Homemade Peanut Butter in the Food Processor

Use your food processor to make homemade peanut butter that is smooth and creamy. You only need 1 ingredient and 5 minutes – it’s that easy.

Homemade Peanut Butter
Easy recipe for creamy and smooth peanut butter made in the food processor.

Why would you want to make homemade peanut butter? Because it’s so easy and quick to make. If you have a food processor, it’ll take just a few minutes to go from peanuts to peanut butter.

I was so surprised the first time I tried making peanut butter from scratch in my food processor. In just a few minutes, I had smooth and creamy peanut butter streaming down from my spatula as I scraped down the sides of the bowl.

My children love peanut butter snacks – peanut butter jelly sandwiches, peanut butter English muffins with bananas and honey, dipping apple slices into peanut butter and much more. I love knowing that I’m giving them peanut butter that is a healthier option – no added sugar, emulsifiers, extra oils or other ingredients mixed in.

Homemade Peanut Butter in the Food Processor Video

How to make homemade peanut butter in the food processor

  1. Add the peanuts and salt to the food processor.
  2. Turn it on and mix, scraping down the sides of the bowl every once in a while, until it’s as smooth and creamy as you like. For crunchy peanut butter, mix it less, for smooth and creamy peanut butter, mix it longer.
How to make homemade peanut butter in the food processor tutorial

Blender or Food Processor For Peanut Butter?

You can use either a blender or a food processor to make peanut butter. I have done it in both appliances with very similar results. You do need a really good quality blender for peanut butter, though. I don’t think it will work in a model that doesn’t have as much power. Even though my blender is great and a total workhorse, it tends to stall a lot in the beginning when making peanut butter. Since the mixture is SO thick in the beginning, it doesn’t have enough liquid to keep things running smoothly, which the blender needs.

I prefer using the food processor. Especially if you’re not adding any additional oils or other ingredients, it takes longer to break down the peanuts than in the food processor, which doesn’t stall at all.

Can You Add Honey To Peanut Butter?

Yes. Honey pairs so well with peanut butter and we love the flavor. However, the addition of honey will change the consistency of the peanut butter. It’ll get thicker and won’t be as easy to spread out.

What To Do With Oil On Top of Peanut Butter?

This is a really easy fix – mix the peanut butter in the food processor or blender or use a hand mixer. This will redistribute the oil and will make it smooth again.
However, I have noticed that homemade peanut butter rarely does this. During the first few weeks after making it, it has never happened to me. It always stays smooth and the oil doesn’t separate. This usually happens with natural store bought peanut butter.

Storing Homemade Peanut Butter:

I store it in a glass jar. You can store it in the pantry at room temperature for a short while, but if you want it to stay fresh for longer, store the peanut butter in the refrigerator for up to a few weeks or even a few months. I usually only make 1-2 batches, so it never lasts that long at our house.

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Homemade Peanut Butter in the Food Processor

Homemade peanut butter is so easy and quick to make in your food processor. It turns out really creamy and smooth with no additives, just peanuts. 

  • Author: Olga’s Flavor Factory
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x

Ingredients

Scale

1 lb roasted, unsalted peanuts (shelled and papery skin removed)

1/8 teaspoon salt (optional)

Instructions

Place the peanuts and salt in the food processor. Turn it on and let it process, until it becomes a smooth and creamy consistency. Scrape down the sides of the bowl every so often. 

At first, the peanuts will look like tiny crushed peanuts and eventually, start to have a wet sand consistency, slowly starting to clump together. Eventually, the peanuts will clump together, then have a crunchy peanut butter texture. If you like it this way, you can stop at this point. 

If you like peanut butter that is smooth and creamy, keep processing the peanut butter. The longer you keep mixing, the smoother it will become. 

Store the peanut butter at room temperature, for shorter storage times and in the refrigerator if you want to store it longer. 

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