Honey and peanut butter hold together the oats, rice cereal, peanuts and raisins
in this delightfully chewy bar.
1/2 cup orange blossom honey
2 1/4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
1 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
1 cup raisins
2/3 cup light brown sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Line the base of a 9 x 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 extract 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 bar mixture to the prepared pan and press into place using
Chill in the refrigerator for about an hour.
To serve, cut into half lengthwise; then horizontally into twelve 2-inch
Recipe courtesy of Chef David Guas, Owner of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery
in Arlington, Virginia.
Recipe and photo credit: National Honey Board - nhb.org.