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When was the last time you purchased an impulse buy item while waiting in line at the grocery store? Me? Two days ago.  My favorite nut and seed bars were on sale for $1.25 each, a great deal considering they usually sell for about $2 each.  I bought four bars to keep in my glove compartment for those moments when I need a snack to hold me over until meal time.  However, I started to think about how expensive these small bars were knowing they were just nuts, seeds, and dried fruit held together somehow.

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The next day I decided to see if I could make a home version just as well as the stores sell but for a fraction of the cost.  After buying a few varieties of nuts, seeds, puffed cereal, dried fruit, and brown rice syrup, I mixed my custom bar ingredients in a bowl. After pressing down the nut mixture into a prepared squared pan, I was doubtful at first that my experiment would work due to the brown rice syrup.  I am so glad I was wrong, because after baking to perfection in the oven, not only did my homemade Kindness Bars taste as good as they looked, I loved knowing I would be packing them in my kids lunches.  I felt victorious.  It will be hard to ever purchase them again.

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Although nut and seed bars are not new to many people, making them yourself is.  Now people can make their own home version while customizing every aspect to their preference.  I feel better about packing these bars in my kids’ lunches, because I know exactly what they are made from.  If you love these types of bars and are looking for great snack foods to make, then look no further.  Enjoy!

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Recipe: Homemade Kindness Bars

  • Prep Time: 5 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 20 min(s)
  • Total Time: 25 min(s)
  • Servings: 6

A homemade version of Kind Bars. This recipe makes a healthy kids snack that is gluten-free and dairy free. Made with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, this homemade version tastes better than the store-bought version for a fraction of the cost.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup assorted raw or toasted nuts and seeds
  • 1/2 cup crisp rice cereal or puffed millet and/or chopped dried fruit
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Generously spray a 6-inch square baking pan with non-stick spray.  Cut a piece of baking parchment paper the same size of the base of the pan and line the pan with it. Generously spray the top of the baking sheet as well.
  3. In a large bowl, mix all of the nuts, cereal, and brown rice syrup until the nuts are evenly coated.
  4. Coat the back of a spatula with non-stick spray and press the mixture down firmly into the pan.
  5. Bake for twenty minutes. Remove the baking pan from the oven and place the entire pan on a wire rack.  Allow the uncut Kindness Bars to cool for 20 minutes.
  6. Carefully run a knife along the outside of the bar and flip the pan over on to a cutting board.
  7. Cut into six bars.
  8. Allow the bars to completely cool before eating and storing.
  9. Leftover bars should be wrapped in foil and will be good for up to 1 week.

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  • Dee Mas

    Can honey or agave syrup be used instead of brown rice syrup?

  • Carrie

    looks yummy. pay close attention to the pan size 6″ is not standard and I”m thinking they would be pretty thin in an 8″

  • mom244evermom

    I do not have a 6″ pan and do not really want to purchase one. Any idea how much to increase the recipe to fit an 8″ or 9″ pan?

    • mhhr

      A six-inch pan is 36 square inches, while an eight-inch pan is 64. 36 is 56% of 64, so if you did 1.5 times the recipe, they’d be a little thicker but not too bad. Or you could 1.5-it while scanting the additional ingredients.

      Or better yet, here’s a recipe for an 8-inch pan, with variations! http://leitesculinaria.com/93372/recipes-homemade-kind-bars.html

    • Debbie Edwards

      can’t you divide the ingredients by 6 and then times that amount by 8 or 9, relative to the pan size you choose to use ?

  • Auntie E

    While Brown Rice Syrup is gluten free and does not affect the glycemic index some studies have shown that Brown Rice Syrup contains a high level of Arsenic. Some substitutions that would work the same in this recipe are Agave, Maple Syrup, Honey, Molasses.