Friday, August 22, 2014

Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade peanut butter

If asked to name my favorite condiment, I'd probably have to say peanut butter. I love it. I eat it by the spoonful from the jar sometimes.

My favorite is Jif Extra Crunchy. Natural peanut butters aren't generally my favorite, since I find the oil separation thing annoying, although I do love natural peanut butter spread on apple wedges. One of my favorite snacks.

This homemade peanut butter is great because it's all natural but not as oily as what you might buy. It's really easy too. All you do is grind the nuts in a food processor, letting it run a really long time until the nuts form a paste. Then you can adjust the texture with added oil and make it sweet if you like with sugar or, my preferred, honey.

Homemade Peanut Butter

2 cups unsalted dry roasted peanuts
1 tbsp. peanut or canola oil (or more, as desired for texture)
Pinch of salt or more to taste
Heaping tsp. of clover honey (or more, as desired for sweetness)

Add peanuts to food processor. Turn on and process, leaving the machine on as the peanuts transform to a fine crumb and eventually a thick paste. Turn the machine off, scrape down the sides, add the oil, salt and honey and turn the machine back on, continuing to process until the mixture achieves a smooth consistency. If too dry, add more oil and, as desired, more salt and honey to taste.

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