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!

Homemade Peanut Butter 7

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.

Homemade Peanut Butter 1

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.

Homemade Peanut Butter 6

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.


Homemade Peanut Butter 2

First they turn into a fine ground…

Homemade Peanut Butter 3

…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…

Homemade Peanut Butter 4

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

Homemade Peanut Butter 5

…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!

Homemade Peanut Butter 8

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!

Homemade Peanut Butter 9

Leave a Comment:


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

    Thank you i thought it would be more difficult.

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

    Can you make almond or cashew butter the same way?

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

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

    • Ali — April 30th, 2015 @ 2:40 pm

      Hi Lisa, yes, you sure can!

  4. 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 16th, 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.

  5. Emmi — August 9, 2016 @ 12:57 pm (#)

    WILL BE TRYING THIS SOON. I recently just made my first small batch of single fold vanilla extract. Now I do have a question, maybe it’s been asked but I did not see it….. How long does the peanut butter last? Do you leave it on the counter top or put it in the fridge after putting it into an air tight container????

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 10th, 2016 @ 8:30 am

      Hi Emmi! It’s in the second paragraph of the directions: 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. We hope you enjoy this! :)


  1. Pingback: How to make a no added sugar/sugar free PBJ | The Helpful nutritionist

  2. Pingback: 23 Mouthwatering Peanut Butter Recipes That Will Make You Swoon - ZuziFeed

  3. Pingback: The Ultimate List of Nut Butters • Sweetly Petite

  4. Pingback: 15 Delicious Recipes To Make With A Food Processor • DIY All in One

  5. Pingback: 6 Simple Food Swaps for Healthier Snacking - Chief Viral

  6. Pingback: 30+ Foods to Start Making Instead of Buying - Humble in a Heartbeat

  7. Pingback: Homemade Peanut Butter | Patty Jones Fitness

  8. Pingback: 19 Ways To Use A Food Processor That You Probably Haven't Thought Of | The Bored Mind

  9. Pingback: 85+ Things To Stop Buying at the Grocery Store and Make at Home (They're Healthier Too!) - Young Homemakers

  10. Pingback: 自家製簡單又健康!自製花生醬還能配搭10款香滑花生醬甜品! - Cookeys 食譜字典|PressLogic