Homemade Peanut Butter Three Ways

It’s back-to-school season, which means finding lunchbox inspiration is at the top of many of our lists. And what better way to kick up your little one’s lunch than with a new twist (or three) on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich?

Skip the store-bought varieties because with a few simple ingredients and a trusty KitchenAid® Food Processor, you can whip up homemade peanut butter in minutes. Best of all, the DIY spread can be customized to fit any and all taste buds, from fans of traditional creamy or crunchy varieties, to a spicy version perfect for peanut sauces and curries. And perhaps the new crowd favorite, a creamy chocolate peanut butter that makes the ultimate pancake, waffle or toast topper.

This simple technique can be used with any type of nut, so if peanuts aren’t an option due to allergies or taste preferences, just substitute in almonds, hazelnuts or cashews for an equally as appetizing snack and spread.

Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter Three Ways Recipe

The mini work bowl insert makes it easy to blend together smaller amounts of ingredients, which means perfectly creamy homemade peanut butter can be made for two or 20.

Homemade Peanut Butter Three Ways Recipe

The peanuts will go through various stages while being blended, but it only takes minutes to go from crunchy nuts to a creamy spread.

Homemade Peanut Butter

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups shelled unsalted roasted peanuts
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable or peanut oil

DIRECTIONS

Place the peanuts and salt (to taste) in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Process for 3 to 4 minutes then scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue processing as the peanuts go through various stages: First the nuts will turn into crumbles, then the crumbles will form into a ball, and then the ball will break down into creamy peanut butter.

Once you reach the creamy stage, drizzle in the oil and blend just until smooth. The peanut butter is then ready to serve. Note: If you prefer chunky peanut butter, stir in 1/4 to 1/2 cup of chopped unsalted peanuts after you’ve finished blending the peanut butter.

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Homemade Spicy Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter Three Ways Recipe

Customize your level of heat by adjusting the amounts of cayenne pepper, paprika and crushed red pepper flakes added to the creamy peanut butter.

Homemade Peanut Butter Three Ways Recipe

Spicy peanut butter is the perfect base for peanut sauce and adds a kick of flavor and heat to homemade stir-fry and curry.

Homemade Spicy Peanut Butter

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups shelled unsalted roasted peanuts
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes (or more, to taste)
1 tablespoon vegetable or peanut oil

DIRECTIONS

Place the peanuts and salt (to taste) in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Process for 3 to 4 minutes then scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue processing as the peanuts go through various stages: First the nuts will turn into crumbles, then the crumbles will form into a ball, and then the ball will break down into creamy peanut butter.

Once you reach the creamy stage, stop the processor and add the cayenne pepper, paprika and crushed red pepper flakes. Continue processing then drizzle in the oil and blend just until smooth. The peanut butter is then ready to serve.

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Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter Three Ways Recipe

Opt for any variety of chocolate to add a sweet twist to classic peanut butter.

Homemade Peanut Butter Three Ways Recipe

You’ll be skipping the store-bought chocolate spreads with this quick and easy recipe that’s made with just four ingredients.

Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups shelled unsalted roasted peanuts
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

Place the peanuts in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Process for 3 to 4 minutes then scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue processing as the peanuts go through various stages: First the nuts will turn into crumbles, then the crumbles will form into a ball, and then the ball will break down into creamy peanut butter.

Once you reach the creamy stage, stop the processor and add the chocolate chips, then continue processing and drizzle in the oil and vanilla extract and blend just until smooth. The peanut butter is then ready to serve.

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