Oh man! Its peanut season! Yes yes and yes! I realize I may lose some of you here, but we just lovvvvve boiled peanuts around my house. That’s why my family gets so excited about summer winding down. Just yummy salty goodness! Mmmm Mmm Mmm!
Anyway, that’s a whole other post. Haha! About a year ago, when I first decided to pursue my baking dreams, I knew I wanted to return to my roots and offer sweet options that really embodied who I was and what I knew. “Taking stock of my resources – of all the beautiful things you’re made of”-Joanna Gaines. Not only offering unique designs, but also by utilizing all the farm fresh ingredients I had grown up loving.
With that in mind I started rummaging through recipes I’ve been collecting over the years and wrote down all the ingredients I had right at my fingertips, ya know… on my family farm. It was one of those slap yourself in the head type moments… why haven’t I been doing this all these year?!
Peanut butter was one of those items on my list. We use a lot of peanut butter around my house, its one of my families favorite treats and one of my favorite frosting recipes calls for creamy peanut butter. Ahh yeah!
I set off to the grocery store (bc at the ah ha moment it wasn’t peanut season) to buy some roasted peanuts to give this a go. It was more simple than I had imagined and I liked it! Don’t get me wrong, it took a minute to get used to the taste. As we are of course really used to the taste & texture of the store bought brands. It would take me a little time to get it the recipe exactly where I wanted it.
So when peanut season rolled around I had the ingredients I needed at my fingertips to bring my recipes to the farm to table standard I wanted my little business to represent. Off to the fields I went. It’s a dirty job… so of course you can skip this step if you do not have farm fresh peanuts available. Or you just really don’t want to get dirty. I get it!
If you decide less dirt is best for you, just stop by your local grocery store and purchase your favorite roasted peanuts. I would recommend purchasing the unsalted option, so you can regulate the amount of salt in your recipe.
So here we go. From seed to table is the ultimate dream for this business of mine & that’s where it all started for this peanut butter recipe. Ya see my family farms peanuts! Along with lots of other yummy fruits & veggies. oh oh and next summer we are adding strawberries to the mix!! I am so excited! But back to the task at hand. Peanut Butter!
We set out to the fields to gather the peanuts, then we hauled them back to pull them off and get them all cleaned up. Once we got all that done, I headed home to get the roasting started. Washing them again for good measure, then we laid them out to dry. Yup, I may have lost ya again… its a long dirty process but i think it makes a big difference in my recipes. I’ll outline the recipe and steps below and I would love to hear how your recipes turn out! Enjoy friends.
How To Roast Peanuts:
*Note: When roasted peanuts to make peanut butter, use Spanish peanuts as they have a higher oil content. Allow peanuts to dry before roasting (2-3 days).
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Rinse the peanuts under cool water to remove excess dirt. Pat dry and place in a large bowl and
- toss with the peanut oil until coated.
- Place on sheet pans, making sure to spread them out into a single layer.
- Roast in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through cooking.
- Once you remove the peanuts from the oven, let them cool before working with or eating. They will continue to cook a little and become crunchy as they cool.
- Once cooled remove shells and discard.
- Remove the skin by rubbing the peanuts together in your hands held over a salad spinner, allowing the peanuts and skins to fall into the bowl. Once the skin has been loosened from all of the peanuts close the salad spinner and spin until all of the skin has been separated from the peanuts.
2 lbs roasted peanuts
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp honey
- Add peanuts to a food processor. Process for 3-5 minutes, until nuts have reached a creamy stage. Add the salt, starting with less and adding more until you achieve the desired taste. Process for another minute.
- Add remaining ingredients and process for another minute.
- Pour into a jar with a lid and refrigerate immediately.