Peanut butter is a staple in most households, especially those with kids. And while it technically has a lot going for it nutritionally (protein, fiber, magnesium, potassium, B6, etc.), not all PBs are created equal.
We know that “choosy moms choose Jif,” but we wonder if those choosy moms have ever read the ingredients listed on the back of the Jif container…
MADE FROM: ROASTED PEANUTS AND SUGAR. CONTAINS 2 PERCENT OR LESS OF: MOLASSES, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL (SOYBEAN), FULLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OILS (RAPESEED AND SOYBEAN), MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES AND SALT.
You mean, it’s not just peanuts?!
Nope. And FYI: Partially and fully hydrogenated vegetable oils are fancy ingredient names for artificial trans fat. Consuming artificial trans fats raises low-density lipoprotein (AKA your bad cholesterol), which is the leading cause for heart disease in America…yikes.
Now wouldn’t you sleep just a little sounder at night if you were eating and feeding peanut butter to your kids whose ingredient label read MADE FROM: PEANUTS. Because in less than 10 minutes, it easily can…
This is probably the easiest recipe known to man. After you read it, you’re going to feel silly that you haven’t been making your own peanut butter since you learned how to press the “ON” button on a food processor.
Roasted Peanuts (any amount you choose)
Blend in food processor until smooth (usually 2-3 minutes), scraping down sides at each minute.
That’s it. No, seriously. Now put it in an air tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months (if you can manage not to eat it all before then).
For every 2 cups of peanuts, you’ll yield about 1 1/4 cups of butter.
If you don’t have roasted peanuts, roast them yourself! Drizzle with olive oil and pop in the oven at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
Want your peanut butter to be…
…Creamier? Add oil in small doses while blending until you reach the desired consistency.
…Crunchier? Pulse more peanuts in at the end.
…Sweeter? Add honey (to taste).
…Saltier? Add a pinch of salt (to taste).
This same recipe can be used to make any nut butter you want, so get nutty with it!