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How to Make Peanut Butter Using a Food Processor

Updated on January 4, 2012
Peanut butter.
Peanut butter. | Source

Peanut butter is a filling snack, an easy dip for fruits and veggies, a food ingredient for both sweet and savory recipes, and even a sandwich spread. Making homemade peanut butter is both easy and economical to make at home, and is also much healthier when compared to commercial varieties loaded with fat and preservatives. What you need is a food processor and some peanuts.

Homemade Peanut Butter

  • Peanuts, plain
  1. Place peanuts in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment. Process until the nuts have been ground up. Scrape the sides of the food processor well, and replace cover. Continue processing until the peanut butter is of the consistency you need. This will take about 5 to 6 minutes. The longer the food processor is running, the smoother the nuts will be. Also, the warmer the peanut butter will be. If you find that the peanut butter is very liquid after several minutes, simply pour the peanut butter into a plastic container and let stand at room temperature. It will firm up again as the temperature cools down.
  2. If you are looking for chunky peanut butter, after making smooth peanut butter add a handful or two of peanuts right before you stop the mixing. That way the peanut butter will be smooth with chunks of peanuts in, rather than a grainy and chunky peanut butter.


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    R Shelton 5 years ago from California, USA

    Hi! Sure you could, but salt isn't necessary in every thing. Like all recipes, adjust it to your liking. Adopting a salt-reduced diet is hard for some, but since there is salt in just about everything we consume, spreading something without it on whole grain toast makes for a great snack. Thanks for your comment!

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    renee21 5 years ago

    This is interesting. I didn't know that you could make peanut butter without salt and oil. Isn't it really bland? Could you add oil and salt for more flavor?