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.
|Place de-shelled peanuts in a warm oven just for a couple of minutes to warm them up.|
|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.|
|Enjoy with a spoon! Or! Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.|