Homemade Peanut Butter in a mason jar

It’s time that I make a confession: I’m obsessed with peanut butter. Obsession is probably not even the right word… I’d say I’m addicted to it to the point that I don’t care about people judging me when I take out a huge tablespoon to eat peanut butter straight out of a jar.

Brad Pitt Meet Joe Black Peanut Butter Spoon

Imagine my delight then at finding out just how easy it is to make homemade peanut butter. I mean seriously, it’s so simple and quick, that I’m kicking myself for not having done this sooner.

Also because there are no hydrogenated oils, stabilizers, or emulsifiers and you can control the amount of salt used or any optional sugar (as with this recipe), it tends to be healthier than what you can buy at the store. And cheaper too, especially when compared to organic brands.

For this peanut butter, I decided to add some pure maple syrup as a sweetener. I also thought it’d be great to use when making pancakes.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw, shelled peanuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons peanut oil or other oil (optional)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (we use organic because it has better flavor)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Instructions

  1. This step is option but I like to toast my peanuts first. I put them into my toaster oven and let it toast for a few minutes until I see the color changing to a browner color before taking out.
  2. Place peanuts in a food processor or blender. I use a Cuisinart food processor for this and it comes out wonderful. I just turn it on and let it run until it becomes a dry ball (about 2 minutes).
  3. At this point, add salt, oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. You can skip the oil if you want but I do find that it helps with making a creamier texture.
  4. Run the processor or blender until the dry ball becomes smooth and creamy.
  5. Store in you favorite container, in your pantry or in your fridge.

Cut apples with peanut butter

Eat the peanut butter on its own, put it on apples, uses it in recipes (like my peanut butter chocolate chip pumpkin pancakes or my peanut butter whipped sweet potatoes)… peanut butter is seriously great on anything. It’s also why I have no idea how long the shelf life of this is as I typically go through a jar of peanut butter in like two or three days.

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