Crunchy Peanut, Almond, and Oat Bars

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Crunchy Peanuts, Almonds, and Oats Bars-10Listen, I’ve tried my fair share of snack bars in my days, but I have never had any that I actually would want again. Then one day, my dad brought home a box of KIND bars. Reluctantly, I gave one a try and my life was changed. It was so tasty and I actually wanted more! Before I knew it, the entire box was empty. Unfortunately, I do not always have the opportunity to get my hands on a box, so I’m just deprived until I do. Until, Sally from Sally’s Baking Addiction came along with her Sally’s snack bars. She compared them to KIND bars and I was sold!

Crunchy Peanuts, Almonds, and Oats Bars-11The first batch I made, I followed the recipe to a T. It was delicious and I knew that Sally was on to something! Go Sally! In subsequent batches, I customized to include our favorite ingredients. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new snack favorite in the house!

Crunchy Peanuts, Almonds, and Oats Bars-13This version is loaded with nutty peanuts, crunchy almonds, and healthy oats. It’s crunchy, chewy, peanut-ty, and oh so satisfying. I’ll have them with a cup of coffee and boom, breakfast is done! Get this, no less than two bars are packed in Warren’s lunch bag every day and the bag comes home empty! The bars are so easy to make and have easily been added to our weekend routine to supply the upcoming week.

Crunchy Peanuts, Almonds, and Oats Bars-22If you love KIND bars as much as I do, you’re going to love these!Crunchy Peanuts, Almonds, and Oats Bars-8Whisk together honey, vanilla extract, almond meal, salt, vanilla beans (I used these, but they’re no longer available. Here’s a similar product.), and peanut butter.

Crunchy Peanuts, Almonds, and Oats Bars-2If you don’t have almond meal on hand, just finely process sliced or whole almonds in a food processor, spice or coffee grinder.

Crunchy Peanuts, Almonds, and Oats Bars-1Next, combine roughly chopped peanuts, whole almonds, and uncooked oats.

Crunchy Peanuts, Almonds, and Oats Bars-3Pour the honey mixture over the peanut mixture and stir until combined.

Crunchy Peanuts, Almonds, and Oats Bars-4Transfer to a square baking dish fitted with a parchment sling and pat down to even out the surface and pack the mixture together real tight.

Crunchy Peanuts, Almonds, and Oats Bars-5Then, bake for 20 minutes and cool on a cooling rack for 1 hour. Then, chill in the refrigerator for another hour.

Crunchy Peanuts, Almonds, and Oats Bars-6Remove from the pan using the sling and cut evenly into bars.

Crunchy Peanuts, Almonds, and Oats Bars-16Get a load of those specks of vanilla! Enjoy, all!

Crunchy Peanuts, Almonds, and Oats Bars-18Inspired by Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Crunchy Peanuts, Almonds, and Oats Bars
Makes 10 bars
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup honey
  2. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  3. 1/4 cup almond meal*
  4. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  5. 2 teaspoons ground vanilla beans**
  6. 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  7. 3/4 cup salted peanuts, chopped
  8. 1 1/3 cups raw unsalted whole almonds, chopped
  9. 1/2 cup dried oats
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F and create a sling from parchment paper for an 8-inch baking dish.
  2. Whisk together the honey, vanilla extract, almond meal, salt, vanilla beans, and peanut butter.
  3. Combine the peanuts, almonds, and oats.
  4. Pour the honey mixture over the nut mix and stir until combined.
  5. Transfer the mixture into the baking dish and tightly pack the mixture down in the baking dish with slightly wet hands, creating an even surface.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the baking dish on a cooling rack for 1 hour. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 more hour.
  7. Gently use the sling to remove from the dish and cut evenly into bars.
  8. To store, I evenly cut the parchment sling into 10 pieces and use them to line the bars. Keep the lined bars in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
Notes
  1. *If you don’t have almond meal on hand, finely process 1/4 cup of sliced or whole almonds in a food processor, spice or coffee grinder.
  2. **See link in post
The PKP Way http://www.thepkpway.com/
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