FOR THE LOVE OF PEANUT BUTTER
Peanut butter is rich in plant protein and 'good fats' and since discovering how ridiculously easy (not to mention cost effective) it is to make my own I always have a jar full in my fridge. I love the idea of home-made peanut butter because you know exactly what goes in there and don't have to worry about all the unknown 'additives' in commercial peanut butter.
2 cups roasted, shelled peanuts (I use the salted ones but you can use the unsalted ones to better control the amount of salt)
A blender (most, if not all, regular blenders come with a little cup for blending nuts)
Container with lid
Transfer the peanuts into the blender.
Turn on blender and let it run for about 2 minutes then stop and scrape down the sides (at this point the peanut butter will look gritty and coarse).
Run the blender for another 2 minutes then stop and scrape down the sides again (at this point the peanut butter is starting to clump together).
Keep repeating this until the mixture becomes glossy and smooth.
Transfer the peanut butter to a storage container, cover and refrigerate. The peanut butter will keep for several weeks this way.
If you’re the kind of person who likes a bit of sweetness in your peanut butter, add 1-2 tablespoons of honey once you’re done blending and let it run for another 1-2 minutes. Or 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa and 2-3 tablespoons of chocolate chips for some chocolate peanut butter ! Also if you opt for the unsalted peanuts, you can add a dash of salt at this point.
Ps… there’s recipes out there that call for the addition of oil for ‘creamier’ peanut butter but trust me, this is absolutely not necessary ! However should you find your peanut butter not as smooth as you'd like it adding just one teaspoons of olive oil should do the trick. Peanuts have their own oil which they release during the blending process to make a most delicious and smooth jar of PB… Enjoy !
My favourite combo has to be peanut butter on apple or banana slices… nom ! nom !
Eat better. Live better.