Homemade peanut butter not only tastes good, it is packed with nutritional benefits making it a healthy choice.
Peanut butter is a good source of Biotin, also called enzyme R or vitamin H. Biotin is a member (vitamin B-7) of the B-complex family which is essential for the normal metabolism of fat and protein as well as for the absorption of vitamin C. Biotin helps thin, splitting nails and is also said to be good for the hair.
Peanut butter is also an excellent source of vitamin E, a potent antioxidant which protects polyunsaturated fatty acids in cell membranes from free-radical attack, thus helping prevent cancer.
Some people are severely allergic to nuts, especially children. These allergies have led to a ban on peanut butter in many schools. However, a new immunotherapy has proven 80% effective in tests to alleviate these allergies.
It’s easy to make your own homemade peanut butter if you have a food processor or heavy-duty blender. The flavor of the peanuts really shines through when you make it yourself, without those pesky preservatives.
Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe
1 cup roasted, unsalted, shelled peanuts
1-1/2 to 3 Tablespoons peanut or safflower oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Sugar to taste, optional
Blend in food processor or blender adding just enough oil to make it smooth. You can use salted peanuts and omit the salt, or omit the salt entirely with unsalted peanuts. Add sugar to taste, if desired.
If you want chunky peanut butter, add chopped peanuts after you have made the smooth version.
Store homemade peanut butter in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use within two weeks.
Yield: about 1-1/2 cups
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Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe Photo ©2018 Peggy Filippone