Salted Peanut Honey Bars

September 16, 2015

We  are total peanut butter fanatics around here. Love it.  I actually have a child that coats everything in peanut butter (including vegetables), because, he says it "just makes everything taste better".  I'm not that fanatical, but, I do love me some peanut butter.  It's just so darn good.

Today's post not only has peanut butter, but, actual peanuts.  Real life, crunchy, fabulous peanuts. You are super excited now, aren't you?


Also featured in the recipe is chocolate.  Because, well, it's chocolate and if you know me...well, it's chocolate.   Anyway, it's totally optional.  Yes, optional.  These bars are amazing with it or without it.  I know, it's hard to believe.   I only drizzled some melted chocolate on half the pan, but, you can do the whole pan or none of the pan.  It's completely up to you.  As stated, amazing with or without. These babies have a great sweet/salty taste combination and are no bake.  So easy and quick to make.   A great snack, dessert or even, a companion in your kids school lunch box. 

You will totally fall head over heels for them, trust me!


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Salted Peanut Honey Bars
Prep Time:  15 minutes
Fridge Time: 30 minutes
Makes:  12 bars, more or less, depends how you cut them

Ingredients:
  • 3 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, chopped + plus additional for topping
  • 1/2-1 cup chocolate chips, optional
Directions:
  1. Line a 8 x 8 baking dish with foil or parchment paper.  If using foil, grease foil lightly.
  2. In a saucepan, melt honey, sugar, until sugar is melted.  Let mixture come to a low boil, then, remove from heat.  Stir in peanut butter until smooth. 
  3. Mix peanut butter mixture with cereal and 1/2 cup peanuts. Coat cereal completely.
  4. Press mixture evenly into pan.  Then, sprinkle with some additional chopped peanuts (about 1/4 cup) Press them lightly into bars.
  5. If desired, when bars are cooled, melt chocolate chips until smooth.  Then, drizzle on top of bars.

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