Now you can make your OWN delicious Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt KIND Bars at home that are healthier and much tastier with zero baking required!

Now you can make your OWN delicious Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt KIND Bars at home that are healthier and much tastier with zero baking required!

Ok so truth be told, I am absolutely obsessed with KIND bars!!  They’re the perfect little snack to keep in your purse on the run or in your desk while at work, they’re made with all-natural wholesome ingredients and best of all, they’re soooo dang DELICIOUS!!  The only thing I hate is that they’re pretty expensive if you want to a buy them in bulk.  Well I have the perfect solution, simply make them yourself!

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • peanuts, walnuts, almonds – can’t have a Kind bar without an assortment of nuts!  I use dry roasted unsalted nuts for this recipe because we’ll be adding a lot more to these to add flavor along with sea salt
  • puffed rice cereal – there are several all natural options for this, but good ol’ fashioned rice krispies will do the trick too if that’s all you’ve got on hand!
  • flaxseed meal – adds even more nutty flavor with added health benefits!
  • brown rice syrup – this is super important to bind everything together (although some readers have said maple syrup works too!)
  • honey – adds a natural sweetness without using refined sugar
  • vanilla extract – just adds a little something extra to these bars
  • dark chocolate chips – the perfect finishing touch
Now you can make your OWN delicious Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt KIND Bars at home that are healthier and much tastier with zero baking required!

How to Make Homemade KIND Bars

  1. First thing you’ll do is add a teaspoon of melted coconut oil to a large bowl to get the bowl nice and greasy and also line an 8-inch pan with aluminum foil, making sure you have some extra overhang on the sides (this will make it easy to pull the bars out once they are set!)  Then mix together all your nuts, the puffed rice and flaxseed meal together in the greased bowl and set that aside.
  2. On the stove top, mix together brown rice syrup, honey, vanilla, and sea salt, and bring to a boil.  Once is starts to boil, continually whisk everything for 3 to 4 minutes.  THIS STEP IS THE MOST IMPORTANT!  You want this mixture to boil for a few minutes so that it will thicken up , getting nice and sticky to hold these bars together.
  3. Once you’ve got the right consistency, immediately pour the syrup mixture overtop of the nut mixture and stir well to combine.  Transfer your sticky nut mixture into your 8-inch pan, spreading it out evenly and making sure there are no gaps.  Feel free to get your hands a little damp and press down on the nut mixture so that the bars will set nicely or you can use the back of spoon!
  4. You’ll want to let the bars cool completely before cutting them (about 30 minutes) so that they are completely set and won’t fall apart when cutting them.
  5. To make the chocolate drizzle, simply place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring each time until all the chocolate is melted.  Then just drizzle over the bars once you’ve cut them (you should get about 10 bars) and let the chocolate set.  And that’s it!

There are so many different combinations of Kind bars you can make too, but my absolute favorite are these dark chocolate and sea salt bars (hmm I wonder why??)  So if you love these as much as I do then I urge you to make these bars ASAP!  They’re healthy, easy to grab on-the-go and made with all-natural wholesome ingredients.

The great thing about making these is there is no baking involved so this makes the process super quick and easy.  You can also customize this recipe however you’d like!  I chose to make my favorite Kind bar which is the dark chocolate and sea salt version, but feel free to make these bars your own and get creative.  I mean peanut butter anyone??  Oh those are SO next.  Hey even your kids may want to join in on all the fun!

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Homemade KIND Bars

Now you can make your OWN delicious Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt KIND Bars at home that are healthier and much tastier with zero baking required!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10

Ingredients 

  • 1 tsp. coconut oil, melted and cooled (or any oil would work for this)
  • ½ cup unsalted roasted almonds, whole
  • ½ cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts, whole
  • ½ cup roasted walnuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup puffed rice
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal
  • ¼ cup brown rice syrup
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
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Instructions 

  • Line an 8 inch pan with aluminum foil leaving a couple of inches overhanging on each side.
  • Drizzle melted coconut oil in a large bowl, making sure to coat the bowl completely so its greasy, and mix together the nuts, puffed rice and flaxseed meal.  Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, combine brown rice syrup, honey, vanilla and sea salt and bring to a boil.  Once the mixture starts boiling, continually whisk for 3 to 4 minutes, until mixture has thickened and its nice and sticky.
  • Pour syrup mixture immediately over nut mixture and stir to combine. Transfer into the lined pan and spread out evenly, making sure there are no gaps.
  • Allow mixture to cool for about 30 minutes then, using the overhanging foil, take the block of nuts out of the pan and place on a cutting board. Cut into 10 even bars and allow to cool completely before drizzling chocolate.
  • To make the chocolate drizzle, place the dark chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring each time until the chocolate is melted.
  • Spoon the chocolate drizzle over the bars and let sit at room temperature until the chocolate has set.
  • Store bars in an airtight container for up to a week or freeze to save for later.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.5g | Protein: 4.1g | Fat: 12.4g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Sodium: 132.9mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11.8g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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124 Comments

  1. Deborah arbogast says:

    How do you ;make the caramel bottom. (My favorite kind)

  2. Linda says:

    5 stars
    This is just like the real KIND bars. I have a son that is obsessed over them. He said these really taste much better.

    1. Kelly Gellner says:

      Yay I’m so glad you all love these Linda! 🙂

  3. Sara says:

    5 stars
    I made this and they were amazing! Something that I will do for next time I make them, freeze them, then dip the bottom in the chocolate. They weren’t as firmly stuck together but after dipping the bottom in chocolate I had no issues.

  4. Glynis says:

    I’m in the UK so having quantities in grams or ounces would be really useful because sometimes recipes lose something in the weight conversions.

  5. Kind Worker says:

    Instead of brown rice syrup use tapioca and honey, heat both up to 120°F, add in soy lecithin, let cool, and mix with nuts. That is how the factory does it. Brix should be between 84-86

  6. Meagan says:

    4 stars
    The flavor is pretty good. Definitely comparable to Kind bars. I used already salted peanuts and almonds and omitted the salt added to the recipe. I also omitted the chocolate topping to make these less sugar. My only complaint was the bars were too sticky to hold like a Kind Bar. I had trouble removing them from the tin foil after cooling. I might suggest less honey or perhaps using parchment paper to help with getting the bars out. Would make again 🙂

  7. Jacqueline Best says:

    5 stars
    Please can u send me the recipe for all of the kind bars
    Thankyou

  8. Beth Seliga says:

    5 stars
    Heading out on a six-week trip around the US and Kind bars are SOOOOO expensive! We just made our first batch, and we love them! Thanks for the recipe. We made one batch with dried cherries and one set with chocolate chips.