have you ever had a KIND bar? i like to think of them as a cross between a candy bar and a granola bar – they are sweet, chewy, crunchy, nutty, and full of nutritious things, so they make a great snack any time of the day. the only downside is that they are quite expensive – i’ve seen them sold individually at drugstores and supermarkets for up to $2. so as much as i want to enjoy KIND bars all the time, they have stayed in the sort of “indulgent treat” category for me. but then, i found out that you can make them yourself.
these bars are exactly like the original – chewy from the mixture of honey and brown rice syrup, crunchy from the nuts, and full of sweet, salty, nutty flavor. they are so good, i could easily eat an entire batch at once… but i don’t need to because one bar is actually pretty filling. and the best part is, you can mix and match flavors however you want! the ones you see here are a sort of spin on the “nut delight” version of KIND bars, chock full of almonds, walnuts, peanuts, and brazil nuts… but then with some yummy dried blueberries added in. i can’t wait to try more flavor combinations and
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sweet, chewy, and crunchy, these homemade kind bars taste just like the store-bought ones!
- ¾ cup almonds, raw and unsalted
- ⅓ cup walnuts, raw and unsalted
- ¼ cup brazil nuts, raw and unsalted
- ⅓ cup roasted and salted peanuts
- ¼ cup puffed rice cereal (or other puffed grain cereal)
- ½ tablespoon flaxseed meal
- ¼ cup dried blueberries
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons brown rice syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- preheat the oven to 350°f. spray a large bowl and a spatula with baking spray, and line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper.
- arrange the almonds, walnuts, and brazil nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. bake them in the oven until they get toasted and fragrant, about 10 minutes.
- coarsely chop the toasted nuts and the peanuts, and put them all in the prepared bowl. add the cereal, flaxseed meal, and dried blueberries and mix it all together.
- put the honey and brown rice syrup in a medium saucepan. clip on a candy thermometer and heat the mixture over medium-high heat until it reaches 260°f. quickly add the vanilla and salt, then pour the mixture over the nut mixture and stir to combine.
- pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan. using the greased bottom of a measuring cup, press the mixture into the pan so that it is even. let the pan sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes.
- once the mixture has set, take it out of the pan and cut it into 10 bars.