Coconut Peanut Butter Clusters

 

May 27, 2017

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Thai Style - Coconut Peanut Butter Clusters riff on my childhood favourite Corn Flake Peanut Butter Clusters. Same principle of melting peanut butter, brown sugar and honey, but here we add ingredients that Thailand-ize the flavours into salty, savoury, spicy sweetness. They're robust in flavour, will delight your summer sweet tooth, and fit into your busy schedule. Coconut Peanut Butter Clusters are ready in a snap because they're no-bake. Made on the stove top, they cool fast on your tray and remain crispy. Take them to a pool party or a summer picnic with friends. Leave me your comments below.

Thank you to Faith Durand for this recipe. Her original recipe can be found on the The Splendid Table. I've adapted it slightly.

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Ingredients

Makes 30 clusters

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Grams

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Volume

  • 113 grams finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 135 grams chow mein noodles
  • 170 grams honey
  • 109 grams light brown sugar
  • 258 grams unsweetened peanut butter (commercial brand will work best. a natural peanut butter create a drier cookie.
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
  • 4 ounces finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 5 ounces chow mein noodles
  • 6 ounces honey
  • 3.80 ounces light brown sugar
  • 9.1 ounces unsweetened peanut butter (commercial brand will work best. a natural peanut butter create a drier cookie.
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3 cups chow mein noodles
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened peanut butter (commercial brand will work best. a natural peanut butter create a drier cookie.
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder

Instructions

Mise en Place the Coconut Peanut Butter Clusters

Toast the coconut in a hot skillet.
Toast the coconut in a hot skillet.

Buy chow mein noodles at your local grocery store.
Buy chow mein noodles at your local grocery store.

  • Measure the chow mein noodles into a large bowl and set aside.

The chow mein noodles are dry and crispy.
The chow mein noodles are dry and crispy.

  • Combine the honey and brown sugar into a small saucepan and set aside.
  • Set the vanilla, salt and cayenne pepper close to your work space.
  • Measure the peanut butter in a small bowl and set aside.

Assemble the Coconut Peanut Butter Clusters

  • Heat the skillet to toast the coconut. As the pan heats, the coconut will begin to brown along the edges. Stir continuously, moving the flakes over on all sides to toast well.
  • Once the coconut is toasted, pour it directly into the chow mein noodles and toss together.

Add the toasted coconut to the crispy chow mein noodles.
Add the toasted coconut to the crispy chow mein noodles.

  • Heat the brown sugar and honey until the sugars are dissolved and runny. Let the sugar simmer gently and remove. Don't let it come to a hard boil or the haystacks will be too hard when they cool.
  • Immediately add the peanut butter to the hot sugar. Stir continuously until the peanut butter is melted.

Add the peanut butter to the simmering honey and brown sugar.
Add the peanut butter to the simmering honey and brown sugar.

  • Add the vanilla, salt and cayenne pepper. Stir well.
  • Pour the peanut butter mixture over the chow mein noodles and coconut.

Pour the batter over your noodles and coconut.
Pour the batter over your noodles and coconut.

  • Working quickly, stir until all the dry ingredients are covered.

The coconut peanut butter mixture.
The coconut peanut butter mixture.

  • Scoop out the haystacks with a scoop or a tablespoon.

Scoop your haystacks onto a tray to cool. No need to bake.
Scoop your haystacks onto a tray to cool. No need to bake.

  • Let cool on the tray.

Coconut Peanut Butter Haystacks, The Finer Cookie.
Coconut Peanut Butter Haystacks, The Finer Cookie.

  • Store in an air tight container and keep on the counter until all eaten up.
TAGS:  spicy   thai   peanut butter   coconut       LABELS: No Bake  Quick and Easy  Savoury  Nut and Seed 

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Coconut Peanut Butter Clusters

Makes 30 clusters

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