Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Easy Peasy Homemade Peanut Butter -- Quick, easy & kid approved!

For quite some time now (years & years) we've been making homemade peanut butter. And while we know it's better for us than conventional processed peanut butter, we all really prefer the taste of Jiff or Skippy. Sad, I know, but there it is. The fact that we enjoy peanut butter on our toast in the morning means that we go through quite a bit of the stuff which is fine -- I don't mind making it since it really is so easy to do. The thing I don't like so much is hearing "I really wish we could buy some peanut butter from the store..." just about every time my two sweeties spread some on their toast.

Enter the August/September 2011 issue of Mother Earth News which featured a recipe called "Fabulous Homemade Peanut Butter." We tried it with a few adjustments (roasted peanuts rather than raw and coconut oil rather than peanut oil -- I'm always looking for ways to get more coconut oil into our diets!) -- and we liked it! And while my kiddos would still opt for store bought from time to time, they really do think this peanut butter is quite good. :)




Easy Peasy Homemade Peanut Butter
makes about 2 cups

1 pound organic peanuts (we use roasted, unsalted)
1.5 t. sea salt
1 t. raw honey
1 t. molasses (50% off since the bottle was dented -- score!)
1.5 T. coconut oil



Measure peanuts (about 3 cups if you don't have a scale).



Add peanuts and other ingredients into a food processor.



Turn your processor on and watch your peanuts go from the crumbly stage...



To the clumpy stage...



To the "rolls around in circles" stage...



Until several minutes later they finally settle down into a wonderfully creamy stage. :)



According to Mother, this should keep for 2-3 months in the refrigerator. Ours never lasts that long since we go through it so quickly! That said, we keep ours at room temperature in the pantry (with a lid on, of course) which keeps it easily spreadable. :)



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30 comments:

  1. I can't wait to run out of peanut butter so I can make some of this! [o= I don't know if it is just my computer or not but I can't see any pictures past the first one. ((sigh)) I can't wait to "see" how you made it. [o=

    Thank you sooooooo much for sharing!
    Blessings and ((HUGS))
    -Mary

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    1. Thanks for the heads-up, Mary! What a friend you are. :) Hope you can see the photos now! You'll have to let me know how you like this peanut butter once you get around to making it -- I know your kitchen is super busy, so get to it when you can. :)

      Blessings, ~Lisa

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    2. I can see it now. ((happy dance)) Thanks for taking the time to fix that. I made some sunflower seed butter like this and it was good. Looking forward to this in the near future!

      Blessings and ((HUGS))
      -Mary

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  2. Wow, so easy! I get that line about things from my kids all the time about not getting things from the store. I ran out of home canned applesauce and broke down and bought some. No one will eat it because it tastes so off to them now!

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  3. Thanks for the recipe. I once TRIED to make homemade peanut butter, but was not thrilled with it. I'll try this recipe and see what my husband and I think. I too prefer Jiff and Skippy, but hate the way it's made and processed.

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  4. It must taste delicious! I am not a peanut butter fan, but anything naturally made tastes so much better :-)
    m.

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  5. That really does look great! We made our own several times in the past, but never could quite get the creaminess we wanted. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  6. My husband and son love Skippy peanut butter, but I always buy an organic whole food version for myself (nothing against Skippy, just trying to be healthy!). I really like the sound of this recipe, and I think my husband and son might even like it too. Thank you for sharing it!

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  7. Anonymous2/16/2012

    Any substitute for the coconut oil? I would love to make this recipe!

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    1. The original recipe in Mother Earth News called for 1.5 T. peanut oil. Enjoy!

      ~Lisa

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  8. Yummmmm, I am making this for sure! Thanks for sharing it, I don't think I read that issue of Mother carefully enough, or else I forgot about it there! I have a HUGE stack of Mother Earth News mags on the coffee table, I need to go through and pull the "keepers" out one of these days, LOL!

    Blessings and {{{HUGS}}},
    Lori

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    1. Lots of good keepers in those old issues of "Mother!" We've got quite a stack going ourselves...one of these days we'll go through all the old ones before recycling them to be sure. Blessings! ~Lisa

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  9. I have a new linky that would be perfect for this recipe - I'd love it if you'd share (there's an awesome group of homeschool mamas on there too) http://www.adventurezinchildrearing.com/2012/02/kids-in-kitchen-are-you-crazy.html

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  10. I can not wait to try this recipe. I love peanut butter but do not like all the "extra's" that most have in them. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  11. I just used the last of my jar of peanut butter the other day - must give this a try :-)

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  12. This looks delicious, Lisa! And the way we eat up peanut butter,I'm sure that it's much cheaper (and healthier) than the store-bought stuff. Thanks for sharing this. :)
    Have a blessed day,
    Lisa

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  13. I'm so excited about this recipe!! Joel and I have been buying the Adams Natural peanut butter for some time, but still would rather use skippy. ;) I've been wanting to try making my own but just hadn't gotten around to finding a recipe, so thank you! I will definitely have to try this! :)

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  14. Used to make peanut butter a lot. This inspires me to start again! Looks yummy. Never tried the molasses in it yet. Excited to try that.

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  15. I was just looking at the ingredients in a variety of store-bought natural peanut butters tonight, and saw that one of them had molasses. I admit I did a double-take! I will definitely have to try it now. Thank you for sharing with Healthy 2Day Wednesday, and come back on Wednesday to see if you were featured!

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  16. I am going to have to try this! We go through a lot of peanut butter and this would probably save us quite a bit.

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  17. I love your blog...I am getting so many wonderful ideas! I know this may sound silly(as I only just now discovering making things for ourselves instead of buying them) but when I use canning jars to store the peanut butter or the ranch dressing do I have to go thru the process of sealing the lids on to the glass jar?

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    1. Thanks, Peris. :) No jar sealing necessary for my peanut butter or ranch dressing. Just screw on a lid and store them in the fridge. Blessings to you as you work in your kitchen!

      ~Lisa

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    2. Thank you. Loving the fun I am having in the kitchen. We finally ran out of peanut butter this week so I am excited to finally get to make our own. What is the difference between raw honey and honey not labeled as raw??? I buy mine at the farmers market but never thought to ask....

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    3. Peris,

      Here's a link to some good honey info that should help with your question about the difference between raw and commercial honey:

      http://world-of-honey.com/honey-products/raw-honey/

      Basically, raw honey is honey that has not been processed so that it contains all the beneficial enzymes and other health benefits that are removed and/or destroyed when processed and pasteurized. We began using raw honey when we learned it could be beneficial to our son who used to suffer from severe asthma and allergies. It does cost a bit more, but it is so good and well worth every penny. :) Hope this info is helpful to you!

      Blessings, ~Lisa

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  18. I just made my first jar of homemade peanut butter. I didn't think it would work but lo and behold, it did. I may tweak it a bit with less salt and maybe less oil but it is great. Thanks for the nudge.

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    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know! One of the wonderful things about recipes is the ability to tweak them to our own individual likings. :) So glad it worked for you! Fun, isn't it, to watch that lump of mushed peanuts go round and round until... peanut butter at last! Blessings, ~Lisa :)

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  19. I just made this and it is FANTASTIC! I didn't have Sea Salt so I used table salt, 1 tsp. and I'll probably use less next time, and it is perfect! Tastes like store bought PB! Thanks so much for the recipe. :)

    Heather

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    1. Heather! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! So encouraging to know others enjoy this recipe, too. We ran out just this morning and have to wait until Thursday's shopping trip to pick up more peanuts. Glad you subbed the salt you had on hand; subbing is ok in my book. :)

      Blessings!

      ~Lisa

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  20. I just made this and it is FANTASTIC! I didn't have sea salt so I used table salt, 1 tsp. It is so GREAT! Tastes just like store bought. Thanks for the recipe.

    Heather

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