Quick and Easy Vegan Microwave Peanut Brittle Recipe

Peanut brittle photo by Donald Erickson / Getty Images
Peanut brittle photo by Donald Erickson / Getty Images
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 servings

I remember making peanut brittle alongside other Christmas cookies as a kid, and being completely enthralled by the way the brittle forms all at once, seemingly like magic. The good news is, you really don't need any dairy ingredients to make peanut brittle at all, so it's the perfect treat for vegans and anyone eating dairy-free. I can't say your dentist will necessarily agree with me on that one, though! 

Peanut brittle is also super fast to make, so it can be a great time-saving option if you have a long list of Christmas treats to bake up, and this recipe can even be made entirely in the microwave. What's not to love? Read the entire recipe thoroughly first, however, since one you get started, you really won't be able to stop to check in again.

See also: Vegan Christmas Cookies!

Here's how to make a simple vegan peanut brittle using dry-roasted peanuts, sugar, corn syrup and a little vegan margarine.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 cups dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup 
  • Pinch of salt (optional) 
  • 1 Tbsp. vegan margarine
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 1 tsp. baking soda

How to Make It

Note: Be sure to read all the recipe instructions thoroughly before beginning, as once you've stirred all the ingredients, you need to make sure you can move very quickly to the next step! Otherwise you may have a mess on your hands! Don't let this scare you however, as peanut brittle really is very quick and easy to make, as long as you make sure to pour the mixture quickly! 

Lightly grease a baking sheet so it's ready to go.

In a large glass bowl, stir together the peanuts, sugar, light corn syrup and salt. Place the mixture in the microwave and microwave on high for 6-7 minutes, until bubbly.

Stir in the vegan margarine and vanilla extract, and heat for another 2-3 minutes.

Remove from microwave and quickly stir in the baking soda, just until it gets foamy. IMMEDIATELY pour the mixture onto the lightly grease baking sheet.

Allow your peanut brittle to cool (don't touch!) for about 15 minutes, until firm and set.

Break your peanut brittle into pieces, and munch away!

Store your homemade peanut brittle in a zip-loc bag or another air-tight container to keep it crisp and fresh. 

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 320
Total Fat 14 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Unsaturated Fat 7 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 234 mg
Carbohydrates 46 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 7 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)