Monday, March 15, 2010

Butter Toffee Soaked Peanuts

If you are not aware of the benefits of soaking your nuts then here's what you need to know in a nutshell... :)

Nuts are a little powerhouse of nutrition and just like any other seed, it needs germination to unleash all of its goodness. Soaking your nuts mimics this process and releases enzymes that aid in digestion. Your body has less work to do and the nutrients are more readily available if soaked first.

Here's how to soak peanuts: (aka crispy peanuts)
4 cups raw peanuts
1 tablespoon sea salt
filtered water (or plain is fine too)

Mix peanuts with water to cover and salt and let sit out on your counter, covered, for at least 7 hours to overnight. Drain in a colander and place on a baking sheet. Bake in a warm oven (lowest setting possible) for 12 to 24 hours, stirring occasionally until completely dry and crisp.
You can store these in an airtight container.

Now for the sweet stuff!

4 cups crispy peanuts
1 cup butter
1 cup honey
2 tablespoons water
sea salt (opt)
cinnamon (opt)

In a double boiler or in a bowl on a saucepan, heat butter. Add honey and water and watch the temperature. Stir contiuously. When the temp reaches 300 degrees remove from heat. Sprinkle nuts with salt and cinnamon if desired and pour mixture over nuts. Mix well and spread out on greased baking sheet or wax paper. Let cool and your all done!! Mmmm.....delicious

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