Homemade KIND Bars

I’ll admit it, I love KIND bars. Honestly, I love to snack, but I try to avoid eating junk. However, KIND bars can get pricy, especially when you eat a lot of them. I bought a whole big box of them at Costco, but I ended up eating the entire box of 18 bars in one week. No lie. Then I found a recipe for homemade KIND bars here and made a batch of the dark chocolate sea salt variety. They were a big hit.
Homemade kind bars
The first attempt, before I cut them into bars.

Ingredients
FOR NUT MIXTURE:
2 cups whole roasted* unsalted almonds
3/4 cup whole roasted* unsalted peanuts
3/4 cup roasted* walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup puffed millet, rice (or other puffed whole grain; or crispy brown rice cereal)
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
FOR SYRUP:
1/2 cup honey**
1/3 cup brown rice syrup
3/4 teaspoon sea salt, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla
FOR CHOCOLATE DRIZZLES:
1 cup dark chocolate chips**
1 tablespoon vegetable, grapeseed, or coconut oil

Directions
Grease/spray large bowl, 9×13 baking sheet/pan, wooden spoon or rubber spatula, and bottom of drinking glass. Set aside.
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*IF NUTS AREN’T ALREADY ROASTED:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread nuts on large baking sheet and bake for 10 min. until lightly toasted and fragrant.
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Add toasted nuts to large bowl. Add puffed rice/millet and flaxseed meal. Stir to combine; set aside.

In 1-1/2 or 2 quart saucepan, combine honey, rice syrup, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and vanilla over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until mixture reaches 260 degrees (hard ball stage) on a candy thermometer. Immediately, pour mixture over nut mixture, stir until evenly coated. Quickly transfer to greased/sprayed 9×13 pan, use hands to spread mixture evenly in pan; press the mixture to close in holes and distribute evenly all over the pan. Using bottom of greased/sprayed drinking glass to tap and compact mixture in pan. Sprinkle top with 1/2 teaspoon sea salt. Let cool 20 minutes. While still slightly warm, invert pan on cutting board and tap until mixture falls out in one piece. Cut into 20 bars. (If they cool too much and become too hard or brittle to cut easily, put in warm oven for 1-2 minutes to soften; proceed with cutting.) Allow bars to cool completely before proceeding with chocolate drizzles.

recipe via The Yummy Life

 

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