Bayou Chewy Honey Bars

YIELD: Makes 12 bars

INGREDIENTS

cooking spray

2 1/4 cups

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old-fashioned oats

1 1/2 cups

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crispy rice cereal

1 cup

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unsalted roasted peanuts

1 cup

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raisins

2/3 cups

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light brown sugar

1/2 cup

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honey

6 T

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unsalted butter

1/4 cup

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smooth peanut butter

1 T

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vanilla extract

1 tsp.

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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 stir together the oats, crispy rice, peanuts and raisins. Set aside.

In a large, 2-quart saucepan combine the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium-high, stirring constantly until the mixture reaches 220°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 your hands. Chill for about one hour.

Cut in 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.