Thursday, September 19, 2013

diy thursday: homemade natural peanut butter

I have been meaning to make my own peanut butter for some time now to save money. I prefer to buy the all natural peanut butter with one ingredient: peanuts. Unfortunately, this is a little more expensive than the peanut butters with more ingredients (you would think they could charge you less if they use less ingredients, wouldn't you?). Often when you make nut butters in a normal food processor, it can take up to 30 minutes which is a long time for your food processor to run (assuming it doesn't burn out before then). So when I was hanging out with my friend the other day, I brought some peanuts and made some peanut butter in her Vitamix. This was SO EASY and it took less than a minute! Amazing.

Homemade Peanut Butter

3 cups peanuts

Blend the peanuts in the blender  until it becomes the consistency of butter.
And Voila! You have peanut butter.
A jar of homemade natural peanut butter costs about $2.50 compared to $4-9 in the store.
Another great perk is that the oil doesn't sit on top like it does in store bought natural nut butters, which means no stirring required making it less messy. 

This method works great for other nut butters as well.