Peanut Butter elicits different reactions from each of us here at home. My daughter likes it. My husband is okay with it and definitely not a fan. I absolutely love it. I can eat by spoonfuls straight out of the jar. However, my Peanut Butter has to be home made. I can find all sorts of things I don’t like about the store bought variety. Today, I’m sharing how I make this Easy Peanut Butter.
As a child I remember all those times, I would crave peanut butter (no jam/ jelly) on thick slices of soft, crusty bread. It was one of my favourite snacks. To be honest, I didn’t even need the bread.
Peanut Butter was difficult to find in India for a long time. Now we’re spoilt for choice between imported and local brands at the supermarkets. It’s quite expensive though as Peanut Butter seems to be considered a gourmet food item! It is odd considering India grows peanuts (or groundnuts as we call them here) in plenty.
Picking up a jar of peanut butter off the shelves and bringing it home takes very little time. It takes even less time to make Peanut Butter at home. All you need is to grind roasted peanuts, a little oil, salt and some honey to a paste. Ta-daa! It’s much less expensive than the commercial variety too.
I dislike the waxy feel that store bought peanut butter leaves on my tongue. We can also do without ingredients like fully hydrogenated vegetable oil, natural peanut butter flavour, caramel colour, corn syrup, etc. I also find commercial peanut butter too salty for my taste. So the home-made stuff wins hands down, whichever way you look at it. Be warned that this Easy Peanut Butter might not have the exact texture of the commercial one, but it will be so much better to eat.
I didn’t use to get shelled peanuts where I lived earlier. So I used to buy peanuts with the skin and roast them at home. Now, there’s a store not far from home where I can get roasted and skinned peanuts. So making Peanut Butter just got a lot easier.
You can make this Easy Peanut Butter in the processor or in a mixer/ grinder jar. Peanuts contain oil. The amount of oil in peanuts depends on the variety. So, when grinding the peanuts, add a little oil initially to help the grinding get along. Once the mixture becomes really pasty you decide how much more oil you need to add, if any at all. You can customize your Peanut Butter to your taste. I like gritty Peanut butter which is somewhere between Smooth and Crunchy.
For Smooth or Regular Peanut Butter – Grind the peanuts and other ingredients to a smooth paste.
For Chunky or Crunchy Peanut Butter – Keep aside about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of roasted peanuts. Finely chop, coarsely grind or crush them into pieces. Stir this into the Smooth Peanut Butter.
For Honey Roasted Peanut Butter – You can use Honey Roasted Peanuts to make the Peanut Butter if you can find them or make them. Otherwise pan roast your peanuts in a little browned butter till they’re really golden brown, not burnt. Then grind these with the other ingredients and add more honey according to taste. You can also add butterscotch bits but cut down on the honey. For a twist on the basic, add a little cinnamon and maybe a dash of red chilli flakes.
For Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter – Add chopped or grated dark or milk chocolate to the mix and grind. You can melt the chocolate first if you prefer. I find the processor and the heat generated during grinding melts the chocolate. Add as much or as less chocolate depending on hw chocolatey you want your Peanut Butter to be.
For Peanut Butter With Cookies – Crumble Gingernut Cookies or Gingersnaps or any dark spiced cookie and grind with the Peanut Butter for a spread that tastes a bit like Speculoos Butter or Biscoff spread.
See my Make It At Home Series for other easy to make recipes at home. You will never buy them from the store again.