Honey Peanut Bars ~ Like a Healthy Payday Candy Bar

Ladies and um, other Ladies (although surely there is a gentleman or three around here too):  We have a winner! Honey Peanut Bars it is!

Thanks to all who put in their vote as to which of the new healthy snack recipes from our upcoming eBook we should reveal early.  It was a pretty close call on several.  I put Malachi to work making tally marks as votes came in (a great school project for him).  He had a lot of fun with it…

counting votes

Here’s how my afternoon sounded:

“Pizza Muffins are in the lead.  They’re going to win for sure!”
“Mom!  Peanut Bars have a ton of votes.  They caught up to Pizza Muffins.”
“I think Oyster Crackers are going to pull ahead!”
“It’s back to the Peanut Bars.  Why is everyone choosing that one?”

Yeah, Malachi doesn’t like peanuts.  ;)

When it was all said and done, the Honey Peanut Bars won by several votes.  Not to worry though.  Our 227 Healthy Snacks eBook is almost finished.  Then you’ll have access to all the recipes forever!  (Our goal is to have the book ready for you by Sunday night.)

I mixed up a batch of these Honey Peanut Bars tonight again, just because they sounded good.  Our older boys will probably finish them all off once they get home from basketball practice.  What a perfect post-workout/bedtime snack for them.  (With apples and cheese and whatever else they get out because…do I really need to explain?)

You should be excited to know that it only took about five minutes for me to mix these up tonight.  Their simplicity is of the many reasons I love them.  :)

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Honey Peanut Bars ~ Like a Healthy Payday Candy Bar
 
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Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • ¼ cup roasted, unsalted almonds
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 3 Tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan stir honey, peanut butter, and salt together over low heat until well combined. Remove from heat.
  2. Stir in peanuts and almonds.
  3. Spread mixture into an 8x8 inch pan.
  4. Chill for 2 hours.
  5. Cut into bars.

Honey Peanut Bars - Better Than a Payday

Told you they were easy to make!  Go grab your simple ingredients and get busy on these bars.  You will love them as much as we do (well, everyone but Malachi).

Grab your copy of 227 Healthy Snacks which includes this recipe and 226 more recipes and snack ideas that are super delicious!

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Comments

  1. says

    They do look good and very easy to make. I know at least one in this house will love them for sure, and the other two of my guys will likely eat their fair share of them too.

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  2. Alicia says

    I chuckled when I saw that you were making them in an 8×8 plan. Where is the recipe that you really use? The one that won’t be gone 10 seconds after you make them and will actually allow you to tuck some away in the freezer for another day. I know how much my four kids eat, and only one of mine is in his teenage years. ;)

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  3. Julie says

    These look yummy! I don’t have any almonds on hand so I think I will try cashews. Can’t wait for the snack ebook. Snacks are a daily struggle here!

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  4. says

    These bars look great! I’ve got raw nuts in the freezer that I can roast and get a pan or two made to take on the road with us for an out-of-town basketball game tomorrow.
    Thanks for sharing a sneak-peek recipe. I’m looking forward to the book!

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  5. Carolyn says

    Laura, thank you for doing this recipe!
    Questions: when you say “roasted” peanuts, do you mean regular peanuts in a can vs “dry-roasted”? And do you use salted peanuts?
    I have regular peanuts (in can), but the almonds I have on hand are raw.
    Do I need to roast them in oven before using? If so, do you have directions?

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    Laura Reply:

    Dry roasted or regular roasted are fine – just so they are not raw. You can use salted in this recipe, but I prefer unsalted, then I add my own salt to achieve the taste we like. :)

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  6. Annaleah says

    I made these this morning and they were delicious! However, mine turned out really gooey. I’m going to keep experimenting because they were so good, but they were so messy that they were hard to eat. Any ideas on what might have gone wrong?

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    Laura Reply:

    No sure! Maybe add a few extra nuts next time. :)

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    Laura Reply:

    Several others have mentioned this same problem, so I adapted the measurements just a bit to hopefully make them less gooey. :) :)

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  7. says

    Great job, Malachi! So sorry that you don’t like these, but I’m happy they won because I voted for them! :)

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, Laura! I bet they would be good with some brown rice cereal added in them for a crisp? I’ll have to experiment and let you know.

    In the meantime, I’m pinning this one for sure! Thanks, again.

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  8. Ruthie says

    You inspired me. I just tried these with peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, pecans and pumpkin seeds. Delicious! It’s a very versatile recipe.

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  9. TINA szymoniak says

    Thank you! I can’t wait to make these and I am also looking forward to your new snacks book!

    Do you need to use parchment paper or butter the pan for these bars?

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    Laura Reply:

    I didn’t find that I needed to line the pan – I just spread them in directly.

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  10. Brenda says

    Sure were yummy but mine came out gooey as well :(

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    Laura Reply:

    Since others were mentioning this, I adapted the measurements just a bit to see if that will help. :)

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    Laura Reply:

    And I should have mentioned, I edited the recipe to reflect that. :)

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    Brenda Reply:

    Thank you!

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  11. Rachel says

    Mine never hardened; not even after putting them in the freezer. And they didn’t look like your picture at all – mine look like they have twice the amount of honey/peanut butter sauce that yours have.

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    Laura Reply:

    Since you are not the only one who mentioned having trouble with this, I adapted and edited the measurements in this recipe. Hopefully that will help!

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  12. Lisa says

    I made these tonight and OMG, sooo delicious! I added some mini chocolate chips on top and had them for dessert. My kids loved them just as much as I did! Will definitely be making more soon!

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