Homemade Peanut Butter

My BFF, Kate, would be golden as a Peace Corps Volunteer because she wouldn’t be plagued by what gets the rest of us down: a dire craving for peanut butter. It seems to be found only in Paraguay’s larger cities and even then it can be a little tricky to track down.

But Kate’s self-proclaimed (and totally made up) peanut allergy would have flared up in my kitchen today as I roasted peanuts from the market and blended them into butter in my blender. Grab your imaginary EpiPen, because Houston Yuty, we have peanut butter!

Want to make your own peanut butter? Here’s how with a food processor:

1. Put your preferred type of peanuts into a food processor.

2. Process until your desired consistency. (About 5 minutes for creamy.)

And here’s what I did with my blender:

1. Roast raw peanuts on low on the stove, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes. (Skip this step for raw peanut butter or if using already roasted peanuts.)

2. Put peanuts into blender and pulse until powdery.

3. Add a splash of olive oil and blend until creamy.

4. Add a big pinch of salt (since my peanuts didn’t have any) and blend again. (Stop here for creamy peanut butter.)

5. Remove from blender then add more peanuts and pulse these just until broken down. Mix by hand with the creamy peanut butter. Because we love super extra crunchy peanut butter.

If you’re not used to eating natural peanut butter, you should know that you may have to stir before eating (depending on how fast it gets scarfed down!). That’s just the natural peanut oils separating out. Totally worth not having any strange preservatives or additives in there. But being free from preservatives means it’s best stored in the refrigerator.

Isaiah and I are crazy with excitement at not only tasting the deliciousness of apple slices dipped into peanut butter and honey, but in having the immense fear of living without peanut butter lifted from our shoulders. And I must admit I felt empowered and a little bit Little House on the Prairie whipping up from scratch something I’ve previously only purchased. Although I’m not sure Pa made it through that snowstorm in time to buy that electric blender…

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14 thoughts on “Homemade Peanut Butter

  1. That looks amazing Allison! Our grocery store has lots of peanut butter if you ever get lazy. πŸ™‚ It’s also natural and in the refrigerator section. I would love to know how the tahini turns out as well!

    • I know – her cheeks would have gotten all swollen, etc! Boy has it been a delicious addition to our lives here. Sometimes I think of a recipe I can now make using the PB and I get way too excited. It’s the little things, right?

  2. i’m enjoying keeping up with how y’all are doing! and i can totally relate to the absence of peanut butter…people in brazil seem to only need jam and nutella. wish we had some time to take a jaunt to paraguay. we’re currently living in cuiaba, mato grosso, which really isn’t that far away from you. πŸ™‚

    • I’m glad you can relate! It’s like a whole new world since we learned to make our own. Ha. Yes, you guys are on quite the adventure. How much longer are you in South America? Perhaps sometime our paths can cross down here! That’d be great!

      • Eli and I are headed back to the States in just under 2 weeks. Jason will continue traveling/researching in Brazil until just before Christmas. When is your first vacation/time off? Hope you’re able to do some traveling/exploring while you’re down here. So many amazing places to visit! (And take advantage of it just being you and Isaiah. Adding a baby/toddler to the equation changes the game plan, for reals! πŸ™‚ )

      • We’ve started accruing our vacation days now, so it’s exciting to think of all the places at our fingertips to check out. And great advice about before-a-baby. I’ve heard it before but it’s always a good reminder from a real/relatively new mom! Safe travels and happy adjustments to life back home!

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