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Quick and Easy Homemade Peanut Butter

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Tony and I had been dating for a few years when we went to Costco together for the first time. Spending time with someone in Costco can say a lot about them. For example, Tony really likes frozen food and Costco prepackaged meals and can almost always find a way to justify why we need them.

“But Sam…poutine pies are perfect for when we have friends over!”

“These pre made quinoa salads look so healthy and would go great with our Tuesday dinner…also as a lunch!”

I don’t think it was a surprise to Tony that I’m more of a sucker for chips and huge bags of dog treats.

What did surprise him was that I suggested we buy a multi-liter, Costco sized jar of peanut butter. He insisted that I would never get through it before it expired but I told him that getting through it would be easy.

Sure enough, after putting it on crackers, chips, toast and apples plus baking it into cookies and blending it into smoothies and icing, the massive peanut butter jar was empty and I had proven myself to be a true PB lover.

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So one Friday evening, I saw a photo on Instagram that inspired me to upgrade by PB lover status and make my own. Much to my surprise, making peanut butter is easy. Like arguably the easiest thing to make on this blog. It took less than 5 minutes and if I do say so myself, is damn good.

What I love about making peanut butter is the control over flavouring. Want it to be sweeter? Add more honey. More crunchy? Blend less. With a chocolate taste? Add some chocolate chips. The peanuty possibility is truly endless.

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups of peanuts
  • 1/2 cup of peanut oil
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

Steps

  • One – Pour peanuts, peanut oil and honey into a blender and blend on low until peanuts are finely chopped
  • Two – Add vanilla and switch to high and blend until desired consistency is reached. I like my peanut butter smooth so I blended for about 3 minutes.
  • Three – Eat immediately or store in air tight container in the fridge for up to three weeks (if it lasts that long).

Pro Tips

  • Not feeling the classic PB? Add in extra flavouring in step two such as bananas, bacon, chocolate or even other nuts. Keep in mind that if you add something perishable like fruit or bacon the PB will only be good for a few days.

 

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1 Comment

  • Reply netkitty January 23, 2016 at 5:59 am

    Great idea! could even add some alternative nuts like cashews even 🙂

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