Honey Roasted Peanuts

Honey roasted peanuts

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
277 Calories
21g Fat
18g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 277
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 26%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 217mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 273mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Warm roasted peanuts are a wonderful snack that has been an American favorite for decades. They're usually bought in commercially-made tins and it's almost impossible to eat just one handful. Our homemade version will make it even harder! Coated in butter, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt, these peanuts are roasted in the oven for a mere 20 minutes. Very little prep is required to serve this sweet-savory snack. If you're keen on spicy foods, use our recipe as a template and add cayenne or chipotle powder to make spicy honey-roasted peanuts.

Peanuts pack a lot of nutrition into a very small form. Although very high in calories—607 calories per 100-gram serving—peanuts are a great addition to a healthy diet, with almost 29 grams of protein in the same serving size and 10 grams of fiber. Even if "nut" is part of their name, peanuts are a legume, closer relatives to lentils or soybeans than to hazelnuts or macadamias.

For this recipe, using raw peanuts is best, but unsalted roasted peanuts are also good. The least amount of processing the peanuts you're using have, the better. Use these sweet crunchy peanuts to decorate cakes and cupcakes or to top ice-cream or fruit parfait. Pack in little bags to give away to friends and family, and simply keep them in an airtight container at room temperature.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1/3 cup honey

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 1 pound raw peanuts, or roasted unsalted

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for honey roasted peanuts
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  2. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying it with nonstick cooking spray. Place the butter, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon salt in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the mixture until the butter is melted, about 45 seconds, stirring halfway through. Once melted, stir until the liquid is smooth.

    Place the butter, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt in bowl
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  3. Add the peanuts to the honey mixture and stir until they're all evenly coated.

    Peanuts in a bowl
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  4. Pour the peanuts out onto the prepared baking sheet and spread them into an even layer.

    spread peanuts out on baking sheet
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  5. Bake the peanuts for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to prevent burning. The peanuts at the edges will brown faster, so it's important to stir regularly to get an even roasting.

    Peanuts on a baking sheet
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  6. Once the peanuts are golden brown, remove them from the oven and stir again to distribute the honey that has dripped onto the baking sheet.

    Honey poured on peanuts
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  7. Let the peanuts rest for a minute or two. Sprinkle the granulated sugar and the remaining teaspoon of salt on top and stir again. The sugar and salt will add flavor and texture to the peanuts.

    Sprinkle sugar on peanuts
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  8. As they continue to cool at room temperature, stir occasionally to break up any big clumps. Enjoy warm or cold!

    cool peanuts on a baking sheet at room temperature
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Honey Roasted Peanut Butter

Who doesn't love a good old peanut butter sandwich? These delicious honey roasted peanuts make decadent peanut butter with a sweet flavor already added. Simply use a high-speed blender or food processor to blend the peanuts into butter. The result will have texture because of the peanuts' skins, but also a lot of flavor and character. Blending the roasted peanuts once the final sugar and salt are added makes the blending process easier.

Article Sources
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  1. Peanuts, Roasted and Unsalted. FoodData Central. United States Department of Agriculture.