Spicy Peanut Sesame Brittle With Honey & Coconut Oil #SundaySupper




Sweet N Spicy peanut honey brittle laced with a tinge of cayenne, made with honey & coconut oil makes a crunchy snack that is chockfull of protein and vitamins. My Sunday supper team is doing a “Culinary Bucket List” theme where we try out something new that has been on our list of things to make. So fun! I jumped right in with something that’s been on my bucket list:  my peanut sesame brittle. I was slightly nervous since I have never made anything like this before, but it turned out great. Peanut sesame brittle is one of those treats that can actually be healthy if it wasn’t for all the refined sugar and corn syrup, the dominant ingredients in most versions. Huge bonus to making it at home is that you can control what you put in it. My version is more wholesome, has half the sugar of the usual version and more nuts. I used a combination of raw brown sugar and raw honey. I also added just a tinge of cayenne and it gave a slight kick. I love the combination of crunchy sweet N spicy! I added sesame seeds and they went really well with the crunchy peanuts. Just one tablespoon of coconut oil added a creamy crunch to it. Big surprise, my husband who never likes sweet stuff was digging into it. I may try adding some cardamom and peanut butter to it the next time I make it.   It was surprisingly easy to make and is the perfect snack for when my sweet tooth kicks in! 




Nutrition Wise! 

Peanuts are a great source of satiating fiber and protein. They are also one of nature’s richest sources of the fat blasting amino acid arginine.  Sesame seeds are busting with vitamin E and iron. They are also high in fiber. Combine these two super foods with a little honey and you have a wholesome sweet treat! 







Peanut Sesame Brittle

Serves 25 pieces
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable


  • 1 Cup roasted peanuts
  • 1 Cup white same seeds
  • 3/4 cups raw brown sugar
  • 3/4 Cup raw honey
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 Tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 Tsp baking powder


Healthy, wholesome version of peanut sesame brittle with a slight kick to it !


Combine raw sugar, honey, water, cayenne and coconut oil on fire and cook till it reached hard candy stage. You can use a thermometer and cook it till it reaches 290. No thermometer ? Fill a cup with cold water and drip in one drop of syrup into the water. Feel the drop at the bottom of the cup. If it is hard and brittle, it's ready.
When the syrup hits 290, remove from heat. Quickly stir in baking soda and nuts. Combine and stir quickly.
Working quickly , pour the mixture on a greased cookie sheet and spread as thinly as possible.
Cool, let it set about 2 hrs and then break into pieces.

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About Sunithi Selvaraj, RD

Registered Dietitian with a sweet tooth and a passion for eating healthy ( quite a combo) Nutrition Geek, Healthy Nut.........


  1. If you only knew how much my husband loves peanut brittle. Your version with a spicy kick sounds like it would satisfy both my husband’s love of this candy plus my love of spicy foods. Delish!

  2. I have never made peanut brittle before; yours looks beautiful!!!!

  3. I think sesame seeds are so great in this type of recipes, just like adding it to granola. Too bad I can´t find coconut oil in this country, but this is one recipe to try the minute it appears! Have a great sunday Suni!

  4. I am an absolute sucker for brittle, but sesame is my all-time favorite. I want to reach in and grab a few shards!! Beautiful job, Sue.

  5. My wife LOVES peanut brittle. I can’t wait to make her this version!

  6. Sue this looks fantastic! I attempted peanut brittle once and while it was a success, it wasn’t nearly as gorgeous as yours is. Need to try this ASAP. Congrats for knocking something off the bucket list.

  7. What a great alternative to corn syrup and white sugar! I don’t have the greatest luck with candy making, so I’m always scared to venture away from those two ingredients because I’m unsure about the chemistry. I’ll have to try this with pecans or almonds!

  8. I love peanut brittle, never thought of putting sesame seeds with it but it would be perfect!!

  9. Yumm ! healthy snack to make & take to the gymn 🙂

  10. Love this ! Making it … so wholesome ! No coconut oil. Will use butter instead 😉

  11. What a wonderful peanut brittle…love that you added sesame seeds and cayenne!!! Yeah, baby!!!!

  12. I grew up eating a sesame brittle I loved it! Thanks for bringing back a nice memory for me!

  13. Anything with sesame seeds seems to be popular with Japanese friends so I am grateful for your recipe, Sunithi. Love that it’s good for you, too!

  14. This food reminds me a lot of my childhood days. This was my favorite and I really cried every time my mom didn’t give me money to buy one in a nearby store. I eat a lot of this to the point of getting a toothache. Though, I have to say your version of the peanut brittle looks more delicious.

  15. If I had any more honey in the house I’d be making this STAT!

  16. This is so perfect for snacking. My bro loves peanut brittle so much and I\\\’ll definitely try this recipe. Can we use walnuts, instead of peanuts?

    • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

      Am sure it will be great with walnuts ! Let me know how it turns out ! I’m planning to try it with almonds next. It is a kinda nice snack. I brought a stash to work 🙂 !

  17. Sue, this is awesome! Love this recipe 🙂

  18. Sue, fabulous job as always turning something sinfully decadent into something I won’t feel guilty about eating! This brittle reminds me of sesame crisps, which I’ve loved since I was a kid. I can just imagine how satisfying it would be to crunch into a giant piece of this sweet, spicy, nutty concoction.

  19. Love the addition of the sesame seeds … yum 🙂

  20. I just love your healthy twist on all recipes. This one looks like a winner for when you need some sweets!

  21. Love the spicy twist – great job on this!

  22. Jack Morow says:

    Baking powder or soda? which is it?

  23. Hello I really aprreciate this great and interesting post. Thank you for sharing!

  24. So glad to see you back blogging my friend. I missed you terribly. I propose that you and your family move within walking distance from me and you be my personal nutritionist and cook. I love brittle and I’m so glad you made it with sesame. We Korean’s love our sesame. 🙂

  25. Anyone who is not craving for a peanut brittle after seeing this post has some mind problems! I just want to munch all of the brittle!

  26. So mouth-watering!! I love checking out your posts because it never failed to make me hungry! Yeah, it did! Thanks for sharing. I will definitely try this! 🙂

  27. I love peanut brittle! Thank you so much for posting the recipe. I usually just buy peanut brittle from stores, but now I think I can make it on my own. 🙂

  28. Yum! Thanks for sharing such a delicious and sweet recipe with us, Sunithi! I’m going to try this on weekeends! 🙂

  29. Awesome, Sunithi! You never failed to make me hungry! I am going to try this. I’ll let you know if its successful. Thanks a lot!

  30. Are the idea of peanuts in cooking I love this one definatly for me. I love peanuts and love putting them in different things so will be giving this one a go.

    Great recipe lee

  31. Peanuts are awesome. I love them! Would love to try this recipe and make my own peanut brittle. thanks for sharing the other recipes. Keep posting good articles and recipes. 🙂

  32. You addition of sesame to peanut brittle sounds great. Especially with honey and coconut oil!

  33. In India we call it Chikki.. Peanut Chikki’s made with jaggery are so crispy and tasty . Your way of preparing is different but sounds nice. So I’ll be trying it . Thanks for sharing Sunithi

  34. Hi,
    Thanks for the recipe, Peanut Brittle is pretty famous and widely eaten in our country. We love it’s sweet taste and nuts! But people should really try to moderate eating them because too much can be deadly. It can give Diabetes.

    Dravis A.

  35. Awesome i love it.
    In my language peanut called a patista..:D
    Thanks for the useful sharing.

  36. Thank you very much for sharing this recipe. It looks really delicious. I will definitely try this. Peanut brittle is very famous here in our country (Philippines) and your addition of sesame to peanut brittle sounds great!

  37. And I included this one too 🙂

  38. Oh! I just LOVE peanut butter brittle. We call it Chikki. I can eat all day lond and still not get bored.

  39. I really love your post! Thank you for sharing this. This looks really delicious. I love peanut brittle.

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  41. It’s seldom for me to find a great food made from roasted peanuts. i love peanuts but never try roasted one.

  42. I love peanut brittle, so i love this recipe. Thanks for sharing such a good recipe with us.


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