How to Make The Best Homemade Peanut Butter

Let’s talk about why you need to make peanut butter at home. It’s simple to make — all you need is a food processor and 15 minutes. Jump to the full Peanut Butter Recipe now or read on to see how we make it.

We love that you have the control — the amount of salt or honey is completely up to you. Plus, you can get creative. We make our basic peanut butter crunchy. Sometimes though, we add almonds. And when we’re feeling bold, we make chocolate peanut butter. (It is seriously good).

If you’re like us, you probably have a favorite store-bought peanut butter (ours is from Trader Joe’s). So yes, we still buy regular peanut butter. We also like to make our own (you can never have too much peanut butter in the house, right).

We love that we can make something we eat almost daily, at home. It feels good.

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What do you think? Are you game for whirling up some peanuts and making your very own peanut butter?

Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe Crash Course

You really can make our peanut butter recipe in 15 minutes. In fact, most of that time is roasting the peanuts.

How to Make the Best Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut ButterAfter roasting, throw peanuts into the bowl of a food processor. Turn on and watch as the peanuts turn into crumbs, then a thick paste and finally smooth shiny peanut butter. It’s almost magical.

Best of all, you can adjust based on your tastes. We add a little salt, a touch of honey and for perfect consistency to spread on toast–a tiny bit of oil. See what works for you.

Homemade Almond Peanut Butter

How to Make Almond Butter

Now that you’re pros at making basic peanut butter, get creative and play.

One of our favorite twists is to use equal parts of peanuts to almonds. By the way, if you only use almonds, you can make almond butter. 

The process is exactly the same, roast then add all the nuts to a food processor, turn on and watch the magic happen. Add salt, honey (or maple syrup) as needed then check the consistency — we have found the peanut almond butter needs a little more oil added.

Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter — Pure Joy

Homemade Chocolate Nut Butter

OK, now for our favorite. Chocolate Peanut Butter. Think of it as a peanut-ified Nutella.

It’s quick and easy to make. Start with the basic peanut butter then instead of adding honey, add cocoa powder and powdered sugar.

The end result? Creamy, chocolaty goodness — we’re absolutely in love with it.

(Chocolate and peanut butter has to be one of our favorite combos — see our Easy Bar Cookie Recipe with Peanut Butter Cups or our Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Treats)

You decide. Basic peanut butter recipe, peanut almond butter, chocolate peanut butter or would you make your own version? We want to know. Just leave your response in the comments below.

Recipe updated, originally posted February 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

How to Make the Best Homemade Peanut Butter

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This peanut butter recipe is so simple to make — all you need is a food processor and 15 minutes. Plus, you can get creative. We make our basic peanut butter crunchy. Sometimes though, we add almonds. And when we’re feeling bold, we make chocolate peanut butter. (It is seriously good).

It’s best to start with raw peanuts, however, if you cannot find them, use roasted. Since they’re roasted you could skip roasting in the oven, but we actually do it anyway — it sort of brings them back to life. Regarding the oil — add as needed.If it seems dry, add a little oil — maybe a teaspoon at a time.

Makes approximately 1 1/4 cups or 10 (2 tablespoon) servings

You Will Need

Basic Peanut Butter

2 cups (300 grams) unsalted shelled peanuts

1/4 to 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 to 2 teaspoons honey

1 to 3 teaspoons peanut or vegetable oil, if needed

Almond Peanut Butter

1 cup (150 grams) unsalted shelled peanuts

1 cup (150 grams) unsalted whole almonds

1/4 to 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 to 2 teaspoons honey

1 to 3 teaspoons peanut or vegetable oil, if needed

Chocolate Peanut Butter

2 cups (300 grams) unsalted shelled peanuts

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons peanut oil or vegetable oil, plus more as needed

1/2 cup (45 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups (170 grams) powdered sugar

Directions

  • Roast Nuts
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Add the nuts to a round or square cake pan (or rimmed baking sheet). Roast nuts for 3 minutes, shake pan then roast another 3 to 5 minutes or until the nuts are lightly browned and smell nutty (careful, they can burn quickly). Let cool until you can handle them.

    • Basic Peanut Butter
    • If you are making crunchy peanut butter, add 1/3 cup of the roasted peanuts to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse 6 to 8 times, or until the peanuts are chopped into very small pieces. Transfer chopped peanuts to a bowl and reserve for later.

      Add the roasted peanuts to the bowl of a food processor. Process 1 minute then scrape sides of bowl with a rubber spatula. Process another 2 to 3 minutes until the peanut butter is shiny and smooth. Add your desired amount of salt and honey then process until combined. (We add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons of honey). Check the consistency, if it seems too thick, add oil, a teaspoon at a time, until you are happy with it. For crunchy peanut butter,  stir in the reserved peanuts.Peanut Butter Step-1

      • Almond Peanut Butter
      • Add nuts to the bowl of a food processor. Process 1 minute then scrape sides of bowl with a rubber spatula. Process another 2 to 3 minutes until shiny and smooth. Add your desired amount of salt and honey then process until combined. (We add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons of honey). Check the consistency, if it seems too thick or dry, add oil, a teaspoon at a time, until you are happy with it.Almond Butter Step-3

        • Chocolate Peanut Butter
        • Add the roasted peanuts to the bowl of a food processor. Process 1 minute then scrape sides of bowl with a rubber spatula. Process another 2 to 3 minutes until shiny and smooth. Add salt, oil, cocoa powder, and the powdered sugar then process another minute until blended and shiny. Check the consistency, if it seems too thick, add oil, a teaspoon at a time, until you are happy with it.Chocolate Nut Butter Step-4

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • How to Store: Transfer the peanut butter to a food-safe container, cover, and then store in the refrigerator up to one month. If over the month the nut butter seperates, use a spoon to stir it until it is well blended.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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108 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Joseph Fajerman November 24, 2016, 11:50 am

    does the red skins from the peanuts need to be removed, and what the quickest way to do this?

    Reply
    • Joanne December 1, 2016, 2:51 pm

      Hi Joseph, It’s up to you. The skins can be a little bitter. To remove them, rub them vigorously between a clean towel. As you do this, most of the skins will fall away from the nuts.

      Reply
  • Dana September 19, 2016, 2:14 am

    I just made the plain peanut butter today. It turned out amazing. I only added a little ground iodised salt and made it crunchy. Next time I will make the “Nutella” with hazelnuts..Can’t wait…We have to be careful as we are on a weight loss program by our nutricionist hahaha…I just won’t add honey for the time being😁…Nothing better then home made food.It’s not only cheaper but we avoid all the adatives,preservatives,colours,sugars,salts that are all in excessive amounts and plus what not else that’s bad for us. We would rather eat less now, then eat store bought or processed…It’s are big change we are making but it’s a permanent one and we are not looking back.Thank you for the recipe and keep all the good ones coming.😀

    Reply
  • ruchina September 14, 2016, 12:07 pm

    I added a little dried chilli pepper to my peanut butter and its taste it just awesome.mine had peanut, honey, chilli and olive oil with a little salt, and my kids can’t seem to keep their hands off it.

    Reply
  • Louise Smith September 6, 2015, 11:26 am

    Made peanut butter, following this recipe, for the first time having run out of our usual shop bought brand. I used sesame oil and a hand blender (which was quite a task). Anyway, I’ve had the thumbs up from my 10 year son who said it’s great. An added bonus that it’s significantly more economical (we eat PB everyday, and it’s relatively pricey in France). So many thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  • Triund Baba July 25, 2015, 4:03 am

    This is really great….comparing to store bought Peanut Butter I prefer Homemade and it indeed feels good….since I can add Cocoa and other stuff so can make as per need and most importantly I know what I’m using and it is Organic

    Reply
  • GG Marabella -Enassey July 15, 2015, 6:49 am

    I just wanted to thank you for your brilliant recipe for Basic Peanut and other Butters…… Inspired! I will be trying these out tomorrow as well as looking to Butter other nuts too.

    Thank you again xx

    Reply
  • Rizwana shaukat March 8, 2015, 8:10 am

    I love the reciepe.today I am going to try.

    Reply
  • Benjamin February 5, 2015, 9:17 pm

    Awesome! it’s a really good recipe. After the 4th time (3 chocolate / 1 almond) I finally resisted to make the simple one… which actually is not simple at all! Thank you so much for this super tasty recipe 🙂

    Reply
  • fouad gouda January 23, 2015, 6:24 pm

    I don’t have peanut oil but I have corn flower oil and olive oil and corn oil which one is the best

    Reply
    • Joanne February 3, 2015, 1:45 pm

      Give them a taste — the more neutral flavor, the better.

      Reply
    • Zenia September 22, 2016, 3:12 am

      Yums

      Reply

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