Chocolate Peanut Butter

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We all have our expensive habits; mine happens to be food. For me, it’s too easy to get sucked in to buying expensive specialty food like Justin’s chocolate peanut butter, which is amazing if that was ever in question. This time around, I was determined to make my own chocolate peanut butter since I knew it could be made much much cheaper. I used pre-ground peanut butter, but if you want to do this from scratch simply add an extra step at the beginning of grinding the peanuts in a food processor. All in all, the entire jar came in at less than $2, which is some serious savings, and I’ll eat to that.

Chocolate Peanut Butter

Ingredients(Makes 16oz):

  • 12oz of peanut butter OR 3 cups of peanuts
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder(preferably dutched)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt(omit if you’re using salted peanut butter)

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Like I said, I started with pre-ground peanut butter but if you want to start with peanuts grind them to a smooth consistency. Pour this into a large mixing bowl.

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Add in the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt and mix it thoroughly until you get what looks like a large ball of dough.

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Melt down some coconut oil and slowly pour it into the bowl, as well.

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Mix the contents of the bowl until the peanut butter is smooth and even.

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Store in a 16oz jar at room temperature for up to a month.

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To me, this tasted like Reeses Puff cereal, which is never a bad thing. There’s nothing this doesn’t go good on: oatmeal, yogurt, carrots, a spoon—you name it. And with that price, it’s unbeatable. Next time I’m going to try this with almond butter, which I’m sure will work and taste terrific, too.

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34 Responses to Chocolate Peanut Butter
  1. Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes
    February 8, 2011 | 9:07 am

    OH my goodness. I could never cough up the dough for Justin’s… and I always had an inkling that I could just make it myself. You beat me to it — with great results! This looks like it is to DIE for.

  2. Rachel Chemerynski
    February 8, 2011 | 9:18 am

    Ahhhh those are two of my FAVORITE foods combined. I must try : )

  3. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    February 8, 2011 | 9:27 am

    Wow– delicious way to save $$$!!

  4. brandi
    February 8, 2011 | 9:47 am

    looks perfect! Spoonable and drippy, just like I like it 🙂

  5. Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete
    February 8, 2011 | 10:08 am

    Justins is definitely pricey — and you make it look so easy!

  6. Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    February 8, 2011 | 10:24 am

    Great recipe!

  7. Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    February 8, 2011 | 11:32 am

    That looks heavenly Evan! Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Christin@purplebirdblog
    February 8, 2011 | 12:13 pm

    Niiiiiiiiice… I love the addition of the coconut oil!

  9. Katherine: Unemployed
    February 8, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    your chocolate peanut butter habit is my salsa habit. prices definitely add up! I’m all about resourceful; great job in doing your own!

  10. Erin
    February 8, 2011 | 12:46 pm

    God I love ya

  11. MaryBe@AccidentallyVegan
    February 8, 2011 | 2:35 pm

    Reese’s Puffs! Love!
    I see coconut oil on blogs everywhere…but at approx $7 do I really need it? Still wavering

    • Wannabe Chef
      February 8, 2011 | 3:21 pm

      I really like it for baking or raw as an alternative to shortening. I usually buy it in big containers so the price per unit is less.

  12. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    February 8, 2011 | 3:31 pm

    you can never go wrong with adding cocoa to PB, along with sugar and coconut oil and vanilla.

    it’s exactly how i make my chocolate PB “frosting” that I use on lots of things, like on my rice krispy treats.

    I like that you call it PB not frosting like i do. Gives ‘permission’ to indulge more. lol 🙂

  13. Erika @ FoodFitnessFun
    February 8, 2011 | 4:05 pm


  14. kate
    February 8, 2011 | 4:11 pm

    Thanks for saving me $10! If this tastes as good as it looks, Im sold.

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  16. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn
    February 8, 2011 | 5:10 pm

    Nothing better than homemade:) Especially when you add chocolate..and coconut oil. Holy yum!

  17. Kiran
    February 8, 2011 | 5:47 pm

    Holy yum! And inexpensive treat for sure 🙂

  18. Hannah
    February 8, 2011 | 8:01 pm

    BRILLIANT! There are no flavoured nut butters of any description here in Australia, so if I want some I *have* to make it myself. I’ve never tried Justin’s (thought have tried PB&Co), but I have complete faith that this recipe of yours is super magnificent. And I just found dutched cocoa yesterday – hurrah!

    • Wannabe Chef
      February 8, 2011 | 8:13 pm

      Funny, in America dutched cocoa powder is the norm. I usually have to search high and low for non-alkalized cocoa.

      • Hannah
        February 8, 2011 | 8:19 pm

        Oh, now I feel unsure. I saw one yesterday that specified “dutched” but maybe the others are too? Is it non-dutched that’s the fancy kind then? I’m so confused 😛

        • Amy
          June 11, 2012 | 11:10 am

          Dutched is just cocoa powder with a pH change, they cost the same. If you taste-test the two next to each other, you can tell the pH change for dutched cocoa makes it taste more like chocolate (less bitter). Some recipes cannot handle the different pH and require regular cocoa powder. I am also from America and Dutched is definitely NOT the ‘norm.’ I am so excited that dutched is getting easier to find. I have lived in the mid-atlantic and near Atlanta, GA, so I don’t know where in the country that guy is from that regular cocoa is scarce. It certainly would be better if Dutched was the norm though.

  19. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish)
    February 8, 2011 | 8:14 pm

    I love this!

  20. Katie
    February 8, 2011 | 8:47 pm

    Heck yessss. You never disappoint me when it comes to chocolate. I wish I had all the ingredients on hand right now!

  21. steph@stephsbitebybite
    February 8, 2011 | 11:10 pm

    Bookmarking this pronto! This is my kind of heaven!! I swear I would probably eat the whole jar in one day!

  22. Jolene (
    February 8, 2011 | 11:19 pm

    I never buy coconut oil because it is SO expensive here, but I keep seeing amazing recipes like this, so now I need to cave and buy some!

  23. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)
    February 9, 2011 | 12:06 am

    I’m dying! I like to add cocoa powder to peanut flour. It’s the best way to eat it!

  24. Ela
    February 9, 2011 | 12:42 am

    I’ve done something very similar with hazelnut butter I made from hazelnuts we harvested at my in-laws. I used honey instead of sugar–just like nutella, it was so good!

  25. Errign
    February 9, 2011 | 7:27 am

    Evan, this looks so, so, so good!

  26. megan @ blackberries for jam
    February 9, 2011 | 8:11 am

    I’m going to have to try this using almond butter. Can you believe my food coop stopped carrying my favorite Justin’s nut butter? I feel lost. And I already broke my food processor trying to make almond butter in the past, so you may have just saved me.

  27. Holly
    February 9, 2011 | 12:33 pm

    i have nothing else to say but YES. yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.

  28. Tiffany
    February 9, 2011 | 6:08 pm

    Amen to this post! My sister got me hooked on the hazelnut chocolate pouches. Um, addicting. And expensive! Thanks for sharing this recipe! I love it because you could make it with peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts…….. 🙂

  29. Leah @ L4L
    February 16, 2011 | 6:33 pm

    I made walnut almond dark chocolate butter (whoa, that’s a mouthful) this weekend – my first attempt at homemade nut butter! It was so cheap and easy, I’m never going back to store bought.

  30. Amy @ ChicFitness
    February 16, 2011 | 6:52 pm

    I choose to spend the majority of my money on food too. I’m not as interested in spending it on clothes– but when I do it’s usually on gym wear…irony?
    I feel like it’s more important for me to eat well so I have not problem spending a lot of money on food that makes me happy. 🙂