Staring at this bowl of peanuts…
Let’s make some peanut butter.
Peanut Butter is one of the easier nut butters to make. You don’t need to add any oils to it and peanuts form a butter quicker than other nuts, such as almonds.
This is great news.
Because come on, we don’t have all day.
You can very well just use unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts and blend it up just like that. Pure peanut butter at its best.
But, I just love honey with peanut butter.
So, I add honey to the food processor along with some whole ground flaxseed meal. The flaxseed gives the peanut butter a big nutritional kick, with loads of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids (and you cannot taste it).
I think unsalted peanuts work best and I usually use a dry roasted kind. Make sure there are no weird ingredients added.
That’s a jar of energy right there.
Homemade Peanut Butter with Honey and Flaxseed.
- 3 cups unsalted, dry roasted peanuts (make sure the only ingredient is peanuts)
- 2 tablespoons honey (more or less to taste)
- 2-3 tablespoons whole ground flaxseed meal
- dash of salt (optional, to taste)
- I work in batches of about 1 cup of peanuts at a time.(Now, this depends on the size of your processor. If it is a large food processor, you can put all of the peanuts in it at once. But, I own a smaller food processor so I butterize 1 cup of peanuts at a time, along with about ½ tablespoon honey and 1 tablespoon flaxseed. I eyeball the amounts).
- To a food processor, add the peanuts, honey, and flaxseed. While this was whirling around in the food processor, it may turn into a big peanut butter dough ball. So you can stop the processor occasionally and break up the ball and also scrap down the sides. This will keep it moving in the bowl.
- You will continue to blend the peanut butter. It takes some time, but it will eventually come together after a few minutes, don’t worry!
- Once it is creamy, I still let it go in the machine for a few minutes longer, scarping another time or two.
- Make it crunchy peanut butter: When the peanut butter is done, before you take it out of the processor, add in a handful of peanuts and pulse for a minute. This will add chucks of peanuts to the creamy peanut butter.
- You can add salt to the peanut butter after it is blended, if you think it needs it. Also, you can add more or less honey, depending on how sweet you want it. It is all about your own personal preference. I eyeball it and just drizzle it in.
I like to store the peanut butter in mason jars.
I keep it in the refrigerator… which is currently filled with oranges, apples, and homemade strawberry jam. I should really look back into this balanced diet thing.