Copycat KIND bars

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Every nutty head I know loves a KIND bar (the nut kind), of course, I am included.  In case you are not familiar with it, here is picture of this popular nutty KIND bar.

 

It is hard for any nutty head to pass up a KIND bar.  It is nutty, crunchy, sweet, yummy, nutritious (especially if you don’t count the sugar) with wholesome ingredients.   In fact, some of these ingredients are so wholesome that it is hard to eat them in a normal way.   Many people like to sneak them into smoothies, eat them in yogurts or cereals; but I would much rather eat them as part of a delicious KIND bar.    The only problem is KIND bars are expensive, they cost between $1 to $1.5 per bar depending on where you shop.  My family can easily consume a box of  KIND bar (15 bars) in a couple of days;  it could cost me $225 a month just on one snack alone, that is crazy!!   So for nutty family like us, I have to find a solution.  I am happy to report I have find a solution by making my own copycat version!!   The good new is my copycat version only cost between 45 cents to 60 cents a bar; that is less than half of the price but just as delicious.  Besides, you can customize the bars by adding your favorite ingredients; it is great news for people who have special diets or lifestyles.  Wanna make your own?  Let’s get started….

Each KIND bar contains two types of ingredients: dried and wet.

The dried ingredients include:

    1. Nuts
    2. Dried fruit
    3. Grains
    4. Seeds
    5. Others (chocolate, spices,etc.)

Here are some examples of dried ingredients that cannot be used:

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Here are just ingredients I have in my house and they can be used to create way more varieties than a regular KIND bar.  As far as I am concern, the sky is the limit.  In my next post, I will be sharing another copycat bar recipe: Almond and coconut bar.  I will also share with you a couple formulas so that you can create and customize your own bars.  So stay tune!

The wet ingredients are to create a sweet syrup which binds all those goodies together.  KIND bars mostly have honey or sugar as the base of the syrup, but I like the taste of honey and Brown Rice Syrup together.  Unlike sugarBrown Rice Syrup is supposed to be better for you because it contains trace minerals like magnesium, zinc, and manganese.   However, it is still sugar so use it with caution.     Here is a picture of the brown rice syrup that I used with some instructions on the back…..

copycat KIND bars 20-horzIn this post, I am making a blueberry and walnut bar.   Other than the two main ingredients, puffed quinoa (or puffed brown rice), almondssunflower seeds, and flaxseeds are also used.  In case you have a hard time finding these ingredients, you can simply click on each ingredient which will bring you to the Amazon product page.

To make the bar, we need to first….

copycat KIND bars 10-horzRub the inside of your mixing bowl with coconut oil, this will add favors and prevent ingredients stick to the bowl.  Then place all the dried ingredients in the bowl and now we are ready to cook the syrup.

 

 

 

copycat KIND bars 1The syrup contains: white grape juice (or apple juice), pure vanilla extract, honey, kosher salt and brown rice syrup.  Mix all these ingredients and start cooking.

 

 

 

Copycat KIND bars 21-horzCook the mixture on medium to medium high heat and stir frequently.  Turn down the heat when the mixture bubbles vigorously.  Insert the candy thermometer into the mixture, it is ready when the temperature reaches 260F (the hard ball stage).

 

 

 

Copycat KIND bars 23-horzMix the dried ingredients and pour in the hot syrup immediately.

 

 

 

Copycat KIND bars 26-horz Stir the mixture as quickly as possible (it is not a good time to do anything right now because the syrup set really quickly).  Mix all the ingredients well and pour into a 13″ X 9″ baking dish (lined with parchment paper to prevent sticking).

 

 

 

Copycat KIND bars 28-horzGreased a flat bottom object like a measuring cup to smooth out the mixture.  When the mixture is cool enough to handle, use you hands to push down more or fill out holes.

 

 

 

Copycat KIND bars 35Let them cool for about 20 – 30 minutes and cut them into desired sizes.

 

 

Copycat KIND bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 15 - 20 bars

Copycat KIND bars

Ingredients

  • Nut Mixture
  • 1 cup unsalted roasted almond (rough chopped)
  • 1 cup unsalted roasted walnut (rough chopped)
  • 1 cup dried blueberry
  • 1/2 cup roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup puffed Quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon Flax seeds
  • Coconut/light cooking oil (for greasing)
  • SYRUP:
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup Brown Rice Syrup
  • 1/4 cup apple or white grape juice
  • 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

If the mixture is set too fast before bars are formed, place it in a 250F oven for about 5 - 10 minutes and re-shape the bars again.

Keep bars in an air tight container between layers of wax papers.

For Vegan version: use 100% brown rice syrup.

http://www.chinesefoody.com/copycat-kind-bars/

 

 

 

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