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What is the Best Food Processor for Making Peanut Butter?

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Are you looking to make delicious, healthy peanut butter at home? If so you need a suitable food processor. See which ones are best for peanut butter, almond butter, nutella, and more. #peanutbutter #foodprocessor

Peanut butter is one of those foods that cross all cultures. Regardless of where you grew up, you’ve probably had fond memories of enjoying peanut butter as a kid.

If you like peanut butter, why not make it yourself? Not only is it healthier than store bought ones, it’s much easier to make than you think.

To make home made delicious peanut butter, all you need is a decent food processor. But first thing’s first.

Is Peanut Butter Healthy?

Peanut butter is very healthy provided that you keep the following two things in mind:

  • Moderate Consumption: 1 to 2 tablespoons of peanut butter per day
  • High-Quality Peanut Butter: Opt for peanut butter that isn’t loaded with sugar and salt.

So, what health benefits does peanut butter have?

Loaded with Protein, Vitamins, and Minerals

Peanut butter is a balanced plant-based protein-rich food. A 100g serving of peanut butter contains:

Peanut Butter Health Benefits
  • 20g carbs (6g fiber)
  • 25g protein
  • 50g fat
  • Vitamin E – 45%*
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin) – 67%*
  • Vitamin B6 – 27%*
  • Folate – 18%*
  • Magnesium – 39%*
  • Copper – 24%*
  • Manganese – 73%*

*Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)

It also contains biotin, vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), iron, potassium, zinc, and selenium.

Low-Carb

This nutty spread is a good addition to a low-carb diet since it only contains 20 grams of carbs. Plus, it doesn’t cause a significant rise in blood sugar and can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 21%.

Healthy Fats

A 100-gram portion of peanut butter may have 588 calories, but it’s still suitable for a weight-loss diet. This is because most of these calories come from healthy fat oleic acid which can improve insulin sensitivity.

Antioxidants

Peanut butter is rich in antioxidants like p-coumaric acid, which reduces arthritis, and resveratrol, which lowers the risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases.

How Long Does Peanut Butter Last?

According to the National Peanut Board, an unopened jar of peanut butter doesn’t require refrigeration and will last for 6 to 9 months. An opened jar of peanut butter will last for 2 to 3 months in the pantry or 6 to 9 months in the refrigerator.

Meanwhile, homemade peanut butter can last for 3 to 6 months in the refrigerator.

What Are the Benefits of Making Your Own Peanut Butter?

So why would you want to make your own peanut butter when you can just reach for a jar at the grocery store? Making your own peanut butter has a lot of advantages actually:

  • Healthy – A lot of commercially available peanut butter is loaded with salt, sugar, and oil. By making your own, you get to choose which ingredients to add, and how much.
  • Cheaper – Save your hard-earned money by buying peanuts in bulk and turning them into peanut butter yourself.
  • Eco-friendly – Some of the ingredients used by peanut butter brands are unethically produced. One such ingredient is palm oil. Some palm oil plantations have destroyed rainforests and robbed animals like orangutans of their home.

Making Peanut Butter: Food Processor vs Blender

Food Processor vs Blender

Here are several reasons why a food processor is a much better option than a blender for making peanut butter:

  • The peanut butter doesn’t heat up as much in a food processor so it will last longer. This is especially important if you’re using heat-sensitive oils like extra virgin olive oil and hemp seed oil.
  • Blenders work better for watery foods like smoothies and soups.
  • It’s far easier to scrape your peanut butter out of a short and wide food processor versus a deep blender. With a blender you can easily lose 2-3 teaspoons of peanut butter that get stuck between the blades that aren’t removable.

I’ve read some people using their meat grinder to make peanut butter. However, from my experience the consistency is totally off. Unlike with food processors, the finished product won’t be velvety; that, plus clean up is a lot more involved with a meat grinder.

What to Look for in a Food Processor for Peanut Butter

There are several factors that you need to consider when choosing a food processor to help you make peanut butter.

Power

Look for food processors that have high-powered motors capable of grinding the peanuts into a paste. It should be powerful enough to continue running even if it’s working with a sticky, gooey recipe.

Also, the more powerful the motor is, the creamier your finished product will be. You’ll want the motor to have at least 600 watts of power.

Capacity

Pick a food processor that is appropriately sized for your family’s need. For example, if you’re cooking for a family of four, look for a 10 to 14-cup model. If you’re just cooking for yourself, a 3-cup model is usually enough.

Storage

Think ahead. Where will you be storing your food processor? If you’ll be leaving it on your counter, make sure that it fits under your cupboard.

Durability

Your chosen food processor should be heavy enough that it doesn’t hop all over your counter when you use it. At the same time, a durable food processor will last you for a long time, enough for you to recoup your investment.

Cleanup

Cleaning up gooey peanut butter can be quite a task. To make cleanup easier, look for a food processor that has minimal small, hard to clean areas. Even better if it’s dishwasher-safe.

Now, let’s head on to our list of the best food processors for peanut butter making.

Cuisinart FP-12DCN Food Processor

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Cuisinart FP-12DCN Elite Collection 2.0 12-Cup Food Processor, Die Cast
  • Includes 12-cup large bowl and 4-cup small bowl with pour spouts & measurement Markings
  • Electronic touchpad controls - On/Off/Pulse with blue LED lights
  • Includes adjustable slicing disc (1-6mm), adjustable shredding disc (fine/medium), large and small chopping/mixing blades, and a dough blade

Power: 1000-watt peak power

Capacity: 12 cups and 4 cups

Weight: 19 lbs

Dimensions: 13.20 x 18.80 x 11.50 Inches

Accessories: adjustable 1 to 6mm slicing disc, fine and medium shredding discs, large and small chopping blades, and a dough blade

BPA-free: Yes

Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Warranty: 10-year motor warranty, 3-year limited warranty

What We Liked About this Food Processor

The Cuisinart FP-12DCN Food Processor is our pick for people who want the ability to make both large and small batches of peanut butter. Depending on how many people you are cooking for, you can switch between the 12-cup and 4-cup bowls. There’s also a spout and some measurement markings to make the process easier.

Even better, this food processor is very powerful at 1000 watts. One buyer was impressed at how quiet it was while still delivering very creamy results. At the same time, another user noted that it’s very durable since they’ve been using it to make 10 pounds of peanut butter per week for years now.

What We Didn’t Like So Much

The first thing we noticed right away is that the FP-12DCN is 2” higher than what could fit under our cupboard. Also,some buyers complain that its design makes it a bit difficult to clean.

For an explanation of how the FP-12DCN works, watch the video below:

Braun FP3020 Food Processor

Braun FP3020 12 Cup Food Processor Ultra Quiet Powerful motor, includes 7 Attachment Blades +...
  • MANY POSSIBILITIES: The food procesor is used for chop, slice, whisk and knead, or even get a vitamin boost with the juicer attachment
  • SPEED SETTING : It has variable speeds you can set your own speed as well as a pulse mode
  • POWER & VOLTAGE: Rated Powerful 600 watt motors for Processing - 110V For USA

Power: 600 watts, 900-watt peak power

Capacity: 12 cups for dry ingredients, 9 cups for liquid or wet ingredients

Weight: 9.8 lbs

Dimensions: 15.3 x 14.8 x 11.5 inches

Accessories: 2 shredding blades, 1 slicing blade, 1 potato latkes blade, 1 S blade, 1 whipping blade, 1 kneading blade,1 citrus juicer attachment

BPA-free: Yes

Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Warranty: 1-year manufacturer warranty

What We Liked About this Food Processor

If you’re looking for a lightweight food processor that can still get the job done, check out the Braun FP3020 Food Processor. At 9.8 pounds, it’s almost half the weight of the Cuisinart FP-12DCN. One buyer with arthritic hands said that this made it easy to move this machine, but that it’s still stable enough that it doesn’t jump around while in use.

In terms of power, the FP3020 doesn’t lack either. According to one buyer who bought this for the sole purpose of making peanut butter, the 900-watt peak power motor made fairly smooth peanut butter in just a few minutes. We also liked that the motor won’t start until you properly close the lid.

What We Didn’t Like So Much

Braun has poor customer service so some customers who ended up getting products with defects had a hard time getting it replaced or refunded. Also, it’s just a minor issue, but we wish that the feed tube is slightly bigger.

Cuisinart DLC-8SY Pro Custom Food Processor

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Cuisinart DLC-8SY Pro Custom 11-Cup Food Processor, White
  • Includes three slicing/shredding discs, new chopping blade, and spatula
  • Ideal for making dough, slicing vegatables, shredding cheese, mincing garlic and herbs, mixing batters, emulsifying
  • 625 watt motor. Stainless steel thin slicing disc (2mm) and medium slicing disc (4mm).

Power: 625 watts

Capacity: 11 cups, 4-cup flour dough capacity

Weight: 17 lbs

Dimensions: 7.00 x 11.25 x 14.50 inches

Accessories: Three slicing/shredding discs, a chopping blade, and a spatula

BPA-free: Yes

Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Warranty: 5-year motor warranty, limited 3-year warranty on the entire unit

What We Liked About this Food Processor

Though not as powerful as the Cuisinart FP-12DCN, we love that the Cuisinart DLC-8SY Pro Custom Food Processor is easier to clean. Also, don’t underestimate its 625-watt motor since it can still make fairly smooth peanut butter in just 5 minutes, as one happy buyer pointed out.

If you’re having trouble fitting the Cuisinart FP-12DCN under your cupboard because of its high profile, the DLC-8SY is also a good alternative. Another reason to love this food processor is its simplicity. Not only is it easy to assemble, but there are also just two buttons so it’s very straightforward. Finally, the feet are equipped with suction cups so the machine stays firmly on your countertop during use.

What We Didn’t Like So Much

The locking mechanism of this Cuisinart product is hard to lock and unlock. The interlock on the chute also feels delicate so it’s best to handle it carefully to make it last longer.

NutriBullet Pro

NutriBullet Pro - 13-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System with Hardcover Recipe Book Included (900...
  • With 900 Watts of power, the NutriBullet Pro is faster and stronger than the original, but just as simple to use. Load it up with dense whole foods like nuts, seeds, hard fruits, and kale, then push,...
  • Optimized 900-Watt motor and refined nutrient extraction blades blend the toughest whole foods into nutritious shakes, smoothies, and nut butters.
  • Included: (1) 900W Motor Base, (1) Extractor Blade, (1) 32 OZ Cup, (1) 24 OZ Cup, (1) To-Go Lid, (1) Lip Ring, (1) Lip Ring with Handle and Recipe Book

Power: 900 watts

Capacity: 32 oz or 4 cups

Weight: 5 pounds

Dimensions: 15.94 x 12 x 7.72 inches

Accessories: 2 32 oz cups, 1 emulsifying blade, 2 flip-top lids, 2 handled lip rings, 2 comfort lip rings

BPA-free: Yes

Dishwasher-safe: Cups are dishwasher-safe, blades should be hand washed

Warranty: 1-year limited warranty

What We Liked About this Food Processor

Unlike the other products on our list, the NutriBullet Pro is a blender. With its 900-watt motor and patented stainless steel blade design with cyclonic action, it’s powerful enough to make peanut butter in just 1 minute. But, since it is designed more for smoothies and shakes, it helps if you add some oil to your recipe as one user suggests.

Compared to regular blenders, the NutriBullet Pro is designed in such a way that you can flip the container upside down and wait for most of the peanut butter to drip to the bottom before you remove the blades. This means that it’s easier and safer to scrape the peanut butter off. Also, since it comes with two 32 oz cups, you can use the other cup to store your homemade peanut butter.

What We Didn’t Like So Much

One obvious drawback to the NutriBullet Pro is its capacity. Because of its 4-cup capacity, it’s more suited for individuals rather than families. Of course, if you’re only making peanut butter for yourself, this isn’t a cause for concern at all. It is also on the loud side so if you have sensitive hearing, the food processors on our list might be better choices.

Basic Recipes to Try with Your Food Processor

How to Make Peanut Butter Using a Food Processor

How to Make Peanut Butter Using a Food Processor

Cuisinart has a basic peanut butter recipe that you can follow.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unsalted, dry roasted peanuts
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Procedure:

  • Using your food processor’s chopping blade, pulse the peanuts 10 times for 3.5 to 4.5 minutes until the mixture is oily and very smooth. Scrape the sides every now and then for an even texture. You also shorten the pulsing time if you prefer your peanut butter a little chunky.
  • Add salt and pulse for a couple of times to mix well.
  • Makes 1 cup peanut butter.

You can make other types of nut butter like cashew butter, almond butter, and pecan butter using this recipe. Of course, the pulsing time can differ depending on the hardness of the nut. What some people like to do is heat the nuts up in the oven for a few minutes to soften them up before processing.

You can also add your favorite spice to jazz up your peanut butter. Some of our favorites include cinnamon, honey, maple syrup, and chocolate.

Here’s a quick video that can show you how the process of making homemade peanut butter looks like:

How to Make Homemade Nutella using a Food Processor

How to Make Homemade Nutella using a Food Processor

Making your own version of the famous hazelnut spread Nutella is also possible with a food processor.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 12 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Procedure:

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F. Spread the hazelnuts on a baking sheet and roast for 8 minutes or until the skin is slightly blistered.
  • Using a clean kitchen towel, wrap the roasted hazelnuts and rub together until most of the skin falls off.
  • While waiting for the peeled hazelnuts to cool, melt the chocolate.
  • Place it in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until the chocolate is completely melted. Let it cool.
  • Puree the peeled hazelnuts in your food processor for a minute or takes on a paste-like consistency.
  • Add the oil, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt. Continue processing until smooth.
  • Add the melted chocolate. Once again, blend until smooth.
  • I sometimes stop at this point if I want to get a little crunch in my Nutella. But, if you like it super smooth, press it through a fine sieve.
  • Let the mixture cool before storing.

You can also follow this video:

Other Food Processor Ideas

Peanut butter is just one of the many delicious things that you can make with your food processor. In fact, we use it so often that it has its own place on our countertop.

Here’s a short list of some other things that you can try.

  • Ground meat for burgers and meatloaf
  • Pesto and other sauces
  • Bread dough
  • Ice cream
  • Spreads and dips
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Pie crust

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