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 or watch our quick recipe video showing you 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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Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe Crash Course

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

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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 20 (1 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 separates, use a spoon to stir it until it is well blended.
  • Using a blender: As long as you have a relatively high-powered blender, you can make peanut butter in a blender. The steps will be the same as with a food processor.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates and are for the basic recipe. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.

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Nutrition Per Serving: Calories 95 / Protein 3 g / Carbohydrate 3 g / Dietary Fiber 1 g / Total Sugars 1 g / Total Fat 8 g / Saturated Fat 1 g / Cholesterol 0 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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127 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Sue Harward December 29, 2013, 7:17 pm

    I was searching for a home made version of peanut butter cups. Can your peanut butter recipe be used to make them or will they separate because there are no preservatives?

    Reply
    • Joanne December 30, 2013, 11:08 am

      Honestly, we’re not 100% sure (we’ve never tried). The peanut butter does not separate in the fridge so we would guess everything would be okay.

      Reply
  • Sylvia Wendel December 28, 2013, 10:47 pm

    I made this and it was terrific! I then made it with sunflower seeds, sweetened it with maple syrup and that was great too (only it does look a little green the next day). Tonight I made it with half peanuts and half almonds, with vanilla sugar for sweetening (1 tbsp). I used sliced almonds and roasted them first. Wonderful!

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  • Robert December 21, 2013, 12:31 am

    Thank you. Why using kosher salt rather than regular one and/or sea salt ?
    I would like to use Virginia peanuts since it is from here rather than European peanuts, but I have read to use Spanish peanuts, I will add more peanut oil. What do you think ?
    Merry Christmas to you, family and readers 🙂

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    • Joanne December 30, 2013, 12:32 pm

      Kosher salt is what we have in our kitchen (it dissolves nicely). You can use any salt you like, though. Try out the Virginia peanuts, they should work out just fine. And yes, just add a little more oil if you feel it is needed.

      Reply
  • Deep December 16, 2013, 8:33 am

    Thank you so much just one question can i add my protein powder??

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    • Joanne December 16, 2013, 12:29 pm

      We’ve never tried this. You should give it a try, we bet it will work.

      Reply
  • Umaymah Hewitt November 11, 2013, 10:30 am

    This looks *amazing*… I can’t wait to try it out! One quick question – for the chocolate version, can I replace the sugar with a natural sweetener such as stevia?

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    • Joanne November 11, 2013, 10:55 am

      Sure! You will just need to taste as you add – we’re not sure how much you will need.

      Reply
  • Jóhanna Ernstsdóttir October 1, 2013, 10:52 am

    Hi! One wee question: How long can the peanut butter be stored?

    Cheers
    Jóhanna

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    • Joanne October 2, 2013, 9:59 am

      About 1 month in the refrigerator.

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  • hannah September 27, 2013, 6:42 pm

    wow these 3 ways of making peanut butter look great wanted to be able to make it myself as im concerned about the use of palm oil in most peanut butters now i can do it thankyou,
    now i can make my dairy free ice cream which is 2 bananas, half a teaspoon of sugar or honey and 3 teaspoons of peanut butter all put in a blender then frozen tastes fantastic 😉

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  • Joe September 18, 2013, 10:34 am

    Can I use coconut oil?

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    • Joanne September 18, 2013, 11:40 am

      Yes, that would work nicely to replace the olive oil.

      Reply
  • JAWADU RUTAGI September 9, 2013, 10:54 am

    AM IN SEARCH OF PEANUT BUTTER MAKING MACHINE, where can I get it

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    • Joanne September 16, 2013, 11:48 am

      We just use our food processor — try online or in kitchen stores. (Williams and Sonoma, Macy’s, Target and anywhere else with a home/kitchen department).

      Reply
  • Annelies August 22, 2013, 8:48 am

    This peanut butter is delicious!! I have made it three times now, the family can’t get enough of it! We recently went to Italy to visit and African friend, and as it happened, his mother was visiting too, and she had brought us 2kg peanuts from home, where she grows them. Peanut butter is all I use the nuts for, I couldn’t think of a better way! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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  • Daisy August 20, 2013, 4:41 am

    Hi, Thanks for sharing this recipes. i want to try this once i find a good food processor, i have been looking but i can’t really find one that says it can process nuts for making peanut butter. Could a mini food processor do the job? What kind of food processor would you recommend.. Thanks!

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    • Joanne August 21, 2013, 1:36 pm

      A mini processor should work, you might need to do it in batches. We have a Cuisinart processor (it isn’t fancy) and it works great. Most standard processors will do the job just fine.

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  • JennCotton August 17, 2013, 11:34 pm

    Can you “can” the peanut butter? And if so, wouldn’t it last longer and have a shelf life outside the refrigerator?

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    • Adam August 21, 2013, 1:43 pm

      Canning peanut butter is difficult. Since peanut butter has so much fat in it, it is difficult to store for a long time at room temperature. (The oil/fat can go rancid). It might be possible to jar like you would jam, but we have not tried it ourselves. We just make one batch at a time and refrigerate. It will last about 1 month refrigerated.

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  • Patyo August 17, 2013, 2:10 pm

    Thank you guys for the method!
    It was fantastic to make my own favorite snack at home. Came out really smooth and shiny as we like it 🙂

    Reply
  • Frank August 13, 2013, 1:35 am

    Can i make peanut butter and process the jars like jaring fruit and keep them in a cabinet or a shelf how and for how long, I mine like you by in the store,

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    • Joanne August 13, 2013, 1:57 pm

      Since peanut butter has so much fat in it, it is difficult to store for a long time at room temperature. (The oil/fat can go rancid). It might be possible to jar like you would jam, but we have not tried it ourselves. We just make one batch at a time and refrigerate. It will last about 1 month refrigerated.

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  • Sally July 30, 2013, 11:26 am

    I have been making peanut butter for years. Three comments: I never add oil — if it’s not oily enough it needs to be processed longer to extract more of the peanuts’ own oil; to make crunchy pb I just hold out a handful of nuts and throw them in at the last minute; I find that it lasts several months in the fridge (if we don’t eat it first) and it will keep on the counter at least a week.
    Thanks

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    • Joanne July 31, 2013, 12:05 pm

      Thanks for sharing your tips 🙂

      Reply

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