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Make Your Own Natural Peanut Butter!

Peanut butter is a great staple, especially for those who have a few less options in terms of protein.

A lot of store bought peanut butters however, have a few unwanted ingredients:
Hydrogenated oil: Basically oil that is solidified (looks like a gross butter or lard).
Sugar
Salt
Mono- and diglycerides: common food additives used to bind certain ingredients. (Can be animal or vegetable derived.)
Molasses

Not every peanut butter has all these ingredients, but many of them have at least a few. Watching what we put in our bodies will not only help us in the long-run, but maybe it will wake up other people and companies to change the way they think about added ingredients and preservatives that aren’t necessary.

Make you own Peanut Butter!
Making your own is quite easy, all you need is a blender, peanuts and oil. To me, that sounds a lot better and healthier than the ingredients at the top of this post.

Note: A lot of natural peanut butters will separate when left for a while, so stirring may be necessary before using. I stirred mine before taking this picture and it looks exactly like any store-bought butter. However, I feel do that doing this little step vs. ingesting preservatives is okay with me and worth the “effort”!

Take your peanuts and place in blender, blend until you get a consistency you like, then add the oil – you only need a little. Start with 1-2 tsp. per 2 cups, and add more if you need it. Peanut oil is best, but any oil will do. Olive oil isn’t recommended because it could change the taste of the butter.

Using a peanut butter that you make yourself, is not only better for you, but it makes you feel better, in general. You know what’s going in the butter and you can take pride in the fact YOU made it, not a factory across the country.

Note: 2 tbsp. of peanut butter is 8 grams protein (1 serving).

Also, if you live in an area with a “Bulk Barn”, some locations have a “grind-your-own” peanut butter. It’s quite good, if you don’t have access to a blender, or if you want to try it first.

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2 thoughts on “Make Your Own Natural Peanut Butter!

    • Hey Jen, it can be. Right now at my bulk food store, peanuts are $1.99/lb. There are approx. 453g in a pound and 1 cup of peanuts = 140g, so if you spend $3.99, you get a little less than 6 1/2 cups (910g) of peanuts.
      2 cups of peanuts makes about 1 1/2 cups of peanut butter. Peanut butter is 255g per 1 cup (grams is a measure of weight, whereas cups is a measure of volume). So, 6 1/2 cups of peanuts should make about 3/4 the amount of peanut butter, about 682g or 2 3/4 cups (peanut butter weighs more than peanuts).
      That may not seem like a lot, but many brand names only have about 500g in a jar. At my local store, a jar of mainstream peanut butter is $5.97, with the “natural” brands being up to a dollar more expensive.
      So I guess to answer your question, it can be depending on your local peanut prices and peanut butter prices. But for me, I save about $2 and get 182g more in my homemade peanut butter than with the store bought variety.

      Also, you have to factor in the price of the oil you use. If you buy peanut oil, it can cost a couple dollars, but you don’t need that much so it can last months. If you use vegetable oil, a lot of people already have a jug in their homes.

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