I’ve never visited a home that didn’t have a jar of peanut butter hidden in the cupboard. Peanut butter is as rooted in Americana as hot dogs and hamburgers. That creamy, peanut-packed taste has long had its grips on our nation.
And my home is no exception with one significant difference – I don’t buy peanut butter.
Sure, the national brands of mass produced peanut butter make a tasty product that was the basis of many PB&J sandwiches in my childhood, but it doesn’t compare to the taste and texture of homemade peanut butter. This nut spread when made at home has a pleasant, whipped texture and an essence of freshness all its own. Not to mention the absence of weird additives that are difficult to pronounce and added sugar. Diglycerides?
The best part: Making peanut butter at home is simple. It’s almost as simple as reaching for it on the shelf at the grocery store. It is little more than grinding the nuts in your food processor. Making your own peanut butter puts you in command! Not only do you get to decide if you want added sugar – it tastes great without it, if you ask me – but you also get to choose everything that goes in.
Honey adds the perfect note of delicious, natural sweetness to this spread. The honey adds enough sweetness that I tend to skip the jellies and jams. (Maple syrup is a great sweetener here, too! I love using it instead of honey during the fall months.) I use this peanut butter in my recipes, too. Remember my Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Doughnuts? Homemade peanut butter really gave these doughnuts a delectable flavor.
So, how do you make your own peanut butter? Simple. Start with your food processor and add your peanuts. I use organic peanuts I pick up at the local specialty grocery because I find the flavor to be richer using them. (And I still end up spending less than I would on a jar of peanut butter!) Process the peanuts for about two to three minutes until smooth. Peanuts are a very soft nut, making the process a quick one. It will look like this:
I use around three cups of peanuts, which yields approximately eight ounces of peanut butter. Once your peanuts have formed that creamy spread we all know and love, add your honey. Two tablespoons will do the trick. Also, add 1/4 teaspoon sea salt.
Using a spatula, incorporate the honey and sea salt thoroughly into the peanut butter. You can also pulse for 15 seconds more to blend.
And there you have it: rich, sweet peanut butter ready for your favorite recipe, on crackers, or in a sandwich. One of my favorite ways to enjoy it is on wheat bread with some fresh blueberries.
Creamy Honey Peanut Butter
Makes approximately eight ounces
- 3 cups organic peanuts
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons organic honey
- Place peanuts in your food processor. Pulse for two to three minutes or until smooth. Stop once during the process and stir any excess from the sides.
- Once smooth, add the honey. Then, using a spatula or wooden spoon, mix the honey thoroughly into the peanut butter. If needed, pulse for an additional 15 seconds to incorporate.
- Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container. The peanut butter will stay fresh for an average of three months. Remove from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before spreading.