Homemade Kind Bars (Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free)

An easy no-bake recipe for copycat kind bars! Loaded with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, these healthy snack bars are completely vegan, paleo and gluten-free! 

Homemade KIND Bars packed with nuts, seeds and dried fruit- a delicious vegan and paleo snack!

Homemade Kind Bar Recipe

Making my own snack bars have become second nature to me. Whether it be no bake granola bars, keto protein bars, and peanut butter bars, I always have some on hand.

Inspired by my homemade Larabars, I wanted to recreate one of my other favorite store-bought bars and have a go at making Homemade Kind Bars!

Before I share my twist on it, let’s compare the two! 

Are KIND Bars Healthy?

Yes and no. 

Compared to other snack bars on the market, they are generally healthier and a great snack choice. Depending on which flavor you choose, they can be quite protein-rich.

However, overall, they tend to contain a little too much sugar and cereal, which isn’t the best for a grain-free or gluten-free diet. 

They also have a bunch of ingredients I have either personally never used or don’t even know what their benefit is. These ingredients include palm kernel oil, glucose syrup, rice flour, and soy lecithin. 

Kind Bars Nutrition

Kind Bars come in a variety of flavors, including Blueberry, Vanilla and Cashew and my personal favorite, Cranberry Almond.

On average, a KIND Bar contains 220 calories, 15 grams of fat (3 grams saturated), 16 grams of carbs (7 grams fiber) and 6 grams of protein.

I personally wouldn’t consider KIND bars to be a very high protein bar or a replacement for a protein bar. 

Are KIND Bars vegan, gluten-free and/or paleo? 

As KIND Bars come in a range of flavors and varieties, some may fit one of these diets. As such, you’ll need to keep an eye on the ingredients to see if it is suitable for your diet.

From the ones I’ve personally tried, none have been paleo-friendly or vegan (they contained honey and/or cereal grains). 

As such, my recipe for DIY Copycat KIND Bars is the opposite! They use minimal ingredients (which you can pronounce) and they also are suitable for all 3 of the diets above! 

Homemade KIND Bar Ingredients

How to make homemade Kind Bars

Step 1: Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside. 

Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, combine all your ingredients, except for your maple syrup, and mix well.

Step 3: Add your maple syrup and mix very well, until fully incorporated. If the KIND Bar batter is a little too loose, add a dash more maple syrup.

Step 4: Transfer the mixture into the lined pan and spread out evenly. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until firm.

Step 5: If desired, drizzle over some coconut butter and allow it to firm up into the bars. Cut into bars and enjoy. 

How to store homemade Kind Bars

Homemade Kind bars will keep at room temperature, but they tend to fall apart. You are best to store leftover bars in the refrigerator in a sealed container. They will keep in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.

Kind bars are freezer friendly and can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. 

Tips and Tricks for Perfect Homemade KIND Bars

Before transferring your mixture to the lined pan, ensure it is thick but not crumbly. You want to be able to press the mixture into the pan and allow it to set. If it seems too loose, add a little extra maple syrup.

I used maple syrup, in order to keep the bars 100% vegan, gluten-free and paleo. If you don’t have dietary restrictions, brown rice syrup is the best substitution, as it is super thick. Agave nectar and honey can also be substituted, but the latter will have a more pronounced flavor!

Do not freeze the bars before they have been sliced, as they will be dense and have a very doughy texture. 

As long as you have 1 1/2 cups TOTAL of nuts, you can use any combination you have on hand. Walnuts and pecans would be great additions, along with some macadamia nuts too. Just be sure to chop them up, to ensure they hold together.

Similarly, use any dried fruits you have on hand- Chopped dried apricots, dried mangoes or even currants would be fantastic. 

These bars make fantastic snacks for school (they are peanut-free!) or in between workouts. To keep bars fresh, wrap them in parchment paper before sealing them in a container. This will also avoid them from sticking together. 

DIY Kind Bars are a healthy vegan and paleo snack ready in 15 minutes!

Homemade KIND Bars Recipe are a healthier twist on the store bought KIND BARS

Homemade Kind Bars (Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free)

A quick and easy recipe for Homemade Fruit and Nut Bars which taste like a KIND Bar! This copycat recipe is completely vegan, gluten-free and paleo, and makes the perfect snack! 
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free, no bake snack, paleo, snack, vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 14 Bars
Calories: 173kcal
Author: Arman

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine your nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and salt and mix well. 
  • Add your vanilla extract and maple syrup and mix well. If the mixture is too thin/crumbly, add a little extra maple syrup. 
  • Transfer the mixture to the lined pan and press firmly into place. Refrigerate until firm. Once firm, drizzle with optional coconut butter before slicing into 14 bars. 

Notes

* Start with 5 tablespoons and if needed, add an extra tablespoon.
Homemade Kind Bars (Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free) should be stored in the fridge and will keep for up to 4 weeks.
Kind bars are also freezer friendly and will keep frozen for up to 2 months. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Bar | Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Fiber: 9g | Vitamin A: 3% | Vitamin C: 5% | Calcium: 5% | Iron: 4%

Homemade Fruit and Nut Bars Recipe which tastes like a KIND Bar

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109 thoughts on “Homemade Kind Bars (Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free)

  1. I’ve just returned from my trip and let me tell you, the plane food was incredible! Incredibly bad!! Of course. I ate it anyway (shame in me).
    I was really amazed by the selection of bats they have in the US! I could hold myself back though. I’m not the hugest fan of bars, I like them but in the end I think most if them contain too much sugar. Is rather eat a handful trail mix by itself!

      1. Morning 🙂 Just found you wonderful recipes & can’t wait to try them!! Only where can I find brown rice syrup?? Or is there a substitute? Thanks

      2. It was my 40th birthday when flying on Singapore Air and they gave me a massive cake that was like a giant dessert – sponge base with chocolate mousse on the top! Nom Nom Nom!

  2. Er Arman- these look EPIC….WOW! I literally want to dive into my screen right now! KIND bars are my favourite but unfortunately they aren’t available in Mumbai either. Have you tried the sea salt & dark chocolate flavor- hands down the best flavour I’ve tried till date! As delicious as some of the bars at Whole Foods are, I remember being super disappointed with a few of their raw bars made from chia seeds (can’t remember the brand name). Whoever deemed it to taste like cookie dough has CLEARLY not tasted the real deal!!

  3. I’ve never been a big bar fan, cause I feel like three bites and an hour later I’m hungry again. That said, I have had Kind bars and they’re delicious. Way better than other ones I’ve tried! I’m also super jealous of your Harry Potter wand. I really want to go to Universal and see the HP park!

  4. In the UK I go for nakd bars whenever possible 🙂 What is the equivalent of these elsewhere?

    I went to Harry Potter Studios in London and considered buying a wand, but they were sooo expensive – whose did you buy? Was it Harry’s??

    I was looking forward to your healthy take on yogurt topping :-)…

  5. I LOVE kind bars…like to an unhealthy level. However every single one contains chicory root fiber which my stomach does not like!! (I have no idea how you handle the amount of fiber in Quest bars! Hats off to your digestive system). I don’t typically make a lot of recipes posted by bloggers (or anywhere…I don’t make anything, ever) but this one I may need to try.

  6. I think that I would like these more than the actual kind bars, which have far too much sugar for my taste. I do like their nut and spice ones, though! And I love the old school mojo bars. Don’t be a hater. I will hate on your quest bars.

  7. ‘As with anything good in the United States, Australia most definitely did not have them, nor had an equivalent to it in terms of taste or ingredient list’ – yes! Same with with Uk! grrr!
    We do have a bar range in the UK called ‘nakd bars’ which are pretty tasty. They aren’t like kind bars, more like Lara bars and are full of clean goodies like dates, raisins and nuts.

  8. A++ for story telling! Love it! Please tell me you got Harry’s wand and not one of the others!
    Have I ever gone gaga at Whole Foods bar section? Are you kidding? EVER.SINGLE.TIME! I remember last time in London when I had to pay almost 50 Pounds for bars. The cashier lady wanted to know where I come from because apparently only tourists would hoard bars like this. GUILTY 😉
    My favorite one is the apple cinnamon raw bite at the moment. It contains fruit, nuts and some spices only and tastes hands down like apple strudel.
    Bar fail? Nakd Bar without a doubt!

  9. Ah! I miss Whole Foods. The variety of bars available in the States is insane! So many options. My options are WAAYY narrowed down by my peanut and soy allergy– out of the 200+ at whole foods, I can maybe have 5. The ones I buy aren’t great- but I still bring pack cases of them because they are so good for plane rides and travel.

    I’m totally with you on plane food!. I bring carrots, apples, nuts, and whatever bars I have. I don’t even take the meals anymore! Never even slightly tempted to eat it, even if I am hungry.

    1. Australia is terrible compared to America- our bars are full of strange ingredients and most start with sugar! I’ll need to start thinking of what to pack for an upcoming plane ride…in terms of snacks!

  10. I used to be into granola bars in college and thought they tasted delicious, until I found out how to make my own. only last weekend, I picked some up on my drive to Houston and it tasted like cardboard, im not even exaggerating. I will definitely be trying your version soon, how could you not esp with that cheeky yogurt drizzle 🙂

  11. I buy my Kind bars in 18 bar packs at Costco. Saves some $, but I get a little bored of the same two flavors over and over. I’ve also seen many a Kind bar copycat recipe on the interwebs, but these are the first from someone with a penis, so yours win. (I wonder if spam filters will catch my comment because of the word penis? Well, I just used it twice for good measure.) A HP wand would go stellar with a Spartan outfit.

  12. Because of this post, I just googled to see if Calgary has a Whole Foods and they don’t. Boo.
    Although Canadian Whole Foods aren’t nearly as good as American ones, so I guess it’s not that big if a loss. And I didn’t stop at any on the road trip here! What is wrong with me?

  13. My favorite part is that you add sea salt to these – heck yes you know how to create a great flavor profile (I sound like a complete tool saying that, don’t I). But sea salt + sweetness takes snacks like this to a whole new level! Love

  14. I am OBSESSED with KIND bars. My current fave is the chocolate almond chili version. Sooo good. I didn’t get a wand but I did buy a Harry Potter journal which I use to brainstorm recipes. That’s what they’re for, right?

  15. Bahaha that’s pretty darn funny that your buddy wanted one every bar at WF. One time I tried making a homemade version and I wanted to die trying to get the freaking brown rice syrup out of the bottle. That shhiz should have a sticky warning label!!!

  16. Hey you’re 50/50 on the yogurt to sugar ratio, that’s got to count for something 😉

    If there is one thing this post is missing it’s a picture of said Harry Potter wand.

  17. These look fabulous….almost doesn’t matter what they taste like though I’m sure they are delicious especially frozen (:

    I never bake/cook unless it’s roasting kabocha or microwaving veggies so I doubt I’ll get a chance to make these. …Want to send some to Wash. DC? Hee, hee…

  18. Kind bars recently launched a new line of savory bars, and I am obsessed wit the jalapeno one. Seriously, it’s so good. If you’re feeling wild when you go visit Gigi (which you should be at all times) then please BUY ONE! I love me some Kind bars, but yours look WAY better aka more fruit and less processed. I go gaga at WholeFoods…period.

  19. Peanuts and cashews? Pffft fail… I consider pretty much every store bought bar a fail because I can’t eat any of them. There are a few peanut free versions out there, but I’d much rather make my own so that I can load them with oats, honey, almond butter, and chocolate.

  20. Damn right, you’re smart! KIND bars, along with the Costco version of KIND bars, are some of my favorites.
    Bar fail? Those Chewy Quaker granola bars. Like, what are those flimsy rectangles of sugar that have approximately 20 oats in them?
    I think you should come to Boston University, show your squat form to the physical therapists, and then get free KIND bars. 😀

  21. I love when you use words like cheeky. It makes me giggle, in a decidedly immature fashion.

    I love KIND bars. I rarely eat them because they’re expensive but I can dig the ingredient list like no other. Plus they taste fantastic and yours look very much like the real deal, right down to the yogurt drizzle.

    A Harry Potter wand. We need to talk about this weird fetish. 🙂

  22. These look great! My favorite are the apricot & yogurt so I’ll have to try them that way. Do you think it would work to use ground flax seed instead of the oat bran? I’ve never used oat bran so I’m not sure if there’s anything comparable.

    1. Hi Bevin! Hmmm I haven’t tried it with ground flax but I can’t see it NOT working- the only thing is, I would perhaps need some extra liquid if it’s too firm or if its too soft, add extra nuts. Do you have rolled oats?

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  24. YAY for Kind Bars…I’ll take a whole stack please. =) I love making recipes like this – and throw everything in my food processor for ease. You’re a pretty funny guy…I love reading your posts. Thanks much for sharing this lusciousness with us at Weekend Potluck. Keep ’em coming Man. And have a great week ahead.

    1. Pretty funny guy? I am the Jimmy Kimmel of the blog world 😉

      Just kidding. Jimmy Kimmel isn’t even funny. This week I have red velvet pancakes and copycat Bounty bars to contribute- I think you guys call them Mound Bars or Almond Joy bars!

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  26. Fish that looked like Jello? I hope you took a picture. For some grotesque reason I feel like I need to see a picture of it.

  27. I am SO making these! I have a big box of them right now in my pantry and how much better would it be if I could just make them rather than buy them? I’ve actually been thinking about giving it a go, but I’m just as happy to find a recipe and not have to figure it out myself. 🙂

    1. And by the way, I could spend hours in Whole Foods! If there was one closer, I would be very tempted to do Whole Foods “takeout” at least once a week. It’s probably a good thing I have to drive a half hour to our nearest one.

  28. ACCIO RECIPE ROASTED JALAPENO KIND BARS! Dirt. My spell didn’t work (shuddering sigh). Loved your recipe and stocking up on the ingredients and knocking these out tonight because YOUR recipe is a heck of a lot easier than the others I’ve read. Thank you thank you!

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