One Ingredient Homemade Peanut Butter

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We have recently discovered the joys of homemade peanut butter. All these years I’ve spent so much money on jars of peanut butter at the grocery store, having had no idea how easy and yummy peanut butter is when you make it from scratch.

So…one ingredient peanut butter.  I love this!  No preservatives, no weird oils or chemicals. The one ingredient, of course, is the peanuts. I start with raw peanuts from the local farmers market.  If you live in the Atlanta area, and haven’t been to the DeKalb Farmers Market, you have to go! I get a 5-pound bag of peanuts there for less than $10. Its a real bargain!

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Next, I roast the peanuts without salt or oil or any seasonings. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, and place a layer of raw peanuts on a baking sheet. Maybe about 3 cups – enough to cover the sheet without piling up.  Throw the pan in the oven for about 10 minutes.

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Around the time you start to smell their roasty yumminess, take them out and give them a toss, shake the pan and turn them with a spatula.

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Put them back in the oven for another 6 to 8 minutes. They will be a nice golden brown when they’re ready. They’ll go past golden brown really (I mean REALLY) fast, so keep an eye on them. Take them out and let them cool right on the sheet pan.

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Once they’ve cooled, toss the whole batch into a food processor or blender. Add about a teaspoon of salt (if you want) and turn it on. It will look like the peanuts don’t want to do much of anything that comes close to resembling peanut butter…but, like the song says “let it go.”  You’ll notice a chopped nuts stage, then something that just looks crumbly.  After about two minutes, it will start to get creamier and I start to get a little giddy!  Scrape the sides when you need to, and magically it will turn into a nice creamy peanut butter. Let it go another minute or so and you’ll be in peanut butter heaven.

As the magic begins, you’ll see the transition between crumbly weird peanuts and beautiful, smooth peanut butter.

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 Done!

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Test it for seasoning, and add a little salt if it needs it. This is also the point that you can add other flavorings to the peanut butter. Mix in things like cinnamon, honey, cocoa powder, garlic powder or maple syrup. How about a bit of Chinese Five Spice? We usually enjoy it just plain, but my husband also likes it with a little cinnamon and honey. If you like crunchy, toss in some chopped peanuts.

Have this on some fresh baked bread with some yummy preserves or jam and you’ll never go back to store bought peanut butter, I promise! Store this in a sealed container in the refrigerator – how about in an old peanut butter jar? It will keep for a month or more, but I promise I won’t last that long!

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Next time, I’m going to try making some with almonds or sunflower seeds. Back to the Farmer’s Market!  I wonder if pumpkin seeds would work?  I think I have already have a jar of pepitos.

 

Have you made homemade nut butter before?  What flavor or nut is your favorite?