How to Make Peanut Butter

Homemade peanut butter
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If you’re dropping $8 on all-natural peanut butter, note that there’s a better way. Go homemade. Making your own couldn’t be simpler.

In fact, the best peanut butter you’ve ever tasted has just one ingredient ingredient: peanuts.

Buy the highest quality organic, unsalted, roasted ones you can find, then follow these steps.

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This method also works for pistachios, cashews, and walnuts, though if nuts are raw you’ll need to add ¼ to ½ cup of neutral oil (like grapeseed) and process butter longer to help it come together.

Degree of Difficulty: Easy

Total Time: 10 Minutes

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Cook time

10 min.

  • 4 cups of peanuts
  • Honey or maple syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • ¼ to ½ cup of neutral oil
Add 4 cups of nuts to a food processor and run on full power until butter starts to form, about 3 to 5 minutes for chunky, longer for smooth.
Optional: Add salt, a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup, and/or spices like cinnamon if you’d like.