How to Make your own KIND Bars

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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.

(You can see my daughter’s little hand stealing a chocolate chip here in this photo, she’s my little helper)

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!

This post was shared on Your Thriving Family’s weekend link up, Simple Lives Thursday, Freaky Friday, Finer Things Friday and Nourishing Gourmet

 

Comments

  1. says

    Hi Roxanne! Thanks for posting on FF. We get the bulk of our hits on Friday and Saturday, so I didn’t want you to be disappointed if you only get a few this week. We’d love to have you back. These type of recipes usually do really well on FF. YUM! :)

  2. Amy says

    Based on the recent warnings about brown rice syrup is there another alternative that we could use when making the KIND bars? Thanks!

    • says

      Thank you for bringing this up! You read my mind, I have started to test the recipe out with maple syrup and honey. I will let you know how it works out and the measurements that are best. Also, the problem with the brown rice syrup is mostly with US grown rice so if you can find Brown Rice Syrup made in India, Nepal, or Eqypt it is safer.

    • says

      Thanks for bringing this up again! I have not had any luck with any other alternatives. I’ve tried maple syrup and honey with a few different methods…even tried reducing it by simmering but nothing holds like the brown rice syrup! Wondering if anyone else has had any luck with another sweetener?

  3. Tena says

    I had the same issues with honey and agave.Just bought light corn syrup so hopefully that will work.I will post results..

  4. says

    how do you recommend soaking and dehydrating the almonds?
    I don’t have a dehydrator… can I do it in the oven?
    what brand dehydrator do you recommend?

    thanks.. looking forward to trying these!! :)

  5. charlene says

    Rox.. I am starting to experiment. a friend gave me a assortment of kind bars so im hooked.. so im going to make variations of my own later, my sweetener of choice is dates, im also playing with coconut sugar.

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