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Natural, High-Oleic Peanut Butter

Most commercial peanut butter contains high levels of dangerous hydrogenated fats, sodium and sugar.  This recipe uses a mild, creamy high-oleic extra virgin olive oil.  By using a mild olive oil, the roasted peanut taste will be prominent and your heart will thank you for the change.

2 cups roasted, unsalted peanuts

1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

1 tablespoon sugar (optional)

3 tablespoons Manzanillo olive oil

Place the peanuts in your blender.  Add the salt and sugar if using.  Pour the olive oil over the peanuts and wait 30 seconds before blending on high speed.  Process until the desired level of creaminess up to two minutes.  It may be necessary to turn off the blender a few times to scrape down the sides.  Store tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks.