Homemade KIND Bars

Homemade KIND Bars

Am I the only one that is addicted to KIND Bars?

Apparently not, considering that when I posted a picture of this on Facebook the other day, everyone wanted the recipe!

Now, I know I say that these next two weeks were dedicated to Tasty Tailgate Treats for the Super Bowl…but hey! Who says you can’t make these as a tasty snack for the big game? I promise they will be a TOUCHDOWN!

Homemade KIND Bars

I have at least one KIND bar a day, usually as an afternoon snack to hold me over until dinner. And if you’re an addict like me, you know that can definitely add up…$$$

So I set out to make my own, homemade KIND Bars! I was able to make these bars for just $.70 a bar!…That’s less than HALF of what a bar normally costs. The secret is to buy nuts in bulk so that you can save money.

I recently took a trip to Costco and was presently surprised with how many organic and healthy options they have there. (Let me know if you would like a list of Live Fit Girl Approved foods from Costco in the comments!) I was able to buy a 3 pound bag of almonds as well as walnuts, saving over a dollar per pound on what I normally pay at Trader Joe’s – trust me with the amount of nuts we eat in this house, 3 pounds will not last that long…

Homemade KIND Bars

The hardest part about making these bars is making sure you cook the honey and rice syrup to the right temperature. I HIGHLY recommend getting a candy thermometer for this (they’re only $10), because if you don’t cook them enough you will have a very sticky bar that doesn’t hold well. If you cook them too much, they will be more like peanut brittle and very hard.

I made the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Bars but I will be experimenting in the next few weeks to make the Fruit & Nut Bar (let me know if you want that recipe too! πŸ™‚ ) I also made these without crisp rice because, quite frankly, I did not have the patience to puff my own rice…

BUT, they still turned amazing, and I don’t even miss the crisp rice! 

Homemade KIND Bars

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Homemade KIND Bars

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 60
  • Yield: 20 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups whole raw almonds
  • 3/4 cup whole peanuts
  • 3/4 cup raw walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup brown rice syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the Chocolate Drizzle

  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Line a 13×9 backing dish with parchment paper allowing 2 inches to hang over the sides (this helps take the bars out). Grease the parchment paper lightly with coconut oil and also grease the bottom of a large-bottomed glass with coconut oil (you will use this to press the mixture together).
  2. Lightly roast the almonds, peanuts, and walnuts on a baking sheet for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from the oven, place in a large mixing bowl, and set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine honey, rice syrup, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, and vanilla over a medium-high heat.
  4. Stir frequently until temperature reached 260 degrees on your candy thermometer.
  5. Once honey mixture reaches 260 degrees, remove from heat, quickly pour over nut mixture, and stir to evenly coat the nuts.
  6. Quickly pour entire mixture into the lined baking dish and use the greased class bottom to press the mixture down to close any holes in the mixture.
  7. Sprinkle the top with 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and cool in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  8. While still lightly warm, remove the mixture from the baking dish and place on a cutting board.
  9. Cut into 20 bars using a large, very sharp knife. Allow bars to cool another 30 minutes.

For the Chocolate Drizzle

  1. Combine chocolate and coconut oil in a small bowl and microwave for 20 second intervals until almost completely melted. Stir to melt the remaining chocolate.
  2. Pour chocolate mixture into a ziplock bag and seal. Cut a very small corner off the bottom of the bag and drizzle chocolate over each bar.
  3. Place bars back in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to allow the chocolate to set.

Notes

  • Individually wrap in plastic wrap or parchment paper and store in the refrigerator for freshness.

 Homemade KIND Bars

Please, please, please, let me know if you make these tasty bars and leave a comment for other types of recipes or workouts you would love to see! If you take a a picture of your creation tag me @LiveFit_Girl on Twitter or Instagram!

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12 Comments

  1. I loveee diy recipes of bars and snack..even though I’m a quest bar lover, these look like a delicious sweet treat as a healthier alternative πŸ™‚

    xo

  2. These look perfect! I LOVE KIND bars but only try to buy them when they’re on sale because I know making them at home is too easy! I’ve only tried once and they didn’t quite turn out the way I had hoped. This def makes me want to try again though, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Ashley!…They can be a little tricky! My first attempt wasn’t that great either. The best advice I have is to have EVERYTHING ready to go before you start. Once the rice syrup and honey start coking everything goes REALLY fast. So having the baking dish lined and the cup greased, and the nuts toasted ready helps! It also seems easier the more you make them, since you know what to expect! πŸ™‚

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