Do yourself a favor, get rid of that rancid store-bought peanut butter and make your own! When was the last time you read the ingredients label? I'll wait right here while you go and rummage through your pantry...
Many store-bought peanut butters are high in sodium and sometimes contain thickeners, sweeteners, emulsifiers and preservatives - not to mention canola and vegetable oils. Some brands unfortunately have GMO ingredients too.
Making your own peanut butter is super, super-easy. I know I say all my recipes are easy - but this one really is. Plus, peanut butter is yummy. Eat out of the jar yummy. Peanuts are a great source of energy. I often pop a spoonful or two in my banana smoothie in the morning.
Peanut Butter - Makes approximately 2 cups
- 2 cups of raw unsalted peanuts (no skins)
- 1-2 tablespoons of flax seed oil (or an oil of your choice - coconut is nice)
- a pinch of salt
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Place your nuts on a paper-lined baking tray and roast for 5-10 minutes. Give them a turn every few minutes to make sure they are browning nice and evenly. The darker they are the smokier the flavor.
- While your nuts are roasting, sterilize a glass jar by pouring boiling water in it. Allow to stand for 5-10 minutes before draining and drying.
- Allow your nuts to cool for 5-10 minutes before popping them in the food processor. Whiz them until they form a mealy-crumb.
- Scrape down the sides and pop the processor back on. The warmth of the nuts will start to release the peanuts natural oils and they will slowly start to form a butter (this may take a few minutes). You may need to help them along by adding a little flax seed oil and salt. The longer you roast the nuts, the more oil you will need to add.
- Once you have your desired consistency, pour the butter into your sterilized jar and allow to cool before serving.
You can add sweeteners like agave, honey or stevia if you prefer a sweeter butter. Enjoy!