Homemade Peanut Butter

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

Learn how to make homemade peanut butter with this simple tutorial. It's so easy!!


  • 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.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. fresh365 — August 5, 2009 @ 11:36 am (#)

    “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!

    • court petrie — September 18, 2013 @ 9:56 pm (#)

      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.

  2. Maria — August 29, 2009 @ 11:24 am (#)

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

  3. BethieofVA — August 29, 2009 @ 1:19 pm (#)

    Gotta try this!

  4. CinnamonQuill — August 29, 2009 @ 4:34 pm (#)

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

  5. Devan — September 1, 2009 @ 12:49 am (#)

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

    • ali — September 1, 2009 @ 6:21 am (#)

      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!!

  6. Breanne — September 3, 2009 @ 9:56 am (#)

    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.

  7. Ellen — December 1, 2009 @ 2:32 pm (#)

    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!

  8. Bimmer — July 24, 2010 @ 10:21 am (#)

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

  9. Cacilia — December 31, 2010 @ 3:57 pm (#)

    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.

  10. Angie @ Bigbearswife — September 21, 2011 @ 11:36 am (#)

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

  11. naterhug — March 2, 2012 @ 6:23 pm (#)

    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!

  12. Jessica Muscat — March 27, 2012 @ 10:00 am (#)

    Do you have the recipe for home made almond butter?

  13. tastetbakes — June 12, 2012 @ 11:44 am (#)

    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.

    • ali — June 13, 2012 @ 7:33 am (#)

      It’s definitely so much more fun to make this homemade! Enjoy!! :)

  14. homemade peanut butter — November 13, 2012 @ 4:06 am (#)

    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

  15. Sophie — November 22, 2013 @ 3:03 am (#)

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

  16. Erin | The Law Students Wife — November 22, 2013 @ 7:20 am (#)

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

  17. Tieghan — November 22, 2013 @ 7:53 am (#)

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

  18. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — November 22, 2013 @ 9:47 am (#)

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

  19. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl — November 22, 2013 @ 10:02 am (#)

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

  20. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — November 22, 2013 @ 10:13 am (#)

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

  21. Marni Rogers — November 22, 2013 @ 11:41 am (#)

    What food processor do you use?

  22. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — November 22, 2013 @ 9:29 pm (#)

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

  23. Aara — November 23, 2013 @ 10:17 am (#)

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

  24. Beth Young — November 24, 2013 @ 10:10 am (#)

    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!

  25. Nutmeg Nanny — November 26, 2013 @ 3:09 pm (#)

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

  26. Healing Tomato — November 27, 2013 @ 8:19 pm (#)

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

  27. JustMe — March 6, 2014 @ 5:16 pm (#)

    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.

  28. Sachin — March 12, 2014 @ 3:05 pm (#)

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


    • Ali — April 5, 2014 @ 9:29 am (#)

      Hi Sachin,

      I used roasted peanuts. But you can use roasted or raw, depending on your preference.


  29. Karen McCartney — March 13, 2014 @ 3:02 pm (#)

    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. :)

  30. Kate — March 18, 2014 @ 1:51 pm (#)

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

  31. Victoria — April 16, 2014 @ 10:45 pm (#)

    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?

    • Ali — April 16, 2014 @ 10:49 pm (#)

      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!

    • Victoria — April 16, 2014 @ 10:57 pm (#)

      Thanks for letting me know because I need a new one and love homemade peanut butter :)

  32. Carol Bronson — May 6, 2014 @ 7:07 pm (#)

    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 :)

  33. Harry — May 20, 2014 @ 9:12 am (#)

    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?

    • Brysee — May 29, 2014 @ 5:58 pm (#)

      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?

  34. Heather smith — June 4, 2014 @ 8:59 pm (#)

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

    • Ali — July 19, 2014 @ 3:30 pm (#)

      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.)

  35. tina obobo — August 15, 2014 @ 5:25 am (#)

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

  36. Austin — January 23, 2015 @ 3:19 am (#)

    30 minutes into attempting this, and my peanuts are still fine ground with minimal amount of oil release. I guess my fprocessor isn’t strong enough?

    • Ali — February 5, 2015 @ 8:44 am (#)

      Bummer, yes unfortunately that’s probably the case.

  37. Sesha — March 7, 2015 @ 6:11 am (#)

    any recommendations on what kind of food processor works best?

    • Ali — March 21, 2015 @ 12:09 pm (#)

      I’m a big fan of Cuisinart, MagiMix and KitchenAid. If you get a high-powered food processor, you can’t go wrong!

  38. Cheryl — April 9, 2015 @ 9:36 am (#)

    Thank you i thought it would be more difficult.

  39. lisa — April 27, 2015 @ 7:56 pm (#)

    Can you make almond or cashew butter the same way?

  40. lisa — April 27, 2015 @ 7:58 pm (#)

    can you make almond butter and cashew butter the same way?

    • Ali — April 30, 2015 @ 2:40 pm (#)

      Hi Lisa, yes, you sure can!

  41. Tom Ohawa — October 15, 2015 @ 2:39 pm (#)

    how can l get and at what price in the best food processor costing?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 16, 2015 @ 11:33 am (#)

      Hi Tom, food processors tend to range from as low as $20-25 to $150-400, depending on the size and brand.


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