How To Make Peanut Butter in a Food Processor

Peanut butter is smooth, creamy, slightly salty and can be a versatile ingredient in a variety of recipes. With simple ingredients like peanuts, oil and salt, you can make your own peanut butter at home with the help of the right tools.

A KitchenAid® food processor with multipurpose blades and various speed options can help you create homemade nut butters to have on hand whenever you have a craving. Read on below to learn how to make homemade peanut butter in your food processor to add to toast, stir frys or smoothies.  

Easy homemade peanut butter recipe

Homemade peanut butter is a simple recipe that you can easily customize to your taste. Learn how to make peanut butter in your food processor with the following steps.

  • 10-12 servings

  • Unsalted roasted peanuts

  • Cooking oil like vegetable or canola oil

  • Salt

Total Time
  • 20 minutes

Step 1: Add peanuts to food processor

To start making your own peanut butter, pour the unsalted roasted peanuts in the bowl of your food processor and attach the lid.

Step 2: Process and scrape peanuts

Process the peanuts on low for 3–4 minutes, then scrape the sides of your food processor with a spatula. The peanuts will first turn to crumbles, form a ball and then break down into a creamy paste. Continue to process and scrape until your peanuts have gone through each stage.

Step 3: Drizzle in oil and seasonings

Once your peanuts have formed a creamy paste, stop the food processor and sprinkle in your salt and any other ingredients, like chocolate chips, cinnamon or honey. Begin to process the paste and drizzle in the oil while the food processor is running. Continue to process your peanut butter until it is smooth and the oil has been fully incorporated. Store your peanut butter in an airtight food storage container.

Which food processors are best for making peanut butter?

Food processors fitted with a multipurpose or S blade are the best option for making homemade peanut butter. Both large capacity and mini food processors/choppers can help you create your own nut butters, but you may need to adjust the recipe based on the size of your appliance.

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Can I use a blender to make peanut butter?

If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a blender to create delicious peanut butter at home with the right technique. Simply add your ingredients to a high power blender and slowly increase the speed to medium-high, scraping the sides periodically until you’ve reached a smooth consistency. Follow similar steps to add flavorings and oil.

Can I customize the texture of my homemade peanut butter for chunky or smooth blends?

If you prefer chunky peanut butter, simply chop a third of your peanuts in your food processor to your desired size, then place them to the side as you create the creamy base for your nut butter. Once you’ve finished making the butter, stir in the chopped nuts until fully incorporated.

Can I add spices or other flavors to this peanut butter recipe?

You can customize your homemade peanut butter by mixing in spices, chocolates, syrups or other nuts. If you want to add a spicy kick to your peanut butter, you can add spices like red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper. For sweet tooths, try adding chocolate chips, cinnamon, honey or maple syrup.

Can I use a food processor to make other nut butters?

Yes, you can use your food processor to experiment with creating different types of nut butters, like Mexican chocolate almond butter, lemon honey pistachio butter or maple cinnamon pecan butter.

Explore KitchenAid® Food Processors and Choppers

With simple operation, multiple speeds and pulse functions, you can easily get the results you want with a KitchenAid® food processor or food chopper. Food processors and choppers unlock new techniques so you can spend more time making. Explore options like the KitchenAid® Cordless 5-Cup Food Chopper that gives you the freedom to prep anywhere in the kitchen or the 11-Cup Food Processor with ExactSlice System that can slice, shred, knead, chop and more.

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