Honey Peanut Spelt Bars

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A sweet, salty, crunchy bar cookie topped with roasted peanuts. Honey and roasted peanuts, a decadent bliss and a bewitching flavour combination that brings out the best in one other. Irresistible and thoroughly satisfying!

Honey Peanut Spelt Bars

adapted from Fine Cooking
  • 40 g Unsalted toasted peanuts
  • 100 g Granulated sugar
  • 320 g Spelt pastry flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Table salt
  • 150 g Cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 Large egg, lightly beaten
  • 120 g Light brown sugar
  • 80 g Unsalted butter
  • 4 tbsp Honey
  • 1/2 tsp Table salt
  • 2 tbsp Evaporated milk, at room temperature
  • 350 g Salted and roasted peanuts
  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment.
  2. Finely grind peanuts and sugar. Place them in a large mixing bowl together spelt pastry flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine. Cut in the butter and rub with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the lightly beaten egg and mix just until the dough begins to gather into large clumps.
  3. Using your fingertips, press the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan and about 1 inch up the sides to form a 1/4-inch-thick side crust. Using the tines of a fork, dock the crust evenly all over.
  4. Bake until light golden brown on the edges and the center looks dry, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool the crust on a rack.
  5. At the same time, bring the brown sugar, butter, honey, and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring often. Slowly and carefully add the evaporated milk and return to a boil. Remove from the heat and carefully add the nuts, stirring to coat.
  6. Pour the nut mixture over the crust and spread evenly with a spatula. Tilt the pan to help spread the liquid to the edges and corners. Bake until the topping has just started to bubble slowly in the center, about 20 minutes.
  7. Let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes and then run a knife around the inside edge of the pan to loosen the crust from the sides. Let the bars cool completely. Cut into 16 bars. The cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 to 5 days.

http://schneiderchen.de | © 2011 | http://angiesrecipes.blogspot.com

http://schneiderchen.de | © 2011 | http://angiesrecipes.blogspot.com


The Squishy Monster 12/5/12 19:22

I love the Honey and Spelt in this! Love using Spelt when I can find it in my bulk bin =D

Rosa's Yummy Yums 12/5/12 19:30

Gorgeous bars! I know I'd not be able to stop with one.



RecipeNewZ 12/5/12 20:27

I love spelt flour! These bars must be so delicious and healthy! And the photos look amazing, the lighting looks so "fresh" :-)

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CJ - Food Stories 12/5/12 22:21

These look so good ... I could eat the whole pan :-)

Heidi @ Food Doodles 12/5/12 22:35

Yummy! I love the sweet and salty combo with peanuts. These sound so good :D

Choc Chip Uru 12/5/12 23:22

These certainly look like the ultimate snack bars to me - delicious my friend :D

Choc Chip Uru

Belinda @zomppa 12/5/12 23:46

These are addictive snack bars! Like a healthier version of peanut brittle plus some!

Heather S-G 13/5/12 00:20

I wish I could reach in and grab a few of those Angie - they look SO good. And SO peanuty! :D

Jill | Dulce Dough 13/5/12 01:45

Your bars look so good Angie! I have made a similar bar, but that didn't have spelt flour.

Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin 13/5/12 02:23

Wow, are these photos making me hungry - these bars look so, so yummy! :)

Catherine 13/5/12 02:47

Dear Angie, My dad loved these. They do look delicious. Have a beautiful weekend filled with blessings, Catherine xoxo

Terra 13/5/12 03:17

What a fun treat! They look like a perfect traveling snack:-) Hugs, Terra

Crunchy Creamy Sweet 13/5/12 04:02

This truly does look like a perfect snack for my busy days! And it reminds me I need to get some spelt flour... :) Have a great weekend, Angie!

Anonymous 13/5/12 04:34

There are two types of people in this world: peanut butter and jelly people, and peanut butter and honey people. I just love all of it.

Rosita Vargas 13/5/12 05:03

Hola Angie lucen perfectas sus barras saludables e irresistible,abrazos hugs,hugs.

Gina Stanley 13/5/12 06:13

These sound so yummy. Maybe they could use a layer of chocolate on top, no that would be wrong. Hmm, I actually have everything in the cupboard for these and with an extra mouth back home, I may have to bake a little more. Hope you have a wonderful and relaxing weekend. I'm on break no cooking for me tomorrow.

Anonymous 13/5/12 11:08

I would not be able to stop eating these Angie. As always a great recipe and beautifully photographed.
:-) Mandy

Anonymous 13/5/12 13:51

That is the cutest little dish, Angie, I just love it! And the salty and sweet is definitely something I would love.

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook 13/5/12 16:03

You got me at sweet and salty, right up my alley. Your bars look amazing, Angie! I could never stop with just one piece.

Ana Regalado 13/5/12 16:25

Angie , that bars looks fabulous ! Irresistible and utterly satisfying indeed ! I've seen some spelt flour here lately , will try to buy it next time :D

Jocie's Mom 13/5/12 16:33

Gorgeous :) you're the spelt-master!

Eliotseats 13/5/12 18:31

What a great snack! I really need to make something sweet (and moderately healthy) to take to work this week.

Claudia 13/5/12 18:45

I love your healthy twist on deliciousness. Honey and nuts just belong together. Three for everyone!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 13/5/12 20:22

Salty and crunchy? Now you're talking. Happy Mother's Day Angie.

Katerina 13/5/12 21:16

Mmm, these bars are so packed with flavors! I love nuts and I am thinking that these bars will be perfect with pistachios as well. There is a place in Greece that produces excellent quality of pistachios! Love them!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 13/5/12 21:27

Sweet and nutty...mmmmmm. Using salted peanuts also adds a marvelous element. And so beautiful, too!

Anonymous 13/5/12 23:55

Angie, many thanks for sharing your great recipes with us. I want to know whether I can use plain flour instead of spealt flour if it is not available. Thanks and have a great week ahead

Elisabeth 14/5/12 01:49

Talk about peanut LOVE! Not just the top loaded with the yummy crunchy peanuts, but the crust, as well! Now that's what I call a delicious and satisfying peanut bar!!!

sally 14/5/12 01:49

Yum! I'm craving one of these bars.

Hotly Spiced 14/5/12 03:14

I'm so glad I don't have a nut allergy. These look so good! xx

mjskit 14/5/12 03:26

What an amazing snack! I think you could call this "death by peanuts" and that's a good thing! The spelt crust is quite interesting. Just started playing around with spelt and so far - I absolutely love it! It gives a crust "flavor" which is more than one can say about a crust made from white flour. Before I leave, would you send me a batch of these bars if I supply my address? :)

Pencil Kitchen 14/5/12 03:46

sweet and salty never goes wrong! :)

Jeannie Tay 14/5/12 03:48

These peanut bars brought back memories of childhood favorite peanut biscuits that has a similar look but without the crust. Your photos are so perfectly taken as usual!

The Duo Dishes 14/5/12 05:44

Definitely sharing these on Pinterest! It's really time we try baking with spelt flour. You seem to use it a lot, so it's worth a try on our end.

Unknown 14/5/12 06:43

Hi Angie! This is crunchy goodness.. I used to munch on these (well, store bought).. guilty I know >.<. I really love the sweetness of the honey, smokey taste of the nuts all combined together. Gives that crunchy, chewy texture. Love it!!! I only wish you could mail some to my door step. That would make me really happy. LOL... xoxo

Finla 14/5/12 11:06

We have a peanut sweet like this in India but then it is with jaggery (molasses) this looks so good too I am bookmarking this .

Barbara 14/5/12 13:44

What a great looking bar, Angie. So many peanuts on top! Love that salt/sweet aspect too.

Kit @ i-lostinausten 14/5/12 13:57

What a delicious treat! Looks lovely & very decadent indeed! Love the combination of sweet & savory! YUM! :)

Baker Street 14/5/12 14:47

These wouldn't last an hour in my house. I love the combination of crunchy and sweet. :)

Lenia 14/5/12 14:50

They look heavenly!Healthy and full of energy!Kisses from Greece,dear!

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 14/5/12 14:50

I love sizing of these nutrient rich bars Angie - just perfect and they look terrific too!

Faith 14/5/12 15:53

I love honey roasted peanuts so I know I'd adore these bars! They look like they're full of delicious peanut flavor!

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking 14/5/12 16:22

These bars are gorgeous, Angie! Perfect combination of a blondie and peanut brittle. My family would love them!

Tricia @ saving room for dessert 14/5/12 17:48

Very nice Angie. Honey and peanuts is a great combination. Have a great week!

easyfoodsmith 14/5/12 18:58

What a delicious and healthy way to snack!

Pam 14/5/12 19:43

They look and sound amazing.

Jennifer Kendall 14/5/12 21:07

what a delicious snack! i love that combination of sweet and salty!

Evelyne CulturEatz 14/5/12 21:13

Really gorgeous bars overflowing with peanuts. Never used spelt, making me curious to try it. How many AP flour alternatives do you have in your cupboard lol

Juliana 14/5/12 21:53

Angie, I love the sounds and the looks of this bar...salty, sweet and crunchy! Looks great!
Hope you have a wonderful week ahead :)

Katherine Martinelli 15/5/12 00:13

Gorgeous!! These really came out picture perfect.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 15/5/12 04:11

Oh my goodness, these bars look awesome, Angie!

Cheah 15/5/12 05:04

The peanut bars look so inviting! Something like our local 'far sung tong' which I used to munch during my younger days. Just love looking at your pics, Angie!

noobcook 15/5/12 09:56

These make the finest tea time treat!

My Little Space 15/5/12 10:11

Oooo...Angie, your peanut bars look simply amazing. Love the thickness. Just perfector! Hope you're enjoying your day. ((hugs))

FOODESSA 15/5/12 11:19

Now, this looks like a sinful style dessert ready to add my 'Spelt' -dedicated repertoire 'a la Angie'.
I really can't help but think of you when I see Spelt mentioned in a recipe ;o))

Have a great week,

My Italian Smorgasbord 15/5/12 14:21

oh my, I want it now!!! they look so incredibly good. something to think about for those sudden hungers when we are on the go. love the summery pictures with the golden light.

wok with ray 15/5/12 16:07

Oh my goodness, Angie. Once I get started with those bars, I don't think I can stop eating them. I love the combination of sweet and salty flavor. Have a great week, Angie!

Angie's Recipes 15/5/12 18:38

@Anonymous Sure. Plain flour works just as great.

Asmita 15/5/12 18:38

Gorgeous bars! Wish I could try one.

TinaRBK 15/5/12 20:41

When I first saw the title, I thought these would be like granola bars. However, I was glad to see the two layers here. I am sure that the flaky crust and the nutty brittle layer make for one delicious bar. I still love those planters nut bars but rarely see them. This recipe however could easily take their place-yum!

Amy (Savory Moments) 16/5/12 02:33

Ohhh - these look like a delicious snack! I love the salty and sweet combination.

Alessandra 16/5/12 04:12

Super yummy!!


lena 16/5/12 10:04

oh gosh! i love these bars!! i think i can finish half of the tray for you!!

Cathy at Wives with Knives 16/5/12 15:15

I saw spelt flour when I recently visited Bob's Red Mill, but I've never used it in baking. I'm curious to try it. Fantastic looking bars, Angie.

Reeni 16/5/12 21:21

Your peanut bars are calling my name! They look like candy bars! Completely irresistible.

Connie the Cookie Monster 16/5/12 22:14

if you sell this recipe to quakers, i guarantee that youll make millions! :P

Anonymous 17/5/12 17:37

Thanks, Angie. Have a great weekend ahead. Will use plain floor.

Becki's Whole Life 19/5/12 12:23

This sounds great and for something that is such a treat it's actually relatively healthy between the spelt the peanuts and the honey.

grace 20/5/12 23:23

i like that there are peanuts ground into the crust too--great bars, angie!

Helene Dsouza 22/5/12 16:28

angie u r little food artist, hm? they look perfect! I am getting a taste for your peanut bars. =D

denise @ singapore shiok 23/5/12 15:59

This is making me salivate - and I don't even really like peanuts!!!

Magic of Spice 24/5/12 22:46

These look wonderful and delicious! I love using spelt :)

~Lexibule~ 30/5/12 14:36

Ici, nous aimons beaucoup ce genre de petit dessert;) Bon mercredi à toi!!xxx

The Better Baker 10/6/12 20:10

Your photos are gorgeous! This recipe looks sooo yummy - I would love to make it, but don't use grams...can you tell me how to exchange those amounts into cups? Thanks -

Angie's Recipes 12/6/12 06:34

@The Better Baker
I am not familiar with volume measurement, but I will try.

40 g / about 1/2 cup Unsalted toasted peanuts
100 g / 1/2 cup about Granulated sugar
320 g / about 2-3/4 cup Spelt pastry flour (if you use wheat flour, 2-1/2 cup will be enough)
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Table salt
150 g / 3/4 cup Cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 Large egg, lightly beaten

120 g / slightly more than 1/2 cup Light brown sugar
80 g / 6 tbsp Unsalted butter
4 tbsp Honey
1/2 tsp Table salt
2 tbsp Evaporated milk, at room temperature
350 g / 3 cup Salted and roasted peanuts


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