Introduction: Inexpensive Homemade Specialty Nut Butters

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My family loves nut butter. We eat about a pound and a half a week (sometimes more!). Though we love the nut butters themselves, we don't always love the price. Especially for those wonderful "fancy" nut butters. Here is an example: a 16 ounce jar of cinnamon raisin peanut butter from Wild Friends Foods costs seven dollars. That doesn't seem like much until you look at the price of homemade peanut butter, which is easy and fun to make, not to mention cheap!

Wild Friends Foods Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter

Ingredients: Peanuts, raisins, cinnamon, roasted peanut oil, organic agave, sea salt.

Cost: $6.99

Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter

Ingredients: Peanuts, raisins, cinnamon, organic maple syrup (or agave), sea salt.

Cost: $4.91 (not on sale), but I was able to make it for $3.59, because some of my ingredients were on sale!

This may not seem like much, but if you are like my family, eating a pound and a half a week, then you may end up buying about 78 jars of this stuff a year! Buying the store-bought version would cost nearly 550 dollars a year, while making it yourself would only cost 280 dollars a year (based on the on-sale version, which is often the case).

So, save that extra 270 dollars a year, and let's get started!

Step 1: Gathering Your Ingredients and Materials

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For this recipe, you will need:

16 ounces of dry roasted unsalted peanuts

1/4 cup of golden raisins, packed

2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon organic 100% pure maple syrup or agave (or even honey for non-vegans)

1/4 teaspoon salt

Materials:

1 food processor

Measuring cups and spoons

Step 2: Beginning the Blending of the Peanuts

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Add all of the peanuts to your food processor. Pulse the processor 30 times. The pulsed peanuts should look like the third picture.

Step 3: Blending for 30 More Seconds

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Process the peanuts (don't pulse) for 30 seconds. The peanuts should look like the first picture. Scrape down the sides.

Step 4: Blending for 30 More Seconds

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Process the peanuts for 30 more seconds, and scrape the sides of the processor after that time.The peanuts should look something like the first picture.

Step 5: Blend for 2 Minutes

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Process the peanuts for 1-2 minutes, until they become the consistency of picture. Your peanuts should start to look like freshly ground peanut butter, and the peanut oils should be released.

Step 6: Adding the Raisins

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Add 1/8 of a cup of raisins to the peanuts (this is half of all of your raisins). Process this for about 1 minute, until most of the raisins are finely chopped and incorporated into your peanut butter. After the blending, the butter should look like the second picture.

Step 7: Adding the Flavor!

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To the peanut butter, add all of the salt, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Process until combined (30 seconds to one minute).

Step 8: Adding the Final Raisins

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Finally, add the rest of the raisins to the mixture (1/8 of a cup) and pulse until the raisins are combined with the mixture but still whole raisins. This is your final product (shown in picture #2)!

Step 9: Packaging and Enjoying!

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Put the peanut butter in a jar with a lid (if you haven't already eaten it straight out of the blender, that is), and store at room temperature. This wonderful spread is great on bread, apples, oatmeal, and any other food that you would normally have with peanut butter.

Now, enjoy this delicious and inexpensive butter, and buy that gift for your loved one while your at it!

Comments

SNEHALCHEVLI (author)2015-04-27

Nice Presentation..... :) ...!!!

Thanks for checking it out!

wolfsingleton (author)2015-02-10

I have to say, this is a great instructable. I wanted to try it out but went my own direction: 1/2 pound sunflower seeds (no shells), 1 bar of good dark chocolate, and a handful of craisins. Just processed them together until sort of smooth (had to add a spoonful of oil just to move things along a bit and keep the consistency smooth). Might mess around with the ratios a bit, but came out pretty good. Thanks for the great idea.

Thank you so much for checking it out and making your own! One of my favorite nut butters is sunflower butter, but it is a little bit harder to blend in the processor because the seeds need more oil than the peanuts. The addition of dark chocolate sounds awesome!
Thanks again!

You may need that extra oil compared to the peanuts, but the chocolate seems to lessen the need for much in that regard. The oil I added was mainly to smooth out the consistency, but my cheap processor seemed to do okay with the seeds. Melting the chocolate to soften may help as well, but I haven't tried that yet. Also just realized I hadn't roasted the seeds which would have made the taste much stronger.

Great! Seems easy enough! Yes, roasting is a wonderful way to bring out the flavor. Thanks again!

lleola (author)2015-02-05

Would bulk peanuts bring cost down?

At my local health-foods store, the price is virtually the same for bulk and in the jar. However, I think that raw peanuts in bulk are significantly cheaper, so if you wanted to roast them yourself, the cost of this peanut butter would drop furthermore!
Thanks for checking it out!

NathanSellers (author)2015-02-03

This is awesome. Thank you for sharing.

Thank you for reading!

pinkblonde3 (author)2015-02-03

Yummy! I would like to experiment with your recipe using various nuts, oils and fruits...Does this need to be stored in the fridge?

Please do! I made one where I mixed in pretzels and dark chocolate to the peanuts. It was wonderful!
No, you do not have to store this in the fridge, but you can if you want. The natural oils seem to separate more in the fridge, so that might affect your decision on where to store it.
Thanks for checking it out!

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