Peanut Butter
Peanut butter can be pretty expensive if you go for the organic or “whole” types. Peanuts themselves are so cheap you can make it yourself for a fraction of the price. For this recipe I used 500g of red skinned peanuts which cost me £1.20. Organic peanuts are usually about double the price, but if you can get those then do. This recipe filled a 340g jar.
Servings Prep Time
340gjar 20minutes
Passive Time
30minutes
Servings Prep Time
340gjar 20minutes
Passive Time
30minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
Roasting
  1. Roasting the peanuts is important. If they’re not roasted then the oils don’t release as well and it tastes completely different to what peanut butter should taste like. You could use already-roasted peanuts, but they might contain a bit too much salt for your liking. Use a flat oven tray and lay out the peanuts evenly. Use 2 trays if you need to and place them in the centre of a pre-heated oven for around 20 minutes on 180°C.
  2. They should be slightly browned – try not to burn them or they’ll be really bitter! Sprinkle with salt and give them a good shake before tipping them into a food processor.
Processing
  1. Turn the processor on to break up the peanuts. Stop after a few seconds and remove a couple of handfuls of roughly broken up peanuts if you like your peanut butter crunchy – we’ll add these at the end.
  2. Keep processing – you’ll need to keep stopping it and pushing the peanuts back onto the blades. At this stage the mixture will seem hopelessly dry and won’t resemble peanut butter. This will change – trust me!
  3. After about 10 minutes, you’ll notice the mixture becoming a bit more paste-like. It will still be pretty thick at this point, but it just needs processing a bit more. If you think it’s taking so long to do anything, then just have faith that it will work! A bit of perseverance will pay off.
  4. Eventually it will resemble actual peanut-butter and will smell incredible. Give it a taste and add more salt if you need to. If you feel it’s at a consistency you’re happy with, then remove the blade and add the peanuts we set aside earlier and give it a stir. Transfer into a jar and there you’ve got delicious homemade peanut butter.
Recipe Notes

The same method can be used for a variety of different nuts including almonds, cashews or pistachios.