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Make Your Own KIND Bars… The Easy Way!

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I can NOT stop eating these!

You know those super yummy and healthy-ish granola and nut bars that go for $1.50 to $2.00 per bar? Well after all the experimenting in trying to find the best protein and snack bars I decided to see if I could make the perfect bar on my own. I saw a few recipes for KIND bars on Pinterest, but they all looked way too involved and used double boilers and candy thermometers and things I just don’t want to deal with when I’m trying to make it easier on myself, not harder. So I made these suckers with 12 ingredients and about 20 minutes. mademyownkindbars

Honestly I just grabbed everything I already had in my pantry that I thought would make a good bar and put it together, so this recipe can definitely be tweaked later to make different combos and flavors. The initial investment in the ingredients may cost more than buying the bars themselves at first if you don’t have a lot of nuts and seeds in the pantry, but when you figure the cost per bar after making them, its only a couple dimes. You’ll save a ton of $$ in the long run!

Homemade KIND Bars (Sweet and Salty)nutrition.facts.for.kind.bars
Makes 7 Bars in 20 minutes

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted (on 350 for 5 minutes)
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted (on 350 for 10 minutes)
  • 1/8 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup cranberries
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Line the bottom of a 9X5 baking pan with parchment paper. Combine all dry ingredients (1st group) in a large bowl: seeds and nuts, flaxseed meal, oats, cranberries and chocolate chips. In a small pan over low heat combine the wet ingredients (2nd group) and salt. Continue to stir for a few minutes until mixed well.
2. Pour wet mixture over dry mixture and stir quickly. Pour into the pan and press down firmly with the bottom of a glass sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Freeze for 10-20 minutes, then remove from pan and cut into bars.

Have you tried any healthy DIY bars at home? I’ve made a few protein bars but I haven’t perfected them yet. I want to see your recipes!

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  • These look delicious! Do you keep them room temperature afterwards?

    • I kept mine in the fridge. I think they will stay together better if kept cold, but there’s nothing wrong with keeping them room temp.

  • Renee

    I literally have all the ingredients at home! Can’t wait to make…AND EAT!!
    Thank you!!!!

    • Now you don’t have to stare at the walls, haha! ;)

  • Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog

    Awesome! I’ve always wanted to try my hand at homemade granola bars so I could control what was in them. Thanks for sharing!

    • You’re welcome! Let me know if you switch up the recipe and find a winning combo.

  • bob

    Agave is a big hit of fructose. Have you tried another sweetener like honey or maple syrup?

    • admin

      Sure! Honey, agave, molasses or maple syrup would all work here! I use them all interchangeably.

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  • Kathleen

    Hi Megan,
    Yum ‘no bake’ and ‘no butter’ health bars being a great alternative to the one’s I invented. Like you I use what is in the pantry the nuts can vary from brazil, almonds, walnuts,etc.. Carob chips or powder is a good substitution for chocolate and I use dates, cranberries, psyllium husk, wheatgerm and lecithin granules for extra fibre along with the oats. Going to make your version this weekend looking forward to trying them. Thanks

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  • I substituted raw honey for the agave. And used raw sunflower seeds and almonds instead and turned out great.

    • admin

      Yum! Sounds great Jackie!

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