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October 2, 2007

Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a big hit at our house, but I worry about the trans fats that come with commercial brands. Most of the big companies have gotten them down to a point where they can list that they are trans fat free, but if the word "hydrogenated" appears on the label, then the trans fats are still there!

Natural nut butters are the way to go and they are extremely easy to make. You just need some roasted nuts and a little honey. Combine the two and you've got a fantastic alternative to commercial varieties. Get the kids involved, they'll love this process! After you're done grab an apple and smooth on some Homemade Peanut Butter and you've got a fantastic snack!

What You'll Need:
2 cups of dry roasted peanuts (Note: Not salted. You can find plain dry roasted peanuts in most health food stores or natural markets. If you want a salt kick add in 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt.)
1/3-1/2 cup of honey (Note: Much like working with flour you might need more or less. When the "butter" starts to form and ends up to the consistency you like stop adding honey.)

In a food processor process peanuts until chopped fine. Start adding honey with the processor still going until "butter" forms to the consistency you like. Store in an air tight container.

Homemade Peanut Butter

Notes: This will work with any roasted nut. Also natural peanut butters tend to separate sometimes so you may need to stir before using. If you want a crunchy variety stir in a 1/2 cup of chopped peanuts.

Posted by Dianne at October 2, 2007 10:02 AM

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I was sitting here all happy because I knew exactly what I wanted for lunch today. Now you go and make me want peanut butter, too. Or instead. Dang it! Now I don't know what I want! :)

Posted by: katherine at October 2, 2007 11:56 AM

What were you going to have?

Posted by: Dianne at October 2, 2007 12:21 PM

I may have to try this...Peanut butter is huge in my household, too :)

Posted by: Moni at October 2, 2007 12:54 PM

Ooh, I'm a sucker for peanut butter. And, I'm with you---avoid trans fats! I like the natural peanut butters, but with their oils, it's a pain to stir them sometimes. I like the idea of using honey, since it will give it a natural sweetness.

Posted by: KitchenNut at October 2, 2007 7:13 PM

Tree of Life makes a blended natural peanut butter that doesn't separate. That is what Alexis and I eat most of the time.

Posted by: Dianne at October 3, 2007 9:51 AM


Posted by: Bill at October 3, 2007 11:19 AM

Ooh! I will DEFINITELY try this Dianne. Peanut Butter in Ireland is awful... and a jar of imported American stuff runs at about $12! This looks like a tastier and healthier alternative. Thanks!

Posted by: Deborah at October 7, 2007 1:14 PM

It's really tasty and it works well with cashews too. :o)

Posted by: Dianne at October 7, 2007 6:40 PM

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