and it was insanely easy, and possibly the BEST peanut butter I’ve ever tasted.

ez1019

We started giving our little boy homemade peanut butter when he was tee-tiny (we gave it to him early to build up a resistance to peanut allergies). We buy roasted, unsalted peanuts from TJ’s, and blend a whole bag for two cycles in our Blendtec twist jar. Comes out perfect every time, and our little dude loves it! People always ask me about oil separation, but we’ve never experienced it with our homemade stuff. I don’t know if it’s cheaper than other peanut-only butters, but… we love it and it’s totally worth it to us to have confidence in something we eat every single day!

Peg

Haven’t made this yet, but I know it will be amazing! I make your almond butter and my daughter and I can eat that like there’s no tomorrow…It’s “nut-butter crack”!!! I just need to get a new food processor…mine broke and I’m itching for the nut butters!

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