August 7, 2011
Homemade Peanut Butter
Homemade peanut butter is very easy to make. Only three ingredients are needed for the roasting and
four for the actual peanut butter. To roast the peanuts, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place two pounds of raw peanuts in the shell on a baking sheet. Toss with a small amount of peanut oil and kosher salt and roast for about 25 to 30 minutes. After the peanuts have cooled enough to touch, shell and peel off the skin. For the peanut butter place the roasted peanuts into a food processor and add honey, salt and peanut oil until the desired consistency is reached. I normally process the peanuts by themselves until they are finely ground and then add the other three ingredients to taste. You can actually get away with adding very little oil if you use spanish peanuts which have a higher oil content, but I have only been able to find virginia peanuts locally, so I have to add additional peanut oil. Place the finished peanut butter in the fridge and it should last about 2 months, but we always eat ours in a week or two.
This is a very easy way to get protein in my family's diet and takes very little effort to make. I love that homemade peanut butter doesn't include any of the preservatives or additives that many store bought varities contain. My two year old enjoyed this recipe on the spelt pancakes from one of my previous posts and absolutetly loved it. A delicious, easy recipe that is a great way to use peanuts and add extra protein.