Crunchy Peanut Butter is creamy, drippy & has an intense nutty flavour. It’s ultimate nirvana. The exciting fact about crunchy peanut butter is its gad damn easy to make.😍😍😍
Now, if you have already made peanut butter, then you are super cool. You are superhuman 🦸♂️ & you come from the MOON.🌙🌙🌙
But if you haven’t, then you need to consider this recipe seriously. We also have a recipe video of crunchy peanut butter. Scroll to the bottom. Take a look.
Since we are discussing the easiest recipe on this planet, let’s discuss the ingredients too.
Peanut Butter Ingredients
Guess how many ingredients you need to make silky peanut butter? Only ONE. Yeah, that’s right. But, of course, it would be best if you had peanuts. I wish my wife would know how lucky she is.🥳🤣🤩 Okay, back to the recipe.
Anything else beyond peanuts is simply an add-on to satisfy your taste buds. Therefore, let me tell you what I have put into my peanut butter. Here you go.
Quality salted peanuts with skin. Although there are skinless peanuts already available in the market yet, I decided to use otherwise. I like peeling off the dry skin by rubbing them using my palms. It’s just for fun. However, you can use neat & clean skinless & salted peanuts. They save time & energy.
Salt is optional if using salty peanuts. I have put half tsp because I like a bit extra salty. If you are using salted peanuts & don’t want to add additional salt, then skip & move on. Let me tell you that a little extra salt won’t make a significant difference in the taste.
Honey is optional here. Instead, you can use sugar powder for sweetness. I won’t advise using granulated sugar because you will need to grind a few more seconds. Doing this will damage the texture of the peanut butter. Therefore, use sugar powder or honey.
A little more…
There’s one more point left to discuss to make crunchy peanut butter. Save some peanuts, make small pieces. If you grind them, make sure they don’t turn into a fine powder. Just turn the power button on & off twice or thrice. You will get small chunks of peanuts.
Another method is to crush with a rolling pin. Again, try whatever is comfortable for you.
Making Crunchy Peanut Butter at Home
Roast skinless peanuts by aligning parchment paper. Without parchment paper, they will burn. Hence, it is advisable to use this paper. Don’t think about butter paper because it will burn in there. I ordered parchment paper for baking on Amazon. It’s dirt cheap.
Preheat your OTG or oven for 5 minutes. When preheating is over, toss the tray & roast for 5 minutes at 180°C. Monitor the nuts. If they are burning, take them out or turn the tray & insert them again. A medium brown texture is needed. If peanuts are roasted till dark brown, then the butter will be darker.
Peel out peanut skins before roasting. Choose quality peanuts to make homemade peanut butter.
Grinding the Peanuts
Peanuts are still hot when they come out of the heat. Remove them from the oven tray. Allow them to cool a little bit & then grind. What happens is your peanuts are hot & grinding them will make the jar untouchable. It will be super hot to handle. Thus, cool down peanuts a little bit & then grind them.
Grind peanuts till you get thick & smooth consistency. Do not over grind, or else it will become peanut spread instead. Scrap & assemble the sidewalls of the jar. Empty your peanut butter paste in a bowl or container—mix honey & store in a cool, dry place – ideally, in the fridge.
I have something more to tell you about the grinding process. Read below.
5 Stages of Grinding Peanuts
When you start grinding peanuts, you will see four different textures. These are four stages, from peanuts to peanut butter.
The first stage is crumbs. The grinder will stop once the peanuts become small crumbs and stick on the side walls. Next, scrape the sidewalls using a spatula & grind again.
The second stage is thick & greasy paste. In short, you will see paste-like consistency—the point where oil in peanuts starts to release. I mean, not too much oil, but the paste will be shiny.
The third stage is where the peanut butter is ready. It is thick, greasy & crunchy. You still have peanut crumbs in it to make it crunchy. Therefore, if you like thick & greasy peanut butter, then stop here. There will be oil, too, but it will be oily as yet – the reason why you must not add any liquid.
The fourth stage is a soft paste. It isn’t stiff but about to get runny. However, it is still peanut butter with oil in it. Look at the surface & you will see it shining more than before. Stop here because it’s a dead end. A step further & the peanut butter will become thin & runny. Now that’s our fifth stage.
Like I said above, the fifth stage is the “no more peanut butter” stage. It is runny, having a free flow consistency. In other words, it has now become peanut spread. It happens when you grind the mixture beyond a limit.
Storing Crunchy Peanut Butter
I always advocate proper storage. It is because there’s a lot of hard work involved in making a recipe. And if the final product is not secured correctly, then everything goes in vain. The same is with our crunchy peanut butter.
Use a glass jar or flat glass containers that are air-tight. Even porcelain containers are ideal storage options. Porcelain jars here in India are pretty famous for storing mango murabba, chutney, pickles etc. Try them.
Crunchy Peanut Butter FAQs
Which mixer grinder shall I use to make crunchy peanut butter?
Any mixer grinder is good enough – So use the one already in your kitchen. You are lucky if you have a food processor. In short, a high power grinder is enough.
My peanut butter is light brown, not like yours. Why?
The colour may vary depending on how much time you roast peanuts. If you roast till light brown, the final product will be of similar colour.
I don’t want to add sugar & neither I like the salty taste of peanut butter. What shall I do?
Add honey. It is a natural & healthy substitute for sugar.
Can I store my crunchy peanut butter in plastic containers?
Of course, you can. Although we have premium quality food-grade plastics yet I recommend a glass container instead.
Why my crunchy peanut butter is more liquid than solid like yours?
Go through the five stages of grinding the peanuts.
- Peanut Crumbs
- Peanut Thick Paste
- The one that we need – Peanut Butter
- Peanut Soft Paste
- Running Peanut Spread.
Here I have mentioned all the possibilities. Read & check where things went south. All in all, you over-grinded the peanuts. That’s it.
Can I skip salt?
You can, but only if your peanuts are already salty. If it’s too salty add honey or sugar to balance the taste.
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