How to Make Peanut Butter (in only 5 minutes)

Making homemade peanut butter is so crazy easy — and so crazy good — you are going to wonder why you haven’t been making it before now. I’ve shared my steps below on how to make peanut butter, which will only take you about 5 minutes to make a delicious batch.

How to Make Peanut Butter (in only 5 minutes)

The theme for #SundaySupper this week is new cooking adventures and tackling something new in the kitchen, hosted by Conni of The Foodie Army Wife. It almost seems silly to say that I’m “tackling” homemade peanut butter, because really, it’s one of the most simple things you can make.  But,making homemade peanut butter is one of those things that I have want to do for quite a while, so I decided to give it a try.

This homemade peanut butter turned out so good that I made not just one batch, but several. We love peanut butter in our house, so I have no doubt it will be used up in no time. I’m even excited to make some dessert or candies with it!

To make homemade peanut butter like I did, you’ll need 1 pound of peanuts. I used salted party peanuts because I have a ton to use up, but you can use almost any kind you like. Put your peanuts in a food processor with a metal blade and get ready to give them a ride!

How to Make Peanut Butter

Turn your processor on (use high power, if you have an option) and allow it to grind those peanuts down. Within the first minute, they will look crumbly like this:

How to Make Peanut Butter

But you aren’t going to stop there — keep the power going and within the first few minutes, you’ll see the peanuts starting to form a ball like this:

How to Make Peanut Butter

It’s getting there! But not done yet. Keep processing your peanuts and almost like magic, you’ll start to notice that the peanuts will thin out and become smooth. The more you process it, the more smooth it will become.  Keep processing until it’s a smooth as you like. When mine was done, I added about 2 teaspoons of honey and a touch of salt. Give yours a taste to determine if this would be good for yours. You will also notice that there is no oil in this recipe. While I know many peanut butter recipes call for it, I have found that it’s not necessary.

How to Make Peanut Butter

I’ve been storing my peanut butter in mason jars. This peanut butter recipe fits in a 16 oz jar with room to spare — or fits perfectly if you stir in additional chopped peanuts to make a chunky peanut butter. I’ve also used 4 oz mason jars — three of them to be exact (and they are filled very full).

How to Make Peanut Butter

My favorite jarred peanut butter I buy is Jif and this homemade peanut butter is very different than that — it would be more easily compared to the all-natural peanut butters on the grocery store shelves, but I think this is even better. I’m not planning to totally give up buying jarred peanut butter at the grocery store, but now that I’ve learned how easy it is to make peanut butter at home, I will definitely be making this regularly.

How to Make Peanut Butter

Here’s the complete recipe, where you can print or save to your free ZipList account:

How to Make Peanut Butter (in only 5 minutes)
  • 16 ounces peanuts (your favorite variety - I used salted party peanuts)
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Salt (optional)
  1. Place peanuts in food processor fitted with the metal chopping blade. Turn processor on high and chop/grind peanuts until smooth (usually no more than 5 minutes). You may find it necessary to scrape down inside of the processor bowl halfway through.
  2. When your peanut butter is as smooth as you would like, add in the honey. Season with salt, if necessary.
  3. Place the peanut butter in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
--If you wish to have chunky peanut butter, chop ⅓ - ½ cup peanuts and stir in at the end.

How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter (in only 5 minutes)

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  1. says

    We are a Jif family too, usually, but I need to give this a try! It looks wonderful and I like that I would know exactly what is in it.

  2. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says

    What a great recipe! I had no idea it could be so simple… thanks for a great post. And such cute pics! 😉

  3. says

    Congrats on doing it! Your peanut butter looks scrumptious. This is something I’ve been wanting to try also, but my grocery store actually has a little machine that I refer to as “peanut butter on demand.” It’s basically the same process, but you just select how many peanuts you want, and it makes the peanut butter for you. It’s so awesome!

  4. says

    Your peanut butter looks fabulous! I don’t see any reason that we should not try making nut butters at home. I made peanut butter years ago, when I was single, and would like to give it a try again. Thank you for the inspiration!

  5. Becca H. says

    I made this yesterday, Brandie. May never go back to store-bought again. Thanks for showing how easy this was!

    • says

      Thanks Becca! So glad you found it easy too. It’s clear my kids prefer homemade peanut butter because they go through it FAST, compared to the store-bought jars.

  6. Lea says

    I went to the farmers market, bought freshly roasted peanuts, shelled them all by hand, followed the recipe, it all looked amazing and perfect…………..then I added the raw honey. It immediately went right back to the crumble stage and never returned :(
    2 hours wasted because of this stupid raw honey :(

  7. says

    You can also make tasty thai peanut sauce this way as well. Just add the appropriate spices and water and you have a tasty asian delicacy!

  8. Marcy says

    Thank you so much for this delicious and easy recipe! We love peanut butter but have gone to eating mostly unprocessed foods and I was wondering what I was going to do about PB! Now I know. This is not only yummy, but it is so much better for us without all the added sugars and oils. Blessings!

  9. ColleenB. says

    New here and arrived from Katherines Corner Thursday Hop.
    Peanut Butter looks wonderful but was wondering what the shelf life would be on this.
    Thank you


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