Originally, these were supposed to be Peanut Chews, inspired by those layered bars that have Rice Krispies and marshmallow layers. There were different replicas of the recipe online, and I wanted to make those, but I didn’t have any marshmallows made at the time, so I decided to make a different type of “Peanut Chew” recipe. I desired to have a peanut base, and then maybe some peanut butter ganache on top, with chocolate drizzle as the icing on the cake. That didn’t really work out, because my “peanut base” accidentally became “Peanut Brittle,” which is what I present to you today. When it dawned on me that this Peanut Brittle wouldn’t be making a nice crust for a layered bar (crusts should be soft and chewy right?), I ditched the bar idea and just decided on this. I had put less brown rice syrup in, but then the coconut oil was dripping everywhere because there was nothing to absorb it. I then increased the syrup. That’s why there are white chunks of stuff in the bars, because of the frozen coconut oil. (You can’t taste it though, so it’s okay.) I melted everything on the stove, stirred in the peanuts, and froze it…about four times. What kept happening was that the coconut oil would float to one side, and then there would be one side of goopy syrup, and another of a white brick like substance, the frozen coconut oil. The peanuts were just hidden beneath them. This kept happening until I got the idea to put them in the microwave and add more syrup. Once I did, the coconut oil was absorbed by it (like I mentioned above.) That created a very hard, toffee like peanut brittle!
Quote of the Day
“No one has ever become poor by giving.” -Anne Frank
When I get the chance, I do like to help others. Sometimes, the task isn’t so simple, but rather, tedious-such as bringing your neighbors groceries up to their apartment (although I doubt anyone does that, I think it’s just for movies.) I know that if I share what I have with others, as in just giving someone a helping hand when they need it, then I will be helped later in life when I need it. To me, it feels like karma, the whole “what goes around comes around” thing. Of course, you’re not going to empty your entire bank account and donate it to charity, but if you do anything to help someone else-and it’s from the real bottom of your heart-then I believe that only satisfaction can come from it!
Word of the Day
Acrimony (n.): Bitterness, discord (The less acrimony there is between siblings, the better they get along)
-2 and 1/3 cups unsalted, roasted peanuts
-salt, to taste
-1/2 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
-1 cup brown rice syrup
-1 cup regular coconut oil (not virgin/extra virgin)
(Note: All of this has to be done quickly, because when the mixture is out of the microwave, it will start to harden, and will not be usable once it does.) Mix all ingredients except peanuts in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 10 second increments, stirring every time, until the mixture just starts to bubble. Quickly take it out, stir in the peanuts, scraping any syrup stuck to the bottom, and then pour this mixture into a rectangular pan lined with wax paper. Stick it in the freezer for an hour. Let it harden, and then cut into rectangular bars. Serve straight from fridge, otherwise coconut oil will start to melt very fast in the summer. Keep refrigerated.
Nutrition Facts (per one bar):
Fat: 24.9 g
Carbs: 27.4 g
Sodium: 1 mg
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Fiber: 1.8 g
Sugar: 11.9 g
Protein: 5.8 g