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Nuts are good for you…….. here is an easy recipe for sugared peanuts.
Sugar? Yes, just a bit. AND because it’s from scratch then you can control the amount and kind of sugar that you use. I always strive to use the least processed sugar. Sucanant, for example, would work perfectly in this recipe and is simply pure sugar cane juice which has been dried or dehydrated. No bleach, refining or processing. That means the molasses content is retained and makes for a deeper flavor.
The next best form of sugar to use would be turbinado. According to www.wisegeek.com ” Turbinado sugar is made by taking the first pressing of juice from sugar cane and slowly heating it to evaporate the water out of it. This causes it to crystallize. To complete the drying process, the crystals are then spun in turbines or centrifuges. ” Slightly more processed but not much.
If you are curious there are plenty of sites out there that explain all the different types of sugar but basically each type of sugar becomes more and more refined and even bleached…and offers less nutritional value.
The easy recipe for sugared peanuts goes something like this:
Find a source of raw peanuts. Or buy peanuts in the shell and crack them open yourself. Great job for the kiddoes. Peanuts are grown here in Africa and are referred to as groundnuts. This recipe is used by locals over an open fire and sold in little handful size bags for just a kwacha or two – a cheap and protein rich snack. These are the groundnuts I found: Spread out the amount of peanuts you want in your recipe (about 2 cups works nicely or double the recipe) and roast them in the oven or on an open fire until they begin to pop and develop a darker color. This should take about 15 – 20 minutes at 325 degrees
Add sugar and water ( see recipe below) to a skillet. These 2 ingredients will suffice, however, for more flavor add the paste of a vanilla bean pod and/ or cinnamon or a drop of cinnamon oil and a pinch of cayenne. Ohh la la !
Bring the mixture to a boil on medium/ high heat and keep stirring until sugar is dissolved.
Then add the roasted peanuts and keep stirring until all the nuts are evenly coated.
About nuts….you can actually use ANY nut. Cashews , pecans, walnuts,……..go nuts ! he – he -he . In fact you could make a mixture of nuts and call it sugared mixed nuts. People will think you are so clever ( wink – wink). You’ll begin to see the sugar crystalizing and that’s what you want. Keep stirring until all the liquid has crystalized and remove. You can spread them out on a cookie sheet to dry a bit OR for a crunchier snack put them back in the oven for about 15 more minutes and really let that coating harden up.
After that super simple snack making adventure you can throw them in a bowl and snack away. The evening I made these the power went out so we enjoyed them by candlelight.
These do not end up being overly sweet and nice to have on hand when feeling “snacky”. Excellent tossed in with fresh popped popcorn….movie sidekick right there.
See the recipe just below – what other flavor combinations would work well ? Leave a comment !
*Nut trivia – Ground nuts are grown, yep, in the ground but what about cashews? How are cashews harvested? << Find out in the post link.
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Spicy Sugared peanuts
Looking for a quick but protein packed snack that can easily be made at home? You control the sugar content and what kind of flavors and spices to use too.
- 2 cups raw nut of choice
- 2/3 cup filtered water
- 2/3 cup turbinado sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon or 1 DROP cinnamon oil optional
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste optional
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper optional
Lay nuts of choice on a baking pan and roast raw nuts for 15-20 minutes at 325 degrees
Heat water and sugar plus optional spices in a skillet on medium high heat stirring until sugar dissolves.
Add roasted nuts into the sugar mixture and keep stirring until sugar has crystalized and no liquid remains.
Lay nut mixture on baking pan to cool and dry or further crisp the nuts by baking on the sheet pan for another 15 minutes.! Let cool and enjoy 🙂