4-Minute 2-Ingredient Homemade Creamy (or Crunchy!) Peanut Butter

Add peanuts then salt to food processor. Blend for four minutes. Bam, peanut butter. I mean, really. Does it get any easier? C’mon.

Homemade Peanut Butter

Don’t believe me? I made a video for you just in case you doubted me. And because videos are fun. This one has bloopers at the beginning AND the end. Cause bloopers and laughing are the best parts. Why skimp?? (Don’t forget the rest of the post below the video!)

About the Peanuts

When buying peanuts there’s raw, roasted, salted, unsalted, you name it. Pick what you like!  I prefer unsalted so I can add the amount of salt I want.

I prefer roasted, to raw. Roasting nuts always adds flavor in my book. Go raw if you want. If you want roasted, buy them that way or roast them yourself! If you do roast them yourself, let them cool a bit before you add them to the food processor. I added out-of-the-oven-hot roasted almonds to an old food processor to try and make homemade almond butter once — which by the way, after like 10-12 minutes of running the food processor it STILL hadn’t gone from almond meal-y type consistency to smooth almond butter.  At that point I finally said, “heck with this I’m adding oil to get it smooth and creamy.” Well running the machine that long also generates more heat. Yeah… I melted some of the plastic off of the center part of the blade attachment. All that work, those almonds, and the oil – ruined by melted plastic. Not to mention I ruined that blade. Major fail. Still too scarred to attempt almond butter again anytime soon.

So why would I try and make my own peanut butter then?

I couldn’t tell you why it’s so much quicker/ easier than almond butter but dang it’s simple. Dan and I went on this epic hike the other day with some friends and they mentioned that they make their own PB because it’s so quick and it’s way cheaper. They found peanuts at about $2 a pound! So cheaper, fresher, tastier, and only 4 minutes to come together. Why not? They got me excited to try it.

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I had been avoiding PB during the paleo-focused days because peanuts are legumes and legumes are a no-no for paleo. So almond butter (which I do love, love, love by the way) was an easy sub in without any sacrifice. I made one of my go-to smoothies the other day. It’s not posted to the site anywhere, but it’s a ‘lil “PB&J with banana” smoothie. {1/2 large frozen banana + 1 cup almond milk + 2 T almond butter + 1 scoop strawberry protein powder.} Freakin’ delicious. With PB back in my life, I used it instead of almond butter this time and holy. wow. The same amount of PB added SO much more flavor to my smoothie than the almond butter. I decided my newest kick is only PB instead of almond butter in smoothies. Give it a try yourself. Major flavor difference.

Storage

I keep my homemade PB in the fridge in an air tight container so it will last the longest. You could keep it in the cabinet if you’re gonna chow down on it quickly; it probably won’t go bad before you can finish it. PB is high in oil and oil is prone to oxidation (which is what happens when nuts or nut butters spoil). Hot temps increase risk of this process, so keeping the PB in the fridge really slows down this process and keeps it freshest the longest. (Also the reason freezing nuts is ideal for long-term storage and ultimate freshness!) If you’re worried your nut butter has spoiled, your nose knows. Just give it a sniff! You’ll know.

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As if you need help knowing what to do with the peanut butter… but I’m going to give you a few suggestions anyway. If any recipe below lists almond butter (especially if it’s a smoothie) I highly suggest you use your homemade peanut butter instead!

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4-Minute 2-Ingredient Homemade Creamy (or Crunchy!) Peanut Butter
 
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Making your own homemade peanut butter couldn't be easier!! Add peanuts then salt to food processor. Blend. Done. I mean, really. C'mon!
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Serves: Approximately 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 4 cups roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Add the peanuts to your food processor.
  2. Pulse about 10-15 times just to roughly chop the peanuts. (At this stage remove ½-3/4 cup of chopped peanuts if you want crunchy peanut butter in the end.)
  3. Turn the food processor on for one minute. Scrape the bowl.
  4. Turn the food processor on for another one minute (2nd minute total). Scrape the bowl.
  5. Turn the food processor on for another one minute (3rd minute total). Add your salt.
  6. Turn the food process or for one last minute (4th minute total). Smooth creamy PB = complete!! Unless, you wanted crunchy PB... in that case stir in the chopped peanuts you reserved, and crunchy PB = complete!

 

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  1. says

    You guys are too cute! These videos are awesome and make me smile. You are doing your Italian heritage very well, my friend : ) Another huge congrats on passing your exam, Alicia! Wishing you two all the best. Cheers to delicious food, good health, and many adventures ahead!

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