Peanut butter is great as a bread spread. It tastes yummy and feels wholesome. As a food, it is loaded with nutrients – 25% protein, 20% carbs, and a whopping 50% fat. Most people love it and can eat it without a worry except those who are allergic to it. One can say only good things about peanut butter as long as it is all natural. And that is where a problem lies.
Most commercial producers of peanut butter make it unhealthy by adding stuff like sugar, peanut oil, emulsifier, etc. Imagine adding extra oil to a product that is already 50% fat!
Of course, you can find commercial brands of peanut butter (such as Baggry’s in India) that sell peanut butter made from peanuts only without any additives. But still, it is best to make it yourself.
How To Make All Natural Peanut Butter
2 cups of raw peanuts with skins (nuts taken out of outer shells)
How To Make
- Evenly roast the nuts on a griddle at very low heat until you start to see the skins getting dark spots and the nuts release their aroma. This should take less than 5 minutes. Keep stirring the nuts while you roast to avoid burning.
- Turn off the heat and transfer the nuts to a steel or ceramic plate to allow them to cool.
- When totally cooled, start removing the skins. You may decide to keep the skins on but that may change the flavor of the peanut butter.
- When all the skins are removed, put the peanuts into a food processor or blender and grind them into a paste. This will take a few minutes depending on the type of food processor or grinder you are using. Your peanut butter is ready.
- Store in a clean & airtight, preferably glass jar. Keep refrigerated and use within a month.
If you find that your refrigerated peanut butter gets a little hard, here’s how to soften it again.
Flavored Peanut Butter Video
Fancy an added flavor in your peanut butter? Try this video recipe that shows how to make Indian Chai flavored peanut butter. Watch it here.