Peanut butter is a big deal in our house. Like, we buy it in giant 2-lb jars… or, I should qualify… we ask Mark to buy it in giant 2-lb jars whenever he goes to Guam (because our summer supply has long run out)… bubble wrap it… and use 8 lbs of his luggage allowance in exchange for about a 6-week supply of peanut butter.
You can see that the numbers don’t add up. For all Mark’s trouble & risk, we still spend a good part of the year without a decent option for peanut butter. Most commercial brands here are full of sugar and hydrogenated oils… similar to the US. But unlike the US, we can’t get the best natural brands here, and the few that are here cost about $8 per tiny jar that we can demolish in 3 days.
What’s a dietitian Momma to do?? Enforce a “Lwin Household Peanut Butter Rationing” program?! I’d hate to do something so tyrannical. But desperate times…
Well, I was privileged to be invited to the launch of Vitamix Philippines last week. I’ve had a Vitamix for a few years now and use it for everything from smoothies to homemade almond milk to cashew cream to soup. But never did I ever think it would make nut butter!
Thanks to a fun demonstration by the beautiful Vitamix brand ambassador Sara Black, I learned that not only does the Vitamix make it… it’s so quick and easy that I chide myself for not figuring this out sooner. We could have been enjoying the smooth creamy peanut butter of our dreams for just
pennies pesos, instead of sneaking guilty swipes, hoping it will last just a little longer. You can also make this in your food processor, but the texture is not quite as creamy.
It takes just 3 simple steps:
- Buy raw, unsalted peanuts. In Alabang we can get these at the fresh market for p200/kg (about $2/lb.)
- Roast them in the oven until they are pretty dark… this is to make sure your peanut butter has a deep, roasty taste.
- Chuck them into your Vitamix or food processor, and blend for about 60-90 seconds, pushing down with the tamper to keep it moving.
Voila! Rich, creamy peanut butter! I started with about 3 cups of roasted peanuts, and it blended down to about 2 cups of peanut butter. I make it in batches to have as much as we want at any given time… which is usually a lot.
We’re in heaven! I officially lifted the peanut butter rationing program, and peace reigns in the household once again…