Forget about buying chemical-laced peanut butter from the store. And forget about spending big bucks to buy fancy organic peanut butter from health food stores made with no nasties. With this healthy peanut butter recipe, you're armed with everything you need to make wonderfully sweet, salty, smooth peanut butter at home in just 1 minute. Once you try homemade peanut butter, you'll wish you started making it sooner!
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Is peanut butter healthy?
Surely nothing with the word "butter" in it can be healthy, right? Thankfully, that's totally not the case when it comes to peanut butter. The main reason that people on low-calorie diets avoid peanut butter is because it's high in calories. Just 1 tablespoon of peanut butter contains a whopping 90 calories.
(Healthy tip: If you're looking for a low-calorie alternative to peanut butter, check out PB2. It's powdered peanut butter that's had all the fat removed. It comes in at just 23 calories per tablespoon and you can make it into peanut butter by stirring in a little bit of water.)
So if peanut butter is high in calories, how on earth can people claim it's healthy? The reason it's high in calories is because it's high in fat - good fat. One serving of peanut butter contains 8g of monounsaturated fats and 4g of polyunsaturated fats. These fats help reduce the risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure.
What is the main ingredient in peanut butter?
The best thing about making peanut butter at home is that you're in charge of what goes in it. I'm sure this will come as no surprise to you, but the main ingredient in peanut butter is peanuts. Even the cheap peanut butter you buy at the store is made of mostly peanuts. But there are a few little additions that make healthy homemade peanut butter even better.
To make the texture creamy and smooth, add peanut oil. Technically, any kind of oil will work (olive oil, canola oil, vegetable oil...) but I recommend using peanut oil because it doesn't affect the taste.
For a hint of delicious sweetness, add a little bit of honey. Again, you can use any type of sweetener, but I recommend you use a liquid one (maple syrup or agave nectar are great alternatives) because it improves the texture. It's best to avoid artificial sweeteners, like Stevia, because they impact the taste too much.
The final thing you should add to improve your homemade peanut butter is salt. Why? Because salt makes everything better and you only need a tiny sprinkle to really enhance the flavour.
What you need to make healthy peanut butter at home
You only need 1 kitchen gadget to make the most amazing healthy peanut butter at home in 60 seconds. A NutriBullet I never use it for smoothies (I'm just not a smoothie person) but I use it for loads of other things - from healthy 3-ingredient banana pancakes to healthy vegan brownies. Seriously - there's nothing this machine can't do.
When using your NutriBullet to make homemade peanut butter, make sure you're using the extractor attachment and not the milling attachment. The milling attachment has just 1 blade, while the extractor attachment has 2 blades which cross over each other. If you follow this recipe with the milling attachment, you'll end up with peanut flour.
Why you need a NutriBullet to make this healthy peanut butter recipe
Technically, you can make peanut butter in a food processor or even a blender. There's actually a recipe on Happy Healthy Motivated showing you just how to make peanut butter in a food processor. But you've got to have some serious patience to do it this way. It can take up to 30 minutes to make peanut butter in a food processor, compared to the genuine 1 minute it takes to make it in a NutriBullet.
Not only that, but the NutriBullet is a million times more powerful than your average food processor. If you regularly make this healthy peanut butter recipe in a food processor, you'll get through a lot of food processors! But the NutriBullet is powerful enough (and the extractor blades are strong enough) to make it easily.
Homemade peanut butter in the NutriBullet is also healthier than making it any other way. Because food processors and blenders aren't as powerful, you have to add more oil to get a wonderfully smooth texture. More oil = more fat = more calories. You only need to add the tiniest amount of oil when using a NutriBullet because the blades whizz the peanuts into smooth creaminess in no time.
How long can you keep homemade peanut butter?
Because this healthy peanut butter recipe doesn't contain any preservatives, you might imagine that it doesn't keep very long. Wrong! Homemade peanut butter stays perfectly delicious for up to 6 months as long as you store it inside an air-tight sterilised container.
Do you need to refrigerate homemade peanut butter?
This one's a bit tricky and sort of depends on how quickly you go through peanut butter. If you think you'll work your way through 1 jar of the stuff in a week (Can I please come and live with you? Your life sounds delicious) you can keep it at room temperature without any problems.
But if it's going to take you more than 1 week to get through the jar, you're best off keeping it in the fridge. This is because the oils can go off if they're sat at a warm room temperature for too long. But don't worry - to get your peanut butter back to a spreadable consistency, just take it out of the fridge 30 minutes before you want to use it.
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Healthy Smooth Peanut Butter
- 1 cup peanuts
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil
- 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
- Add all the ingredients into a large NutriBullet container. Screw on the extractor blade attachment and blend for 5 seconds, until a dough-like mixture forms and sticks to the walls of the container. At this point, the blades will not be touching the peanut mix and you'll hear a change in sound.
- Remove the container and scrape the peanut dough from the sides. Screw the lid back on, place the container onto the base and blend for 10 seconds, until you've got totally smooth peanut butter.
- Transfer the peanut butter to a sterilised jar and store at room temperature or in the fridge.
Wow! I'm impressed! I buy all natural peanut butter - peanuts and salt are the only ingredients. So many nut butters are so expensive, but this would be a much more economical way to do it! Any advice on sterilizing the jar before storage?
I really struggle to get a hold of natural peanut butter where I live - that's why I make my own!
To sterilise glass jars at home, I simply place them in a large pot of water and boil them for around 10 minutes or so.
Coombe Mill - Fiona Cambouropoulos
I adore peanut butter and natural peanuts, I'll happily crunch up the whole shell! Your wholesome butter looks fab #MagicMoments
I love peanuts too, Fiona! And thanks for the compliment 🙂
Can I use avocado oil or another oil? Coconut? Dont have peanut oil.
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My NutriBullet Pro 900 locks up and won't turn the cup of organic dry roasted Valencia peanuts after a few spins. Why!
Just did it. But I think the peanuts I used may not be the best for peanut butter – the peanuts taste nice on their own, but not as peanut butter. Is there a certain peanut type or brand that you find tastes best . . . like natural peanut butter you buy (no palm oil, but with oil on top) in the store?
Thank you so much for the instructions and the recipe!
I was searching if the Nutribullet does this because is not mine and I was afraid to heat the motor, but yeah, 1700 w is so powerful so I'm pretty excited to do the peanut butter by myself.
Can I use the Nutribullet for anything else (besides smoothies and soup obviously)? Make doughs for some raw cake? Maybe a Food Processor is better? How many watts do you recommend for that?
Hi Catalina! I use my Nutribullet to do pretty much everything you can with a normal food processor or blender - it does it all much faster! As well as peanut butter, you can make all kinds of other nut butters as well as muffin, pancake and cake batters like you said.
I use mine to make hummus. A tin of chickpeas drained and washed - retain liquid from tin, clove of garlic minced, two teaspoons of tahini, two teaspoons of olive oil, good pinch of salt, juice of a lemon, up to 3 or 4 tablespoons of water (from the liquid in the tin).
Blend. Eat. Lovely
That's such an amazing idea, Christina! Definitely going to give it a try.
I love hummus. Always buy. Will def try this . Thanks so much for this recipe. Also will be trying almonds fir almond butter
I use my Nutribullet for so many things but never thought of this. I have to try it.
You've GOT to try it, Janette!
Sia | Monsoon Spice
I make my own batch of peanut butter at home but as you said, it does heats up the food processor. I have never thought of using Nutribullet and I think I know what I am going to gift myself for my birthday ????
It's a gift you definitely won't regret, Sia!
Sweet, salty and so quick to make, I'll always say homemade is the best way to go!
Totally agree with you, Erren. Homemade is always best!
Emily | Oat&Sesame
There are some amazing peanut butter add-ins out there! I mean, when you make your own, the sky is the limit as far as interesting combinations! And peanut butter can be so expensive when you buy a "custom blend" - this is great for making your own! I have a Vitamix and this should work too!
This would definitely worth in a Vitamix, too! Never though about experimenting with different add-ins. You've given me a great idea, Emily!
Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food
I also never jumped on the smoothie bandwagon. I'm not exactly a hater...they're just kind of meh in my opinion. I am very glad to know of this alternative use for my Magic Bullet! Homemade peanut butter is something I can get behind. 🙂
Glad I'm not the only one out there who really doesn't 'get' smoothies! 🙂
Lisa | Garlic & Zest
I have everything I need for this recipe -- except the nutribullet -- but I imagine my VitaMix will give me the same result! I love that I can control the sweetness in this recipe!
Your VitaMix would totally work, Lisa! Give it a try! 🙂
I never knew this process could be so fast, easy, and fun. Thanks for sharing!
It really is super simple and so tasty, Hannah!
Such a great recipe! sweet,salty at same time! awesome!
I'm so glad you like it, Prasanna!
Ooo! I have a Nutribullet as I love smoothies (what a shame they you don't enjoy them!) but I've not tried making my own nut butter. It look fantastic! I will definitely have a go when my current jar of PNB is empty 😀
I wish, wish, WISH I could like smoothies, but I just don't! Hope you enjoy your homemade PB as much as your homemade smoothies 🙂
Demeter | Beaming Baker
Ooh I love how easy this is! There's really nothing like homemade peanut butter. 🙂
Couldn't agree with you more, Demeter!
Impressive! I never thought about using Nutribullet for making peanut butter. Thanks for reminding me 🙂
I seem to use mine to make everything except smoothies, Calleigh!
Wow !! This peanut butter looks just awesome
My grandmother who is 89 still loves to eat peanut butter... im surely trying this for her
Thanks so much, Helene. I bet I'm still eating peanut butter when I'm 89, too!
Kristen M Chidsey
I have used my food processor for peanut butter, but it is high time I try the nutribullet
It will save you sooooo much time, Kristen!
Just a few ingredients and a few minutes and homemade peanut butter is mine. I also like that it can be stored for so long in the fridge.
Glad you think so, Sharon! And yep, it does keep quite a long time - if you don't eat it all in the first week! 😀
Hiya, I love the look of this recipe however I'm concerned about my nutribullet not working with it - just wondering what series you have?? I have the 900 🙂
Hey, Georgia! I've just taken a look at my NutriBullet and I honestly don't have a clue! It doesn't say on the machine itself and I don't have the box or any documentation any more. But I don't see why it wouldn't work with any NutriBullet.
Just bought a nutribullet and literally, this is the first thing I've made. It turned out perfect and tastes delicious!! Forgot to sterilize the jar but hey, I'm fairly confident this will be consumed within a week! 🙂
I'm sure you'll be fine without sterilising the jar 🙂 I'm so happy you enjoyed the "recipe" as much as I do! (Not really sure I can call something as simple as this a "recipe", but hey!)
I am excited to try this recipe with my Nutribullet however I'm wondering if I can use any other oils besides peanut oil? Would it change the flavour too much with a different oil?
Hi Karin! I'm so sorry for the late reply - I've been away for a couple of weeks. Any oil without a strong flavour (like canola oil) would work really well.
How long does it last at room temperature? We’re not a fan of refrigerated peanut butter.
Hi Stephanie. I agree, peanut butter is loads better at room temperature. I've kept mine safely at room temperature for up to 2 months. Make sure you keep it in a properly sealed jar somewhere dark and cool - like in a cupboard or kitchen drawer.
Hi. I tried this recipe and wasn't very successful. It got very gummy and stuck to the sides so it made me wonder whether I was using too many or too few peanuts. Like...should they reach the line on the Nutribullet that indicates maximum liquid in the jug? Also, mine is the 900 series with only one cross blade (I think they combined two attachments into one); could this have been the issue? Anyway, I'm looking forward to hearing back from you. Thanks 🙂
Hi Maggie! I'm so sorry the recipe didn't work out for you - but I think I might know what went wrong. Is this the blade you were using? - https://www.magicbulletparts.co.uk/shop/nutribullet-compatible-parts/nutribullet-flat-milling-grinder-blade-600w/ If so, that's the milling blade designed to create flour-like mixes. You need to use the cross extractor blade (https://www.magicbulletparts.co.uk/product-category/nutribullet-compatible-parts/cross-extractor-blade/) to make real peanut butter. Thanks so much for pointing out the missing info. I'll add it into the post when I update it this week!
This recipe is so easy and amazingly delicious!
Nicola, bravo! What a great idea! Love this. I’m sure this is incredibly delicious!
Nicola, it looks so yummy! I love the step-by-step instructions, making it an easy recipe to follow!
Hey, this recipe is awesome. Fount it on Google.
I just got a Nutribullet Pro+ and can't wait to make peanut butter! What kind of peanuts do you use? Raw from the shell, roasted, jar or can from the store?
I've only ever used raw from the shell. But any type of peanuts will work 🙂
Great Recipe and tastes good. Thank you.
I used unsalted peanuts and olive oil, himalayan salt and a squeeze of honey.
Oopsy - on the third scrapedown and go to turn it from crunchy to smooth my nutribullet (600) got locked in position. It was smoking! Literally and some metal?? shavings between motor and bottom of lid when finally got it off. Not inside though. Took about 15 anxious min to release it.
So wanted that peanut butter and it was worth it.
I'm so sorry to hear that happened to your Nutribullet!
Glad everything worked out fine and you were able to enjoy the peanut butter 🙂
Hi - I have a Nutribullet RX (it only has one blade) which can make smoothies and soup - I assume therefore it has the right blade as it has to chop the ingredients for soup. its a 4 blade thing in a cross. Can I make other butters - mixing nuts - eg. walnut, cashew, almond... with your recipe please? yours looks the best consistency.
I've looked your Nutribullet up online and yes, that's the right blade. (It's called an extractor blade.) You can definitely make all kinds of nut butters with it - not just peanut butter.