Healthy snacks can be hard to find especially on the go. We occasionally have KIND barsbecause they have good ingredients and are very satisfying. Some flavors are healthier then others and some have a little more sugar then I would like but the biggest problem with them is the price. Once in a while when we are on the go we do buy these but to buy them on a regular basis gets a little too expensive. I decided to try to make my own and it turns out I like my version even better.
There are a million different combinations you can create. The bars I made are not exactly the same as the KIND bars, they have different combinations of nuts and berries. This was one of my favorite creations:
Almond Coconut Bars
- 1 cup raw almonds or crispy almonds (soaked & dehydrated according to Nourishing Traditions)
- ½ cup flaked coconut
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- ¼ cup brown rice syrup
Heat oven to 325, prepare a 8” square baking pan lined with unbleached parchment paper. In a large bowl mix all the nuts, fruit, and chocolate together.
Pour the brown rice syrup on top and stir until coated.
Pour the nut mixture into the parchment lined baking dish and press into the pan until flat.
Bake for 18 minutes, remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Remove the whole piece of parchment paper with the nuts on it and place on a cutting board. Let cool for another 10 to 15 minutes. Cut into bars with a large knife. Place the cutting board with the nut bars on it in the freezer for 15 minutes until completely hardened. Remove the bars from the parchment paper with a spatula and wrap individually in plastic wrap.
This recipe makes approximately 12 bars. I tend to keep them in the refrigerator but that is not required. This combination comes out really great. It is easy create your own mixtures based on what you have in the house just using the same measurements in this recipe. I like to make 2 0r 3 batches of these to have on hand to take with you when you are out running around.
Do you make your own nut bars or granola bars? Please share your recipes in the comment section below!