One of my amazing co-workers brought in some homemade peanut butter that she made the other day for me to try (Thanks Dina!). It was absolutely fantastic and I was immediately hooked on homemade. I love trying new flavored peanut butters that you can buy at the grocery store, but usually they are unnecessarily high priced, so I buy them as a treat. Sometimes the flavored varieties have additives that are less than desirable. Since I decided to try my hand at homemade peanut butter, I thought I would attempt a flavored variety. I added cinnamon and raisins to my roasted, unsalted peanuts and it turned out so great! In about five minutes, I had just over 20 ounces of Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter for under five dollars. I like to spread the Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter on bananas, apples, or whole wheat bagels. My husband spread it on graham crackers for dessert one night. TIU girls- spread some on fruit for your M2, on celery for your M4, or on Ezekiel bread for your M3. I used absolutely NO salt in this recipe. There is plenty of flavor without added salt. If you decide to make regular peanut butter (not flavored) just leave out the cinnamon and raisins. You can add some salt to taste if you feel it needs it, but I challenge you to leave it out. Your taste buds will get used to the no-salt variety in time. If you really must add salt, only add a little. Homemade peanut butter is nice because YOU can control all of the ingredients that go into it. Give it a shot and let me know what you think! And thanks again to Dina for sharing her peanut butter with me and encouraging me to make my own!
NOTE: I based the nutrition information off of 20 servings (2 tablespoons per serving), but this recipe made slightly over 20 servings, so actual calorie amount is probably just slightly less than what is listed.
Active Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: about 20
4 cups roasted, unsalted peanuts
1½ tablespoons cinnamon
¾ cup raisins
Place the peanuts into a food processor (or the dry bowl of a Vitamix) and process until mostly smooth. Add the cinnamon and raisins and process again until the raisins are chopped and the peanut butter is smooth and creamy. Store in a 20 ounce container- no need to refrigerate.
Nutrition Information per serving:
Calories: 178 Fat: 14g Carbs: 11g Protein: 7g Sodium: 1mg Sugar: 4g
*Nutrition information is based on the products I used personally in this recipe. Different products may yield slightly different information.