Any peanut butter lovers out there? Your tummy and wallet will thank you for trading in the store-bought versions for this easy homemade peanut butter!
Easy homemade peanut butter.
Peanut butter is one of my family’s favorite condiments. In fact, they love it so much they don’t even always use it as a condiment! They love it when I make peanut butter things for them to enjoy – everything from homemade peanut butter fudge to peanut butter smoothies. And while I’ve generally bought organic peanut butter from the grocery store, lately I’ve been making it at home. It’s surprisingly easy, and my kids love it more than store-bought!
Peanuts. Of course, the first and most important ingredient in peanut butter is… peanuts. I just use unsalted, roasted peanuts from Aldi for this. But you can literally use whatever kind you want. You can get a jar of them from whatever grocery store you shop at, or you can order them on Amazon or at Azure Standard, if you have an account. Organic peanuts are the best option, of course, but even if you’re just using normal plain, unsalted peanuts, this homemade peanut butter is going to be a healthier option than store-bought.
Oil. I absolutely love that I can use a healthy oil, like coconut oil, for this homemade peanut butter. Sneaking healthy fats into my family’s diet makes me happy! If you can have coconut, you can use avocado oil as another option that won’t change the flavor of the end product, or you can use olive oil. Just not that olive oil will change the the flavor of your homemade peanut butter.
Salt. Since I use unsalted peanuts for this recipe, I always add in a little sea salt. If you use salted peanuts, you probably won’t want to add in any extra salt.
A note on peanuts and crunchy living.
If you’ve been around the crunchy, health-food circle long enough, you probably know that peanuts are beans, and beans by themselves aren’t the best things for your gut. They need to be soaked for a while, and optimally sprouted, to make them more easily digestible to your insides. Now, I give you full license to do whatever you want here. I’m not gonna add soaking and sprouting of peanuts to this recipe. If you want to do that, please do! All that’s necessary is to cover the peanuts with water and a little baking soda for 8-24 hours, then rinse.
Of course, soaking peanuts works only when you use raw ones. Once they’ve been roasted it’s game over. So because I usually properly prepare everything else in my family’s diet and we only eat peanut butter about once a week, I don’t mind skipping that step and just going the easy way. Sometimes the stress of making everything as healthy as possible isn’t really worth it.
That’s just my 2 cents. Or $5, whatever! Do what you want and what you need. Either way, making homemade peanut butter is healthier for your body than buying a jar that was made months ago!
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Homemade Peanut Butter
Free from grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and sugar.
- 16 ounces peanuts (organic is best!)
- 4-6 tablespoons coconut oil (or avocado oil)
- sea salt, to taste (I use around 2 teaspoons)
Place all ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender (I use my Blendtec) and pulse on high until desired consistency is reached.
Scrape into a pint-sized jar, seal, and keep refrigerated.
Need more homemade condiments? Try these family favorites!
- Easy Homemade Strawberry Jam
- Paleo Copycat Chick-fil-A Sauce
- Easy, 4-Ingredient Mayonnaise
- 5-Minute Mild Salsa
- Probiotic Blender Ranch Dressing
- Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam
- Honey-Sweetened Cinnamon Nutella
- Creamy Buttermilk Avocado Dressing
- Paleo & Whole30 Broccoli Chimichurri Sauce