Bayou Chewy Honey Bars

Bayou Chewy Honey Bars
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Bayou Chewy Honey Bars
National Honey Board

Bayou Chewy Honey Bars

Don't settle at snack time, make your own protein bars at home. Peanuts and peanut butter are good sources of non-meat protein and honey adds a touch of natural sweetness. Find more healthy recipes here.

12
Servings
530
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Recipe Courtesy of Chef David Guas, Owner of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery in Arlington, VA, for the National Honey Board.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 ¼ Cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 ½ Cup crispy rice cereal
  • 1 Cup unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 1 Cup raisins
  • 2/3 Cups light brown sugar
  • ½ Cup orange blossom honey
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ Cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

Line the base of a 9-by-13-inch pan with parchment paper and spray generously with cooking spray.

In a large bowl combine the oats, crispy rice, peanuts, and raisins; stir to combine. Set aside.

In a large, 2-quart saucepan combine the brown sugar, honey, butter, peanut butter, vanilla, and salt. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, over medium-high heat, until the mixture reaches 220 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Immediately pour the hot liquid over the oat mixture, stirring until all of the dry ingredients are coated.

Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and press into place using your hands. Chill in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.

To serve, cut into half lengthwise; then horizontally into twelve 2-inch bars.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
31g
44%
Sugar
23g
26%
Saturated Fat
11g
46%
Cholesterol
4mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
57g
44%
Protein
9g
20%
Vitamin A, RAE
64µg
9%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
7µg
8%
Calcium, Ca
128mg
13%
Choline, total
27mg
6%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Folate, total
79µg
20%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
65mg
20%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Phosphorus, P
266mg
38%
Selenium, Se
12µg
22%
Sodium, Na
391mg
26%
Water
14g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Honey Shopping Tip

As an alternative to sugary, salty, processed foods, try shopping for fruits and vegetables that are in season.

Honey Cooking Tip

For a healthier alternative, substitute honey or molasses for sugar in baking recipes, and use a 3:1 blend of canola oil to olive oil instead of butter when cooking over the flame.