Do you also love peanut butter? I sure do! And since November is actually the official Peanut Butter Month, I figured that I need to share with you how I make my own peanut butter at home.
Peanut butter is full of different nutrients, especially vitamin E, magnesium, and some healthy unsaturated fats. It’s a great addition to almost anything and can help provide a nice energy boost which is often utilized by athletes (read this article about fuel for athletes). The National Peanut Board also listed these 16 fun facts about peanuts and peanut butter if you want to know more.
While peanut butter is thought to be a rather healthy food, there are a few factors to consider here. First, we need to remember about the golden rule: “everything in moderation”. While peanut butter does contain a lot of healthy fats and minerals, ingesting too many at once might cause digestive problems. Secondly, not all peanut butter is the same. Especially commercial peanut butter from large brands often contains a lot of added refined sugars and trans fats, and vegetable oils. So if you go with store-bought peanut butter, always carefully check the ingredients list.
In my case, it never really crossed my mind to make my own until about a year ago. I used to always eat store-bought peanut butter (from trusted brands) but one day, I finished a jar of peanut butter and couldn’t find any spare in the pantry. I was devasted because I had been planning on making peanut butter cupcakes the next day but I couldn’t go out to the local health store because our car had just broken down that morning. I was searching for another store in the vicinity that carried my favorite peanut butter when my husband suggested I make my own. I couldn’t believe I didn’t think of it myself!
I had plenty of peanuts in the pantry so I searched online for a recipe I could try. My first attempt wasn’t that successful but since then, I have perfect my peanut butter and now I am ready to share it with you!
To make my own peanut butter, I use peanuts, pumpkin seeds, and salt. The recipe is very simple and full of peanuts, no sugars needed! The pumpkin seeds are also full of vitamin E and they also contain a lot of iron and magnesium. They go perfectly with peanuts.
Peanut Butter with Pumpkin Seeds
- a food processor OR a high power blender
- a rubber spatula
- an airtight container
- 1 1/2 cup of unsalted peanuts
- 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 t. of sea salt
- Roast the pumpkin seeds on a hot frying pan (without any oil) or in the oven.
- Put the unsalted peanuts, roasted pumpkin seeds, and sea salt in a food processor or a high power blender.
- Pulse until the mixture turns creamy. Scrape the sides with a rubber spatula from time to time.
- Store in an airtight container (I use a glass jar with a lid).