Naturally Sweetened Peanut Brittle

Naturally Sweet Peanut Brittle
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  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 45 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 12 oz brittle (serves 5)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
437 Calories
17g Fat
68g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 oz brittle (serves 5)
Amount per serving
Calories 437
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 338mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 68g 25%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Protein 8g
Calcium 59mg 5%
*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.)

Coconut sugar makes this Naturally Sweetened Peanut Brittle recipe intensely flavorful and much healthier! Despite this sugar’s name, coconut sugar does not taste or smell like coconut, but instead has a lovely brown sugar taste and appearance. It is sometimes called "coconut palm sugar," but do not confuse that with plain "palm sugar," which is a different product. Be sure to use real maple syrup, instead of maple-flavored "pancake syrup," which will not work in the recipe.

By using real peanut butter, this brittle also doesn’t contain any added butter or fat. Try substituting in other nuts or nut butters for a similar tasty treat.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (omit if using salted peanut butter)
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 6 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside. Place out all of the ingredients for ready use.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine the coconut sugar, maple syrup, and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Add the salt, then insert a candy thermometer. Cook the brittle without stirring until it reaches 250 degrees Fahrenheit (121 C). Add the peanuts and stir them into the mixture.
  4. Continue cooking the candy until it reaches 290 degrees Fahrenheit (143 C). The peanuts will start to smell roasted and the caramelized scent will begin to be more robust.
  5. When it reaches this stage, turn off the heat and add the peanut butter. Stir quickly to combine and remove from the heat. Add the baking soda and vanilla and stir well—the brittle will foam up. Spread the candy out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, to about ¼ inch thick. Spread quickly because this candy cools quickly!
  6. Place the mixture in the fridge to cool and set for 30 minutes. Break into pieces and enjoy!