Almond and Coconut Bars

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In my last entry, I share with you my Walnut and Blueberry bars.  It was a great copycat recipe that you can make your own KIND bar for a fraction of cost.  Did you get a chance to try it?  If you have not get a chance,  you own it to yourself.  As promise, I am going to share with you another KIND bar copycat recipe –  almond and coconut bar recipe.   Almond and Coconut are among some of my favorite food.   I, especially, love them after they are roasted.    Instead of using coconut flakes, I used  coconut chips which give this bar a more intense coconut favor and a better mouth feel.   If you cannot find coconut chips in your local stores, you can find it on Amazon by clicking here.  Along with this recipe, I will also share with you the formula I used to customize and create new recipes by using my favorite ingredients.  You game?  Should we get started……

To make this Almond and coconut bar or any bar, you need to have the dried and syrup ingredients:

almond coconut bars 3 Syrup ingredients: Vanilla extract, Honey, Brown Rice Syrup, and Salt.

Dried ingredients for this bar are: Puffed brown rice, almondscoconut chips, and flaxseeds

 

almond coconut bars horzTo make this bar, rub a big bowl with a teaspoon of coconut oil and place all the dried ingredients in the bowl.

 

almond coconut bars-horz 2Mix all the dried ingredients and pour in the cooked syrup after it reached the hard ball stage (250F – 260F).

 

copycat KIND bars 13Stir quickly and mix all ingredients thoroughly.    Pour the mixture into a 13″ X 9″ rectangular baking pan (lined a baking pan with parchment paper for easy removal)

 

almond coconut bars 14-horzUse a flat object like a measuring cup to distribute mixture evenly.   You have to act quickly and do not get distracted because the mixture set really quickly.

 

 

almond coconut bars 18It looks so yummy!!  OK now, the last step is to let it cool for about 20 – 30 minutes.  Then….

 

 

almond and coconut bars 19Turn the cooled bar on a chopping broad and cut into desired size.  Do not wait too long or it will become brittle which makes it hard to cut them uniformly.

 

 

almond and coconut bars 22There you have it!!!  This delicious almond and coconut bar.

Now, you have learned how to make these two yummy copycat KIND BARS, you can pretty much make any bars with your favorite ingredients.   Here are  some of my favorite ingredients you may consider to use:

 

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To create your own recipes, here is the formula I use:

Same amount of syrup in this recipe  +  your favorite dried ingredients = your new favorite copycat KIND BARs.

Dried ingredients should not exceed 4 cups; if you use smaller and finely chopped ingredients, you may be able to get away with 4 1/2 cups.    Your dried ingredients can be a mixture of nuts, dried fruit, puffed whole grain cereal, and/or other whole grains and seeds.  Of course, for you chocoholics out there, you can definitely add chocolate or even experiment with peanut butter powder to make it more kid friendly.  So there you have it,  I would love to hear from you and let me know what kind of bars you have created.

 

Almond and Coconut Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 - 15 bars

Almond and Coconut Bars

Ingredients

  • NUT MIXTURE:
  • 1 1/2 cup roasted almond
  • 1 1/2 cup roasted coconut chips
  • 3/4 cup puff brown rice or puff wheat cereal
  • 1 tablespoon Flax seeds
  • Coconut/light cooking oil (for greasing)
  • SYRUP:
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup Brown Rice Syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Mix all dried ingredients and pour into a greased mixing bowl.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the syrup ingredients and cook them under medium high heat, stir frequently until it reaches the hard ball stage (260F) on a candy thermometer.
  3. Immediately pour syrup into the dried ingredients and mix them thoroughly as quickly as possible. Transfer mixture into a greased 13" X 9" baking pan (or lined with parchment paper).
  4. Allow to cool for about 20 - 30 minutes and cut into desired sizes.

Notes

Put mixture in a low temperature oven for about 5 - 10 minutes if your mixture set too quick. The mixture will be softened again for you to shape.

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