Homemade “Kind” Breakfast Bars

Homemade “Kind” Breakfast Bars

We all love breakfast bars, because they give us a quick boost of energy and they are delicious with nuts and dried fruits. However, the store bought ones that are sold as “organic” and “healthy” are still full of preservatives that they use to increase their shelf life.

Making them at home is easy. You can make them in less than 15 minutes. And as long as they are individually wrapped in wax (or parchment) paper in an airtight container, they keep fresh for 5 to 6 days. The best part of it is that you can use whatever nuts and dried fruit you have at home.

Homemade “Kind” Breakfast Bars

All you have to do is to follow the formula in easy steps below and you will have a healthy homemade “KIND”-like breakfast bar with no preservatives or additional sugar.

Step 1:
Line an 8X8-baking pan with aluminum foil leaving a couple inches overhanging on the sides.

Step 2:
Mix all the ingredients below in a large bowl. Set aside.
Homemade “Kind” Breakfast Bars
Step 3:
Whisk all the ingredients below in a small saucepan. Stirring constantly, heat it over medium heat for 2 minutes. It will be a very smooth mixture.

Homemade “Kind” Breakfast Bars

Step 4:
Pour the hot mixture over the nuts and fruits mixture. Stir it until all nuts and fruits are coated with the liquid mixture.

Step 5:
Transfer them into the lined pan. Spread them evenly. Press it using the back of a ramekin (or back of a spatula).

Step 6:
Place it in the fridge for 2 hours.

Step 7:
Using the overhanging foil, take the block of granola out of the pan and place it on a cutting board. Cut it into smaller pieces.

Step 8:
Individually wrap them in wax or parchment paper and keep them in an airtight container.

Homemade “Kind” Breakfast Bars

These bars are perfect as a morning or midday snack. They are free of preservatives and much cheaper than a $4 Kind bar you can get from the coffee shop. Simply make a batch on the weekend and eat it throughout the week.

Homemade "Kind" Breakfast Bars
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup rice puff cereal
  • 1/2 cup unsalted almonds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1/3 cup dried figs, chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried mulberries, chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried apricot, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsalted almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar - Optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Line an 8X8-baking pan with aluminum foil leaving a couple inches
  2. overhanging on the sides.
  3. Mix puff cereal, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, figs, mulberries, apricots, Chia seeds, and coconut flakes in a large bowl. Set aside.
  4. Whisk brown rice syrup, almond butter, and sugar (if using) in a small saucepan. Stirring constantly, heat it over medium heat for 2 minutes. It will be a very smooth mixture.
  5. Pour the hot mixture over the nuts and fruits mixture. Stir it until all nuts and fruits are coated with the liquid mixture.
  6. Transfer them into the lined pan. Spread them evenly. Press it using the back of a ramekin (or back of a spatula).
  7. Place it in the fridge for 2 hours.
  8. Using the overhanging foil, take the block of granola out of the pan and place it on a cutting board. Cut it into smaller pieces.
  9. Individually wrap them in wax or parchment paper and keep them in an airtight container.
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  • Ceren - Looks so good!! I can’t wait to make this!!ReplyCancel

  • Roxanne - Looks good! I was wondering if you have any suggestions for substitutes for the brown rice syrup? My small town doesn’t sell any. Would agave or honey work?ReplyCancel

    • Aysegul Sanford - Hi Roxanne,

      Thank you. I have never tried it with honey but I would give it a try. It may slightly be sweeter but it would not be bad. You can adjust the sweetness with adding less amount of dried fruit.

      Let me know how it turns out.

      Thanks again for stopping by..
      Cheers – IceReplyCancel

  • Naomi - Hi! Thanks for the base to many exciting ventures with bars! Just popped a batch in the fridge, made with honey as I couldn’t find brown rice syrup in time, pb2 & puffed millet. Suggestion: I toasted my millet a few minutes & it is now a crunchy pop in your mouth. Unfortunately I only thought to do this after I made the batch. I’m sure toasting any puff cereal will prove nice 🙂 thanks again!ReplyCancel

    • Aysegul Sanford - Hi Naomi,

      What a great idea to toast puff cereal!!! I never thought of that.. Thanks for sharing.
      Good to know that it works with honey as well. Especially, for those who can’t find brown rice syrup.
      I am so happy to hear that you liked it.
      Like you said, the possibilities and combinations are endless.

      Thanks for stopping by..

      Cheers!
      IceReplyCancel

  • Ellen - I made a batch of these tonight but they didnt turn out right. They are very gooey, not able to be cut into bars. Any thoughts on what may have gone wrong? The have been in the fridge for 3 hours now.ReplyCancel

    • Aysegul Sanford - Hi Ellen,
      I am sorry to hear that it didn’t turn out right.
      The only thing that I can think of that would make it too gooey is the ratio of the nuts, dried fruits, and puff cereal to the liquid ingredients.
      Did you use the exact amounts listed in the recipe?
      I need to know more about the end product to be able to tell you what may have gone wrong.
      Let me know. – Thanks.
      IceReplyCancel

  • Ellen - I followed the measurements exactly. The only thing I changed was that I used agave syrup instead of brown rice syrup. I couldnt find the brown rice syrup. I kept the measurents the same. They ended up not sticking together. I cant cut them into bars because they fall apart. They are still very good, just not able to have them “on the go”.
    Im thinking it may have been the agave and am planning on using honey next time.ReplyCancel

    • Aysegul Sanford - Hi Ellen,
      Brown rice syrup is much denser and stickier than agave. That could be the reason why it turned out different than what you expected.
      I am not sure where you live but most health stores do sell brown rice syrup.
      Honey is a good option too but you may still not the get the same results. Though, I have never tried this, I wonder how would it be if you were to cook the liquid mixture made with honey a little longer to reduce it and make it a little more denser?
      Does it make sense?ReplyCancel

      • AsUntoTheLord - None of the other liquid sweeteners, to my knowledge, will allow them to ‘stick’ together as well. It has something to do with the chemical properties of BRS which allows it to reach the ‘candy’ stage in heating and become hard when cooled, like sugar does. None of the other sweeteners do that. However, you could probably cut down the quantity a bit and sub with some of the others (honey, syrup, etc.) and still have it firm up well. Also, heating either honey or syrup to boiling, especially for so long, might be killing any of the beneficial aspects of those alternatives, but I don’t know that for sure. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Made these a couple of weeks ago – chocolate cherry. Am whipping up a batch of cranberry-orange walnut today – going to try using walnut butter. The only thing I like to do is put it in a slightly larger pan (9×7 or 9×9) – that way I get a couple more and they’re not SO thick! This has become a “go-to” recipe in my house!ReplyCancel

  • Linda - This has become a family favorite for a quick energy snack!! A HUGE hit! Do you have a breakdown of the nutritional info?ReplyCancel

  • JON - I am working with my kid on losing weight and finding/making healthy snacks for him as good alternatives. What would you consider to be the standard size for each bar for me to cut up once finished in the pan? Do you know about how many calories this yields?ReplyCancel

    • Aysegul Sanford - Hi Jon,

      I would cut the 8X8 bar into 9 pieces and would call each piece standard size.
      Unfortunately, I do not know the calories. And, I don’t know if calorie counting softwares lead people in the right direction all the time. Especially because I don’t have a way of knowing if it is accurate or not, because I am not educated as a nutritionist.
      With that being said, this is a healthy-ier snack than any other store-bought bar as you know what you are putting in it. Basically, no additives, preservatives, or things that are hard to pronounce.

      If you are looking for a healthy snack, may I offer you a couple of other recipes?

      Fully-Loaded Breakfast Bars – These bars are full of nutritious ingredients like chia seeds, ground oats, applesauce, and pumpkin seeds. Instead of using butter, you use white beans. And surprisingly, they are delicious. Perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon snack.
      Cheesy Oven-Roasted Kale Chips – I serve these instead of pop-corn. After flavored with a quick tahini sauce and baked in the oven, these are simply delicious. Not to mention, they are addictive.
      Vegan Cocoa Truffles– These truffles are made with dates, apricots, walnuts, sunflower seeds, chia seeds and coconut. They are all high in calories but those are good calories. As long as you eat them in small amounts.

      These are just a couple of recipes that you can use for snacking. Let me know if you have any questions or if there is any other way I can help you.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Best,

      AysegulReplyCancel

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