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
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: 150IU | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 0.7mg | NET CARBS: 8g
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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 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!

    2. There are very few bars that I actually enjoy too. Most taste like glorified and gross cardboard. These look awesome though and thanks for sharing.

    3. YES to the HP wand and these Kind bars–they look just like the real thing! <<that is the point, isn't it? 😉 pinning!!

    4. ‘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.

    5. 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!

    6. 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 🙂

    7. These look awesome! I’ve always wished I could eat Kind Bars. Honestly there aren’t really any nut free granola bars that I love. The Good Bean bars and Krono Bars are decent, but I’d rather make my own (like these!).

    8. 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.

    9. 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?

    10. 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!!!

    11. So just wondering, instead of maybe making these bars and icing them, could I just make the icing and eat that?
      It’s sort of the same thing, right?

    12. What a great idea. These look great!! I was a total bar hoarder for a while… I buy one of every flavor too ;D ;D

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