I absolutely LOVE Kind Bars. They are so wholesome, packed with protein, easy to travel with and just an awesome snack choice. The benefits of Kind Bars are that the ingredients are natural, and you know exactly what you’re getting in each bar. I also love that they come in lots of different flavors and give you just enough sweetness to keep your sweet tooth happy while eating something healthy.
But they are not that gentle on my wallet. Every time I get one in line at Starbucks or buy a box at the store, I feel a little twinge of regret for the price tag. That’s not what you should feel when you’re buying something that’s good for your health, and it shouldn’t be what keeps you eating fewer “kind” foods for your body.
That is why I wanted to create a “Kind” bar of my own. And while it took some trial and error (and I still might change some things up), I think this recipe is pretty great. It doesn’t use any crazy ingredients, and you can substitute some of your favorite dry fruits or nuts for the ones listed here. My girls also liked the bars broken up over their yogurt and also mixed in with their morning oatmeal.
Once you buy the ingredients, you’ll be able to reuse them for multiple batches. So, it becomes a HUGE savings that you can feel good about all around.
Here is what you need:1 cup whole almonds ½ cup chopped pecans ½ cup roasted sunflower kernels ¼ cup chopped apricots ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut 2 tablespoons milled flax seeds (optional) ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon of honey
Step 1: Preheat oven to 325ºF. Chop apricots into bit-sized pieces, then set aside.
Step 2: In a large bowl mix together the almonds, pecans, sunflower kernels, coconut, flax seed and then add apricots. Mix until well combined.
Step 3: Then heat honey in microwave and add over nut mixture. Stir in honey until well mixed.
Step 4: Then pour into parchment-lined 8″ x 8″ glass baking dish.
Step 5: Bake for 30-40 minutes, then let cool for 1 hour or longer.
Step 6: Cut into 12 bars. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks.
Recipe Notes: You can also substitute dried cranberries for the apricots and use different nut combinations.
Copycat Kind Bars
These nutty fruit bars come together with delicious, wholesome ingredients and are gluten-free, dairy-free and oh, so good!
- 1 cup whole almonds
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- ½ cup roasted sunflower kernels
- ¼ cup chopped apricots
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons milled flax seeds
- ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon of honey
Preheat oven to 325ºF. Chop apricots into bit-sized pieces, then set aside.
In a large bowl mix together the almonds, pecans, sunflower kernels, coconut, flax seed and then add apricots. Mix until well combined.
- Then heat honey in microwave and add over nut mixture. Stir in honey until well mixed.
Then pour into parchment-lined 8"x 8" glass baking dish.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes, then let cool for 1 hour or longer.
- Cut into 12 bars. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks.
You can also substitute dried cranberries for the apricots and use different nut combinations.
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