Homemade Peanut Butter: How Simple?

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!

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!

Homemade peanut butter is something I have been making since we moved to Hungary as it was initially difficult to find and it remains quite expensive. To be honest I am a little bashful about posting this as a recipe as homemade peanut butter is not difficult to make.

I have no idea if this is something everyone knows, but I certainly didn’t. Since we moved here I have taken to making lots of things at home that I would normally buy, everything from ketchup to sweet chili sauce. But none of them are 1 ingredient recipes, yes seriously homemade peanut butter requires ONE ingredient!

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!

Peanuts, peanut butter is just bloody peanuts, homemade peanut butter requires nothing more than peanuts and a blender.

Why on earth did I not know this and how much money have a I given to manufacturers of peanut butter, when I say manufacturers I mean thieving *+!%%”+”(‘s, anyway enough of my ranting.

Seriously give homemade peanut butter a go, it takes very little time and you can add in your own flavourings later, sesame oil is great, chili rocks, molasses adds a wonderful bitter sweet note and a little salt is always nice!

Homemade Peanut Butter
Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter

Yield: 250g
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 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
  • Black Treacle, Or Molasses, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 150ยฐC.
  2. Place the peanuts in the oven and allow to slowly roast for 30-40 minutes, check on them regularly and shake in the pan to ensure the do not burn.
  3. Place the peanuts in a blender and blitz, at first it will look like a powder and it is difficult to believe it will form a butter, just keep going, and you will end up with a peanut butter.
  4. When a butter has been formed add in molasses or black treacle for sweetness and salt, however neither are really required!

Notes

I feel like a complete fraud posting this but nowhere near as much of a fraud as the companies that do this and stick it in a jar and pretend there is a secret to peanut butter... Mix it up play with other nuts, it just works!

Calorfic value refers to full recipe.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 2445 Total Fat: 124g Saturated Fat: 19g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 90g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 1731mg Carbohydrates: 305g Fiber: 21g Sugar: 264g Protein: 61g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

46 thoughts on “Homemade Peanut Butter: How Simple?”

  1. I really should get round to making my own peanut butter some time as like you say, it really is pretty easy and there’s isn’t any need for some of the things that can be added (although I try to get ones with only peanuts). This is my prompt to finally try my own, though!

  2. 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.

    • 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

    • 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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  4. 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!!

  5. 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!

    • 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!

  6. Isn’t it a little frightening to see how many extra ingredients are added to some store bought foods?

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  8. 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 :):)

    • 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!

  9. 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!

    • 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.

  10. 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?

    • 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.

  11. I’m with you on the fraud being perpetrated by big food companies. I wasn’t aware that peanut butter was so simple and nothing unhealthy in it when made as you have described. Thanks for the illuminating post.

    • 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!

  12. 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.

    • 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!

        • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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?’!

  13. Hahaha I love the slide show captions “Oh Look, Peanut Butter!” This is very cool and I never knew it was just one ingredient. I always thought there was oil of some kind that you needed to use….who knew?!

    • 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˜€

  14. 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™‚

  15. 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!

    • 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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