My three and a half year old daughter and 18 month old son love peanut butter. I’m so grateful they don’t have peanut allergies. As we approach the end of our store bought peanut butter container I noticed a huge #10 can of Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts in my pantry from Christmas baking time with 3/4 of the can left. So you can imagine my thought of buying more peanut butter with that can staring me in the face yesterday. So I mentioned to my daughter that we could possibly make peanut butter. Well she took the idea and owned it. Literally, she wanted to do everything. This was so easy my daughter did most of it and I just assisted and gave safety warnings. What a great do-it-yourself peanut butter activity. So many children see peanut butter and many other products like Jelly and have no idea that they really started from a peanut or from a berry. Okay so lets get to what we did and how we did it.
Easy Homemade Peanut Butter
2 1/4 cups of Dry Roasted Peanuts
1 TBSP Fresh local Honey
(That’s it, now compare that to the ingredients in your store bought peanut butter).
Get out your huge can of peanuts that you picked up at Costco for around $6.98 or so.
In your food processor add your peanuts. Put the lid on it and turn on for about 2 minutes. It will look as though the peanuts are being chopped very fine. When they are chopped super fine stop the machine and allow the peanuts to rest and release oil. This takes about 30 seconds. Then pulse for 30 seconds. Allow to rest for 30 seconds. Pulse again for 30 seconds. Do this until the consistency is what you want. You will notice that it will turn into a cream within about 6 minutes of beginning this process. Will this be as creamy as your creamy you buy, well no. There isn’t any additional oil added. If you need a creamier consistency you can always add some additional peanut oil in the process but that wasn’t what I was going for.
My daughter tasted it, this is important, if it isn’t salty enough or sweet enough you can add your extra ingredients at this point. She wanted to use “her honey” from the Lilburn Days Festival that was from a local beekeeper. She dumped it in but it appeared to me that she put about a tablespoon in. This seemed right for whats she was going for.
I save some glass jars just in case and this old jelly jar was the perfect size. The recipe made approximately one cup of peanut butter which is enough for us for a few days. It should keep in the fridge for a few weeks since there aren’t any preservatives but I’m sure this will be devoured in a few days.
The total time including prep and packaging took about 10 minutes. This was a perfect activity for our attention span:)