Homemade bread, homemade Peanut butter and a drizzle of honey........ doesn't that sound like heaven? Of all the things we love, peanut butter is our ever popular and all-time favourite food. We love it plain, we love it on bread, chapatis, in brownies, cakes, and chocolates. We have very fond memories of dad making peanut butter at home in his very heavy iron hand grinder. It was such a charming machine. The grinder had to be first fixed on a table with a screw. The toasted nuts would go inside the grinding chamber through the funnel-shaped mouth and we would all take turns to rotate the handle till the nuts were crushed and creamed and smooth silky peanut butter rolled out from the other end. That taste, that flavour, that excitement and that happiness still echoes in my memory.
I have read that peanut butter helps in losing weight as it suppresses hunger without weight gain. It is full of healthy fats and is good for the heart. Peanut butter is full of protein, potassium, magnesium, fiber, and niacin and keeps you in good health. Do we need more reasons to eat peanut butter? J
Toasting the nuts is important before grinding as this warms the oils in the nuts and helps everything blend together easily. Toasting also gives peanut butter a deeper and richer flavour. Grind the nuts while they are warm. To make Chocolate Peanut Butter, add cocoa powder in the end. Also, add more sugar to get the right sweetness.
Honey makes Peanut Butter hard. If you want a spreadable consistency, add sugar.
Chocolate Peanut Butter makes a lovely spread. Kids love it.
- 3 cups raw peanuts
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons peanut oil
- 2 tablespoons honey (or sugar/sweetener, for vegans)
- Spread peanuts on a baking tray. Set oven temperature to 150 degrees C and timer to 10 minutes.
- The peanuts should crackle and turn golden by the end of 10 minutes.
- Rub the warm toasted peanuts between the palms and remove the skin.
- Transfer the toasted nuts to a food processor or a blender. Run the blender continuously for 1 minute. Scrape the sides and bottom. At this stage, the nuts would have turned into a gritty powder.
- Run the blender again continuously for 1 minute. Stop and scrape down the sides. The butter will start clumping together.
- Add salt, oil and honey/sugar/sweetener. Run the blender for 1 to 2 minutes till you get a very glossy and creamy peanut butter. You may taste butter at this point. Adjust salt/honey/sugar/sweetener.
- Give it a final blend for 1 minute.
- Spoon the peanut butter into jars and refrigerate.
Chocolate Peanut Butter
- 3 cups raw peanuts
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons peanut oil plus ½ more for a spreadable consistency
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoon cocoa powder
Same as above. Add cocoa powder after step no. 6