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32   November 7, 2012   ‹ Older     Newer ›

Homemade Peanut Butter

The photo above and peanut butter are not exactly the same things. I got a wee bit carried away with peanut butter making.

A bunch of people had complained to me about not being able to find natural peanut butter in a store near them. By natural, I mean an ingredients list that reads:

roasted peanuts

Most of us can find simply ground roasted peanuts in jars on our supermarket shelves. Some people in rural areas are having a tough time finding it.

My idea was to teach everyone how to make their own peanut butter so they could avoid added sugars and oils. Turns out making your own peanut butter is AMAZINGLY simple. I bought 1 pound of unsalted roasted peanuts and using my chopping blade in my food processor for about five minutes had peanut butter.

My only tip here is to wait until your food processor grinds it into the smoothest form it can. You will be surprised at how small it can get the peanut chunks - voila! peanut butter!

Store it in a jar for a week and you never have to worry about peanut butter with additives again.

But, I was bored (and a bit premenstrual) so I thought, “Hey, what would happen if I added cocoa powder to this?” There is a reason you get a coupon for Hershey’s kisses when you buy tampons.

After about an hour of playing with it, I ended up with a treat. I was aiming for the perfect, healthy chocolate peanut butter but that bar is very high. What I found is that this stuff is seriously yummy.

You can get some small jars and give this away as a holiday gift (but it must be kept refrigerated). It is a lot like the Peanut Butter and Co. “Dark Chocolate Dreams” or a peanut version of Nutella.

Do you ever lose it and start adding chocolate to everything? Have you made your own peanut butter?

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Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Recipe

(makes 3/4 cup)

1 cup roasted peanuts (unsalted)
½ cup dark cocoa powder
½ cup confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt

Blend roasted peanuts in food processor until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust to make as yummy as possible.

For one tablespoons = 98 calories, 6.5 g fat, 1.1 g saturated fat, 9.8 g carbohydrates, 5.4 g sugar, 3.8 g protein, 2.1 g fiber, 15 mg sodium, 3 Points+

Points+ values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.

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32 Comments:

Love the idea of making your own pb!! And adding chocolate...fantastic!! I will definitely be trying this!

Melissa2 on November 7, 2012

o.m.g. .... I am in your debt forever! We love peanut butter. My kids also love Nutella but I'm not a huge fan of hazelnuts. This is perfect!

Gail on November 7, 2012

Hi Lisa,
Does this recipe for chocolate peanut butter only last one week being refigerated? BTW I love your make over recipes.

Lydia Albanese on November 7, 2012

I have two small grand children (5 & 3 years old) and they love PB&J and Nana is always baking or cooking something new. We can even make it together. I am also interested in how long it will keep in the fridge. My adult kids love this stuff as well.

Noreen on November 7, 2012

Can't wait to try this. I'm going to try it with almonds, as I love almond butter and with the recall Trader Joe's isn't selling their brand now. Elsewhere is too expensive.

Sue on November 7, 2012

I don't really know how long it will last. It has been in my fridge for a week and is going strong. My guess is that it will last as long as peanut butter - why not?

Snack Girl on November 7, 2012

Question? What is it about this homemade peanut butter that requires it to be refrigerated? Should all natural peanut butters be stored in the refrigerator? Thanks!

Bryn on November 7, 2012

NOTHING, beats homemade peanut butter! I love it, love it, love it!!

Jennifer Drummond on November 7, 2012

I heart PB & Co. Have you tried their white chocolate. So it's heart to find in stores and I don't want to buy a case to make shipping "worth it"! DIY is a great alternative! Thanks so much!!!

JoyAnn on November 7, 2012

I think I'd like to try this. Does refrigerating it make it hard to spread?

Candy on November 7, 2012

Yes. I will make this!!!

Trevor LaRene on November 7, 2012

Curious how it would be using a different sweetener (honey, agave) as opposed to confectioner's sugar.

Carol on November 7, 2012

I plan to make it with 2 or 3 Tbsp. honey as I don't want it too sweet. Will probably cut cocoa in half also.

Sue on November 7, 2012

I order PB&Co as well but this looks yummy. Cannot wait to try it.

De on November 7, 2012

I'll definitely have to try this! The only pb I've made is with the grinders in the store. That is my usual pb. And, as luck would have it, I used the last of my pb in my oatmeal this morning! I'm gonna have to go shopping for some peanuts!

I have a question though. I never refrigerate the stuff I grind in the store, and I haven't had any problems with it. Should I be sticking it in the fridge? What should I be concerned about? Bacterial growth or it just going rancid fast? I haven't seen either.

Shanna on November 7, 2012

How do you figure out the nutritional information? I always have problems with this when cooking from scratch.

Hollie on November 7, 2012

Peanut butter is supposed to be much more expensive in 2013. Good idea to learn how to make your own now. I've tried almond butter before, but needed to add some type of oil (usually olive or coconut) to get it really smooth. Haven't made peanut butter b4. Anyone experienced need to add oil to homemade peanut butter?

CC on November 7, 2012

CC - I do plan to use almonds so I will let you know if I needed to add oil when I make it. Thanks for the heads up about adding the oil.

Sue on November 7, 2012

I've been making my own nut butters lately. It's so much fun and they taste so much better!

Cristina @ An Organic Wife on November 7, 2012

Did you really get a coupon for Hershey Kisses when you bought tampons?? Talk abou targeted marketing!

Jennifer on November 7, 2012

Try this with honey roasted peanuts. No need for sugar or salt..yummy!

Helene on November 7, 2012

snack girl, or anyone i guess, question:
If i buy the natural peanut butter and drain the oil on top, how would that change the nutritional info?

pppp on November 7, 2012

All I know is when I don't mix the oil well in the natural pb the end of the jar is so hard I can't spread it. Also taste much better when well stirred.

Sue on November 7, 2012

Looks yummy. I will make some! For people without a nearby health food store, check out www.vitacost.com I have whole foods, trader joe's and mom and pop stores near me, but vitacost sells the same stuff at a discount. :)

annie on November 7, 2012

I love Barney butter! Is it not that healthy? I was just thinking yesterday I should write you and ask about Barney butter. Also is there a benefit to either PB or almond butter?

Jenny on November 7, 2012

Well tried making it with almonds last night. 1 cup almonds, 1/4 cup cocoa, 3 Tbsp. agave and I had to add 3 Tbsp. olive oil to get it smooth. I really liked it, had it in my oatmeal this morning, but I will have to try the "Snack Girl way" next time (less oil).

Sue on November 8, 2012

Peanuts are a regular part of my diet!

Ryan Thorr on November 8, 2012

I've never made my own peanut butter but I've always wanted to try....now I will. And I'll do it with my kids-they will love it. I have had homemade peanut butter with Cayenne in it. It was a bit spicy, very addicting. I dipped pretzels in it....sounds gross but it was AWESOME!

Leslie on November 8, 2012

You crack me up! I enjoy your articles so much!

Cindy Hess on November 10, 2012

I have made peanut butter and almond butter. If you process them long enough they will turn to butter without needing oil added unless you just want to add some. It will smooth out quicker if you add a little oil. I've put just a little virgin coconut oil in mine before. Wow, that's some good stuff! If I want it a little sweet, I add a little stevia to it. It was funny, I was catching up on my email and opened the email about this right after making some of my own peanut butter.

Lynn D on November 11, 2012

I just made this! I had some trouble getting it to bind and had to add 3 tsp of vanilla and 1 tsp of honey. It's yummy but the honey pushed the sugar up a little. I think next time I'll try it without the chocolate (something I never thought I would ever say) and see how it goes. thank you!

De on November 13, 2012

i cant eat peanut but i want something like the peanut butter that is not peanut i am allergic to peanuts all together

shawan on December 13, 2012


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