Homemade Peanut Butter

Learn how to make AMAZING homemade peanut butter! It's super smooth, creamy, and flavorful - you won't be able to stop eating it by the spoonful.

Homemade peanut butter

I start drooling just looking at the pictures of this homemade peanut butter! Jack and I have been all about cooking projects lately, churning out homemade bagels, pasta, tortillas, and more. We’ve loved all of them, but this homemade peanut butter recipe reminded us that cooking projects don’t have to be ambitious to be fun.

This peanut butter recipe calls for just 1 or 2 ingredients, and it comes together in under 10 minutes. Still, making it is a blast! You get to watch whole peanuts transform into the smoothest, creamiest nut butter you’ve ever seen. Its oozy texture beats any store bought brand I’ve tried, and its rich peanut flavor is out of this world. You won’t be able to resist eating it by the spoonful!

Jar of homemade peanut butter

Peanut Butter Recipe Tips

Ready to learn how to make peanut butter? There are a few things you should know before you start:

  1. Making this recipe is easy, but it does require patience. Your food processor will need to run for almost 10 minutes, including breaks, before the nuts become smooth and spreadable.
  2. You’re going to need to stop the food processor often. Making homemade nut butter can be hard on a food processor’s motor, so be sure to stop it every 30 seconds to 1 minute to give it a chance to cool off. This break is also a great opportunity to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. The amount of peanuts you use should be proportionate to the size of your food processor. I use 3 cups of peanuts in my 7-cup food processor. If yours is much larger, you’ll need more nuts to create a smooth, creamy spread.
  4. You don’t need anything except for dry roasted peanuts, and maybe salt. You can use unsalted or salted peanuts in this recipe, but if yours aren’t salted, you’ll need to season to taste with salt at the end.

Peanuts in a food processor

How to Make Peanut Butter

Add the peanuts to the bowl of a food processor, and process until very smooth, pausing to scrape down the sides of the bowl every 30 seconds or so. When you first start grinding the peanuts, it might not seem like they’ll blend into a smooth nut butter. But trust me, they will! You don’t need to add any vegetable oil, I promise.

At the beginning, they’ll be chunky.

How to make peanut butter

Then, they’ll form a shaggy ball.

Peanut butter in a food processor

And finally, they’ll blend into creamy natural peanut butter! Let the food processor run as long as necessary to get the mixture really smooth. Store it in an airtight container or jar at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Enjoy!

Homemade peanut butter recipe   Spoon of peanut butter

How to Use Homemade Peanut Butter

There are so many ways to use this homemade peanut butter! Here are a few of my favorites:

What’s your favorite way to use it? Let me know in the comments!

Peanut butter

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Homemade Peanut Butter

rate this recipe:
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Learn how to make AMAZING homemade peanut butter! It's super smooth, creamy, and filled with rich peanut flavor. You're going to want to eat it by the spoonful!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups dry roasted & salted or unsalted peanuts
  • sea salt, to taste, (if using unsalted peanuts)

Instructions

  • Place the peanuts in a medium food processor.* Process until very smooth, stopping every 30 seconds to 1 minute to scape down the sides of the bowl, as necessary, and to give the food processor's motor a break. The mixture will be chunky at first. Then, it'll thicken into a ball, and finally, it will become creamy and smooth. The whole process should take about 8 to 10 minutes.

Notes

Makes about 1 cup.
*Note: I use my 7-cup Cuisinart or KitchenAid food processor. If yours is much larger, you may want to increase the amount of peanuts so that there's enough quantity to blend well.

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  1. Amber
    05.16.2020

    Hi, Jeanine!
    About how much peanut butter does this yield?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.16.2020

      Hi Amber, about 1 cup!

    • JMV
      10.08.2020

      Hi, may I know what brand pf blender did you use for peanut butter? Thank you

  2. Susan
    05.17.2020

    Can this be made in a Vitamix, or is it better in the processor?
    Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.17.2020

      Hi Susan, it can be made in the vitamix, you’ll just have to stop every so often to loosen the nut butter that forms around the blade. Use the baton to move things around (it’ll be thick before it becomes creamy). I think the food processor is a bit easier since less gets stuck around the blade but either will work.

  3. faith from live.com
    05.17.2020

    can you use mixed nuts as well I have a jug of it that I use to make trail mix

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.17.2020

      Hi Faith, yep, you can!

  4. Lisa
    05.18.2020

    Hi! Do you think you could add some honey to it near the end? We are really missing our honey roasted ground peanut butter from the grocery store…it’s one of the only things we can’t get during this time.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.18.2020

      yep, absolutely! That’d be great – just add it to taste, as you like!

  5. Kylie
    05.26.2020

    Looks delish! Have been looking for a simple recipe to replace store bought peanut butter!! Where is a good place to buy peanuts like this in bulk?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.26.2020

      I usually get my bulk goods from whole foods!

  6. Memrie B. Kimmel
    06.21.2020

    I discovered that adding pure vanilla extract really enhances the flavor ! I use 2 c. unsalted roasted peanuts, 1 t. vanilla, and 1/2 t. sea salt. It is sooo delicious with sliced Fuji apples, which are the sweetest. No oil! No sweetener!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.12.2020

      Hi Memrie, I’m going to try it with vanilla next time! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

  7. Kiana
    07.19.2020

    5 stars
    Delish and so easy! We added some salt and local clover honey to sweeten it up a little bit. I have a feeling the jar is not going to last long in our house…

  8. Courtney
    09.08.2020

    Hi there! I was reading the comments and decided to add some salt and honey near the end of the process but it started to thicken back up and look like the second stage again. Any thoughts as to why?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.08.2020

      Honey is really sticky, so that may have caused it to bind? Assuming it hit the smooth stage, I’d just scoop it out and see if it loosens up in the jar. It should probably still be tasty.

  9. Sunitha
    09.19.2020

    5 stars
    Hi,
    Can this recipe be used for making peanut butter cake?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.20.2020

      Hi Sunitha, it should be fine as long as the recipe calls for natural peanut butter.

  10. Sue
    10.23.2020

    Hi. I like crunchy peanut butter rather than smooth. Do I just add a few more peanuts to the final stages of blending, perhaps chopping them up before starting to make the smooth mixture?
    Your recipe sounds delicious and I’m going to try this out tomorrow

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