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Active Time
3 Mins
Total Time
3 Mins
Makes about 2 cups (serving size: about 2 tablespoons)

Homemade peanut butter simply can’t be beat. Make it once, and you’ll find it tough to return to store-bought varieties, which can often be loaded with unwanted fat and sugar.

Our basic recipe needs just one ingredient (peanuts!), but a little salt and honey lend a salty-sweet punch. Best of all, the most time-consuming part is scraping the extra bits out of your blender.

Memorize this foolproof formula, then stir up creativity with these clever riffs—sweeten with maple syrup instead of honey, spin it into our Quick Peanut Sauce, or make these tasty Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies.

Looking for more homemade nut butter recipes? Try this easy pistachio butter recipe or our basic almond butter recipe.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place peanuts, salt, and honey (if using) into a blender. Starting on lowest speed, blend mixture until crumbly, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Increase speed and blend about 1 to 2 minutes, scraping down sides of blender with a spatula, until smooth and creamy.

Step 2

Use spatula to scoop peanut butter into an airtight plastic container and keep refrigerated.

Chef's Notes

This recipe works best with a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix or a Ninja, but a food processor will also get the job done (the nuts may take a bit longer to process).

We used dry-roasted, unsalted peanuts (find them in handy 16-ounce containers at most grocery stores) for convenience and nutrition. This variety contains no added salt or oils during the roasting process, all of which can add small amounts of sodium, calories, and fat.