Homemade Peanut Butter

Once you make peanut butter at home, it will be very difficult to get excited about storebought peanut butter ever again.

Not that eating peanut butter of any kind would ever be a chore because I love it so, but homemade peanut butter is a delicacy. And a nearly effortless delicacy at that.

Homemade Peanut Butter - A bag of peanuts and 5 minutes is all you need to make your own PB! Once you try homemade, you'll never be satisfied with storebought!

It’s akin to savoring a piece of high-end dark chocolate that’s rich and pure, uncomplicated by fillers, additives, or ingredients that have no place being in chocolate; and then grabbing a milk chocolate bar in the checkout line at the grocery store, which is likely a combination of tasteless, grainy, and waxy.

Apples and oranges. Store-bought peanut butter versus homemade.

Homemade Peanut Butter - A bag of peanuts and 5 minutes is all you need to make your own PB! Once you try homemade, you'll never be satisfied with storebought!

Once you have something amazing, it’s hard to get excited about any less than.

That’s this peanut butter.

Homemade Peanut Butter - A bag of peanuts and 5 minutes is all you need to make your own PB! Once you try homemade, you'll never be satisfied with storebought!

Sure, all peanut butter is good, and some is better than others, but this is in its own league.

It’s similar in taste to store-bought varieties of “natural” peanut butter. It tastes like real peanuts and nothing else.

Homemade Peanut Butter - A bag of peanuts and 5 minutes is all you need to make your own PB! Once you try homemade, you'll never be satisfied with storebought!

At room temperature, it’s similar in consistency to a stir-free natural peanut butter, thicker than almond butter, but thinner than conventional Jif or Skippy.

I store my homemade peanut butter in an airtight container in the refrigerator and although I could keep it at room temperature, I’m sure it will keep longer being refrigerated and I prefer my peanut butter on the thicker side. Storing it in the fridge helps it to stay thicker and less runny, especially since my house is warmer now during the summer.

Honestly, there’s not that much to store. Every time I open the fridge, I see the jar staring at me.

And it calls my name.

Homemade Peanut Butter - A bag of peanuts and 5 minutes is all you need to make your own PB! Once you try homemade, you'll never be satisfied with storebought!

Interestingly, my peanut butter has turned out to be “stir-free”.

It has not separated into oil and a solid mass, which is something I detest about natural peanut butters; the oil slick on top and that stubborn dry blob on the bottom that never really wants to re-accept the oil.

Homemade Peanut Butter - A bag of peanuts and 5 minutes is all you need to make your own PB! Once you try homemade, you'll never be satisfied with storebought!

Find a food processor and a spoon.

This is crazy good.

Homemade Peanut Butter - A bag of peanuts and 5 minutes is all you need to make your own PB! Once you try homemade, you'll never be satisfied with storebought!

The whole process takes less than 5 minutes.

Here’s a step-by-step breakdown (a literal breakdown)

Homemade Peanut Butter - A bag of peanuts and 5 minutes is all you need to make your own PB! Once you try homemade, you'll never be satisfied with storebought!

16 ounce bag or jar of peanuts (use honey roasted, plain, salted, unsalted, or try a jar of mixed nuts)

Add peanuts to the canister of the food processor

No oil, no salt, just peanuts

Turn it on and watch it go


There peanuts go through various stages in the approximately five minutes it takes to go from peanuts to peanut butter:

crushed peanuts

crushed into a fine powder

a paste

a thicker paste

and a big peanut butter “dough ball” will form

And then the big ball will magically break down

And turn into a gritty peanut butter

Keep processing and the peanut butter will get smoother, creamier, and thin out

No oil was ever added at any point during processing – just the natural oils from the peanuts are being released

Keep processing until you’re certain the peanut butter is smooth enough for your liking, another minute or so

I like my peanut butter very smooth, like buttah

The peanut butter is a little on the thinner and runnier side immediately post-processing because it’s warmed from the motor – similar in thickness to store-bought almond butter

After refrigeration, it thickens up a bit

As suggested in the recipe section, flavor your peanut butter with anything you want from vanilla or coffee extract

To cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice or cocoa powder

To spicy or savory, which is great for 2-minute peanut sauce (vegan, GF)

Or add some adult-version flavorings

This is your peanut butter. Get creative.

No, wait, this is my peanut butter.

And I’m not sharing.

Homemade Peanut Butter - A bag of peanuts and 5 minutes is all you need to make your own PB! Once you try homemade, you'll never be satisfied with storebought!

Homemade Peanut Butter - A bag of peanuts and 5 minutes is all you need to make your own PB! Once you try homemade, you'll never be satisfied with storebought!

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Homemade Peanut Butter

Once you try homemade peanut butter, you'll never want store-bought again. It comes together in mere minutes in a food processor and is better than any peanut butter you've ever tried before. Try it and you'll be hooked! Recipe is naturally gluten-free. Swap honey roasted peanuts for plain roasted peanuts to keep vegan.

Yield: Makes about 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter

Total Time: 5 minutes


16 ounces honey roasted peanuts


Add peanuts to the canister of a food processor, process on high power until creamy and smooth, about 5 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides of the canister if necessary.

The peanuts will go through stages of: crushed, crushed into a fine powder, a paste, a thicker paste, a big "dough ball", and then the ball will break down into runnier peanut butter. At the point the peanut butter is runny, continue processing for about 1 more minute, making sure the peanut butter is as smooth as desired.

If it wasn't for taking pictures, in my food processor, it takes about 4 minutes and I did not need to scrape down the sides; there was very little splatter.

Store the peanut butter at room temperature where it will keep for at least 2 weeks, or store in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator, where it keeps for many weeks, and I've stored it for months. As with any food that has no preservatives, use common sense.

Substitutions and Flavoring Suggestions

Substitute dry roasted, salted, or unsalted peanuts, mixed nuts, seasoned, or spicy nuts; I do not suggest raw nuts because they don't have enough flavor depth for me but theoretically they will "work", just a matter of taste preference.

Salt, to taste (I added none)

Peanut oil, canola oil, and I have also seen olive oil suggested, optional and only if necessary (I added none and although the paste is thick in the early to mid stages of blending causing one to ponder if oil is necessary, once you get past that stage, you'll be glad to have not added oil because the finished peanut butter is already on the thinner side and the robust peanut flavor is not diluted by oil)

Seasonings or flavorings to try and add in the final moments of processing and process until incorporated: cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, cardamom, brown sugar, vanilla extract, coffee extract, specialty oils and extracts from LorAnn, a pinch of cayenne or chili powder or savory spices, cocoa powder, chocolate/white chocolate/butterscotch/peanut butter chips and just pulse to incorporate; a handful of peanuts just pulsed to incorporate at the very end of processing to create a chunky-textured peanut butter. Add egg-less cookie dough chunks, dried fruits like raisins or dates; a splash of Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlua, Frangelico, Chambord, Godiva Liqueur; have fun with it.

If you're unsure how a flavoring will turn out, I suggest removing half the peanut butter or two-thirds of it, placing it in another container, and flavor a smaller portion, to taste, before flavoring the entire batch with one particular seasoning or flavor. Or get two or three flavors from one recipe based on how inspired you are.

Make sure to also check out

Honey Roasted Butterscotch White Chocolate Peanut Butter (GF)

Homemade Cookie Butter Peanut Butter (vegan, GF)

Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter (vegan, GF)

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Homemade Cookie Butter Peanut Butter (vegan, GF options) – A homemade spin on Cookie Butter or Biscoff Spread, made by blending peanuts with gingersnap cookies and cinnamon, which gives the spread a slightly gritty texture, similar to storebought

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I wrote a cookbook about peanut butter, 100 recipes that all contain peanut butter – My Cookbook: Peanut Butter Comfort

Included are 25+ recipes for homemade peanut butter variations

Peanut Butter Comfort: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats Featuring America's Favorite Spread

Thanks to everyone who’s told me you’ve preordeded the book!

Have you ever made your own nut butter?

Recipe links welcome and I would love to hear your method and results.

Do you have a favorite peanut butter?

I love peanut butter in all ways, shapes, and sizes. I especially like honey-roasted peanut butter because it’s naturally sweeter. For baking and cooking, I typically use Jif Creamy. For baking, especially cookies, I plan to stick with store-bought peanut butter  because cookies are temperamental. Given that homemade peanut butter is thinner than store-bought, and because I don’t like flat cookies, I use the conventional.

For bars or other desserts that call for peanut butter with a recipe, sure, homemade would be lovely but honestly, the taste is going to be masked from a combination of butter, sugar, flour, eggs, and then it’s baked, which is the main reason I bake with whatever peanut butter is on sale. I save the fancy peanut butters for when I can really focus on every pure, unadulterated, peanut butter bite and not “waste” a high end peanut butter inside a recipe.


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  2. I could eat peanut butter every day but don’t because I’d become enormous! I am so happy you posted this simple yet absolutely yummy DIY. Many people just don’t bother because they are seriously lazy people. i know this because I was a seriously lazy person and in the past, I would rather have bought the industrial peanut butter instead of this much more healthful version. Once I began doing my own food preparations, it just got easier and easier, so I hope your readers will be inspired by you and start DIYing (if they haven’t yet) and will soon realize that doing this kind of thing is easy, takes very little time (really, compared to driving to the market buying your peanut butter!) and they’ll realize that it’s ultimately rewarding AND cute especially with your adorable canning jar.

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  4. this was DELICIOUS and came out exactly right on the first try in even less time, with my junky blender! we did a slightly chocolate batch and a white chocolate batch and it was to die for. kids asked for it for dessert every night until it was gone!!! never going back. thank you! i love so much of your stuff. :)

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  7. Mmm, peanut butter! I have all kinds of nut butters in my fridge and cupboards! My current favorite is cashew butter!

  8. I tried this recipe last night and I am SO delighted with the results!!! Now I am going to graduate to almond, hazelnut (my current fave NB) and definitely some of this white choc pb that I keep seeing in the comments. This has saved me soo much money and inconvenience. I love your easy recipes especially simple homemade stuff like this, the mustard, the vanilla extract and I really love your old healthier recipes pls do more like those good oldies from time to time!

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  10. Looks like a great recipe, will have to try this! I have an older Black and Decker food processor, has anyone complained that processing the nuts is too much for their machine to handle?

  11. seriously, who doesn’t love peanut butter…looks fab.

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  14. I thought this was just one of those too good to be true pinterest find (like every mug cake I’ve ever tried), but I just made some and it is unbelievable!! I can’t wait to try new varieties :). Thanks so much for the idea!

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  17. Unfortunatly i have only Bosch Blender with shredder like this http://content.mixelectronics.pl/Produkty_Obrazki/blender-bosch-msm6300-507-100000-2687-M0-M.jpg
    I was blending honey peanuts for abaout 7 minutes. In result i had very dense and dry paste.
    Is it possible i blended to long and this is why i get consistency like that ?
    I added a little honey and blend some more, but it didn’t help.

    Greets from Poland :)

    • Adding honey will make the thick/dense situation even worse – making it more tacky, sticky and hard to blend. If after 7 minutes you still had a dense and dry paste, it could be your blender, your peanuts could be very dry, or you may need to try a bit of oil to help things glide along.

  18. True, True. Thanks for quick answer. It probably the peanuts are too dry. Blender seems to work just fine in proper amount of nuts. I’ll try add some banana. I’ve read that could help too or just some oil.

  19. I am definitely trying this peanut butter recipe this weekend! Peanuts are such a good source of energy and enjoying them without additives like this makes them seem healthier.

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  21. I’ve been buying 2 jars of sunflower seed butter a week to make granola bars. Why hadn’t I thought to make my own?? So simple!! I’ll be starting right away!!! THANK YOU!!!

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  23. My pb tastes fantastic, but it is very thick and not very spreadable! Did I let it process too long? Or not long enough?

    • My post tomorrow is about nut butter – ironic you’re writing! Very thick & not spreadable, I would say you didn’t process long enough. You want it to be very liquid-ey in the canister. If it’s not, you didn’t process long enough, or your nuts were not very oily (peanuts do vary in oil content to a minor degree). I would put the whole thing back into the food proc, reprocess for at least 3-5 mins and if you feel it would, a tiny tiny bit of canola/vegetable oil. Tiny. And NO honey or syrups. That will make it worse. Report back what you try!

  24. I love all of your recipe suggestions! I recently made my own peanut butter for the first time and I think it’s the best I’ve ever had. If you’d like to check it out, here’s the link: http://www.creativesimplelife.com/peanut-butter-from-scratch/
    Thanks for this recipe!

  25. I made this with my 8 yr old daughter this evening. She was fascinated by watching the peanuts transform. It tastes delicious!!!

  26. So simple! I cannot wait to try this :)

  27. I just found a sale on peanuts (the big coffee can size peanut cans for $6.99) and knew I had to finally give it a whirl! I am so sold it’s not even funny! I calculated out that I should get about 5 1/4 c. of peanut butter according to your recipe estimations which is around a cup more than one would get in the large 40oz store bought jar and won’t cost me any more PLUS i have no trans-fat, no sugar ( I used plain peanuts) and way better taste! I am in love! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    • I am so glad that it’s a hit for you, on all levels…from taste to money savings to controlling the ingredients..and most of all..taste! I just love it and for eating on toast, off the back of a spoon :) It’s really the best thing ever, right! Thanks for the feedback and glad you love it as much as I do!

  28. Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

  29. Averie – I LOVE the idea to use honey roasted peanuts it sounds awesome! Thanks for the idea!

  30. Just tried this and it works awesome!! I don’t think I will ever be able to go back to store bought!

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  32. Wow I am so excited about this website I have not seen a recipe that I do not want to try amazing thank you so much.

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  36. Thank you for opening my eyes to homemade peanut butter! I made it last night and at first I was skeptical if it actually would work….but it did and it tastes amazing!! Thank you!

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  39. I am allergic to peanuts but I bet this would work with cashews too. I’m certainly going to try it sometime. I buy Sunflower butter since I can’t have peanuts and that is good too. I’m going to have to try both of these flavors.

  40. I am a peanut butter fanatic! I just bout a food processor a few weeks ago and i saw this recipe on pinterest so I had to try this. As I was making it, I told my roommates I would share it with them…until I tasted it. My goodness it was so good! I took it and hid it in my mini fridge lol. Thanks for the recipe!

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  43. What wonderful idea loving the step by step. Thank you for sharing. ;)

  44. this looks amazing and easy! Does anyone know how long this is good for?

    • Everyone’s ideas are different, but I have personally made and kept it in the refrigerator for months. You could also keep it at room temperature for weeks. There are no preservatives so to each her own but it will last a long time – the shelf life is longer than the practical life, i.e. you will inhale the stuff long before it goes bad :)

  45. Wow, stunning photos! I found you through Pinterest! I’m curious if anyone had tried adding liquor yet, I don’t drink but wanted to try and make a whiskey version as a gift but have no clue how much to add since even the tiniest whiskey would make me gag. Any tips? And I’m assuming I would hand blend it in at the end, correct?

  46. Loved this! Didn’t realize you did have to add anything. I always found stuff where you had to add oil! Thanks so much!

  47. Why have I not been doing this for years? So simple… I’ll never buy another jar of peanut butter again!

  48. I definitely have to try the almond butter! But… I don’t own a food processor, can I use a blender instead?

    • I am not sure about a blender…the worst thing that can happen is you put the nuts in and they don’t blend perfectly. Please LMK if it works!

    • I’ve made this before – which everyone loves – and I used a blender… well, a Ninja. Which basically demolishes anything. It worked perfectly for me and I’ve tried it several times! I’m not sure how much you could say a Ninja and blender are related, but it was great for me

    • Glad to hear your Ninja – and the peanut butter – both worked out well!

  49. Hey I’ve been looking into making my own peanut butter lately: I saw this video where these guys use agrain mill to make peanut butter, without oil like you did. Do you know if using a grain mill makes the butter creamier, or if a mill would last longer than a food processor or blender?

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