Another snow day, working from home. As I wait for the huge file transfer over VPN (not sure what I was thinking), I wander, puttering in my kitchen, trying to kill time. Wipe the counter, rinse a cup. Pick up a wrapper that missed the garbage.
What’s this box of snacks? Hmm… Dry roasted peanut packs? Where did those come from? Have they expired? Nope! What can I do with them? Homemade Peanut Butter says the small voice of My Faithful Assistant from the family room. Not a bad idea.
Homemade Peanut Butter
2 cups peanuts of choice – I used dry roasted peanuts with sea salt
- Put the peanuts in your blender – I used my Vitamix
- Starting on low, slowly increase the speed until you get to high. Blend for about one minute until smooth.
The verdict? Good stuff! We added some honey to it, maybe two tablespoons. My Faithful Assistant thought it would be quite good with some vanilla or cinnamon. I could also see adding a little cocoa powder for an extra special treat.
No sugar needed for this if you can handle it and want to enjoy that pure peanut taste. If you need some maybe add a small amount at the end of the blending. I would start with no more than two tablespoons and adjust according to your taste. And if you don’t have a Vitamix, I’m sure you could make this in a food processor.
My Faithful Assistant really loves creamy peanut butter. If he ends up enjoying this more than the stuff we buy in the store, it may become a staple in our home.
Of course, you can no doubt use another nut; cashews, almonds – no skin on those, though. Lots of options here!