As I gobble a big heaping spoonful of peanut butter, I can’t help but think, “Mmm this hygrogenated vegetable oil sure does the body good!”
Go into your pantry, grab your peanut butter and it will be a pretty safe bet that your peanut butter is not just made out of peanuts. In most cases, the store-bought peanut butters include other stuff from rapeseed oil, sugar, to a ridiculous amount of salt. I mean, look at the sodium levels!
And don’t begin to think that the reduced fat kind is any better, in fact it is worse. When they make the reduced version of peanut butter, all they do is strip the peanuts of their healthy fat and replace it with unnatural bad fat. And a big amount of sugar and salt. After all, it has to taste good!
I don’t really blame the peanut butter companies. These extra ingredients are not added to miff us, but because they truly help peanut butter last longer. And you don’t have to put it in the fridge. And it does taste good.
This post is for the purists. For those of you who want to try peanut butter that hasn’t been tampered with. The REAL stuff.
Peanut butter is very simple to make, and takes about two minutes if you use a food processor. For those of you who are wanting to make your own, let me tell you that this will taste unlike anything else in the store. Some of you will not like it, because we are all so used to the salted sugared kind. I’ll be honest, when I first tried it, I was a little shocked. But it was a good kind of shock :).
As with all things, there are pros and cons to making your own peanut butter. It isn’t really cheaper than the store-bought kind, and it won’t last as long. And you have to keep it in the fridge. But on the flip side, this is the real stuff. Pure creamy peanut butter. You can always add salt and sugar later if you like, or honey which is what I do sometimes.
The only real con (in my opinion) to making your own peanut butter is that when it comes to using it, you have to microwave it a little bit because it gets stiff in the fridge. I just mix it up with a little bit a honey and it spreads just like the store-bought kind.
But it sure is delicious! I took pictures between stages to show you what it looks like from beginning to finish.
Homemade Peanut Butter
Here’s what you’ll need:
One can of unsalted raw peanuts
Put the entire can of peanuts in food processor.
Put lid on and blend at “food processor” speed.
This is what it looks like at about 35 seconds of blending.
At 60 seconds of processing…
At 1 minute and 40 seconds of processing…
At the 2 minute mark, the finished product…
Once your peanut butter is at your preferred texture (go ahead and taste it, and add salt or sugar if you like), pour into a mason jar and place in the fridge until ready to use. Or you could just pour it straight into your mouth and go straight to warm creamy peanut butter heaven.