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Bayou Chewy Honey Bars

Bayou Chewy Honey Bars

As the weather gets warmer, we get more active, and everyone could use a little energy boost to keep going strong in the longer days. This delicious recipe is the perfect blend of sweet and salty for a boost the whole family will love!

Yield: 12 bars
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 90 minutes


  • Cooking spray
  • 2¼ cups - old-fashioned oats
  • 1½ cups - crispy rice cereal
  • 1 cup - unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup - raisins
  • ⅔ 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


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 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 your hands. Chill in the refrigerator for about an hour.

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

To view this recipe demonstration by Chef Guas, click here.

Recipe Courtesy of Chef David Guas, Owner of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery in Arlington, VA.