Did you know that it is super simple to make creamy and delicious peanut butter at home in just 5 minutes? Here’s how to make healthy peanut butter with just 2 ingredients and a food processor.
Our small family of 3 manages to go through a lot of peanut butter! So a few months ago I decided to try and make creamy peanut butter at home; why had I never realized that it was so easy?! All you need are 2 simple ingredients, sea salt and peanuts, to make this delicious homemade peanut butter recipe with no oil or added sugar.
Is Peanut Butter Healthy?
As a plant-based dietitian, I feel like I am often recommending peanut butter! It’s not only delicious, but it has a bunch of great health benefits too.
- Plant-Based Protein: adding a serving (2 tablespoons) of peanut butter to oatmeal or toast is a great way to boost the protein since it provides 8 grams of protein.
- Heart Healthy Fats: peanut butter is high in fat which is why it is a higher calorie food. However, the fat in peanut butter is heart healthy monounsaturated fat – the same fat as you find in olive oil.
- Vitamins: peanut butter is rich in Vitamin E which plays an essential role in immune function. It is also a good source of folate, an important nutrient for pregnancy.
- Minerals: a serving of peanut butter is a good source of minerals such as phosphorus (important for bone health) and magnesium (essential role in metabolism and DNA formation).
Why Should You Make Your Own Peanut Butter?
- Budget Friendly: My go-to brand of natural peanut butter in the store was up to $6 a jar! That really adds up fast in a family who goes through at least 1 jar of peanut butter a week. Making this homemade version with roasted peanuts from the bulk section saves me at least $2.50!
- Salt and Sweeten to Taste: If you are looking to reduce your sodium or added sugar intake, making your own healthy homemade peanut butter lets you control how much salt/sugar goes into it.
- Add Fun Flavors: Experiment with new peanut butter flavors by mixing in cocoa powder, chocolate, pumpkin spice and more.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Roasted, Unsalted Peanuts: Roasted peanuts have the best flavor for peanut butter, so look for the roasted ones when shopping at the grocery store. (It’s easy to roast them yourself though if you only have raw peanuts!) You also want to make sure they are unsalted because the pre-salted ones will make your homemade peanut butter too salty.
- Sea Salt: Bring out the flavor of your peanut butter with a bit of salt. Start with about 1/4 teaspoon and increase to 1/2 teaspoon based on your salt preference.
- Maple Syrup (optional): Sweeten your peanut butter with a bit of maple syrup if desired. I usually skip the sweetener because I am pairing it with sweet jam for PB&Js or using it in savory recipes. A little goes a long way – just about 2-3 teaspoons is usually enough for us but you can add more if you’d like. You can also use a sugar-free liquid sweetener in place of the maple syrup.
How to Roast Peanuts: If you only have raw peanuts, you can easily roast them at home! Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add peanuts in an even layer to a baking sheet (parchment paper optional). Bake for 8-12 minutes until they are golden brown and smell roasted. Allow to cool to room temperature before using for homemade peanut butter.
How to Make Healthy Peanut Butter
Step One: Add 3 cups of peanuts and sea salt to a food processor.
Step Two: Puree peanuts until smooth. It takes a few minutes. After a minute or two it will form a dough-like ball. Keep pureeing!
Step Three: Peanut butter mixture is smooth and creamy when finished. Taste and add more salt if needed.
Step Four: Add to an airtight container or airtight jar and store in the refrigerator. Freshly made peanut butter will be runny but it thickens up as it chills in the refrigerator.
- Use Roasted Peanuts: for the best flavor, you want to make sure to use roasted peanuts rather than unroasted/raw peanuts. See pink box above for instructions on how to roast peanuts at home.
- Adjust Sweetness & Salt: use the salt and maple syrup listed in the recipe card as a starting point. Taste and add more of either if you’d like.
- Don’t have a food processor? You can also make this in a high-powered blender! I like to use the food processor because it is more hands off, but you can use a blender too. You may just have to stop it and scrape down the sides a couple of times.
- Cinnamon: When blending up your peanut butter, add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
- Pumpkin Spice: In the fall, it’s so fun to flavor your peanut butter with a bit of pumpkin spice! Just add add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice to your peanut butter.
- Maple: If you like a sweet peanut butter, increase the maple syrup to 1-2 tablespoons for both sweetness and a bit of maple flavor. Even better when paired with some cinnamon!
- Chocolate: Add 3-4 tablespoons cocoa powder to the food processor before blending for a chocolate peanut butter.
Delicious Ways to Use Peanut Butter
We use peanut butter for everything from oatmeal, to toast, to stir fry so we use a lot of it! It’s such a great way to add filling protein, fat, and flavor to a meal or snack. Here are a few healthy peanut butter recipes that can get you started:
- Use this dairy free peanut butter to make these yummy no-bake oat bars or these healthy peanut butter balls. Great grab-and-go snack options!
- We love using this smooth peanut butter to make a sauce for stir fry. Here’s our go-to stir fry with peanut sauce.
- Overnight oats are a simple, meal-prep friendly breakfast that is even better with a little bit of peanut butter. You’ll love these chocolate peanut butter overnight oats. Speaking of breakfast and oats, we also love this yummy peanut butter granola.
Want even more peanut butter recipes? Check out my roundup of 13+ sweet and savory vegan peanut butter recipes from the blog!
According to the USDA, a homemade peanut butter can last about 3-4 months in the refrigerator. Store-bought peanut butters often contain stabilizers that means the shelf life is longer than homemade.
Peanut butter made without added sugar is generally low in carbohydrates. This homemade peanut butter has 9 grams of carbs per serving (2 tablespoons).
Yes, peanuts do not contain gluten so peanut butter is gluten free.
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Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter
- 3 cups roasted, unsalted peanuts (~1 lb)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Add peanuts and sea salt to a food processor (or blender) and puree until smooth and creamy.
- Recipe makes about 1 1/4 cups of peanut butter.
- Store peanut butter in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3-4 months.