These crunchy peanut bites make are perfect if you find yourself craving a sweet and salty treat. I love to make these for a movie night, a study snack or as an everyday dessert. They are refined sugar free and the caramel is made from maple syrup and plant based cream. Make sure you store them in a dry place, so they stay crunchy. If you prefer the bites in even pieces (instead of breaking them into chunks) you can remove the tray from the oven after 10 minutes and use a pizza cuter to cut the semi hard mixture into squares. Put them back into the oven afterwards and remove the bites when crunchy.
(for one baking tray)
200ml maple syrup
100ml plant based cream alternative ( I used soy cream)
200g fine/ instant oats
60g peanut butter (unsweetened)
1/2- 1 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
Combine the oats, peanuts, and peanut butter in a large mixing bowl.
In a medium saucepan heat up the maple syrup until it begins to simmer. Add the cream and salt. Stir well. Add the hot mixture to the ingredients in the mixing bowl. The batter should have a sticky texture. Taste a little bit and add more salt if needed.
Now line a baking tray with one sheet of parchment paper and poor in the mixture. Use another sheet to press it on top of the mixture so it spreads evenly and relatively thin. You can use a rolling pin or empty bottle to roll out the batter.
Remove the top parchment paper and place the tray in the middle of the oven. Bake for about 15 minutes. Than turn the oven from top/ bottom to the fan function. Bake for another 5- 10 minutes, depending on how crunchy you like the bites. They are done when the edeges gets a golden, light brown colour.
Remove the tray from the oven and let it cool down completely. Now use your hands to break everything into even pieces. Enjoy!