Bayou Chewy Honey Bars

YIELD: Makes 12 bars

INGREDIENTS

Cooking spray

2 1/4 cups

old-fashioned oats

1 1/2 cups

crispy rice cereal

1 cup

unsalted roasted peanuts

1 cup

raisins

2/3 cups

light brown sugar

1/2 cup

honey

6 T

unsalted butter

1/4 cup

smooth peanut butter

1 T

vanilla extract

1 tsp.

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 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.