This tutorial is to show the easy way to make peanut powder or peanut flour using roasted peanuts that you can use in your cooking, baking, smoothies, etc. All the tips you need to know so it won’t turn into a paste or peanut butter.
I’m a huge fan of peanuts and tree nuts and this tutorial is basically to share with you how to easily turn roasted whole peanuts into powdered form. Why would I do that you probably would ask? I basically need it to make this muah chee / mochi recipe. I usually make extra too as I can use it for other things as I elaborate a bit more below.
HOW TO USE PEANUT POWDER/PEANUT FLOUR
The ideas are limitless if you ask me. Here are what I’ve been using it for:
1. FOR COOKING / BAKING
I recently made this easy muah chee recipe again and I had not been able to get the peanut powder topping right the first few times until this round I realized there were few things I had been doing wrong and it wasn’t actually that hard if you use the right tool and few very simple tips.
2. FOR SMOOTHIES
3. AS A TOPPING
I love it on my oatmeals, yogurt, coconut flour porridge, or stir it in my chia seeds pudding, etc. I also use it as a filling in this Indonesian sweet pancakes (martabak manis / apam balik).
IS THIS SIMILAR TO PEANUT POWDER LIKE PBFIT?
Yes, it’s in powdered form like PB FIT, but no, it’s not the same in terms of calories. Peanut powder like PBFIT has been “defatted” meaning, most of its fat has been removed. So it is less in calories but with the same familiar peanut taste and aroma. I love it. I’ve been using PBFIT for years now. But what I made here is from whole roasted shelled peanuts.
EQUIPMENT YOU NEED
I highly recommend using a blender instead of a food processor. My food processor simply isn’t able to grind the peanuts or any seeds into a powder. It can only chop/grind it finely. If you already have a trusted blender that you can blend any nuts or seeds into powdered form, great! I love my Vitamix blender (not sponsored). I’ve owned this thing for over 10 years now and it’s still going strong. It’s a real workhorse!
DID YOU MAKE THIS EASY PEANUT POWDER RECIPE?
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How To Make Peanut Powder/Peanut Flour Easily (Not Peanut Butter)
- 1 cup roasted unsalted peanut or raw shelled peanuts
If peanuts are raw:
- If you use unroasted peanuts, place them on a large skillet or wok and roast them over medium heat on a dry pan until they are slightly golden and smells really good
- You can also roast them in the oven. Preheat oven at 350 F for 15 minutes. Stir them once or twice during that time. Remove from the oven and let them cool down completely
- Remove from the heat and spread them out on a pan to let them cool down completely before blending. This is very important or they will turn into a paste when you process them later in a blender while they are still warm
Blend into a powder:
- Use a blender (a powerful one makes a difference) and please make sure it's dry. You can of course use a food processor too if that's all you have, but result may not be as fine in texture
- Turn the blender on or push "pulse" button if there's one and pulse for about 5 seconds and then stop. The peanuts won't be finely ground yet. Use a spoon or rubber spatula to loosen the bottom and sides. Make sure nothing sticks there. Then pulse again for another 5 seconds and loosen again. If you are happy with the consistency or how fine they are, you can stop here, if not you can pulse it maybe one more round. Take care not to overdoing it or the heat from pulsing the nuts will make the peanuts become oily and wet
- Remove from the blender and transfer to a container. Don't close the lid just yet. I usually let it "cools" down after blending because sometimes it's still a bit warm. Then close the lid and you can store it in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for up to 3 months
This is probably a dumb question… but can you replace pb fit powder with regular peanut flour in a muffin recipe or is it like swapping oat flour for almond flour (adding extra fat may affect them). Thank you for your advice! BTW I love the article too (but no point rating when I haven’t needed a recipe to make ground nuts at home myself lol). Thought I’d chip in, if you have an expensive food processor (mine was £450 and is top of the range for the Magimix brand which is considerably chepear than the Vitamix group etc.) you still get ground nuts in minutes even from cold and raw (warm nuts process quickly). Just wanted to point that out for us folk who don’t have a vitamix, all is not lost 😉
Hi, I don’t think it’s a dumb question 🙂 I haven’t tried it myself, but I don’t see why it won’t work, in fact with regular peanut flour may tastes better (with the fat) 🙂
and thank you for sharing your experience with food processor. Good to know that there are cheaper alternatives that work just as great!!
Can I mix this powder with water to get a peanut paste like I can with PB2?
Hi Hope, yes you can, but just know that this is not the same with PB2 nutrition-wise, PB2 is lower in fat and calorie, but this is not.
That’s not a problem. Thank you 😊
Hi there I know this is a silly question but how much peanut powder do we get from one cup of peanuts? Also is this also considered a peanut flour or just a peanut powder what’s the difference?
Hi Barb, they yield roughly about the same, I didn’t measure the weight exactly. Peanut powder and peanut flour should be the same thing, they are both made by grinding whole peanuts
I make my own peanut butter a lot but I like the idea that the peanut butter powder( PB2) has a lot less fat and calories. Does this DIY powder recipe take out the extra calories and fat and if so, how? Thanks
Dee, I love PB2 as well, but this is not PB2 though. This is just turning the nuts into powder, there is still fat and the same amount of calories. I believe you have to go through some sort of extraction to remove the fat
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