DIY Peanut Butter

by alexandra

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Sometimes, the kitchen can get you down. Something goes wrong, and you don’t know why (or maybe you do) and it’s frustrating as heck. I have problems when I bake just like everyone else – I’m not the only one, right? – and I always have to remind myself that life goes on. And usually, the mistakes are pretty tasty anyway.

DIY Peanut Butter from Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker

Kitchen problems are precisely why I’m sharing homemade peanut butter with you guys today. It’s foolproof and just about the easiest recipe I can possibly give you. It’s really more a technique, or even a tip, than a recipe, but either way it’s something you should know about, because it’s DE-LICIOUS. Is it better than store-bought Peanut Butter? In a crazy way that I don’t quite understand – YES.

DIY Peanut Butter from Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker

Homemade Peanut Butter is a little different than your average Skippy or Jif (definitley just wrote that as Jiffy and Skip), and as much as I’ve always been happy with my Skippy PB, I’m kind of in love with this homemade stuff. It’s not as sweet, it’s truer in flavor, and it has a little bit of texture that I love, even though I’ve always been a creamy peanut butter girl. Plus, it doesn’t have the added oil or sugar, so I actually can feel good about eating this peanut butter as a snack, which is something I’ve been doing a lot of lately. I love it.

DIY Peanut Butter from Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker

So here’s my gift for you today – something that’s easy and foolproof – something you can rely on when things just don’t seem to be working the way you want them to. If life’s got you frustrated, I’m pretty sure homemade peanut butter will make you feel better. :)


DIY Peanut Butter from Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker

DIY Peanut Butter

  • Yield: approx. 1 cup peanut butter


Homemade, all-natural Peanut Butter is perfect for a healthy snack. It’s so tasty and easy to make!


  • 10 ounces (2 cups) unsalted peanuts*
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, adjust to taste


  1. Place peanuts in a food processor and process until crumbly like the texture of almond meal. Sprinkle the salt over top and continue to process until it has reached the consistency of a smooth nut butter. Wipe down the processor with a spatula during this process if needed.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


*I used Planters Roasted and Unsalted Peanuts, which I found at Target. You can also find unsalted peanuts and Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.

If you’re game for trying another DIY recipe, something a little more ambitious but still easy, homemade Marshmallow Creme is the way to go.

DIY Marshmallow Creme from Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker

DIY Caramel Sauce is another one of my favorites – I make it all the time and I’ve had so many of you try this recipe out and rave about it!

DIY Caramel Sauce from Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker

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Averie @ Averie Cooks April 1, 2013

I love homemade PB so much, too!
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alexandra April 4, 2013

I know you do! ;)

Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 1, 2013

I love PB, this looks so much better than store bought!
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Sora April 6, 2013

I’ve got to try this! I could do this in the vitamix? Jeff is going to be so happy ! Thank you for the chocolate chip cookies, they were amazing ! Jeff and I were fighting over them !

alexandra April 8, 2013

I haven’t tried it in the Vitamix but I think it should work!

Charlie - Baking At Home April 23, 2013

I LOVE peanut butter because it has so much potential for a ton of meals. I’ll be trying this soon. Thanks for sharing
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alexandra April 24, 2013

You’re welcome!

sathya priya January 23, 2014

sounds very easy peanut butter recipe .i have only unroasted ones ,will roast it n try ur simple steps .love it
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alexandra January 25, 2014

You can always roast your peanuts at home too!

cooking.eating.carousing. February 14, 2014

Who knew making peanut butter is so easy! Ever since I made my own, I never buy them from the store anymore (who likes eating preservatives and artificial flavourings?). I like mine purely peanut flavour, so I don’t even bother with the salt, just roasted peanut in all its glory.
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alexandra February 17, 2014

Yup, so easy! If you can ditch the salt, even better! (I admit that sometimes I had a touch of vanilla to mine too; just to enhance the flavor) :)

kathy April 26, 2014

Just wondering how long this peanut butter keeps for?

alexandra April 30, 2014

It should last for a few months in the refrigerator, or a week or two if left at room temperature.

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