Easy, gooey, crunchy and oh-so-delicious. What more can you want from a Christmas treat? That they are genuinely easy to make?! Well, these vegan caramel peanut clusters are all that and more.
You know those days when absolutely everything suddenly decides to go haywire? It was that kind of a day, a whole week, in fact. So, I wanted to be steeped, soused, and soaked in bites of heaven.
So what did I do?
I took out my trusty saucepan and whipped up a batch of vegan caramel peanut clusters. Trust me, every day of every week absolutely calls for these unbelievably decadent treats.
How to Make Vegan Caramel Peanut Clusters?
There was a time when I (foolishly) believed making anything remotely close to candy required exorbitantly expensive ingredients and utmost attention. I am happy to say these caramel clusters proved me wrong – and how!
You don’t need fancy tools or Michelin star fixings to make these sinful, yet healthy clusters. Quick and easy, the recipe has two parts each more mouth-watering than the other.
First, Make the Vegan Caramel Sauce
In a small saucepan blend coconut sugar, coconut butter, and coconut milk. I used full-fat coconut milk to get a rich, creamy caramel sauce, but if you prefer coconut cream, then that works well too.
Add in touch of corn-starch to thicken the sauce and then a pod of vanilla bean. Wish to see even the most manful resistance crumble like an apple-pie? Split the pod lengthwise to release a divine fragrance and flavor into the sauce.
Let the caramel cook, cook, cook till it is nice and thick and evenly coats the back of your spoon. Whisk in a bit of sea salt and then let it cool. As the caramel sauce simmers down, it will thicken into a gooey beauty.
Then, Make the Peanut Clusters
While the sauce is cooling, roast some peanuts. If the chilly December weather is making you lazy (like me), then store-bought roasted peanut will do excellently. Just make sure they are unsalted.
Mix the roasted peanuts in the caramel sauce. Use a measuring spoon (or even a lemon baller) to scoop out clusters on a tray. The candy is now ready for a quick trip to the fridge, leaving you free to melt a bar or two of dark chocolate.
Somehow, I favour all dairy-free chocolate; but if you can’t find a vegan option near your home simply choose 70% dark chocolate.
Last but definitely not the least, dunk the hardened caramel peanut clusters in the melted chocolate. Dust a hint of additional sea salt and then give the clusters a second, shorter stay in the fridge.
Finally, Serve the Highly Addictive Vegan Caramel Peanut Clusters
A slight crunch, a tab bit creamy, and a whole lot addictive, the caramel peanut clusters are super easy to make. Plus, they’re refined sugar-free and gluten-free (think: healthier and much tastier version of Snickers).
The vegan caramel peanut clusters are so intensely satisfying that once you have them, I bet you won’t stop at one. I blame the caramel sauce. Its flecks of vanilla add a wonderfully sweet touch, and the sea salt perfectly balances it out to make one scrumptious treat.