One of my daughter’s favourite snacks is apple slices dipped in peanut butter. This is a combination that needs to be tried to be appreciated … I did not realise how well crisp apple slices pair up with creamy peanut butter and one that is home-made is out of this world!
It is quick and easy to make as I found out from a great recipe by Adam and Joanne. I have used small red peanuts as I like their flavour and started by roasting them in a tray in the oven.
Roasting the peanuts does two things: it allows you to remove the skin easily by rubbing it off and creates a beautiful rich nutty flavour. Once the skins of the roasted peanuts have been rubbed off, they can be separated by gently blowing them off the tray – I do this outdoors as they can fly into the garden and there is no mess to clear up!
The biggest benefit of making peanut butter at home is it allows you control the added ingredients like salt. Pop the roasted skinned peanuts into a processor with a little olive oil, squeeze of honey and a pinch of salt.
Give these ingredients a very good whizz, mixing in-between if necessary. You can also control the texture, so if you like it crunchy you won’t have long to wait. My daughter loves it smooth so a few more whizzes are needed. It may seem at first that you only have a rubble of broken nuts but I can assure you that the mixture will become a texture you recognise as peanut butter. I then store it in a glass container or jar with a lid and keep it in the fridge.
It couldn’t be simpler to make a jar of tasty peanut butter, have a go and make it to your own taste. Thank you Adam and Joanne for a great recipe!