It is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, Punchbowl.com reported on March 1. Why not celebrate National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day with some delicious homemade peanut butter?
Most commercially produced peanut butters can be an excellent source of protein and healthy fats, helping to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Commercially produced peanut butter is an $800 million dollar a year business for brands like Jiff, Skippy, and Peter Pan.
Peanut butter has been popular with kids and adults alike since the early 1900s, yet no one is quite sure just who invented it. The average child will consume approximately 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before they graduate from high school.
You can make sure you and your family are getting the healthiest peanut butter possible by making your own peanut butter at home with healthy fats and natural sweeteners. If you want a chunkier peanut butter, process less time than recommended in the recipe.
You may even want to make your own homemade jam or jelly to go along with your homemade peanut butter. Peach freezer jam, strawberry freezer jam and blueberry jam are just some of the many homemade fruit jams you can make at home.
Homemade peanut butter recipe
Ingredients you will need to make your own peanut butter:
- 1 pound shelled and skinned roasted peanuts
- ½ to 1 teaspoon salt
- 1½ teaspoon honey or agave nectar
- 1½ Tablespoons peanut or olive oil
How to make homemade peanut butter:
- Place the peanuts, salt and honey into the bowl of a food processor. Process the mixture for 1 minute.
- Scrape down the sides of the food processer. Place the lid back on and continue to process while slowly drizzling in the oil and process until the mixture is smooth, approximately 1½ to 2 minutes.
- Place the peanut butter in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
- If necessary, either drain off any oil that rises to the top, or stir it back into the peanut butter. When making homemade peanut butter you may not have as much oil rising to the top as commercially produced natural peanut butter.