Making sugar free, plastic free peanut butter has been on my to do list for a while. I usually buy peanut butter in large tubs. This is good as there is less packaging, but not great as the tubs are not recyclable in my local area.
My local grocery shop sell raw peanuts in their shells so I bought a load to give it a go. I discovered peanut butter is so simple to make!
Sugar Free and Plastic Free Peanut Butter Recipe
1kg raw peanuts in shells
- Take the peanuts out of their shells (leave the skins on) and put them to one side
- Roast the peanut for 3- 10 mins at around 180 degrees C on a non-stick baking tray. Turn the peanuts every few minutes to be sure they don’t burn.
- Once roasted leave to cool
- Put the peanuts into a food processor and blend. They will go crumbly at first but keep going and they will become more liquid.
- Store the peanut butter in sterilized glass jars.
Put the peanut shells to work
They make a good addition to a compost heap. They can be used for crafting or pet litter (see more here)!
If you want to make the process quicker, you can buy unsalted, shelled peanuts already roasted. Then you can skip steps one to three and start at step four.
There are loads of things you can do with your peanut butter once you have made it! And you don’t have to stick with plain peanut butter. You can add cocoa, chili or any herbs or spice that appeals to you. You could even add your peanut butter to hummus (see my recipe for hummus here).
The peanut butter can also be made into a satay sauce or use it as a dip like I have in the picture above. Peanut butter and sliced apples is surprisingly good!
In terms of cost buying shelled peanuts made it more expensive than if I had bought it in a tub. But I have found a shop which sells peanuts already shelled and un-packaged which is cheaper, and will work out cheaper than buying it in a tub.
However, buying peanuts in their shells, means that they are entirely unprocessed when they arrive in my home. Plus, I can make sure the peanut shells are put to good use. Whereas it may be harder to find out what has happened to the peanut shells when you buy shelled ones…
What would you add to your peanut butter and how would you eat it???