How to Make Peanut Butter

I just learned last week how to make peanut butter.

Here is what I must now ask myself…

WHY HAVE I NEVER MADE PEANUT BUTTER BEFORE?

I make almost everything else from scratch.  But somehow making peanut butter sounded hard to me.  I guess I thought I’d have to crush each individual peanut for three hours with my fingernails until it turned soft and creamy.  I’d just never looked into it before.  Finally I watched a tutorial here.

Um, hello Laura!  It takes about a minute and a half!  And you don’t even break a sweat (or a fingernail).  Now, I’m totally addicted to making peanut butter.  It’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever made.

After I made it, we ate it on pancakes and it was one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten.  I loved it!!!  All of us loved it!  (Except Malachi who doesn’t love peanut butter at all.)

Here’s how to make it:

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Pour about 2 cups of dry roasted peanuts into your food processor and begin to chop.

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After about thirty seconds the nuts will all be crumbled up like this.

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Keep going with the food processor…

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Here’s what it looks like after about one minute.

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And after about a minute and a half, it starts to become butter-like and rolls itself into a ball.  Continue processing until your peanut butter reaches desired consistency.

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Tada…peanut butter!

Stir some honey into your peanut butter if you think your family would like it better that way.

NOW, I’m going to experiment making other nut butters and sunbutter (which is butter made from sunflower seeds if you aren’t familiar with that one).

The math: The way I figured it, making my own peanut butter did save me money, but not oodles of it like I was hoping for.  However, because of the fresh taste of this peanut butter…and the fact that making it was as easy as using my thumb to push a button – I’m hooked!

Grab the family and try this!  Then pour yourself a glass of milk and enjoy your hard work.  (I love hard work that isn’t hard…)

Comments

  1. kevan says

    did mine with macadamia nuts added to the peanuts and a little bit of fresh coconut, with a drop of honey, very good got me hooked on making my own, one note though is that I seemed to get a better mix when I used my blender than when I used the food processor, thanks again, yumminess starts at home

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  2. Karen says

    Laura,

    What size food processor do you have? I tried this in my 5 cup food processor, and it seemed a little too much for it. I think next time I may try it one cup at a time.

    Also, I self roasted my peanuts. My peanut butter tasted a little ‘overdone’. Do you self roast peanuts and if so, how long do you roast them for?

    Thanks in advance!

    Karen

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    Laura Reply:

    I have a seven cup processor, maybe try one cup of peanuts at a time in yours to see if it makes a difference!

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    Laura Reply:

    Sorry, forgot to answer the other question: I usually buy roasted peanuts – I need to get in the habit of roasting my own, but that’s one thing I compromise on to save time.

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    glenda Reply:

    I use a fail-safe method for roasting my shelled peanuts i learned from my great-aunt years ago. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees. Layer your peanuts in a single layer on cookie sheet. Put the peanuts in the oven and turn off the oven. let them stay in the oven overnight, without opening the oven door. They come out roasted perfectly and you don’t have to worry about burnt peanuts.

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    Mark Cox Reply:

    Thank you so much for your “hard work” posting this recipe and taking time to answer questions. It is really a special treat for me. I love cooking from scratch, I always get good results, but I HAVE to follow a recipe or face food poisoning myself. LOL
    Really, THANK YOU!!
    Mark Cox

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  3. says

    Dear Laura
    am so happy that am making pea nut butter almost every weekend. Am also trying to teach the community at the village level as they have these nuts at their home. I was wondering if you can give me a hint of what can be used if I dont have a processor as we are in the rural areas with no power. Please advice.
    Thanks for helping us to earn an income because I believe that women should not just stay idle they should do something for a living.

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    Laura Reply:

    I wish I had a suggestion for you on this, but I’ve never done this without a food processor so I’m not sure! :)

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    Sarah Reply:

    I wonder if a mortar and pestle would work. It would certainly take a lot longer than electric appliances. I have never tried it, so no idea if it works, but that came to mind. I just ran out of peanut butter yesterday, and think I will give this a try! Thanks so much for the ‘kick in the pants’. This is great!

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    Suzanne Matthews Reply:

    Do these women make their own flour?
    If so then that method should work to make peanut butter.
    Be advised however, that the process releases the oil in the peanuts
    so some cleanup will be required before the next batch of flour.

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    Cindy McGee Reply:

    Florence,
    You can do this with a hand crank meat grinder, use the finest screen. Hoept

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    Susan Reply:

    You can purchase hand cranked/powered blenders through a good camping supply store which should work well for making nut butters when there is no power available.

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    Ricky Reply:

    Check the “Practical Action” website. There you will find many solutions for rural and developing communities, including peanut butter processing.

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  4. danial says

    do you need to refrigerate the peanut butter?

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, I do keep mine in the fridge.

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    chaddy kathy Reply:

    U can leave it in the pantry or cabbinet..

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  5. jeanette says

    I want to make your peanut butter,, How much do,es 2 cups of nuts make and how long can it stay in the frid. thanks

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    Laura Reply:

    I’d say two cups of peanuts makes about one cup of peanut butter, but that’s just a guess. :) It stays good in the fridge for quite a while – probably a month or two.

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  6. Christy says

    Can you tell me how much peanut butter you get from 2 cups of peanuts? Trying to decide if it would save money with prices what they are in my area. I’m going through a LOT of peanut butter with this third pregnancy, for the protein. :)

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    It should make about a cup…maybe a little bit more.

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  7. says

    I hope Forence has found a way to make peanut butter, I just found this website and I immediately thought of the grinders people used to grind meat for sausage. I think that would work and it may be crunchy peanut butter, She can possibly find these grinders at garage sales, antique shops, they may be sold at Sears, I have no idea where I got mine, given to me probably. Now I’m off to try my first batch of peanut butter. I don’t know the proper name for this grinder.

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  8. loligoss says

    I add a tbs of oil (almond)after I process the nuts and mix for 30 seconds makes it creamy

    If you like chunky then leave out a 1/3 of the peanuts, process everything else add the 1/3 of peanuts and process for a few seconds. Love the peanut butter this way and I use it to make gluten free cookies too.

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  9. emjay says

    Natural peanut butter is a staple in our house and over the last several months the price has risen to almost twice what it was before. Interestingly, the price of a jar of peanuts remains the same – about 20% less. I bought a jar of peanuts today so I could try making peanut butter at home. Thanks for all the tips I found here!

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  10. Susan Alexander says

    Ok, I think I’m finally ready to try making my own peanut butter…. Two questions:

    Where do you buy your peanuts?

    Since we are used to store-bought (not natural), we’ll want some sugar, at least at first – do you think I could use maple syrup instead of honey, since I’m allergic to honey? I do find it generally subs well…

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    Laura Reply:

    I buy my peanuts in bulk from Azure Standard, my health food co-op. I’d think adding maple syrup should be great in this!

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    Amanda Reply:

    I add honey to ours and we love it!

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    Amanda Reply:

    oops sorry didn’t finish my comment…(sorry, that would sound rotten!, I clicked a wrong button!) I am curious to know how the maple syrup turned out. Has anyone tried it? I have found that my family eats it best with the honey…without it I get “it tastes too…nutty”. Funny kids!

    Tucson Cook Reply:

    Do you buy the salted or unsalted peanuts at Azure Standard to make your peanut butter?

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    Laura Reply:

    Unsalted works best. :)

  11. says

    I buy my peanuts in bulk, at Winco Grocery Store, some Natural Food places have bulk peanuts. I am able to get the roasted peanuts. I do not need to add oil, when I am finished making peanut butter it is rather thin. I put it in the refrigerator to thicken. No sugar, no salt, just peanuts. Great. Thanks for sharing

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  12. Bronte says

    I would say, and hopefully a lot of you that make things fresh, natural, from scratch, or organic, would agree. I find that when I make things at home instead of buying them in the store my family stays healthier. We get sick less often, which for me is substantial argument for cost efficiency.

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  13. says

    I don’t like peanuts.We pick walnuts and they make great walnut butter so do pecans, we picked them when we lived in Tx.

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    Donna Parris Reply:

    Could I have your recipes for your walnut and pecan butters? Thank you.

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    Rocky Reply:

    I just put nuts in my ninja pulse till creamy may need a little oil & sugar to taste.

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    Susan Reply:

    I get have access to tons of fallen black walnuts, but don’t know how/when to get the ‘rind” off and the best way to open them..
    any help you can give is appreciated!!!

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  14. says

    We’ve made our own peanut butter before using this method. SO much better tasting! I have a bunch of sunflower seeds right now, so maybe I’ll try the sunbutter…never had that before. Will I need to add any oil or anything? We have made the almond butter before too, which is also very good, especially for cookies. Thanks for all your great tips!

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  15. Melissa says

    How can you figure out calories for homemade peanut butter?

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    Jamie Garcia Reply:

    Copy the info from a jar of “natural” or “organic” peanut butter.

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  16. kentucky Lady 717 says

    Thanks Laura for this peanut butter recipe….definitely want to try this…..some one asked if you could make Tahini this way !!!! No one answered her, do you know ?

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    Julie Reply:

    I have this recipe but haven’t tried it yet…

    Tahini Recipe

    For about 2 cups of tahini, you’ll need:
    2 C sesame seeds
    1/3 C olive oil
    First, you’ll need to toast the sesame seeds.
    Heat a heavy, wide-bottomed sauté pan over medium-high heat.
    Add the sesame seeds and toast lightly – about 2 minutes, stir rather than toss.
    Keep a careful eye on the sesame seeds as they go from toasted to burnt really quickly. As soon as they start to brown, they are done.
    Transfer to a bowl and let cool completely.

    Next, you’ll process the toasted seeds with the olive oil.
    Put the toasted sesame seeds in a food processor and drizzle in the olive oil. As you can see, I poured rather than drizzled.Pulse for 3-5 minutes, or until it’s as smooth as you can get it.
    Add a little more olive oil if necessary.
    Remove from food processor and store in the refrigerator.

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    melanie Reply:

    Yes, you CAN make tahini — no time to research which recipe I looked at right now. But usually I just run the sesame seeds thru my coffee mill (that I also use for flax seed) before adding to food processor when I’m making hummus.

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  17. S. Davis says

    Since packaged PB has gone up significantly since your original post (maybe not so much on natural?), I’m wondering if it is a better price difference now?

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    J in VA Reply:

    About the price of PB: I was told last year’s peanut crop was way down and hence hte increase in cost. Perhaps when this year’s crop is harvested, if it is more normal, the price will decrease. Or maybe not since nothing else much as gone down. :(

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  18. Jamie Garcia says

    I found a bulk nut site that sells organic peanuts: http://www.nutsinbulk.com. I think you get yours from your food co-op right?

    I’m echoing your thoughts in the beginning of your post, “why on earth haven’t I made peanut butter yet?” “:D

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    Laura Reply:

    I’ll head over and check out this site. Yes, I get peanuts from Azure Standard.

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    Anitra Reply:

    Hm – doing some research, I think you can get better prices on bulk peanuts on amazon.

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  19. Nancy says

    Do you think it’s important to soak the nuts first to lessen phytic acid? Would dehydrating them then taste roasted you think or would I need to roast in oven?

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    Laura Reply:

    Thats not something I’ve ever done or focused on, although I hope I’m not leading anyone astray by saying “I don’t feel like soaking is necessary”. :( I think roasting them in the oven would give them more the flavor you would want for peanut butter. :)

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  20. Nanette says

    I was wondering if you might give some advice. I attempted to make your peanut butter. The peanuts never blended past a very coarse, wet-sand texture. Any ideas? ( I had to add some coconut oil, ended up adding too much and now no one will eat it! Better make peanut butter cookies! ) Thanks!

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    Laura Reply:

    Shucks, I’m not sure what happened. Dry roasted peanuts work best for this, so it may have been the peanuts you used? Just a guess. :)

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  21. Nasreen Kabir says

    I make peanut or other nut butters at home in Bangladesh in my blender but make a powder only as the blender is inefficient like its owner

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  22. Michelle says

    You are incredible! I am loving looking through your website. We have started the journey of whole foods eating about 6 months ago and have been easing into it. It’s hard to find recipes that use rapadura and 100% whole wheat flour (they’re always sneaking in some white!), so I really, really am grateful for your time and effort to assemble all of this together!!! I am definitely in heaven!! We homeschool too, so that’s fun to find out you do also!

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  23. Jean says

    Will a Vita Mix work to make peanut butter? No one mentioned it and I was just wondering.

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    Laura doesn’t have one, so we aren’t completley sure, but it probably would work! I have heard amazing reviews on those!

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    Heather Sixsmith Reply:

    My sister has a VitaMix and uses it to make homemade peanut butter. =)

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    melanie Reply:

    Does it clean out of the Vitamix well enough for her? (I’m thinking to try the food processor first since it’s easier to scrape out.) Or, maybe I should just make a smoothie right after the peanut butter to help clean the vitamix out? Not sure how pb would taste in my green/fruit smoothie. :-)

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  24. Karen says

    Okay, I am 47 years old, been married for 17 years, have two children, try to cook from scratch, and have never made my own PB until today. I can’t believe how easy it is! And I guess I’m fortunate that my kids have never had anything like Jif or Skippy in the house, because they won’t be expecting the sugar-laden and salt-laden and oil-laden versions of PB. We buy Maranatha or CBs (local nut company here in Washington state), and my freshly-made PB is every bit as good! Thanks, Laura, for yet another great kitchen tip. I can’t believe I haven’t done it before now.

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  25. says

    I have a 4 year old with sensory and texture issues. The natural, organic pb’s are too grainy. I need the super smooth. Does this qualify?

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    Carrie Fernandez Reply:

    I have wasted a ton of $$ on the expensive stuff to no avail!

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    Laura Reply:

    The longer you process this, the smoother it will become. I’ve let it go so long before that it’s practically become liquid! I think this will work for you!

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  26. Kentucky Lady 717 says

    Hi Laura,
    Have you made CASHEW nut butter before ? Do you make it the same way ?
    I noticed in the grocery store, their’s had sugar added……

    Thanks

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    That sounds yummy! Laura hasn’t made cashew butter before, but she is thinking it would probably work the same. :)

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  27. Verda Glick says

    I live in El Salvador and I have made peanut butter for 40 years. I take 25 pounds of roasted peanuts to the mill where Salavadoran ladies grind their cooked corn for tortillas. The electric mill grinds the peanuts to a smooth paste. After adding salt and vegetable oil. I freeze the peanut butter in small containers. It keeps well in the freezer.

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  28. Tucson Cook says

    I recently purchased a Wondermill Jr Deluxe manual grain mill and I specifically purchased this one manual mill because it also makes nut butters. What cinched the manual Wondermill was the ability to make my own nut butters. Unlike when you make nut butters in a food processor you don’t need to add oil when you grind the peanuts. The grinding process releases more oil from the nuts. That’s the added benefit of using a grinder over a food processor. It may not be a big deal for some people since it’s a hefty investment. I was looking to buy a grain mill and learned about the ability to also do nut butters which was high on my list of priorities.

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  29. Kristin says

    Can you do this with a blender?

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    Laura Reply:

    If it is a super powerful blender (like a Vitamix), it should work. I just have a cheap blender, and I am not able to make peanut butter in it. :)

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  30. says

    We have used this recipe and love it! I also made sunbutter, which was pretty tasty. I am excited to try the Palm Shortening in it for a smoother texture. I have no idea how I did half the things I did before having a food processor! They are amazing!

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