Homemade Honey Roasted Peanut Butter & Apple Dip
I know this is going to come off sounding really snobby, but I’m just going to put it out there anyway– I seriously can’t hardly stand store-bought peanut butter anymore. Not since I started blending my own honey-roasted peanut butter anyway. This stuff is SO far superior to anything you can find in a store. I even like it way better than the nut butter you grind yourself at stores like Whole Foods (I suspect it’s because the honey roasted peanuts I buy are a whole lot more sugary than what Whole Foods uses. Not really that shocking…).
I still use store-bought peanut butter for baking (the homemade kind doesn’t always hold up very well) and for the occasional old-school white bread, grape jelly slathered PB&J (sometimes you just get a craving, you know?). But overall, I almost always find myself reaching for a jar of this home blended peanut butter. And if I’m out… I usually just pick something else entirely to eat, rather than resorting to my baking stash of grocery store PB.
We love it for dipping apples, mixing into yogurt, drizzling over overnight oats (and my personal fave, non-grain “oats”), scooping with pretzels, and so many other ways. And surprisingly? Homemade peanut butter is SO EASY to make. Especially if you’re equipped with the right equipment.
I’ve been a Ninja blending girl for the past 2 years and have even touted the brand in a few different posts here on the blog. It suited our smoothie needs just fine (and I still love my crockpot), but I melted through the gears of two separate Ninja systems (both the Mega and the Ultima) trying to make nut butter. After our last one went up in smoke– literally– I decided to throw the towel in and gave Blendtec a call.
So many of my blogging friends have high recommended using Blendtec that I had pretty high expectations, and this blender did not disappoint! So far, we’ve just made smoothies with the pitcher blender jar. But I’ve made several batches of nut butter in the Twister Jar to really put it to the test, and it’s still going strong! Yay!
And so easy– I literally just dump in my honey roasted peanuts (10 ounces), turn on the blender, and twist the special food-funneling twister lid (which pulls dense ingredients like peanuts away from the walls of the blender jar and back into the blade) until I have the most beautiful, perfectly smooth peanut butter. It only takes about a minute!
And it is heaven.
If we’re running low on apple dip, I’ll take it one step further and add some honey and greek yogurt to the blender too. That way I can make a big batch to stash in the fridge without messing up more dishes (although, in full disclosure, I definitely filled this pitcher above the max fill point, and I had to work the twister lid pretty vigorously to keep things blending smoothly. So maybe don’t be like me, and pay attention to the max fill line!).
This apple dip is really it’s finest when you use homemade honey roasted peanut butter. I mean, it’s pretty good with store-bought peanut butter. But I really recommend trying it with the homemade stuff– there’s a big difference!
I’ve actually already shared the recipe for this apple dip once before. But it’s so good, I don’t see the harm in sharing it just one more time :)
Seriously. It’s like dessert– best EVER apple dip of all time. Creamy and smooth, light, and super sweet and flavorful. Pair it with a beautiful Honey Crisp, and you won’t even know you’re eating health food! I promise :)
Below, I’m providing basic instructions for blending up your own peanut butter as well as the recipe for our favorite apple dip (which is a million times better when you use your own blended honey roasted peanut butter).
Disclosure: I contacted Blendtec and asked them to send me a free blender for the sole purpose of making nut butter and comparing it with the Ninja blender and the posting the results on my blog. I was not paid in any other way for this post, and opinions are 100% mine.
For the Peanut Butter:
- 10-16 ounces honey roasted peanuts
For the Apple Dip:
- 1 part greek yogurt
- 1 part homemade peanut butter
- 1/2 part honey
- For example: 1 cup yogurt, 1 cup peanut butter, and 1/2 cup honey. Or 10 ounces of peanut butter, 10 ounces of Greek yogurt, and 5 ounces of honey (I high recommend purchasing a small electronic kitchen scale!).
How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter:
Pour the honey roasted peanuts into your blender jar. Blend until smooth butter forms. The time this will take will vary by blender from 1-10 minutes (and you need to be using a high quality blender to avoid blowing your motor).
If using the Blendtec Twister Jar, be sure to twist the twister lid in the opposite direction of the blades. The peanut butter will be ready in about 1 minute.
For the Apple Dip:
Mix together the peanut butter, honey, and yogurt until completely incorporated. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Stir if some separation occurs.