Coconut Almond Crackle: {Kids Cook} Monday Meal

Coconut Almond Crackle from teeny tiny foodie. This #vegan #candy recipe has no corn syrup and is so easy to make, your kids can help you! #KidsCookMonday #toddlerscancook #almonds #kidsinthekitchen #lemon #coconut

Around a month ago, I got the idea to make a crunchy brittle-like candy. After doing some research, it seemed like recipes for nut brittles typically include corn syrup. Corn syrup isn’t an ingredient I keep on hand so I searched for a recipe without it. I found this one by Average Betty and modified it to create my recipe for Coconut Almond Crackle.

A couple of tips before the recipe:

First, to get a truly crunchy nut brittle, you need to use a candy thermometer. I made this recipe a few times without using a thermometer and it tasted delicious, but it wasn’t as crunchy and candy-like as a typical nut brittle.

Second, once the temperature of the water mixture reaches 300°F, you’ll need to work quickly, so make sure your baking soda and coconut oil are measured and ready to use before that happens.

Eliana helped me make this recipe. She helped by:

1. Measuring out the water, sugar, coconut flakes, baking soda, salt and almonds.

2. Pouring the sugar and water into the saucepan.

3. Pouring the chopped almonds, lemon zest and coconut flakes into the bowl and mixing them together.

Look at this #teenytinysouschef go! Coconut Almond Crackle from teeny tiny foodie. This #vegan #candy recipe has no corn syrup and is so easy to make, your kids can help you! #KidsCookMonday #toddlerscancook #almonds #kidsinthekitchen #lemon #coconut #oxo #curiouschef

But, while we were cooking, the student became the teacher! Eliana decided she wanted to get her “babies” (her stuffed animals) to help us. She decided she would teach them some knife skills using her set of plastic knives from Ikea. Could this Foodie (and Teacher) Mama be more proud?

The student is becoming the teacher! Eliana and I were cooking together when she decided she wanted to get her "babies" (the stuffed animals) to help us. She decided she would teach them some knife skills using a set of plastic knives she has from #Ikea. Could this #Foodie Mama be more proud? We made Coconut Almond Crackle which is a #vegan #candy recipe that has no corn syrup and is so easy to make, your kids can help you! #KidsCookMonday #toddlerscancook #almonds #kidsinthekitchen #lemon #coconut #oxo #curiouschef

 

 

Ingredients:

  • -1 cup raw almonds, chopped
  • -1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes
  • -2 pinches of sea salt
  • -⅔ cup sugar
  • -½ cup water
  • -1 pinch baking soda
  • -Peel of ½ lemon
  • -Zest of ½ lemon
  • -2 teaspoons virgin coconut oil

 

Preparation:

Set up a rimmed baking sheet with a silpat or greased parchment paper.

Mix together the almonds, coconut flakes and lemon zest. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, heat water, lemon peel, sugar and 1 pinch of salt over medium heat until it boils and the sugar dissolves. Whisk mixture together.

Once boiling, boil for 10-20 minutes or until mixture reaches 300°F on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat.

Immediately add the coconut oil and baking soda and stir until it foams and then turns glossy.

Add the almonds, coconut flakes and lemon zest and stir until well-coated. Pour out onto the baking sheet and flatten into a thin layer.

Sprinkle remaining pinch of salt over the top and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before breaking into smaller pieces and enjoying.

 

Happy Cooking!

 

 

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4 Responses to Coconut Almond Crackle: {Kids Cook} Monday Meal

  1. Marsha says:

    You can make a yummy brittle even more simply than this… chop some nuts coarsely and toast them in a pan until they begin to colour. Then make a caramel from sugar and water (use your quantities) – a couple of drops of vanilla right at the end so it doesn’t burn off, add the nuts and spread on a baking sheet to cool. No need for oils, salt or baking soda. I make it often, and don’t bother with the sugar thermometer either – once the caramel begins to colour, it’s a pretty safe bet that it’s hot enough to crack when cool (I’m sure every professional confectioner would roll their eyes at my lack of care and attention in this Important Endeavour, but it tastes good, so who cares!).

  2. Megan says:

    This sounds so yummy!! I am going to have to make it with my girls. xo ~ Megan The Fashionista Momma

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