Salty Honey and Peanut Butter Bars

One of life’s most lovely flavor combinations, peanut butter and honey, comes together in Salty Honey and Peanut Butter Bars. The salt makes the honey really shine.

Salty Honey and Peanut Butter Bars

Happy June, everyone! I’m so glad to be back with you. I hope that April and May were good months for you; one day blurred into the next for me, but they were days filled with life…in all of its joyous, curious, confusing, brilliant, vexing, wild and wondrous adventures. I am still breathing, in and out with a few snores thrown in for variety.

Oh, which reminds me — here’s a bit of advice for the next time a doctor or nurse listens to your lungs. When you are told to “breath”, it means to take a deep breath in and then let it out. Don’t take a breath in and hold it unless your are specifically told to do so. We are listening for air passage through your lungs. If you take in a breath and hold it, we only get half a sound. If air isn’t moving, we can’t hear it. Sneaky air.

Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale.

Don’t breath too fast, though; you may pass out and if that happens, there will be all kinds of drama and extra charting. And potentially thousands of dollars worth of testing to “rule out” other possible causes for you passing out. Yes, I just made a dig at the medical profession. You can thank the lovely practice of litigation for that one.

Now look what you have made me do. I’ve gotten all distracted. Salty Honey and Peanut Butter Bars are where we are supposed to be.

Salty Honey and Peanut Butter Bars

One of my favorite sandwiches when I was a kid was peanut butter and honey. I loved the way the honey made the bread kind of crunchy, especially when the honey was spread on store-bought white bread. It was like bread candy.

I did an internet search on why honey causes some breads to get that crunchy layer, but there were no scientific answers available. Maybe I used the wrong search terms. Does anyone have a good, solid answer?

Salty Honey and Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut butter. It’s one of my favorite foods. In college, I used to eat it with a spoon. Sometimes my roommates and I would decompress after a tough day by eating spoonsful of peanut butter dotted with chocolate chips. What a great life!

Recently, in a moment of fervent peanut butter madness, I put together these Honey & Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Bars. The flavor profile is salty-sweet and I can only imagine what these bars must taste like with the drizzle of semi-sweet chocolate. (I am pronouncing curses upon my chocolate allergy right now.)

For added flavor and texture, I threw in some rough-chopped, salted peanuts. The soft crunch of the peanuts satisfies the need for textural changes in the chewiness of the bars. Salt from the peanuts, as well as added salt, offers both contrast and flavor enhancement to the sweetness of the honey and sugar.

Salty Honey and Peanut Butter Bars

No doubt, a variety of dry cereals or granola-type ingredients can be substituted for the Rice Krispies and/or nuts. I’m sure that this recipe would make an excellent granola bar!

Be warned, these Salty Honey and Peanut Butter Bars are slightly on the addicting side, as witnessed by my son in-law and the three grandkadiddles. Actually the testimonial comes mostly from the fact that my son in-law and His Majesty, The Two Year Old, stood at the kitchen counter for about 30 minutes happily cutting off small squares of the bars and eating them.

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Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 10 mins | Total Time:  1 hour 30 mins — includes cooling time
Servings: 36 bars

Sweet and salty collide in these chewy peanut buttery bars. Rice Krispies and chopped peanuts add a soft crunch.


 Ingredients

  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 5 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups salted peanuts, rough-chopped, divided use
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, optional

Instructions

  1. Line a 9- x 13-inch pan with aluminum foil, allowing some of the foil to hang over each end of the pan. Butter foil and set pan aside.
  2. In a 4-quart sauce pot, stir together the honey and sugar. Cook over medium heat about 5-7 minutes until the mixture just starts to bubble and the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Turn off heat and move pot to a cool burner. Stir in the peanut butter and salt until mixture is smooth. Add the Rice Krispies and 1 cup of the peanuts. Mix together well. The mixture will be stiff. Turn out into prepared pan and press mixture evenly into pan with the back of a large spoon. Immediately sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of peanuts over the top of the bars. Press gently, but firmly, onto the top of the bars, just firm enough for the peanuts to stick to the top of the bars.
  4. Cool bars to room temperature, 30 minutes – 1 hour, before cutting. Using the foil ends, lift the cooled mixture from the pan and place on a cutting board. Pull back the foil and cut cooled mixture into bars. Recommendation: To make cutting easier, warm a sharp, sturdy knife under hot, running water. Make one or two slices into the bars, then rinse knife under hot water again and make another one or two cuts. Repeat as often as needed until all bars have been cut.
  5. If topping with chocolate chips, place bars on a cooling rack with wax paper below the rack. In a microwave safe bowl, cook the chocolate chips for 30 seconds on high. Remove bowl and stir chips. Return to microwave and cook for another 30 seconds on high. Stir well. If the chocolate is not smooth and thin enough to drizzle, return to microwave for an additional 10 seconds, then stir. Repeat if necessary. Drizzle bars with melted chocolate. Note: DO NOT add water to the chocolate; the chocolate will seize and will be unusable.

Salty Honey and Peanut Butter Bars

When you’re done making the Salty Honey and Peanut Butter Bars, make these delicousnesses:

Peanut Butter Cookies with Coconut Oil
Peanut Butter Cookies with Coconut Oil
Blondie 7-Layer Magic Cookie Bars
Blondie 7-Layer Magic Cookie Bars
Cheesecake Squares
Cheesecake Squares

Comments

  1. Rie says

    Hi Terri,

    Looking forward to trying this recipe. Looks yummy. I’ve come to appreciate peanut butter (hared to believe) and honey later in life.
    You said a few weeks ago to check back tomorrow…..I’ve been checking back, and you weren’t there. Was starting to get worried about you, my friend. Glad you “are back” now…..xoxoxoxoxo Rie

  2. says

    Happy “almost” summer! I hope you are well. 🙂 These salty sweet peanut butter bars have my mouth wanting to dance. I love salty/sweet treats like this. 🙂

  3. says

    One of the best things about being a mom of young kids is having a really good excuse… several times a week… to enjoy a peanut butter & honey sandwich along with them! While we are habitually wheat bread eaters, once in a while I like to buy the white to indulge in the full effect of what I remember from my childhood.
    I know that both my kids AND myself would thoroughly enjoy these bars… I love ALL things peanut butter & chocolate!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • says

      Thanks, Donna. I didn’t expect to be away from blogging for this long. As a matter of fact, I didn’t expect to be away at all, but it is the path my life has taken for the past few months. I have been thinking for several days about how to pick up the pieces and start blogging again; it would almost be like starting over…except without the blogging learning curve!

      Anyway, thank you for the note. I appreciate it very much. It makes me happy to know that someone is still checking on me. 🙂 ~Terri

  4. Rie says

    Terri,
    Did you break your wand again????
    I’m glad Donna asked first. I’ve debated if I should “check” in or not. Should have listened to my gut (it’s big enough….teehee).
    Jump back in to the blogging world when you can my friend. Please know that you have been missed.
    Contact me if you want!
    Take care,
    xoxox
    Rie

  5. Carol says

    Popping in to say Hi Terri…hope you’re doing well.

    I miss you, friend!

    Take good care.

    Hugs,

    Carol

  6. Dalila G. says

    Hi Terri!!

    Hope you doing well, I miss you!!
    Take care and hope to see you post soon .
    Best wishes to you!
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

  7. Rie says

    Hello dear friend,
    Just writing to check in with you. You are missed. I hope all is going well, or at least better for you.
    Did you ever get that darn wand fixed??? I’d send you a new one if I could.
    Keep well Terri and know that you are thought of often.
    xoxooxo
    Rie

  8. Rie says

    Hello Dear Friend,

    Just want to let you know that I am still here…..checking on your site everyday…..hoping that you will show up…..and praying when you don’t…..please come back when you can…..if I can do anything, please let me know
    xoxooxox
    Rie

  9. Rie says

    Hello Terry,
    It’s me…..Your nosey, caring, cyber friend!
    Just letting you know that I haven’t stopped checking in on your site!
    Hope you are well dear friend.
    Far warning…..I will not be ignored (teehee). I will continue to stalk…I mean CHECK IN ON YOU…..
    xooxoxoxo
    Rie

  10. Jeanne says

    Hi Terry! I miss you, too. I am making your Creamy Tortilla Soup today and thinking of you. Hope you are doing fine.

  11. Rie says

    Hey Terry,
    I just re-read the blog on the Sauerbraten yesterday. It’s that time of the year. Will be making it sometime over the fall/winter for sure.
    Hope you are well, dear friend.
    xoxoxo
    Rie

  12. Heather Hill says

    What is that picture under “My Faith”? I have been looking for that forever and I can’t seen to find it. Who is that by? I have seen one that is Christ and a girl giving that “boop” to Christ.

  13. Carol says

    Hi Terri.

    Swinging by to say Hi…you’ve been on my mind and wanted to pop in to check on ya. I made your German-Style Pot Roast/Sauerbraten again a week ago and Bob was so happy-he did that trick of his once again….licked the plate clean-waste not want not is his motto. Tellin’ ya, that recipe is BOMB DIGGETY!

    Sending lots of prayers and hugs your way-and if I don’t get back, wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving.

    Carol

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