Homemade Peanut Butter with Honey and Molasses

Last week the worst thing imaginable happened.  I ran out of peanut butter.

I usually restock on peanut butter the very second I see it half empty but this time I hadn’t had any luck finding my favorite brand at the store.  I’m choosy about my peanut butter.

That left me with no other choice than to break out the food processor and de-shell all the peanuts lying around in the pantry.  Which wasn’t many actually and yielded only under a cup of peanut butter.  But!  It was enough to keep me calm.

Keep Calm and Make Peanut Butter.

As much as I love peanut butter, I’ve only made peanut butter in the food processor once time and one time only.  It just wasn’t the same! What can I say?  I love the smooth and creamy texture and sweetness of store-bought peanut butter.  I just avoid the kind with hydrogenated oil, that’s all.

Anyway, a few pulses later and, in less than maybe a minute the peanuts transformed into a liquid-y creamy butter.  I then added honey, molasses, salt, and a few drops of grapeseed oil.  (No hydrogenated oil!  All natural sweeteners!  Yay!)

Molasses is listed as one of the ingredients in my favorite brand of peanut butter so I decided to add it in.  And the result was surprisingly better than I imagined.  I must admit it almost even tastes like my favorite brand.

It still has a slight graininess to it but it was not too bad.  It actually was very creamy.  Mildly sweet and a hint of saltiness… I could not complain.  I loved it.  And I could not stop at one spoonful!

I might not even have to buy store-bought anymore… I might.

Can anybody guess my favorite brand?

Homemade Peanut Butter with Honey and Molasses

Yields 1 1/2 cups


  • 2 cups roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon molasses
  • 1/2 tablespoon grapeseed oil (or any other light-flavored oil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Recipe by: The Ruby Red Apron

Note: I had to make several adjustments to get the flavor I wanted, mostly adding a little more honey and a little more molasses.  So I recommend that you do the same and adjust to your personal taste.


Step 1
Place de-shelled peanuts in a warm oven just for a couple of minutes to warm them up.
Step 2
Transfer to a food processor and pulse several seconds at a time. You might need to scrape down the sides a few times. Keep pulsing until it starts to look like a liquid. Add honey, molasses, salt, and oil. Pulse again. Taste and adjust if necessary. You might prefer it sweeter or saltier so definitely do your own adjustments.
Step 3
Enjoy with a spoon! Or! Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.


  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

    ahhhhh see I LOOOVE homemade pb! And I love how you amped it up with the honey and molasses-delish!

  • cquek says:

    Awesome, I love peanut butter.

  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen says:

    Oh my gosh – you are right! Running out of peanut butter just might be the worst thing imaginable! I love peanut butter too – and I’m obsessive about buying it. Funny thing is, it would’ve never occurred to me to make it! What a brilliant idea! Have a beautiful weekend Ruby!

  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen says:

    Love this recipe! Peanut butter is one of the few foods I can eat every single day and not get tired of.

  • GourmetGetaways says:

    Catastrophe averted!
    Well done, it looks super yummy too.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Gourmet Getaways

  • Joanne says:

    It really is crazy how much more delicious homemade PB is than storebought! I like your molasses infusion…I’m sure that adds such great flavor!

  • Kim@Treats & Trinkets says:

    No peanut butter in the pantry is most definitely a national emergency I would be dying and call 911 since that constitutes like 50% of my diet. I should buy some peanuts right now to make sure that never happens to me.

    I like the idea of molasses in peanut butter. That sort of darker, spicier sweetness goes well with the peanut flavor. This sounds delicious.

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    Loving this recipe, I’d eat it with a spoon.. and how great does your house have to smell? MMM!

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