Peanut Butter. Can anyone else agree that PB should be a food group?!
As a lot of know, I’m obsessed with this thick, nutty, slightly claggy paste and have featured PB here on the blog numerous times before.
Some of my favourite PB recipes include my Peanut Butter & Banana Celebration Cake, Peanut Butter Balls (recipe by my bro @emerson_cooks), Dan Dan Noodles, Mexican Cauliflower, Corn & Peanut Butter Soup, plus more!
Here I have my super simple recipe that I think is better than any other store bought brand, but you first have to take a few things into consideration to ensure success!
1. The variety of peanuts - peanuts can vary in flavour depending on where they’re grown. You’re looking for a peanut that tastes sweet and is also hi-oleic (meaning they’re high in unsalted fats, which promotes healthy heart health). If you can, finding peanuts that are single origin will make a huge difference too... if we’re getting fancy.
2. Roasted vs raw peanuts - A good rule of thumb, when making any nut butter is using roasted nuts. This tends to save blending time, as the nuts have released their oils during the roasting process, creating a smoother butter. I buy my nuts pre roasted and means they’re skinless also.
3. Unsalted vs salted peanuts - I tend to go for a combo of both and use a 1:1 ratio. Salted peanuts enhance the flavour of the nut and rockets your pb from average to epic! If you use entirely salted peanuts your nut butter can become a little too salty.
4. Ultra smooth pb - the first thing I look for when finding a good pb is its texture - it has to be smooth!
To achieve this at home you need to blend, blend, blend! Like 10 minutes blend!
Your peanuts will go for a sand - thick paste - ball - then smooth.
Love Alex, Ballerina Bites. Xx
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2 cups unsalted roasted peanuts
2 cups salted roasted peanuts
Add your peanuts to a food processor (I use a Magimix) and as I mentioned before, blend, blend, blend!
After 5 - 10mins, you should have an ultra smooth peanut butter.
Pour your pb into a clean jar, or container and allow to cool before closing the lid.
Store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.
Yield just under a 500ml jar