Healthy Peanut Snacks

Lately we’ve been experimenting with homemade healthy snack foods. Peanut brittle is easy to make and is healthier than refined sugar-based alternatives.

I found a 24-ounce bag of raw peanuts in the grocery store for $2.49. I snagged two! Raw peanuts need to be roasted before consuming. They come from the ground and they have not been processed at all. So shells and all, we put a single-layer of peanuts on a baking sheet in the oven for 25 minutes at 350ºF.

After cooling, my daughter and I went to work de-shelling the peanuts. We were watching the pre-Olympic coverage in the family room, so it wasn’t that bad of a task. Soon we had about a half quart of home-roasted, skinned peanuts ready for our snacks.

My lovely wife Jen heats up a bit of brown rice syrup on low on the stove. When it’s boiling, she removes the saucepan and mixes in the peanuts. Using the same method we used with the Homemade Crackers we recently made, she uses a rolling pin and sandwiches the snack between two sheets of parchment paper. As the snack cools, it hardens. Last night she added raisins, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds to the mix.

It’s a great healthy snack that everyone in the family loves!

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