Over the last few months, I’ve discovered (and become addicted to) Kind bars. My favorite flavor is the Almond & Apricot bar. Eating it is a magical experience. This is a homemade recipe I’ve hobbled together, which doesn’t taste anything like the Kind bar, but is still darn-tootin’ delicious. I might try switching out the dried fruits with other varieties later on, but this seems like a good place to start.
This recipe will make about 10-12 bars.
- 1 cup of honey
- 1/2 cup of maple syrup
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp of salt
- 1/4 cup of juice (I have tried mango lemonade from Trader Joe’s and also apple juice. Both are tasty.)
- 1/4 or 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon (depends on how much cinnamon you like)
- 1 cup of almonds (roughly chopped)
- 1 cup of pecans (roughly chopped)
- 1 cup of coconut flakes
- 1 cup of your favorite puffed cereal (I like chocolate rice puffs)
- 1/3 cup of dried blueberries
- 1 cup of craisins
- 1/3 cup of chocolate chips
- Heat the syrup, honey, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and juice together in a pan on the stove. Stir frequently and heat evenly until the mixture is about 260 F.
- In a long glass pan (I used a 9 x 13 in casserole dish), combine the remaining dry ingredients.
- Once the stove-top mixture is hot enough, pour it over the dry ingredients in your glass pan. Mix well.
- Try to press the sticky, nutty mix flat, perhaps with a spatula.
- Let it sit for about 20 minutes, and then cut them into bars.
- Wrap the bars in something like wax paper to store in the refrigerator. This batch never makes it past a week on my watch… I just eat them too fast.