Homemade Kind Nut Bars are a delicious snack option if you are looking for something a little more nutritious than the store bought version, but still delicious and filling. These nut bars are made with simple and wholesome ingredients, such as nuts and seeds and are free from refined sugar and artificial additives. We have added a little drizzle of dark chocolate to ours too.
Making your own Kind Bars at home is a great way to ensure that you are getting a snack that is both delicious and healthy. Both high in protein and fibre, this is a nutritious snack.
By making your own nut bars, you can control the ingredients and adjust the recipe to suit your taste preferences. Plus, making your own snacks is often more cost-effective than buying pre-packaged options.
Whether you are looking for a quick and easy snack to grab on the go or a healthy treat to enjoy after a workout, these homemade Kind Bars are a great option. You can experiment with different flavours and ingredients to find the perfect combination for you. These are sweet and salty and deliciously sticky.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Mixed nuts - We used almonds, pecans and cashews. But peanuts are a popular addition too.
- Mixed seeds - We added pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
- Honey - We used this to sweeten the bars. You could swap it for maple syrup if you prefer.
- Almond butter - This is the binding ingredient. Any nut butter will work though.
- Salt - A pinch of salt really brings out all the flavours.
- Dark chocolate - This is optional, but we like to melt some dark chocolate (refined sugar free) and then drizzle it over the finished bars.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make Kind Bars - Step by step
Prep: Preheat your oven to 180°C/160°C(fan)/350°F/Gas 4.
One: Spread the mixed nuts on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly toasted.
Two: In a small saucepan, heat the honey and almond butter over low heat until melted and well combined.
Three: In a large bowl, mix the toasted nuts (a) with the seeds and salt (b).
Four: Pour the honey and almond butter mixture over the nut and seed mixture (a) and stir until well combined (b).
Five: Line a 10x8 inch baking dish with parchment paper and press the mixture into the dish. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 30 minutes, or until firm.
Six: Melt the chocolate and drizzle over the set mixture (a). Refrigerate for a further 10 minutes. Cut the mixture into bars (b) and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Homemade Kind Protein Bars are a nutritious and delicious snack that can be easily made at home. Here are some of the benefits of making and eating these bars:
- Healthy Fats: Homemade Nut Bars contain healthy fats from nuts and seeds. These fats are essential for maintaining healthy skin, hair, and nails, as well as supporting brain function and reducing inflammation in the body.
- Protein: Nuts and seeds are also a great source of protein, which is essential for building and repairing tissues in the body. Protein also helps to keep you feeling full and satisfied, making healthy nut bars a great snack option for those wanting more filling snacks.
- Fibre: A nut bar is high in fibre, which is important for maintaining healthy digestion and preventing constipation. Fibre also helps to reduce cholesterol levels and regulate blood sugar levels.
- Vitamins and minerals: Nuts and seeds are packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, magnesium, and zinc. These nutrients are important for maintaining healthy bones, muscles, and immune function.
- Convenience: This nut bar recipe is easy to make and can be stored in the fridge or freezer for quick and convenient snacking. They are also a great option for those who are on-the-go and need a healthy snack to take with them.
Nuts - This is where all the crunch and the protein comes from. Pretty much any nuts go here. We like almonds, peanuts, cashews, pecans, hazelnuts or walnuts.
Sweetener - Honey, maple syrup, agave nectar or coconut sugar will all work.
Binding agents - You want something that is going to bind all the ingredients together. We like peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, or coconut oil.
Seeds - These add crunch along with the nuts. We like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds or chia seeds.
Cereal - If you want to bulk these out, as nuts can be expensive, then you can use a puffed rice cereal like Rice Krispies.
Store: Firstly, it's important to store the bars in an airtight container or bag. This will help to keep out any moisture and prevent the bars from going stale. A resealable plastic bag or airtight container with a lid are both good options. It's also a good idea to store the bars in the fridge, especially if you live in a warm or humid climate. This will help to extend their shelf life and prevent them from melting or becoming too soft. To make sure the bars don't stick to each other, place a piece of parchment paper between bars, or individually wrap them in plastic film.
Freeze: If you're planning on storing the bars for an extended period of time, you may want to consider freezing them. Homemade Kind nut bars can be frozen for up to three months, and they'll thaw quickly at room temperature when you're ready to eat them.
When it comes to serving the bars, it's best to let them come to room temperature before eating. This will help to bring out their full flavour and texture, as fridge cold they will be quite brittle.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, we wouldn't recommend skipping this step. It really helps to release the oils and flavours.
If this is happening, then the bars haven't been packed down enough. Use a sheet of parchment paper on the bars and then a glass pressed down on it to push it all down.
These are high in calories and sugar, however it is natural sugars and the calories come from the nuts which are super nutritious.
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Homemade Kind Nut Bars
- 150 g (1 cups) Mixed nuts - such as almonds, cashews, and peanuts
- 70 g (0.5 cups) Mixed seeds - such as pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds
- 4 tablespoon Honey
- 4 tablespoon Almond butter
- 40 g (1.5 oz) Chocolate - dark
- 1 Pinch Sea salt
- Preheat your oven to 180°C/160°C(fan)/350°F/Gas 4.
- Spread 150 g Mixed nuts on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly toasted.
- In a small saucepan, heat 4 tablespoon Honey and 4 tablespoon Almond butter over low heat until melted and well combined.
- In a large bowl, mix the toasted nuts, 70 g Mixed seeds and 1 Pinch Sea salt together.
- Pour the honey and almond butter mixture over the nut and seed mixture and stir until well combined.
- Line a 10x8 inch baking dish with parchment paper and press the mixture into the dish.
- Refrigerate the mixture for at least 30 minutes, or until firm.
- Melt 40 g Chocolate and drizzle over the set mixture. Refrigerate for a further 10 minutes.
- Cut the mixture into bars and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- For some extra flavour, add a little vanilla extract, as it adds a nice warmth to these chocolate nut bars.
- You can add some shredded coconut for a nice addition of flavour.
- Once the nut butter and honey have melted and been stirred into the nuts, it’s important that you work quickly, so the mixture doesn’t have time to set and harden before you’ve even had the chance to spread it in the pan.
- If you find that your spatula is sticking a bit too much, you can slightly wet it and it should make it easier to work with.
- When cutting the bars, use a good, sharp knife and to push it right down into the bars. Don’t use a sawing motion.
- For some added warmth, add a pinch of cinnamon.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.