Easy and quick, this Microwave Peanut Brittle is sheer perfection. Sweet mixes with salty for the perfect bite every time!
I love candy. I know that sounds like a normal statement from anyone in the world. I mean everyone loves candy. I don’t know one single person who doesn’t like candy. But I LOVE candy. I mean I absolutely lurve it with all my heart. No joke.
So when I got sent a package from a company I work with that included candy in their cookbook I just knew I had to try the candy as soon as possible. I mean Peanut Brittle that doesn’t light my tummy on fire…..sign me up.
For those who don’t know I have severe I.B.S. but I have to say I’m one of the lucky ones in a lot of ways. My food triggers still allow me to eat a lot of my favourite foods. I’ve had to give up the ones I know trigger my symptoms heavily. That was hard.
In the grand scheme of things I manage my illness pretty well. I am careful to avoid the foods that trigger me, I take my medication regularly and I try to live my life with as little stress as possible. That’s a big one for me.
Stress triggers my symptoms big time. I have to be super careful to stay mellow as much as possible. If I allow myself to get riled up by all of life’s little annoyances I’d always be sick. Luckily I’m able to roll with life most days so I stay as symptom free as I can.
When VSL#3 offered to send me a package that included their VSL#3 IBS-friendly recipe cards, a copy of Patsy Catsos book, Flavor without FODMAPs Cookbook: Love the Food that Loves You Back I jumped at the chance. I love trying IBS friendly recipes.
I flipped through the cookbook and was drawn to so many recipes ranging from Breads, to Beverages, to Appetizers, to Main Courses, to Soups, and lastly to Desserts. I was really pulled towards the Peanut Brittle recipe in the book. Like could not take my eyes off it.
So many people with IBS have trouble with store bought desserts, and even homemade desserts. I wanted to let people know that they could still enjoy homemade candy without all the symptoms. I tried both the Maple-Walnut Brittle and the Peanut Brittle.
What I found cool is you can always swap out the nuts for ones you can tolerate. And if you can’t tolerate nuts because they trigger your symptoms you can always leave them out. Honestly, nut free brittle is just as good as nut filled brittle. I know it sounds odd but it works.
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- CAUTION: Make sure you are super careful not to touch the liquid during the cooking process, and do NOT lick the spoon. It's wicked hot and can burn. I know it's tempting but don't do it!!
- Place a rimmed cookie sheet or an 11 x 7 pan baking pan.
- In a large glass measuring cup, or microwave safe container, combine sugar and corn syrup. Stir with a spoon.
- Place the measuring cup in the microwave and cook for 4 minutes. The mixture is going to get extremely hot so don't touch the mixture by accident, or on purpose. Use your noggins, peeps.
- Remove the measuring cup from the microwave and add the peanuts to the measuring cup and microwave on high heat for 3 minutes. Again, don't touch the mixture, it's flipping hot!
- Remove the measuring cup from the microwave and add butter and vanilla, it may bubble up, it's okay, just stir until well combined. Place back in the microwave and cook on high for 1 minute. Again, do not touch it, this stuff is piping hot.
- Now add the baking soda to the measuring cup and mix for about 20 to 30 seconds while the foaming slows down. Once it's all settled you can pour it onto an ungreased cookie sheet, or large pan. Smooth out with a scraper or the back of a spoon. I spray the back of a spoon with non-stick spray then smooth mine. If desired you can toss some demerara sugar over top of the surface. Allow the candy to cool completely.
- Cut with a knife or use a toffee hammer to break the peanut brittle into pieces. You can eat it right away or store it in airtight container.
- Serve with a big old candy loving smile!
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