I have always loved peanut butter. However, many of the name brand peanut butters I grew up loving are loaded with added sugar, oil and salt. Once I realized this, I wanted to find a better alternative so I could feel good about keeping this as a part of my regular diet. There are many “natural” peanut butters now available. Take a look at the label- the only ingredient listed should be PEANUTS! These are great options, but once you see how easy it is to make your own I think you will be hooked. You can also use this same process to create other nut butters like almond, cashew, or sunflower seed.
Peanut butter is a great source of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA’s). These fatty acids are heart healthy and may help lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” levels. However, peanut butter and other nut butters are calorically dense so being mindful of the amount that you consume is always a good idea. I like to add it to oatmeal, smoothies, toast, have it with some fruit as a snack or even by the spoonful!
- 16oz (1lb) unsalted roasted peanuts
- Optional mix-ins:
- 1-2 Tablespoon honey, 1-2 Tablespoon cocoa powder, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Add peanuts to food processor or high speed blender and process continuously for 1 minute. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl. The peanut butter will be dry/gritty looking.
- Process continuously for another minute, stop and scrape down the sides. At this point, the peanut butter will start clumping together…hang in there.
- Process continuously for another minute, stop and scrape down the sides. At this point, the peanut butter will be softer and more like peanut butter….we’re almost there.
- Add any mix-ins and process for another minute or until peanut butter is to desired consistency.
- Store in air tight container in the refrigerator.