Here’s a recipe for an easy treat—caramel nut clusters, or bars. I used Valencia (Spanish) dry roasted peanuts, but feel free to use your favorite nut. And, yes, peanuts are not a nut (they’re a legume), but don’t let that stop you if you eat them. I want to try pistachios and hazelnuts next. And feel free to add some seasonings to this, like cinnamon, ginger, or even chili pepper, to give it a bit of a zing. I like it plain with vanilla because it reminds me of a candy bar. This recipe is also another way to make granola bars. Just exchange the nuts for raisins, and other granola ingredients.
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Caramel Nut Bars
- 1 cup dry roasted peanuts, unsalted I use Valencia peanuts but any will work
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Prepare a dish with parchment paper on the bottom.
- Boil the honey, butter, vanilla, and salt in a saucepan for at least 10 minutes, until it is darker in color. The darker it is, the more the nut cluster will harden when it cools. If you want it to be more like brittle, bring it close to burning. If you're using a candy thermometer, it should reach about 250° F.
- Cool the liquid for a few minutes and then add the nuts. Stir until all the nuts are coated.
- Place the nut mixture on a piece of parchment and then place the other piece of paper over it and use your hands or a flat surface to spread the nuts out evenly.
- Place it in the refrigerator to harden.