Making your own peanut butter is easy, and it's a great way to control the ingredients and the level of sweetness. This recipe uses roasted peanuts, but you can use raw peanuts if you prefer. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly. The key to making creamy peanut butter is to use a food processor or a grinder and to be patient. It can take up to 10 minutes of processing to get the desired consistency. Once you've made your peanut butter, be sure to store it in an airtight container in the fridge. It will last for up to two months.
Peanut Butter Recipe
Vegan by Default! Versatile recipe that you can use to make cream, milk, cheese, and curds too! All whole food plant based.
Peanut Butter doesn’t have butter!? exclaimed a friend as I savoured a dollop of the nut butter. No, I said, and no added sugar, oil, or preservative either. Rich, smooth and creamy peanut butter can be made with ease at home. What’s more, you can add your choicest natural flavours like cinnamon, raisins, date syrup, cocoa powder and the like, to personalise it.
Most of the peanut butters available in stores have unhealthy additives such as added refined sugars, extracted oil, and chemical preservatives. Even recipes for making peanut butter at home, often include added extracted oils. Oil inside the whole nuts are abundant in nutrition and contribute to health, unlike heated or refined extracted oils.
Here is a super simple, melt-in-the-mouth peanut butter recipe with only the goodness!
1 cup peanuts
Roast peanuts on an iron tava over low flame, Do not burn or over roast it. Stop roasting it when it starts becoming slightly brown. See Nutrition Science Highlights below for details.
Let it cool. Blend till it becomes a powder. Continue blending, scraping down the sides whenever it gets stuck, till you get a smooth and buttery consistency.
Fresh peanut butter is ready! It will not melt like butter, but has a rich buttery taste and can be used as spread in any dish. Or, just gobble a spoon by itself!
Blend this peanut butter with some dates to make yummy peanut balls or peda.
Why not dairy? Dairy products have been found to be associated with increased risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, obesity, asthma, PCOS, and heart disease. We can still enjoy our milk, cream, and butter though - as long as they are made from whole plant foods!
Why nuts instead of oil? Whole foods are healthier than processed foods. When nuts are pressed and oil is extracted, fiber and phytonutrients are lost, along with many other nutrients. Therefore, whole nuts are much healthier than oils, whether cold-pressed or refined. In addition, they provide the oil content we need to absorb fat-soluble phytonutrients from other whole plant foods! This may be why nuts are used to garnish nearly every traditional Indian dish!
- Serving Size
- 2 tbsp (32 g)
- per serving
- 16 grams
- Saturated Fat
- 3 grams
- Trans Fat
- 0 grams
- Unsaturated Fat
- 10.12 grams
- 0 milligrams
- 152 milligrams
- 189 milligrams
- 7.7 grams
- 1.8 grams
- 2.1 grams
- 7 grams
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C