Saturday, November 24, 2012

Vitamix Peanut Butter (How to Make your own Peanut Butter)

With all the hype surrounding the recent recall in peanut-related products, I thought now would be a fitting time to share one of my favorite recipes (if you would even call it that, considering it has a whopping 1 ingredient!) to replace the processed store-bought peanut butter found in most houses. The peanut butter you buy in stores often has tons of added sugars, oils, and chemicals, all of which are completely unnecessary because guess what! You can make your own fresh peanut butter using just peanuts!

I use my Vitamix, though if you don't have one, a food processor would work also. If you use a food processor, I highly suggest roasting the nuts first to awaken the oils to really get a creamy nut butter. All you do is add 2 cups of peanuts to your Vitamix, and grind away! I slowly increase the speed and smash the peanuts into the blade gradually. The process takes a few minutes, so be patient. First, it will form a powder, and then it will turn to that yummy nut butter we all love. And seriously, nothing is better than eating it warm and fresh straight after you make it, just try to save some for later!

Feelin' Frisky? The process works with almonds, cashews, or any other nut as well! You might need a little oil for drier nuts, but either way, it is still WAY healthier than the jars sold on most shelves with the nasty preservatives in it! Also, to make your own honey roasted peanut butter, try roasting the nuts first and adding a teaspoon of honey or agave to the blender as you go! I find roasted nut butter has the best flavor! Pin It

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