Pralines are one of my favorite things to give as gifts. I often make them with pecans, peanuts, and even almonds. My go to recipe is this easy method to make them in the microwave in just minutes!
I’ve made pralines for many years to give as gifts during the holidays. But, I’ve never been able to eat them myself as I have a nut allergy. I can touch nuts while making recipes, but I cannot ingest them. As I’ve gotten older, my allergic reactions have gotten worse to many things. The last time I accidentally ate walnuts in a cheesecake crust, my tongue swelled up into weird painful swirls.
Are Peanuts nuts?
I have never been a big fan of nuts, but now I avoid all nuts except peanuts. Thankfully, I’ve never had an allergy to peanuts. They aren’t really nuts anyway as they are in the legume family like beans. I once had a biology TA argue with me over that one in college. We were in lab, and I said it’s a legume. She said “No, it’s a nut because it’s called “pea-NUT.” I’m pretty sure I rolled my eyes as big I could, lol.
How do you make Pralines Nut Free?
I have tried to make nut free pralines for years by just leaving out the nuts, but I could never get that hardened praline texture without adding the nuts. I don’t know what it is, but the nuts change the chemistry of the mixture.
I’ve seen pretzels used as a substitute for nuts, but I was looking for something more. I decided cereal might be a good option. I found Rice Krispies were perfect. They have the same texture and feel as chopped pecans once mixed into the praline mixture, so it’s like eating a real pecan praline without having to worry about an allergic reaction. I have plans to try Cheerios very soon, and I’ll create a new post with my findings.
Allergic to tree nuts? Then, you might just love this Nut Free version of Pralines. Plus, they are easily made in the microwave!
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 cup Rice Krispies
- In a microwave safe bowl combine sugar, cream, and butter.
- Lay out a piece of wax paper on a flat surface.
- Microwave on high for about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the Rice Krispies and stir.
- Microwave on high for an additional 1 1/2 minutes.
- Remove from microwave and stir.
- Let it sit for 45 seconds.
- Stir one last time.
- Using a medium ice cream scooper (about 2 tablespoons size), scoop out a praline and drop it on the wax paper about 1-2 inches apart.
The mixture should be thickening up after the last microwave time. If not, pop it back in the microwave for an additional minute.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 41mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 0gSugar: 30gProtein: 1g
More Recipes You’ll Enjoy
These are a few desserts that are also nut free. I think you might enjoy these:
- Leche Quemada – Brown Sugar Fudge
- Not Your Usual Peach Dump Cake
- Baked Apples in the Slow Cooker
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cracker Crack
If you aren’t allergic to nuts, here’s a few nut recipes you might like: