Homemade Peanut Butter

November 22, 2013 by Ali

Learn how to make homemade peanut butter with simple step-by-step photo tutorial. All you need to make peanut butter are peanuts and a food processor, and it's yours to enjoy!

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Today marks two weeks of living in my new loft without a fully functioning kitchen, which in the land of food blogging has proven a bit challenging. Let’s just say I’ve been eating a lot of salads and sandwiches. (Ok, ok, and maybe taking the opportunity to frequent my favorite taco shop across the street a few times.) :)

But one of the joys of moving was discovering some little hidden treasures in my pantry, including three containers of peanuts. Who knew? So for something different today, I thought I would take the opportunity to spruce up an old recipe on the blog for homemade peanut butter.

I first blogged about how to make homemade peanut butter four years ago, and have made it countless times since. It literally could not be easier. Just process peanuts in the food processor for a few minutes until their smooth, and you’re good to go. I used to add oil and honey to my peanut butter, but now I just like it plain with an extra pinch of salt. You can also use any kind of peanuts that you want — party peanuts, honey-roasted, unsalted, Spanish peanuts, mixed nuts, etc. Just about anything works, and the variations can be so fun!

So for anyone who has never tried this fun trick at home before, I snapped photos this time around for a step-by-step tutorial.

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First, you begin with your peanuts. You can use however many you’d like! I used all of the peanuts I had on hand this time, which was nearly 6 cups. But you can make as large or small a batch as you would like.

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Simply pour the peanuts into the bowl of your food processor, and then watch the peanuts go through the various stages that come with homemade peanut butter.


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First they turn into a fine ground…

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…which I usually have to loosen a bit with my rubber spatula so that they don’t all stick to the sides of the food processor…

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…then it will turn into a thick, gritty paste…and then sandy smooth…

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…until finally the peanut butter reaches the really creamy, smooth state. Couldn’t resist a little lick.


For old times’ sake, here’s the photo I took as a new food blogger in 2009. It still tastes as good now as it did then. Try some for yourself soon!

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Homemade Peanut Butter

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 cups peanuts (any kind -- party, honey roasted, mixed, dry-roasted, salted/unsalted, any!)
  • optional add-ins: pinch of salt, honey, and/or other seasonings


Place the peanuts in a food processor, and process for 1 minute. Use a spatula to loosen mixture from the sides of the bowl if it's sticking. Then continue to process until smooth, about 2-3 more minutes.

Transfer to an airtight container, cover and refrigerate until use. Peanut butter should keep for between 4-6 weeks in the refrigerator. Stir each time before using.

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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52 thoughts on “Homemade Peanut Butter

  1. great news i love peanut butter i cant wait to try this

    - tina obobo

  2. What is the best time to add the honey? Is there a stage that is better than another??

    - Heather smith

    • If needed, I would stir in the honey at the end. (Or add it into the food processor with the peanut butter and pulse a few times to “stir” it in that way.)

      - Ali

  3. I have been making peanut butter just as you instructed, but the end result is so dense that after refrigeration it is crumbly and does not spread well. Adding honey improves the texture some, but not much. Other recipes call for the addition of oil, but I used to freshly grind peanut butter in a machine at the super market, and its texture was perfect without any additives whatever. So I am thinking that the peanuts I am using must have a very low oil content. Can you tell me what variety of peanuts is best for making spreadable peanut butter?

    - Harry

    • You might not be grinding the peanuts long enough to release the oil in them, making the butter you have turn dry in the fridge. Have you tried grinding it for longer?

      - Brysee

  4. I make homemade peanut butter for my hubby and granddaughters. Great alternative to the expensive organic!Too acidic for me so I make almond butter :)

    - Carol Bronson

  5. I made this before on my food processor and now my food processor is pretty much breaking slowly.After I made the peanut butter the bottom started to melt/burn and now it’s breaking. One kind of brand do you use or recommend?

    - Victoria

    • Hi Victoria! Oh man, so sorry to hear about your food processor. I’ve had two break before as well — no fun. I have a Magimix, which I love. Cuisinart and KitchenAid are also great brands!

      - Ali

  6. I just made this–added a little salt and some local honey it is delicious!

    - Kate

  7. I was just thinking that you could retain some of the peanut chunks from the first round in the food processor and throw them into the final product for a “chunky” peanut butter. :)

    - Karen McCartney

  8. Do you need to roast the peanuts before? Or can I use unroasted or raw peanuts?


    - Sachin

  9. Hi, it really turned out incredible, and a great deal less expensive. It was much less like the thick paste you get from the store. This made me wonder. It’s like they must take out the peanut oil (to sell for high prices) and put in hydrogenated vegetable oil in its place.
    Thank you for the wonderful guidance, we eat a lot of peanut butter.

    - JustMe

  10. Normally, I wouldn’t have dared to make peanut butter at home, but, this makes it look really easy.

    - Healing Tomato

  11. I love homemade peanut butter and you make it look so tempting with these photos :)

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  12. I’m definitely going to be giving this a go! Since moving to Italy I’ve completely stopped eating peanut butter because it’s so expensive, never thought of making it myself!

    - Beth Young

  13. Such a simple way of explaning! loved it!! Shall try sometime next when get peanuts :)

    - Aara

  14. I’m obsessed with peanut butter, I must try this!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  15. What food processor do you use?

    - Marni Rogers

  16. i had a spoonful this morning and my day is just going good :)happy Friday :)

    - Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health

  17. This makes my heart smile :). I LOVE peanut butter. You can never ever have too much of it! ;)

    - Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

  18. Great tutorial, Ali! Will definitely try making this! :)

    - Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

  19. Nothing is better than homemade peanut butter!! Awesome Ali! Oh and hang in there! Having no kitchen is so hard!

    - Tieghan

  20. So simple, yet so awesome! Just like peanut butter :)

    - Erin | The Law Students Wife

  21. Yum! I’ve always wanted to make my own nut butter, but I only have a standard blender. Do you think that would work??

    - Sophie

  22. It’s a good idear, but troublesomely when operating up.
    So i use another way, you can click here: http://www.peanutbuttermachines.com/FAQ/Why-Choose-Peanut-butter-.html

    - homemade peanut butter

  23. Why didn’t I think of this? You are freaken brilliant! It is so simple, as well as better for you being that it has three ingriedients, and fresh. I bet if you cost it out, this is cheaper than those organic nut butters, especially if you use this recipe to make hazelnut or macadamia nut butter.

    - tastetbakes

  24. Do you have the recipe for home made almond butter?

    - Jessica Muscat

  25. I absolutely love this recipe! i’ve made a few batches and gave them as gifts to my peanut loving friends! They were ecstatic and I love how easy it is to make!

    - naterhug

  26. my husband is a peanut butter eatting fool! He’d love this!

    - Angie @ Bigbearswife

  27. Because we have just discovered the importance of flax seed to our diets, and we know our bodies can’t digest the seeds, I add up to 1/3 of the peanut amount as whole flax seeds. I love the taste, but if your kids balk, introduce it slowly.
    Flax seed mixes well with almonds, too.

    - Cacilia

  28. Hey this looks great! I’m gonna try it when I’ve run out of my Skippy!

    - Bimmer

  29. Hey Ali! I just tried this in Spain because I have now eaten all of my peanut butter supply. It tastes good – but the machine I´m using as a food processer doesn´t chop the peanuts very well so I think it´s permanately in the paste stage. Oh well!

    - Ellen

  30. Just tried this recipe and it was delicious! I’m never buying store bought peanut butter again. Can’t wait to try it with almonds.

    - Breanne

  31. do you add spices? dried fruits? or other nuts to the mixtures??

    - Devan

    • hey there! i haven’t yet tried adding any other spices, dried fruits, or nuts — but i’m sure you absolutely could! i imagine there are some totally fun ways you could mix up this recipe. :)

      let me know if you give any a try, and how it turns out!!

      - ali

  32. yessss! i can’t wait to do this…sounds so good.

    - CinnamonQuill

  33. Gotta try this!

    - BethieofVA

  34. I can’t wait to make my own nut butter!

    - Maria

  35. “for all of you out there who are obsessed with the peanut-butter-making machine at Whole Foods…” It’s like you wrote this post about me! I would love to try this at home!

    - fresh365

    • Many salted peanuts are sprinkled with hydrogenated fat to keep the salt on the nut. Buy unsalted nuts and add your own salt; and still make sure you read the list of ingredients as they sometimes add hydrogenated fat to the whole batch and then separate the peanuts not to be salted.

      - court petrie