For many kids, today marks the dreaded, exciting, pencil-biting first day of school. After long summers of beach time, cookouts and vacation, it's back to the grind in those "new school year" kicks. In celebration of teachers, books, and proudly being a "bringer", we've dubbed this week  Nut Butters Week. Each day we will show you how to make a different kind of nut butter and give you recipes for 4 sandwich combinations, so there's no excuse of letting it sit in the back of your fridge.

Homemade Peanut Butter The PB&J sandwich has been put in lunchboxes for ages. While we don't disagree that a timeless classic is great standby, there's so much more you can do with your lunch. For starters, shelf that store-bought jar. Making homemade peanut butter is a snap. It's the brown bag version of a "one pot meal"; a dump and churn, with some help from a powerful food processor or blender. Brown, a peanut butter purist, was even impressed! Below find our recipe for homemade peanut butter as well as 4 easy and delicious combinations to spice up your sandwich. Check back tomorrow for another nut butter how-to + 4 more sandwiches. Homemade Peanut Butter 10 oz      Unsalted Peanuts 2 Tbsp    Safflower Oil 1/2 tsp    Coarse Salt

Preheat oven to 350. On a rimmed baking sheet, roast peanuts until golden and aromatic. Once toasted, remove from oven and transfer to the bowl of a food processor (we used our beloved Vitamix). Pulse until crunched, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and add oil and salt. Process until smooth (or desired crunchiness). Place peanut butter in an airtight container and store in refrigerator.

The Sandwiches

Upgraded Peanut Butter SandwichesThe PBH: PB + Sliced Banana + Honey The OG: PB + Homemade Concord Jelly The Craving: PB + Potato Chips + Pickle Chips (trust us) PB Thai: Our take on Pad Thai. PB+ 1 Scrambled Egg + Quick Pickled Carrots + Sriracha