Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter

I feel like I have made nut butters out of every single nut in existence (almond, walnut, pecan, macadamiapistachio)…  I guess you can say I have a nut butter addiction.  I hold peanut butter to the highest standard, though.  It has to be perfectly sweet and salty, rich, smooth, and creamy, and all natural.  I was at Costco and passed by bulk-sized tubs of natural Skippy.  I picked up the (seemingly 20lb) two-pack and looked over the ingredient list.  Although the peanut butter I was holding as “all natural,” I didn’t like how it had added palm oil and refined white sugar.  I put the containers back, went to checkout, and immediately rushed home to make this all natural, sugar free, low carb, gluten free, and vegan Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter!

I wanted my homemade peanut butter to be sugar free so I sweetened it with natural sweeteners.  And to make the nut butter just as creamy and smooth as the storebought kinds I added one single tablespoon of organic coconut oil (don’t worry, the peanut butter won’t taste like coconut, just 100% peanuts!)

Delicious and EASY Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter made sugar free, low carb, high protein, gluten free, dairy free, and vegan! Healthy Dessert Recipes on the Desserts With Benefits blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

I spread some of this peanut butta on a slice of whole grain bread.  Look at how creamy it is!

Delicious and EASY Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter made sugar free, low carb, high protein, gluten free, dairy free, and vegan! Healthy Dessert Recipes on the Desserts With Benefits blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

Can you taste how delicious it is?  Oh wait, no you can’t…  technology hasn’t caught up with Wonka Vision yet.

BUT…  if you make this homemade peanut butter you will experience the addictiveness for yourself.  It’s sweet and salty, and so good you will eat it off of your fingers a spoon!

~2⅓ cups

Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Fat per serving: 16

Calories per serving: 190

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Roasted, Unsalted Peanuts
  • 6 packets Natural Sweetener (steviaTruvia, etc., to taste)
  • ⅛ tsp Salt (to taste)
  • 1 tbs Coconut Oil

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, add all of the ingredients. Pulse until crumbly and flour-like, then grind constantly until the mixture is smooth and buttery, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed (depending on the processor you use, this could take anywhere from 5-15 minutes).
  2. Pour the mixture into jars, seal tightly, and refrigerate to store.
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Here is the recipe’s nutrition label:

Delicious and EASY Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter made sugar free, low carb, high protein, gluten free, dairy free, and vegan! Healthy Dessert Recipes on the Desserts With Benefits blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

Compared to Skippy’s Natural Peanut Butter, my homemade recipe has less saturated fat, less sodium, and no added sugar.  Skippy’s contains 3g per 2 tbs…  that’s nearly an entire teaspoon of sugar…  almost ⅙th of the 2 tbs serving is sugar!

I meeeaaan, don’t we all use peanut butter totally IMmoderately??  This creamy stuff can add up on our plates (or spoons) like free toppings at an ice cream parlor.  Seriously, c’mon, who only eats 2 measly tablespoons??  If you’re like me and scoop peanut butter out of the jar like it’s edible gold (edit:  peanut butter IS edible gold!), then that 3g of sugar from a jar of Skippy will turn into 6g or more.  And added sugar is unhealthy.  I have done so much research (both academically and personally) on the risks and side effects of processed white sugar and it’s just plain scary.  I don’t want any of you consuming unnecessary sugar and getting hurt from it later on.  I love you!  Okay, not love love, but I do love y’all  😉

Delicious and EASY Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter made sugar free, low carb, high protein, gluten free, dairy free, and vegan! Healthy Dessert Recipes on the Desserts With Benefits blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

Mmmm.  Delicious, nutritious, high quality, and homemade.  Homemade peanut butter is always the way to go!

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With love and good eats,

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– Jess

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53 comments on “Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter”

  1. Hm, peanut butter. 🙂 I’m of a mind to try this without any kind of sweetener at all. I like my peanut butter really natural.

  2. I absolutely adore your blog and all your awesome recipes. I’m working on finding that powdered erythritol so I can start baking for me and my roommate who has celiacs disease. You’re really a true inspiration for me to get in the kitchen 🙂 so thank you!! Can’t wait to try this new pb on a banana boat

    • dessertswithbenefits

      Sara-
      Aww thanks so much! I hope your roommate likes all the baked goods you make, that is so kind 🙂
      And a PB banana boat?! DELISH!
      -Jess

  3. I only buy all natural peanut butter (ingredients: peanuts, salt), but sometimes I miss the taste of the slightly sweet skippy peanut butter that I grew up with. I love the idea of adding a little stevia to the mix! Thanks for sharing!

    • dessertswithbenefits

      Lou-
      Thanks! I buy the same kind of peanut butter, but I definitely like the sweet kinds 😉
      I hope you like the recipe!

  4. Truvia is not commercially available in my country. So is stevia. Any suggestion as to what kind of sweetener I should use that is still healthy? Will honey work?

    • dessertswithbenefits

      Honey will definitely work, it will just make the texture more like “drippy” peanut butter rather than the typical/firm Skippy/Jif kind of types. Some healthy sweeteners include all-natural erythritol, all-natural xylitol, date sugar, coconut sugar, and maple sugar 🙂
      Hope this helps!
      -Jess

  5. Thank you for this. I’ve a diabetic boyfriend who likes peanut butter (and as a vegetarian it is on a limited list of easy sandwich fixings.) Being able to control sugar even in small ways like this lets him control his diabetes almost entirely through diet.

    Also, I love massaman and african peanut soup/stew, but find it is easy to make it too sweet with commercial peanut butters. I’m looking forward to making and trying this without the sweetener to use for them.

  6. This is an amazing recipe, thank you. But is there ANY other way for this to contain a little less carbs?! Also, can you recommend any low carb to no carb paste-like foods? Fat isn’t an issue!

    • Hazem Bagh-
      This recipe is already low-carb because there is no sugar added. This recipe is full of healthy fats and healthy complex carbohydrates, nothing refined, artificial or high-glycemic here. All foods (except pure fats like oils) have some kind of carbohydrate… here, it’s peanuts.
      You can’t really get any lower carb than this!

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  10. Do you know how long this will keep?

  11. I just made this in under 10 minutes. I DID add a T of organic honey though…it turned out so good!

    • Shauna-
      Yay I’m so glad you made the peanut butter! The extra tablespoon of honey sounds delicious 🙂
      I LOVE PB and honey together, and sometimes maple syrup too.
      Thanks for letting me know how the recipe worked out for you!
      -Jess

  12. nothing healthy about gluten free unless you’re allergic to gluten. I happen to be allergic to tapioca starch and potato starch, the primary ingredients in gluten free baked goods!

    • JIW-
      I completely agree. Starches in excess quantities aren’t healthy at all! I’m actually allergic to gluten so I need to eat gluten-free and make gluten-free recipes. I’m a total advocate for organic, non-GMO whole grains like spelt and whole wheat 🙂
      -Jess

  13. I love peanuts and peanut butter, but want to point out that they are NOT nuts at all, they actually belong to the same family as peas and beans (legumes). The latter is why some people who have trouble with peanut butter can take beano before they eat it and be fine. A peanut is a legume and not a nut.

  14. Thank you so much for your generous posting! My dog has recently been diagnosed as diabetic. There are articles on the website that state that peanut butter does not raise blood sugar. With this recipe I can continue to give him one of his favorite treats which is a bone stuffed with peanut butter. I made this last night and he loved it. Now waiting to see what the effect on his blood sugar it has been.

  15. How did you calculate the nutrition? I just made some homemade peanut butter but I’m not sure how to figure out how many calories are in a 2 tbsp serving. 

    • Since I made the recipe using a kitchen scale, I was able to calculate the nutrition. For example, to calculate calories, 570g of peanuts has 3232 calories and 14g of coconut oil has 126. Trivia has ~5 for the 6 packets. Since the recipe makes ~2+1/3 cups (37 tbs + 1 tsp), 2 tbs will have 180-190 calories 😀
      -Jess

  16. Can i substitute coconut oil with olive oil or palm oil? since coconut oil quite expensive in here . Thanks

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  18. Hi Jessica 🙂
    Thank you for this recipe, I’d like to try and make it for my diabetic boyfriend for Christmas! However, living in France I will use powder Stevia but I am not sure how many grams I should put in as I could not find the information on how many grams is a packet of Truvia? Maybe you could enlighten me… Thanks in advance 🙂

    • 1 packet of Truvia weighs about 3g, and has the sweetness of 2 tsp of sugar. The recipe calls for 6 packets, so you’ll need to replace the sweetness level of 1/4 cup of sugar with your stevia. I don’t use powdered stevia, but for the liquid stevia I use, 1 tsp of stevia = 1 cup of sugar, so I would need 1/4 tsp of stevia to replace the Truvia. Hope this helps! 🙂

  19. Caroline Winter
    16

    The most exquisite peanut butter is organic peanut ground into butter. Period. You don’t need truvia nod you don’t need salt. You don’t need anything except the peanuts. The recipe above is real garbage written by someone who can’t tell how truly awful Skippy is. Try grinding organic peanuts. You’ll love it. (So will your dog.)

    • Hey Caroline! Just FYI, I’m a lover (and so is my pup) of organic peanut butter without any sugar, salt or oil added. That’s the only kind I buy if I don’t have the time or peanuts to make my own PB at home. However, it’s a bit off base to call my recipe garbage. I made it, I liked it, and everyone who tried it liked it. I personally don’t like Skippy and don’t buy their products (I USED TO when I was younger and didn’t appreciate health or nutrition), but I won’t tell someone who buys Skippy that they’re an awful person. Not everyone has to like the same things. Hope you understand Caroline 🙂
      -Jess

  20. I know what you mean – I’ve become very picky with the ingredients of my peanut butter over the past few years. I just want peanuts in it! That’s it! Why is it so hard for food companies to understand that?!

  21. I always make my own peanut butter! I actually don’t like any sweetener at all in my Peanut butter. Just straight up peanuts for me. Or sometimes Ill add some honey. I love honey pb!

  22. This is such a great idea – Looks amazing! x
    Izzy

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  24. I have to try this at home .. when u say grind is this hand grinding

    Thanks louise

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  26. Karen Lopinto
    21

    I made this today exactly as the recipe stated. It tastes awesome but it’s more like peanut soup. LOL I was hoping it would firm up in the fridge but not yet. If it doesn’t Firm up by tomorrow, can I just throw it back in the processor with some more peanuts or have I just overdone it?

    • That’s strange, it should be a spreadable consistency. I’ve never “over blended” a nut butter before but I suppose it’s possible. It should firm up a bit after refrigerating (especially since there’s a tbs of coconut oil in there)! If not, I suppose you could blend in more peanuts 🙂

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  33. Sharon Love
    22

    Could I buy salted peanuts and wash the salt off as here in France the unsalted kind are very expensive. Do you think it would work?

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  35. Gail Staley
    23

    How long will the peanut butter last and does it need refrigerated? I will only be using a bit each week on an eating plan. Thanks!

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