Introduction: 5 Minute Homemade Peanut Butter

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Make a simple and healthy homemade peanut butter in minutes.

Peanut butter is a timeless spread that most of us fall in love with as children, and continue to consume in large quantities as adults. The culinary uses are almost endless--We spread it on PB&J; sandwiches, smoother it on apples and celery, sneak it into smoothies, and bake it into hundreds of cookies, breads and other baked goods.

In this Instructable, I'll walk you through how to make a simple creamy peanut butter, and also give you a few simple tips to turn it into delicious Honey Roasted Peanut Butter and other fun flavors.

Step 1: Things You'll Need

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  • 2 Cups Peanuts
  • Peanut Oil (optional)
  • Extra Flavors (Honey, Cinnamon, Chocolate)
  • Salt to Taste


  • Food Processor or Blender
  • Spatula
  • Container to store finished product

Step 2: Get Your Grind On

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Add your peanuts to the food processor. Begin grinding! Start by grinding your peanuts in one minute intervals.

After the first minute or so you should have a course chop. If you'd like to have a crunchy peanut butter as your finished product you'll want to take 1/4 cup of your roughly chopped nuts out and save them to add in the final step.

Step 3: Keep Grinding

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Continue to grind your peanuts in one minute intervals. In between one minute intervals, scrape down the sides of your food processor so that you are achieving an even grind.

Be patient, keep grinding until your peanut butter has taken on the consistency you'd like to eat.

NOTE: With just a food processor, your peanut butter will not be as smooth and uniform as the traditional store bought peanut butters. That's okay! It's homemade and natural.

Step 4: Optional Oil & Salt

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Oil is optional. It is added to help moisten your peanut butter, giving it a creamier and smoother texture. When you are adding your oil, start with small quantities as a little goes a long way. Continue to add oil until you are happy with the texture.

This is also a good time to add your optional salt. I have found that I like a salty enhancing touch to my peanut butter, so I tend to add it, but it is of course not necessary. Again, with the salt, start by adding small quantities. You can always add more salt later.

Once your salt and oil have been added, blend your peanut butter in the food processor for an additional 1-2 minutes to guarantee uniformity.

NOTE: For this Instructable, I used peanut oil to blend in with the already natural peanut flavor. You can of course experiment with other oils. I would recommend sticking to neutrally flavored oils such as peanut, sunflower, and almond or with oils that are complementary to the nut butter that you are making.

Step 5: Fun Flavors

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You can leave your peanut butter natural and let it's nuttiness shine on your tastebuds alone or you can jazz it up. Flavors can be fun seasonally or if you are giving peanut butter samplers as a gift.

Some fun flavors that I enjoy:

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter: Add 1/8 cup of dark chocolate chips or 2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder to your peanut grind. Blend until uniformly mixed into your peanut butter.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter: Add 1/8 cup of white chocolate chips to your peanut grind. Blend until the chips melt and mix uniformly into your peanut butter.

Honey Roasted Peanut Butter: Roast your peanuts in your oven at 350F for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Add a Tablespoon of honey in step 4 with your optional oil and salt. (Final Honey Roasted Peanut Butter pictured in this step)

Step 6: You're Done!

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Scrape your homemade peanut butter into your container of choice with a tight fitting lid. Keep your peanut butter in your refrigerator to prolong it's shelf life and keep it fresh. You're done! Enjoy your homemade peanut butter or give it out as a gift. My personal favorite, add a teaspoon to your hot oatmeal in the morning.


oilitright (author)2015-09-18

Please excuse me as I do not wish to seem as though I am finding fault with your Instructable, however I have a question. In the 'What you need" section you specify '2 Cups Raw Peanuts' which makes me wonder just a little. When I worked on a peanut farm in 1966 I tried raw peanuts, as I was a real fan of peanuts. This is when I found out that the peanuts you eat are "roasted" peanuts. And as far as I know every jar of peanut butter I've ever bought contained roasted peanuts. I have made peanut butter from roasted peanuts in my VitaMix which is interesting but for me I can put up with Skippy. I just can't believe after having eaten raw peanuts right out of the field that they would produce a very good tasting peanut butter. What am I missing?

ydoll1 (author)oilitright2016-05-28

Not all the peanust are roasted, if you can buy it within his "shell" (sorry, nos native speaker) it´s going to be fresh. In my country almost all the peanuts are like this and it taste good, but roasted are good also.

isrigopal (author)oilitright2015-09-20

the photo shows roasted looks like

oilitright (author)isrigopal2015-09-21

I was hoping to maybe get people to think about it before grinding raw peanuts up into something they find inedible. If a person could try eating a couple I do believe they'd see my point.

Raw or roasted I do hope she meant without the shell:) Although I'd wager that even the shell of a salted roasted peanut tastes better than a raw peanut.

Plus raw peanuts are not completely safe to eat. When peanuts they are harvested they are dug up out of the ground and left on top of the soil so that the soil stuck to them dries out allowing the peanuts to be combined which separates the peanuts from the vines. If circumstances go awry and it rains while the dug peanuts are on top of the soil, for instance it rains, there can be problems with a mold called Aspergillus although the government tests peanuts it isn't 100% and what the heck I already said roasted peanuts make better peanut butter, Trust Me!

sabu.dawdy (author)oilitright2015-11-07

I tried raw, but I didn't liked the taste so I roasted them in an oven without oil

kelleymarie (author)oilitright2015-09-22

Thank you all for the feedback. I have removed the word "raw" from the instructable until I do a bit more research. :) I guess I meant, use unaltered peanuts (not salted, not roasted, not flavored) that way you can get the purest form of your simple peanut butter. That way you also have a blank canvas if you want to play with the flavors.

Passing You (author)oilitright2015-09-20

I think when she said raw she meant without the shell. Raw peanuts can be eaten but are hard to digest and should not be eaten often. Roasting breaks down the peanut making them easier to digest. They are legumes not nuts. So you are eating beans.

MarkT26 (author)oilitright2015-09-20

Raw peanuts.

FreckledR (author)2015-11-08


KROKKENOSTER (author)2015-10-17

I know a lot of people that will give their front teeth for this!!

clewis21 (author)2015-09-29

Thank you so much for this instructable!

nonobadog (author)2015-09-17

I make cashew butter similar to this. I add a little Karo syrup. Cashew butter is so awesome you forget about peanut butter.

kelleymarie (author)nonobadog2015-09-22

I haven't had cashew butter yet. I'll have to try it! Thanks nonobadog.

isrigopal (author)2015-09-20

If you can get raw peanuts in the shells and you boil them in salted water for about 10 minutes you can cool them a bit and eat them right out of the shell. very easy and sooo tasty. Roasted and raw are my second choices, now. You can grow your own peanuts from some of those raw peanuts in shells, too. You just peel the shell, soak the peanuts overnight and plant next day. Growing peanuts is fun and easy.

Lozchik (author)2015-09-18

I completely forgot all about homemade nut butters. Thanks for the reminder. That's one of the things I've wanted to make when we got a processor, but it slipped my mind. The meat grinder thing looks interesting. I'll have to try that one day. My guy can't wait for me to whip up a batch of almond or cashew butter. Wonder how almond-cashew butter will taste?

jeanniel1 (author)2015-09-18

I've also added cinnamon and sugar to the peanut butter - YUM! Toasted on bread, and let it bubble a little bit. Just like The Asian Toasts at the Boba Tea places!

KristinM5 (author)2015-09-17

Thanks for a great 'ible! One note, you may want to store (and remind your viewers as well) your homemade peanut butter upside down. This makes it so you don't have to mix the oils every time.

kelleymarie (author)KristinM52015-09-17

Great tip KristinM5! I used to do that all the time with the no-stir peanut butters so that I wouldn't have to mix them--I always seem to make a mess doing that! It totally slipped my mind for the homemade stuff though. Not sure why. Thank you!

amnartist (author)2015-09-17

Thanks for reminding me about making peanut butter in a food processor. When I got my processor many years ago, the first thing I did with it was make peanut butter per their recipe book. I never flavored it with chocolate or honey...yum! My boys loved it and loved taking the peanut butter in their school lunches. I always have raw peanuts left over after making peanut brittle and peanut patty at Christmas. Now the leftover nuts will be butter.

Jim Davidson (author)2015-09-17

I use my Kitchenaid with the meat grinder attachment. Works brilliantly! Zero Heat!

NO extra oil or sugars, just peanuts and salt!

bombaste.vonhohenheim (author)2015-09-17

Instead of using a food processor you should use a meat grinder with the smallest possible grid, it's faster (less costly energy wise) and the peanuts wont' heat up (processor will heat the product inside this is why the highest quality product a called cold processed) (you can read it on bottle of high priced olive oils)

cindyoh (author)2015-09-17

Looks good and would probably do some "gourmet" peanut butter like this sometime, but I'm not all that particular, and my local grocery has peanut butter at 99 cents a jar at times. Wonder if you save much by making your own? I know yours is probably healthier.

Before buying your 99 cents jar of PB, check the content although you might need a magnifying glass to read it, you might be surprise to see the % of peanuts in the jar. It's usually hydrogenated (or other processed) oil

mcresearch (author)2015-09-17

If you need further motivation to follow this excellent instructible, just take a look at the garbage that makes up the ingredients of most store bought peanut butters.

I MP (author)2015-09-17

Your instructable is excellent however not to my taste nor to my experience in making peanut butter. I use no salt dry roasted peanuts or roasted in the shell peanuts as my foundation. If the roasted in the shell peanuts are salted ones all you need are the peanuts shelled with the skins removed. Add to a blender, hit puree and you will have peanut butter with no added oil or sugars. Add salt to taste.

blakehx (author)2015-09-14

Looks great, thanks for a brilliant Instructable! Would this work in a Vitamix or is it not powerful enough?

ladybgood (author)blakehx2015-09-17

vitamix works fine!

kelleymarie (author)blakehx2015-09-15

Hi blakehx. I'm not sure about the vitamix as I don't have one and haven't used one before but I don't see why not. They seem pretty powerful to me though. Let me know what you find out!

lynmiller (author)2015-09-17

What happens if I use roasted peanuts? Here in Ukraine, I am having a hard time finding raw ones.

kelleymarie (author)lynmiller2015-09-17

Nothing. You'll just end up with a roasted flavor in your peanut butter, which can be delightful. :)

Penster47 (author)2015-09-16

What about using dry roasted peanuts that are already sweetened with honey or toffee coating? You can get them at the dollar stores very inexpensive.

kelleymarie (author)Penster472015-09-17

Hey Penster47! I would say try it out. It would be comparable to just roasting and honey coating your peanuts before grinding them. Let me know how it turns out!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2015-09-14

Yum! And honey roasted peanut butter sounds awesome!

It's my new favorite! Such a fun twist on a classic.

Windex (author)2015-09-15

Wow, I'v been looken for a PB recipe for a wile, thank's. I'll use it.

ThaDee (author)2015-09-15

Nice +1

Neu5412 (author)2015-09-14

Yum I definitely want to try this it looks so good :>

Cooking With Chrissy (author)2015-09-14

Awesome! I'll have to try this one!

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