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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