2 cups roasted shelled unsalted peanuts
1 tablespoon peanut oil
1/2 teaspoon salt, (optional; omit if using salted peanuts)
Place ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend continuously for 2 or 3 minutes. The ground peanuts will form a ball which will slowly disappear. If necessary, stop machine and scrape sides of container with a rubber spatula. Continue to process until mixture becomes spreadable.
When desired consistency has been reached, stir in 1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts for crunchy style peanut butter. Then place mixture in a tightly closed container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. During storage, oil may rise to the top; if this occurs, stir before using.
Makes 1 cup smooth or 1 1/2 cups crunchy style peanut butter.
For other variations, you may add honey, cinnamon or any other flavoring.
Date: October 14, 2002