Start your day off in the best way possible with a healthy breakfast sandwich made with your very own homemade peanut butter. Using just 1 ingredient and absolutely no added sugar, fats or preservatives, this healthy natural peanut butter will give you all the plant-based protein, healthy fats, fibre, vitamins and minerals you need to get through the day.
Easier than you think
If you’re not used to making kitchen staples from scratch, you might think making homemade peanut butter is far beyond your culinary ability. But that’s not true! Homemade peanut butter is possibly one of the quickest, easiest and most rewarding things anyone can make.
To make this peanut butter, all you need is 1 single ingredient (peanuts!), a food processor and less than 10 minutes of your time. Simply pop the peanuts into the food processor and blend them until you’ve got a heavenly smooth peanut butter.
Take a look at the recipe below for a step-by-step guide on exactly how your peanuts will look throughout the process to help you get it right the first time.
Is it cheaper to make your own peanut butter?
It’s definitely cheaper to make your own peanut butter than it is to buy it in a store. This homemade peanut butter recipe is all-natural and contains just 1 single ingredient. If you’re lucky enough to find a natural peanut butter on sale which only contains peanuts, 1 small jar will cost you a fortune. Even when you compare this peanut butter to a jar of standard peanut butter, this recipe still works out cheaper.
Although peanut prices vary around the world, in the US, 1 lb of peanuts (the equivalent to 3 cups of peanuts) costs around $2.50. By comparison, 3 cups of standard Jif peanut butter will set you back $6.60 ($2.20 per cup) and the more nutritious Smucker’s natural peanut butter costs $7.35 for 3 cups ($2.45 per cup). If you use a lot of peanut butter, homemade is definitely the way to go.
How long does homemade peanut butter last?
When you store it correctly, peanut butter lasts for up to 2 months. I recommend you keep your peanut butter inside an air-tight jar or container and store it in the refrigerator for best results.
If you find the natural oil has separated from the peanuts when you remove your peanut butter from the refrigerator, leave it on the side to warm up a little and give it a good stir before using. This should help blend everything back together again, giving you a deliciously smooth and creamy texture.
Use a powerful blender
My final tip for making this peanut butter is to use a powerful food processor with a strong motor. Grinding down dry peanuts without any added liquid can put a lot of strain on a food processor’s motor. This is why I recommend you blend the peanuts in stages and let the motor rest in between so it doesn’t overheat.
Homemade Peanut Butter + Breakfast Sandwich
- 1 lb Dry roasted peanuts salted
- Sandwich bread
- Add the peanuts into the bowl of a food processor and blend in 60-second intervals for 4-5 minutes. Leave your food processor to rest in between blends so you don’t burn out the motor. Scrape down the insides of the food processor with a rubber spatula to make sure all the peanuts are well blended.
- The peanuts will go through the following texture stages:
- Coarsely crushed peanuts.
- Finely crushed peanuts, almost like a powder
- A rough, powdery peanut paste.
- A thicker, more solid paste.
- A peanut butter dough-like ball.
- Runny peanut butter.
- Smooth peanut butter.
- When the peanut butter becomes runny, continue blending for 60 more seconds, until you reach your desired smooth consistency.
- Pour the peanut butter into an air-tight jar or container before covering and storing in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
- TO MAKE A SANDWICH: toast 2 slices of your favorite sandwich bread until they’re just how you like them.
- Spread on a generous amount of your homemade peanut butter, top with slices of banana and enjoy your breakfast sandwich!