Homemade Peanut Butter

Margie Bruner - Glory Kitchenby: Margie Bruner, owner of Glory Kitchen
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Who knew making Homemade Peanut Butter could be so simple and so delicious? I never quite believed when I read or heard that you could take fresh, whole nuts and whirr them away in a food processor until creamy nut butter immerged, but it really is true.

My husband has had a lifelong love and obsession for peanut butter.  After becoming more conscious about the foods we ate, we grew more diligent about reviewing ingredient lists on products, and discovered most commercial jars of peanut butter were loaded with chemicals.  We made the switch to buying pure almond and peanut butters at specialty grocery stores and the only ingredient coming out of these large nut crushing machines is pure almonds or peanuts.

 This week I experimented with making my own nut butters using a variety of nuts and infusing them with spices, peppers and of course our Glory Kitchen nut and spice mixes.  My hazelnut & chocolate butter (does Nutella come to mind?) received a pop of heat from our San Miguel nut & spice mix.  The Asian peanut butter was blended with tahini and our Penang nut & spice mix, and the Middle Eastern flavored almond & peanut butter received an infusion of our Cairo nut & spice mix.  All three nut butter varieties had their own unique flavor, but all were delicious and so much more interesting than a straight up version of peanut or almond butter.  We are loving the hazelnut & chocolate spread over bananas and strawberries.  The Asian peanut butter is great on crackers with a drizzle of honey and additional crunchy Penang nut & spice mix sprinkled on top.  The Middle Eastern nut butter is great in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

If you have a food processor, you too can easily make your own homemade peanut butter.  The best part is you have delicious nut butters, made with real, plant-based ingredients and no chemicals, preservatives, or additives. I hope you’ll give it a try; it’s great fun to watch the transformation and you’ll be thrilled with the homemade result.

Homemade Peanut Butter

each blend makes 1-2 jars

Ingredients

    Spicy Hazelnut & Chocolate Butter:
  • 1 tablespoon San Miguel nut & spice mix
  • 3 1/2 cups hazelnuts, roasted or raw
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips, or less if you want it less sweet
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • Middle Eastern Almond & Peanut Butter:
  • 1 tablespoon Cairo nut & spice mix
  • 2 cups peanuts, roasted or raw
  • 2 cups almonds, roasted or raw
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Asian Peanut Butter:
  • 1 tablespoon Penang nut & spice mix
  • 4 cups peanuts, roasted or raw
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. If you prefer a more intense and roasted nut flavor, and you're working with raw nuts, spread your nuts onto a baking tray and place into a 375° oven. Toast the nuts just until they are lightly browned. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. If you prefer to keep your nuts raw, move forward with mixing them in a food processor.
  2. If you are working with whole nuts, place all the nuts into a food processor and pulse until the nuts break down into small pieces. Add the remaining ingredients and whirl away until the mixture turns into a creamy butter. The more you process, the creamier the mixture will get, so if you prefer a crunchy or thick butter, do not process as long. As it mixes, stop and taste your flavors. If you like more heat on the Hazelnut Butter, add more cayenne. If you like it a bit saltier, add more salt. Just a little pinch at a time because salt and cayenne can overpower the butters very quickly, so add cautiously.
  3. Pour your finished butters into canning jars and enjoy! They stay fresh longer if they are stored in the refrigerator, however, these can be left out on the counter at room temperature for about 1 week.

Notes

You can really get creative on flavors for homemade nut butters. Don't be afraid to experiment! Our Glory Kitchen Mumbai nut blend would also work well in a nut butter.

Homemade Peanut Butter - Glory Kitchen
Homemade Peanut Butter
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Homemade Peanut Butter - Glory Kitchen
Homemade Peanut Butter - Glory Kitchen
Homemade Peanut Butter - Glory Kitchen
Homemade Peanut Butter - Glory Kitchen
Homemade Peanut Butter - Glory Kitchen
Homemade Peanut Butter - Glory Kitchen
Homemade Peanut Butter - Glory Kitchen