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Homemade Peanut Butter (★★★★★) using the Blendtec Designer Series (with video)

I thought a good challenge for the Blendtec Designer Series might be peanut butter, as it is one of the recipes in the Blendtec Fresh Blends cookbook.  I made a post back in 2012 that included a video of me making peanut butter in my Vitamix 7500.  I used the same recipe for the Designer Series that I’ve used with my Vitamix over the past three years:

Homemade Peanut Butter (★★★★★)
Definitely not as sweet as store brand peanut butter, but my two children devour it

1 lbs. Bulk Dry Roasted Peanuts, Unsalted
3/4 Tbsp. Sesame Oil
1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup

Blend for one minute, and use the tamper to push the peanuts into the blades.  That’s it!

The difference here is that the Vitamix has a tamper and is not limited to 50 second cycles, so while I knew that the same ingredients should work, the method of mixing would need to be adjusted.  Here is what the Fresh Blends cookbook recommends:  “Add peanuts and salt to jar and secure lid. Press “Speed Up” to Speed 9 for remainder of cycle. Using a spatula, move peanuts towards center of jar, add oil and secure lid. press “Speed Up” button to Speed 3 and run full cycle. Stir and secure lid. Press “Speed Up” to Speed 5 and run full cycle.”

As you’ll see in the video below, the recommended steps don’t work as expected, but I try to follow the process recommended.

After recording, I tried the peanut butter, but it was not mixed nearly enough and the texture was somewhere between peanut butter and peanuts, so I mixed it again for a full cycle at Speed 5.  That left me with a hot, liquidy peanut butter that I could pour into a plastic container.  It now has a more smooth texture than I would normally prefer, but outside of texture, which is a substantial change, it tastes the same as the Vitamix blends I’ve been making.  It was still not set after sitting in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes, but it firmed up, and by the next morning it was the consistency of the smooth peanut butter sold at grocery stores.

I am a bit surprised by how much more of a process it was to make peanut butter with the Blendtec than the Vitamix, but it certainly can be done, although I will probably stick to making future batches in my Vitamix Pro 300.

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Edit (04/08/2013): A Blendtec employee reached out to me after seeing my blog and this post and let me know that my Twister Jar is very well suited for dense mixes like peanut butter.  I will try that the next time I’m making peanut butter, and would be happy to hear from any Twister Jar owners that have made peanut butter with it.

Homemade Peanut Butter (★★★★★) using the Vitamix 7500 (with video)

Looking back at my peanut butter recipe, it’s not nearly as short or clear as it could be.  You can still view that one if you want, but this is the short, simple version, and it comes with a video.

Homemade Peanut Butter (★★★★★)
Definitely not as sweet as store brand peanut butter, but my four-year-old son devours it

1 lbs. Bulk Dry Roasted Peanuts, Unsalted
3/4 Tbsp. Sesame Oil
1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup

Blend for one minute, and use the tamper to push the peanuts into the blades.  That’s it!

Again, if you want a longer version of above, with slightly different ratios, go ahead and checkout my peanut butter recipe from 2011.

For those of you who are most interested in hearing how the Vitamix 7500 compares to the Vitamix 5200, or how well the 7500 blends dense mixes, I can say that the 7500 made great peanut butter my first time making peanut butter in it, and that the 5200 seemed to have a work a little harder, but also made great peanut butter time after time.

Homemade Peanut Butter (★★★★★)

In the past few months, Banana Milk has definitely become the main item prepared in the blender, being made almost every day.  (I’m also a big fan of making them with half milk, half soymilk, which is a bit of a variant on Kinako Banana Milk.)

That said, there are two other foods other foods I’ve ended up making quite a bit more than I expected:  Hummus and Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter has probably taken the most tweaking to get right.  I’ve bought raw peanuts and roasted them.  I’ve bought different kinds of oils.  I’ve tried a few different combinations of salt, sweeteners and oils, and I’ve found what I think is an absolutely amazing, healthy, affordable and easy combination that I can replicate to great results consistently.

Homemade Peanut Butter (★★★★★)
Definitely not as sweet as store brand peanut butter, but my three-year-old son devours it

Bulk Dry Roasted Peanuts, Unsalted (these are sold at my local supermarket for $2.99/lbs.)
Sesame Oil (This definitely seems to work better with the peanuts than other oils.  That said, I also love sesame, so this may be a personal preference.)
Maple Syrup (We’re using Grade A, Dark Amber, which is pretty watery)

For peanuts, I recommend more than ⅔rds of a pound, but less than a full pound, I find that .75 to .80 lbs. seems to work well in the blender and fit well in the peanut butter jar we put it in.  I put all the peanuts in the blender, turn it on, quickly power up to 10, turn on high, and use the tamper to help push the peanuts into the blender.  After about 30 seconds or so of this, I have a relatively blended, dry peanut butter in the blender.  I add about a tablespoon of maple syrup and maybe a little more than half that much sesame oil.  At this point, I just kind of know how much of each to add after I’ve blended the peanuts, but I think those are reasonable estimates.

I turn the blender on again after adding the Sesame Oil and Maple Syrup, ratching quickly to 10 and then high, and use the tamper to push the peanut butter into the blades.  After 30 seconds of this, it’s ready to eat or put into a jar.

So that’s it…no salt.  I just don’t think it needs any.  It’s not overly dry or oily, nor watery or too thick.  It’s a great consistency and flavor, and easy and cheap to make.