Sometimes I think it’s important to remember that cooking doesn’t always have to be a means to an end. Yea, I do think that you can generally eat healthier and better by cooking your own meals just because you know exactly what’s going into the dishes. But sometimes you just need to have fun and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have fun in the kitchen!
And that’s why homemade peanut butter rocks. Is it faster or healthier than buying peanut butter in the store? It’s probably not faster and probably equally healthy. Is it cheaper? Well, actually it is, but that’s kind of secondary to the fact that it’s a lot of fun!
Making peanut butter is one of those things you can do with your kids. It’s like a magic show. You start with, well, peanuts and you end up with this delicious stuff.
This is kind of comical, but I’ll list the ingredients to this meal just for fun.
1) Pulse peanuts in a food processor until they form a rough paste.
2) Depending on the peanuts, it might help to add a small drizzle of oil to get the peanuts to come together.
3) Once the peanut butter is made, serve it immediately or store it for up to a few weeks in the fridge.
You can make peanut butter with literally just peanuts, but it takes awhile. If you add just a few drops of neutral oil you can really speed up the process. It’s seriously magical.
You start with, well…
I used roasted and salted peanuts but you don’t need to necessarily use those. If I didn’t use salted, I’d probably hit my peanut butter with just a pinch of salt near the end.
Anyway, add your peanuts to a food processor. I used my little mini processor. I added about two cups of peanuts to start.
Then just start pulsing the peanuts! At first, it won’t seem like you’re getting anywhere other than making a lot of chopped peanuts. Stop here if you need nuts for a sundae. Otherwise keep going!
Keep your finger on the trigger. At this point, I’ve pulsed my peanuts for probably 30-45 seconds.
I honestly think that if I would’ve kept at it, it would’ve formed peanut butter, but to speed up the process I added a very small amount of canola oil (1 teaspoon). After another few seconds of pulsing it started to get creamy.
This is when the kids would say, “WHOA!”
After another few seconds of pulsing, you’ll have very legit peanut butter.
So I left my peanut butter pretty plain, but the obvious advantage of making your own is you could experiment with add-ins. Honey? Cinnamon? Cayenne? Who knows. Go crazy!
I’ll tell you one thing about this peanut butter that I loved: It tasted like peanuts! It was actually somewhere in between the creamy and chunky varieties that you’ll find in the store, but the flavor was really deep and intense.
I actually made this batch around lunch time over a weekend so I decided to use it for lunch!
For half the lunch, I made some toast and slathered one piece of toast with peanut butter and one with honey.
Slap those together and you’ll have a pretty tasty sandwich. I also couldn’t resist making some classic ants on a log!
Start to finish, I’d say this took me 15 minutes to do and I’ll admit that it would definitely be faster to reach for the jar. But it was really cool.
If I had kids, I think it’d be fun to have a peanut butter party. Make a bunch of peanut butter with the kids and then provide a bunch of fun mix-ins. Everyone can make their own sandwiches out of their own peanut butter!
What do you think? What would you add in?