How to Make Peanut Butter

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It’s surprisingly easy to make peanut butter. A good peanut butter recipe contains only a few basic ingredients and takes no more than five minutes to make. The only danger is that is tastes so good, you’ll want to spread it on everything!

If you look at the ingredients of commercial peanut butter, it often contains preservative chemicals, huge amounts of sugar and salt, or sweetners like xylitol and added oils like palm oil (both of which are, incidentally, toxic to dogs). And the taste if often pretty bland. And if you opt for a more high-end brand, it’s expensive. Making your own peanut butter saves you money and ensures you know just what you’re putting in your body. Plus, the taste is incomparable.

Why don’t you make your own peanut butter and find out for yourself?


  • 1 cup peanuts
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Honey (to taste)


  1. Get your food processor and tip in your peanuts. Blitz them for about 30 seconds, then scrape down the sides with a spatula to ensure all the nuts get evenly mixed. Run the mixer again until you get a smooth peanut butter consistency.
  2. You’ll find that the nuts go through different stages as you blend. At first, you’ll see increasingly find chunks that eventually look a little like ground almonds. It’ll then turn into a dry ball, and eventually become a deliciously smooth peanut butter.
  3. At this point, give it a taste, then, if you want a sweeter taste, add a little honey or, if you like a more savory taste, add a touch of salt. Or, for that delightful sweet and salty bite, add a little of each. Just don’t overdo it. Add a little at a time, blend, and taste again.
  4. If your preference is for chunky peanut butter, once you’ve got the taste just right, add a handful of whole peanuts to the smooth butter and blitz again for 30 seconds to a minute until the chunks are the right size.

Store it in a clean jar in the fridge for up to two weeks – although I doubt it’ll survive that long! This easy homemade peanut butter recipe is perfect anywhere you’d normally use regular peanut butter–in sandwiches, in smoothies, on toast, in curry or chicken peanut satay, in baked goods–anywhere! If you want to treat your pups, try putting it in our pumpkin and peanut butter ball recipe.

You can also experiment with flavor–try adding chilli flakes or paprika for an interesting twist. And even try different nuts. Almonds or cashews both make delicious butters following the same process.

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Written by Katy Willis

Katy is a life-long homesteader and home herbalist. She is passionate about living naturally, growing food, keeping livestock, foraging, and making and using herbal remedies. She's been writing and editing professionally for over a decade, and she's been living green her entire life. She firmly believes that every small green change we make has a huge impact. Making greener choices is better for your bank balance, your health, and the planet.

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