The Secret to Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter is so insanely easy to make, you need peanuts and a blender and erm that’s about it!

Portrait image of homemade peanut butter being spread on white bread with unshelled peanuts and a bowl of peanut butter in the background

Peanut Butter Anyone?

I have to confess to being a bit of a peanut butter fiend and I would happily eat it with a spoon from a jar and call it breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Although it is also pretty essential in a good peanut sauce for satay!

When we moved to Hungary *mumble* years ago it was impossible to buy and despite that easing in recent years I still insist on making my own.

I make a lot of sauce and condiments myself but only when it is cheaper, easier or better than store-bought.

My sweet chilli sauce for instance or homemade mayonnaise.

When it comes to peanut butter it pretty much hits every point!

It is so cheap to make, as you would expect from a recipe that consists of so few ingredients.

It is stupidly simple, I do not know a single person that can screw this up!

Taste-wise, it is exactly the same as the stuff in the jar and you can add flavours as you wish.

It will store in a refrigerator for at least 10 days, but you will be lucky if it lasts that long!

Portrait image of homemade peanut butter being made in a mini blender

Hints and Tips.

The first hint I have is to roast your nuts… Yes, I am that childish!

This is the only place that this recipe can go wrong, just keep an eye on them so that they do not burn.

You should also blend them whilst they are hot. This adds a delicious depth of flavour to the peanut butter, it also makes them easier to blend.

You can just go with raw peanuts if you like and it works well.

When it comes to blending, at first you will think that it isn’t going to happen.

The peanuts will turn into a powder as you can see below. But keep going and you will get there as the peanuts let go of their oils.

Portrait image of homemade peanut butter being made in a mini blender at the powdery phase
Many people worry at this stage, do not fret, just keep blending!

You can stick with just adding salt to taste, which this definitely needs.

However, I also like to add a little sweetness on occasions.

You can use molasses, treacle, honey, I have even used maple syrup. You do not need much so add it a little at a time and keep tasting.

This recipe makes a pretty smooth peanut butter, if you want crunchy just keep back some of the peanuts.

Break them up with a rolling pin and blend them through at the end.

Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe

Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe

Yield: 250g
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Homemade Peanut Butter is so simple to make, I have no idea who decided to put it in jar and pretend it is tough to make!

Ingredients

  • 250 g Peanuts
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 150ยฐC or 300ยฐF.
  2. Place the peanuts in the oven and allow to slowly roast for 25-30 minutes.
  3. Check on them every 10 minutes and shake in the pan to ensure they do not burn.
  4. Place the peanuts in a blender and blend.
  5. Remove the lid periodically and push the peanuts to the base of the blender.
  6. When a butter has been formed add salt to taste and give it one final blitz.

Notes

Calorfic value refers to the full recipe.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2445Total Fat: 124gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 90gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1731mgCarbohydrates: 305gFiber: 21gSugar: 264gProtein: 61g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

39 thoughts on this Recipe:

  1. OK, why didn’t you tell me earlier? I can find, hidden in the bottom shelf, 500 gr of peanuts for โ‚ฌ 1.5 at the Supermarket. Need to go shopping now, see you later.

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    • I know right a 340g jar of peanut butter if and when I can find it here in Hungary costs roughly the equivalent of 5 euros ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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    • I store mine in an airtight jar as regular peanut butter would be stored, there are no preservatives in this though so shelf life will be shorter but have had no problems storing it 10 days or so which is well withing the shelf life of raw peanuts. I’m afraid it never lasts any longer than that ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I’ve never made peanut butter before because I have a fear of all the peanuts clumping together into one big mess and getting stuck and it turning into a nightmare..but I guess it’s not that bad!!

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  3. Peanut butter is a staple in our home. I prefer the store-bought kind, simply because that’s the kind I grew up eating; Kraft brand and either crunch or smooth, but the crunchy is my fav. John.e prefers the organic peanut butter which is more runny and has not preservatives. The only reason I’m not a fan of it is because there’s no sweet factor, but I love the addition of the molasses idea. I’m going to make this for sure. Thanks for sharing!

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    • You can pretty much take this off in any direction you like, I prefer crunchy peanut butter too so bash up a few peanuts with a rolling pin and fold them through and it works really well with chili… Although had it not of cost a small fortune to buy when we moved here I would have probably taken no notice and just picked a far off the shelf!

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  4. My entire family LOVES peanut butter, and I had no idea it was so simple to make! I can’t wait to make this — now I just need to search out the peanuts already shelled :):)

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    • Haha, I hear you on the shelled nuts… I quite often sit around and shell and peel my own and it takes forever and I ALWAYS eat far too many!

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  5. I’m definitely giving this a try Brian! The ‘natural’ nut butters you buy just don’t cut it, but I don’t want the extra sugar that’s in the regular ones. Thanks!

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    • Good stuff, it really is so simple and then you can add in what ever you like… I do like a little added salt and sugar in mine but it is exactly what I choose rather than being hidden amongst other ingredients.

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  6. You’re welcome Mark… I was primarily driven by my need for peanut butter in a country where it is not very popular I was genuinely surprised when I started researching to realise that it is just peanuts!

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  7. Haha, I was feeling a little sarcastic and have done since I found out how to make it 7-8 years ago… The peanuts contain more than enough oil, heating them allows it to be released then blend and keep going, wonderful ๐Ÿ˜€

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  8. Delicious! I normally buy the organic raw peanut butter, but I like your idea better. My husband eats peanut butter every single morning and this will be a wonderful surprise for him. Do you think almonds will work the same?

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    • Apparently all nut butters are at their heart just this technique, I have to admit not trying it but if you have a mini blender you could give it a try with 100g or so which will reduce and waste, you got nothing to loose and bucket loads of nutty goodness to gain.

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  9. I don’t know where you get your information from , Brian, but peanut butter requires sugar, molasses, fully hydrogenated vegetable oil, mono and diglycerides, and salt. Oh, and peanuts. When did vegetable oil become FULLY hydrogenated? Yikes. I didn’t realize it was as simple as you describe. I’m going to definitely try it.

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    • hahahahahaha cheers Jeff, the first time I made it I thought there was some sort of bizarre alchemy stuff but it just works. Unbelievably simple!

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        • Superb, I remember the first time I did it and stood there and thought ‘surely it can’t be this easy’… Enjoy the world of always available Peanut Butter.

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      • I bought a bag of nuts and made me some peanut butter, and it’s really good!Thanks for cluing me in to how easy it is.

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        • You are welcome Jeff, it’s quite daft how simple this is… I remember watching it being made somewhere and thought, that can’t be right and tried it myself and though ‘so why am I buying jars?’!

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  10. I love peanut butter and homemade peanut butter is the best!! If I could stick a spoon into the screen and take some out right now… I would!! Love the addition of treacle!! Great photos too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Love this! I always assumed it needed other ingredients, it’s good to know that you can literally just make it from peanuts. Great idea!

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    • Me too, I was kinda floored when I realised it is just blitzed up peanuts, you can let it down with a little oil to add flavour and add salt, sweetness spice but not of it is really necessary.

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