There are a few things you’ll need in order to make your own peanut butter at home: peanuts, a food processor, and some patience. But trust us, the finished product is worth the effort. Here’s how to make your own peanut butter, step by step.
Start with raw, unsalted peanuts. If you can find them still in their shells, that’s ideal, but not necessary. Just make sure they’re not roasted, salted, or otherwise flavored.
Place the peanuts in the bowl of a food processor and turn it on. At first the peanuts will just turn into a powder. Keep processing, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
After a few minutes, the peanuts will turn into a paste. Keep processing until the peanut butter is as smooth or as chunky as you like it.
Now it’s time to add any extras, like salt, sweetener, or oil. Start with a small amount and add more to taste. If you’re using a sweetener, like honey or sugar, start with less than you think you’ll need. You can always add more, but you can’t take it out once it’s in.
Once you’re happy with the flavor, transfer the peanut butter to a jar or container and store in the fridge. It will last for weeks, if not longer. Just make sure to give it a good stir before using.