Monday Musings, PB & Co. Recipe, + Homemade Peanut Butter

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Christina Ross
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Peanut butter is a beloved spread enjoyed by people of all ages. It’s not only delicious but also a versatile ingredient that can be used in sandwiches, smoothies, desserts, and more.

While store-bought peanut butter is convenient, making your own at home is not only easy but also allows you to control the quality of ingredients.

We’ll guide you through a simple homemade peanut butter recipe that’s both healthy and scrumptious.

Name: Homemade Peanut ButterCuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutesCooking Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutesServings: 16 (2 tablespoons per serving)
Yield: About 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 1-2 tablespoons of honey (optional, for sweetness)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of peanut oil (optional, for creaminess)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt (adjust to taste)

Instructions

1. Gather Your Ingredients

Before you start, make sure you have all the ingredients on hand. Roasted unsalted peanuts are the primary ingredient, and you can find them at most grocery stores. The honey and peanut oil are optional but can enhance the flavor and texture of your peanut butter.

2. Roast the Peanuts (Optional)

If your peanuts are not already roasted, you can roast them at home for extra flavor. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Spread the peanuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast them for about 10-12 minutes, or until they become fragrant and golden brown. Be sure to stir them halfway through to ensure even roasting. Let them cool slightly.

3. Blend the Peanuts

Transfer the roasted peanuts to a food processor or a high-powered blender. If you prefer chunky peanut butter, you can reserve a handful of peanuts to mix in later.

4. Add Sweetener (Optional)

If you like your peanut butter slightly sweet, you can add honey at this stage. Start with 1 tablespoon and adjust to taste.

5. Add Peanut Oil (Optional)

For creamier peanut butter, you can add a tablespoon or two of peanut oil. This step is also optional, and you can adjust the amount based on your preference.

6. Blend Until Smooth:

Process the mixture in your food processor or blender. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides of the container periodically. Continue blending until the peanut butter reaches your desired consistency—smooth and creamy or slightly chunky, it’s up to you!

7. Season with Salt

Taste your homemade peanut butter and add salt according to your preference. Half a teaspoon is a good starting point, but you can add more if needed. Blend again to evenly distribute the salt.

8. Store Your Peanut Butter

Transfer your freshly made peanut butter into an airtight container, like a glass jar. It can be stored at room temperature for a week or two, but for longer shelf life, refrigeration is recommended.

1. I realize that you’re most likely sick and tired of seeing pictures of other people’s Thanksgiving dinners, but I’d be a bad food blogger if I didn’t share mine.

I apologize for the redundancy.

Roast turkey + apple cider gravy, sauteed green beans w/ toasted slivered almonds, fresh orange cranberry relish, mashed sweet potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, sausage & apple stuffing, and a green salad with blue cheese, dried cranberries, walnuts, & pears…

… and a Gobbler comprised of nearly all of the above piled high between two slices of whole wheat cranberry pecan bread the following day.

John & I spent a wonderfully intimate, quiet, relaxing, and delicious Thanksgiving with my parents. Although we’re used to a larger crowd, the four of us agreed that it was a perfect night =).

2. Still have some leftover turkey lurking in the fridge and looking for a unique way to use it up? Check out my Maple Peanut Butter Gobbler on the PB & Co. blog.

Sounds weird and maybe even a little bit scary… but it tastes divine!

3. The turnout at my 10 year high school reunion was pretty abysmal – in terms of numbers, not the actual people there. I was glad to have the chance to catch up with some old friends, but only about 60 people (out of a class of ~200) showed up, so the restaurant venue was pretty sparsely populated.

I – along with my old classmates who did attend – had a good time, but I think it would have been even better if more people had been there.

Have you been to any school reunions? What was the experience like for you?

4. For today’s Back Burner post, I rounded up four of my homemade peanut butter recipes.

From bottom right: White Chocolate, Vanilla Bean Coconut, Dark Chocolate, and Cinnamon Raisin.

If you missed any of these scrumptious recipes the first time around, head on over the The Back Burner blog to check them out!

Estimated Nutrition Per Serving (2 tablespoons)

  • Calories: 180
  • Total Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 75mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 2g
  • Protein: 7g

Please note that these nutrition values are approximate and can vary based on the specific ingredients and brands used.

This homemade peanut butter recipe provides a good source of healthy fats and protein, making it a nutritious addition to your diet when consumed in moderation. Enjoy!

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