Saturday, July 23, 2011

4 Easy Steps To Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade peanut butter;
It tastes better than any other
There's no better spread
To go on your bread
Than homemade peanut butter
                                       - My Food Odyssey

Ever since I started making my own peanut butter, I have never crossed back over to the dark side of the commercial stuff.

It has to be one of the easiest things to make and my version of it involves just one ingredient - blanched peanuts.  I use blanched peanuts because this way I can roast them without the addition of any oil or salt.

Blanched peanuts are simply peanuts with the shells and skin removed.  Peanuts are a good source of protein and they don't contain any cholestorol. 

In 4 easy steps, here's how to make your own. 

Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter

500g Blanched peanuts, washed and dried.
Note: Use as much peanuts as desired as there are no other ingredients.

1. Pre-heat oven to 180c/350F/Gas mark 4.

2. Wash blanched peanuts to get rid of any dirt and pat dry with kitchen towel or paper.  Place peanuts evenly onto a shallow baking tray and into the oven for 15-20 minutes.

3. Once peanuts are lightly golden brown, remove from oven and let stand for ten minutes to cool.
*Crunch peanut butter - see note at bottom.

4. Pour peanuts into a food processor and whizz until desired consistency.  This make take some time, but just keep whizzing until you reach your desired conistency.
Tip: When the peanut paste rises up the sides of the bowl, stop the food processor.  Use a knife or spatula to scrape the paste down and off the sides.  Turn it back on and repeat as necessary.

For Crunchy Peanut Butter:
Keep some peanuts aside after step 3.  Add them to the whizzed up peanuts after step 4 and blast the food processor for a few seconds, a couple or so times until desired desired consistency is reached.

Storage Tip: Store in an airtight container and it will keep in a cold refridgerator for a good few weeks. 


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