Copycat Kind Bars

These COPYCAT Kind Bars take 1 bowl and 10 minutes to whip up- They are also much cheaper than store bought and dare I say- More delicious than it’s inspiration? Gluten free, vegan and with a protein optional boost!

Healthy NO BAKE Copycat KIND Bars- These COPYCAT Kind Bars take 1 bowl and 10 minutes to whip up- They are also much cheaper than store bought and dare I say- More delicious than it's inspiration? Gluten free, vegan and with a protein optional boost! @thebigmansworld - thebigmansworld.com

‘Buy one of every single bar you can find at WholeFoods’.

That was the text message I received from a mate the day before my intended flight to Australia after my semester studying in America. My suitcase was already packed with all things peanut butter, protein powder and a Harry Potter wand from Universal Studios (I’m not joking).

I had very limited room in my luggage but getting a random assortment of bars- that I could do. From memory, I remember buying 1 of every larabar flavour (never again), 1 of every luna bar flavour (never again….especially after it told me it was the nutrition bar for women), 1 of every mojo clif bar (never again….one ripped open and stuck worse than glue to my documents), some raw bar which tasted like punishment and the final three flavours of these fruit and nut bars called ‘Kind Bars’.

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I remember the Kind bars distinctly because when I arrived to offload my luggage to be put in the carousel, it was 1.5 kilograms over. Instead of being charged an extra $75 to compensate, I removed the Harry Potter wand and the three kind bars and for some miraculous reason (I pretend to myself that it was the magic from the wand) it broke an even 25 kilos. Success.

I despise plane food because it usually reminds me of food served at camp and is as tasty as cardboard or plastic. I usually just eat the dessert, the bread roll and the butter. Even then, it’s questionable- True Story- I nearly broke my tooth on a bread roll once. 

This particular plane ride was no different and the food was just as inedible. Fortunate for me, I had a Harry Potter wand or kind bars to snack on. I chose the latter.

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I don’t know if it was because I was starving or because they served fish which looked like jello, but these bars were insanely delicious- especially for one touted as being healthy and low in sugar. I ate all three mid-flight and instead of praying for a safe landing,  I prayed that these bars were not exclusive to America.

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. The only answer was for me to get some shipped from America via an online retailer (not happening. I could go to America and back for the price) or make my own. Like my wand VS kind bar situation earlier, I chose the latter.

Damn, I’m smart.

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I’m well aware that the interwebs are chock full of everyone’s version of the infamous ‘Kind Bar’ but here’s my take on it. After reading up on the ingredient list of my favourite 2 kind bars (fruit and nuts in yogurt and fruit and nut delight), I decided to adapt my chewy granola bar recipe and try and replicate (as close as possible) to the real deal.

These bars (like it’s inspiration) are chock full of nuts, fruit and use brown rice syrup as the binder. The beauty of it is it’s adaptability for you to use whichever nuts or fruit you like! I added a cheeky ‘yogurt’ drizzle which is pretty much a lie- it’s sugar and a drop of yogurt.

….by cheeky drizzle I mean I went to bloody town decorating them in zig zag fashion.

If you love no bake bars, you’ll LOVE these healthy no bake BOUNTY Protein Bars– Check out just how easy they are to whip up below!

Copycat Kind Bars
A copycat of my all time favourite (healthy) snack bar- Fruit and Nut Kind Bars!
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Dry Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup gluten free oat bran (30 grams)
  2. • 1 cup gluten free crispy rice cereal (30 grams)
  3. • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  4. • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  5. • 1/2 cup roasted almonds, chopped roughly
  6. • 1/2 cup peanuts, chopped roughly
  7. • 1/2 cup cashews, chopped roughly
  8. • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  9. • Dash of sea salt
  10. • 1/2 T cinnamon
Wet ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup brown rice syrup
  2. 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (can substitute for any light flavoured oil)
  3. 2 T coconut butter, melted
Yogurt Glaze
  1. 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt*
  2. 1/2 cup icing sugar
  3. For a vegan option-
  4. Protein or coconut butter drizzle
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oat bran, crispy rice cereal, dried cherries, sunflower seeds, roasted almonds, peanuts, cashews, sesame seeds, sea salt and cinnamon.
  2. In a microwave proof bowl, mix the brown rice syrup and coconut oil until well combined. Add the coconut butter and break apart as much as possible. Heat in the microwave until it just starts to bubble.
  3. Remove from microwave and pour the liquid mixture over the dry mixture and ensure it is very well combined.
  4. Grease a cake tin/baking tray or line with parchment paper. Press the mixture into it and allow to cool at room temperature.
  5. In a small bowl, mix through the Greek Yogurt and icing sugar until a frosting is formed. Pour into a ziplock bag and cut a corner by the edge and generously drizzle over the bars. Refrigerate until icing firms up.
Notes
  1. These bars can be stored at room temperature- They will however be quite soft but still hold up. for firm bars, keep refrigerated.
  2. If the coconut oil/coconut butter mixture isn't fully melted, it will result in random clumps of coconut butter throughout the bar (I actually didn't mind this).
Adapted from Yogurt Glaze recipe from Allrecipes.com
Adapted from Yogurt Glaze recipe from Allrecipes.com
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109 thoughts on “Copycat Kind Bars

  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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