Homemade KIND Inspired Bars Recipe

Have you ever tried a KIND Bar?  They are so tasty and hit the spot, but the bars are really pricey.  They typically are well over a $1 per bar.  So it was time to come up with something more frugal.

Kind-Inspired Bars

This recipe makes me so, so SO EXCITED!  I have been itching to share this for a few weeks now.

Kind-Inspired Bar Ingredients

I am going to talk a lot about money in this recipe post because I think it’s so fascinating, and I am a bit of a money nerd, loving to know how much I saved by taking the road less traveled.

I was shopping a couple of months ago with my friend, T, and she was buying some KIND Bars for her husband.  At that point I had never had a KIND Bar.  She was going to buy a single one, for I think, $1.79.  Then I found the four pack.  I couldn’t believe how much they cost, at $4.74 for the pack of 4, making them $1.19 a bar.  $1.19 is actually cheap for a KIND Bar, since around town $1.79 seems to be the going rate for a single bar.  They are just so delicious that I set out to make my own more frugal version of a KIND Bar.

KIND-Inspired Bars with a Drizzled with Chocolate I was so interested to see how much money I would save (and potentially save my friends) that I did a cost break down.  I am showing the exact amount of money it costs me to make one batch of KIND inspired Bars, which makes 12 bars.  No, I didn’t count the gas to the store to buy the bars, or the cost of using the oven to make the bars.  May be they cancel each other out?!?

Here it goes:

  • $5.60 for 2 cups mixed nuts at Costco ($13.99 for 2.5 lb. package)
  • $0.48 for 1/3 cup of honey at Costco ($13 for 5 lbs.)
  • $0.08 for 1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut at Winco ($2.74/lb. sold in the bulk section)
  • $0.05 for 1/4 cup of ground flax seed that I grind myself, purchased at Winco ($0.80/lb. for the ungrounded flax seed)
  • $0.00 for a teaspoon of chia seeds at Winco-it was so light it registered as nothing ($8.74/lb. sold in the bulk section) Kind inspired bars with ingredients

This totals $6.21 for 12 homemade bars.  If you buy them singly, they are $21.48 ($1.79 x 12), and if you buy three 4 packs, it’s $14.04 for the 12 bars.  So that’s a savings anywhere from $7.83 to $15.27 for 12 bars!!

Yes, the ingredients are expensive, mainly the mixed nuts and honey, but this is such a tasty and healthy snacks.  I know the mixed nuts you can get for cheaper if you buy them with peanuts, but I like the mixed nuts from Costco that don’t have any peanuts in them (even though I am not opposed to peanuts).  Making your own is so much more frugal and economical, plus they are fresh and scrumptious.As far as the recipe is concerned, I started with this recipe as a base, but the bars were thin, and it had way too much coconut for my taste, so I experimented, experimented, and experimented some more.  My family has thoroughly enjoyed all of my experimenting, because even when I made them too sticky, they still tasted great.

Kind Bars

Homemade KIND Inspired Bars

Homemade KIND Inspired Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mixed nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup honey (I've made them with maple syrup for vegan)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 to 1 t chia seeds
  • optional, 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips & 1 t coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper, or grease the pan. I have done both.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Combine all ingredients, minus the chocolate. If you combine the ingredients in a mixer, like a Kitchen Aid, the nuts will grind up more. So if you like be chunks of nuts, mix this by hand.
  4. Press nut mixture into your pan. I like to use a damp potato masher to make the process easier.
  5. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until the edges are lightly brown.
  6. If you are drizzling on chocolate, do it now. (I like to melt 1 t coconut oil mixed in with the chocolate chips to smooth it more. I melt both together for 30 seconds in the microwave; mix and heat for another 30 seconds, and then drizzle.)
  7. Cool for 15 minutes, and cut into bars.
  8. Store in a cool, airtight container.
http://practical-stewardship.com/2012/10/17/homemade-kind-inspired-bars-recipe/

The Verdict: I can’t tell you how much I am absolutely in love with these bars, and really my whole family is.  We eat them for desserts or snacks.  They can be portable, and are just plain fabulous.  I absolutely love a drizzle of chocolate on them.  YUM!!

Troubleshooting: If they end up too sticky for you, just roll the bars in some coconut to absorb the honey.   I think when they are mixed by hand, the bars are stickier.  The mixer breaks down the nuts a bit to give the bars more area for the honey to stick to.  The bars don’t seem really sticky to us at all.

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Comments

  1. Leila says

    Hi G! I made mine with dark chocolate and craisins, but instead of using honey I used organic barley malt syrup I found at the coop. It changes the taste a tad, but it makes the bars less sticky and more solid like the KIND bars.

    • teresa weinberg says

      WAY TO GO G!!!!!!!! I knew you could pull this one off, you are amazing! Chuck comes today and we will make some for the chucksters to see what he thinks. Miss you.

    • says

      Hey Leila! I am interested in the organic barley malt syrup. How sweet is it compared to, let’s say, honey? How much does it cost? The Everett Co-op? I wanted to stick with honey, since that’s what they do with the actual KIND bar, so I that’s where I started. I wouldn’t mind trying another sweetener though.

  2. says

    Those sound yummy! We get honey from our own bees so I use that for most of our desserts anyway so the only big expense for us would be the nuts.

  3. says

    Thanks for sharing at {Wheat-Free Wednesday} last week. Your posst have been pinned to my Pinterest board and shared on my FB page. I hope you’ll share again this week:

    http://www.annemariecain.com/wheat-free-wednesday-thanksgiving/

    Anne-Marie

  4. Cindy Sampey says

    Hi,

     I don't like shredded coconut.  What can I substitute for the shredded coconut?
    

    Thanks,

    Cindy

    • says

      Hi Cindy. You can try more ground flaxseeds or chia seeds: something kind of dry to help absorb the moisture of the honey. Hope that helps.

  5. Lauren says

    Thanks for creating this recipe! My husband insists on taking two kind bars in his lunch everyday and it was getting expensive! After working on our budget last night, we decided those bars had to go. This morning I went in search of a recipe to replace them– done! Thanks again!

  6. says

    Hi Sonja! The kind bars recipe sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing your trials and errors with us! I appreciate all you do to help people! Have a great weekend! Blessings from Bama!

  7. DJ says

    Wondering if they even need to be cooked. Maybe just leaving them to set for a while after mixing, so that the dry ingredients absorb the honey or syrup of choice. Thinking of making a raw version.

    • says

      Hi DJ. I would think they would be REALLY sticky if you did that. You could roll them in coconut, though. I’d love to hear how it goes, if you actually make them raw! Thanks for sharing.

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