Do you like peanut butter? I love it, both chunky and normal. It is a great source of protein and tastes delicious as well. But, it is expensive. Both my sons love it and a large jar is polished off in a few days. So, I decided to make it at home. I was surprised at how easy it was to make and tasted just like the store-bought stuff at a fraction of the cost. Till I made it, I never thought that homemade peanut butter recipe was this simple.
I also did some experiments that turned out good too. Even my mother-in-law said that it tasted just like the market stuff. 🙂 After all that validation, I thought let me make it at home, natural and tasty. I hope you will as well.
Here is the simple recipe:
2 cups raw peanuts
3-4 tbsp. honey (you can use sugar as well)
1/2 tsp. salt
5-6 tbsp. oil or as needed
Lightly toast the peanuts on a low flame. Do this process slowly till the peanuts are golden. I use them with their outer covering, but you can discard them if you like. Now just tip them in your food processor or blender. Let it go on for about 4-5 minutes. You will see the peanuts transform from chunks to this shiny, golden beauty that you can just lick right away. Blend every minute and then scrap down the sides. Then continue blending. Depending on the strength of your blender, you should get to the shiny, liquidy form in about 5 minutes. Add honey and salt as per your taste towards the end or you can have it plain if you like it so. Taste and add more honey if you like it sweeter.
Sometimes, you may find the peanut butter to be very thick. That is when you can add a little oil and blend it some more to make it runny and easier to apply. Remember that once you store it, it will become thicker so keep it runnier before you store in the jar. Easy. Peasy. Isn’t this simple as hell?
This is a jar of pure golden goodness and astonishingly easy to make. Now transfer it to a jar and keep it at room temperature. If it will last you for weeks then you can keep it in the fridge as well. If you find the oil separating at any point in time, just mix it well, that’s all. If you feel it is too thick to spread, just add a little oil and blend.
I also did a little experiment and added 2 tsp. cocoa to my peanut butter along with 3 tbsp. more honey and blended for a minute more. Now I had chocolate peanut butter, something similar to a peanutty Nutella. It was quite delicious, like having Snickers on your bread. Sorry did not click any pictures of that but will update the next time I make it.
This variation was a big hit at home. So you can try this as well if you are a chocolate fan.
Tip: If you want a chunky spread then coarsely pound a few peanuts and add to your peanut butter. But do remember that any peanut powder will make the peanut butter thicker so again remember adding the oil trick.
Now tell me, when are you trying this at home?