homemade kind bars on a white marble background
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Homemade Kind Bars

Homemade Kind Bars are a chewy high protein energy bar that are super easy to make at home and the perfect post workout snack.

homemade kind bars on a white marble background

I’m a huge snack bar fan. I love finding healthy energy bars that are quick grab and go snacks.

When Kennedy was first born I basically lived off Kind Healthy Grain Bars. I made sure to always have one in the nursery. Ready for the early morning feeding

I loved that they were a combination of chewy and crunchy. Plus there were some healthy grains in there to help keep me full until the next feeding.

But after checking out the sugar content, and the second ingredient being cane sugar, I wanted to figure out a way to make these myself.

up close of homemade kind bar with other bars behind it

Since I wanted to duplicate the peanut butter dark chocolate Kind bar, I decided to use the base from two of my favorite recipes: Peanut Butter Granola Cups and Healthy Scotcheroo Bars.

This base is so easy to make and can be used in a multitude of ways.

So let’s dive in to how simple it is to make these homemade Kind Bars yourself.

How to make homemade Kind Bars

The Grains in Kind Bars

If you’ve never had one of the Healthy Grains Kind Bars, this is going to be a slightly different recipe than you’re used to seeing from Kind Bars.

This particular bar is focused more on healthy grains like oats and quinoa, millet and amaranth.

bowl of healthy grains

Now, this isn’t an ingredient for ingredient copycat recipe.

I instead focused on some of the healthy grains I had on hand and keeping the flavor and consistency the same.

So the healthy grains I ended up using were oats, quinoa, oat flour and flaxseed meal.

All of these ingredients are packed with protein and make this a heart healthy snack.

The Sticky Side

Obviously we need something to hold all of our dry ingredients together.

Enter that sweet and sticky base I mentioned earlier.

large bowl of grains next to a pan with peanut butter filling

It’s a combination of honey, pure maple syrup, a little pure cane sugar and peanut butter.

If you’ve ever made scotcheroos before, it’s the same premise where you have to cook the sugars down a little and add in the peanut butter at the end to get nice and melty.

Press, Bake and Cut

Once all of the dry and sticky ingredients have been mixed together thoroughly, it’s time to press them into a pan.

I prefer to use a large jelly roll pan here.

This way the bars are a little thicker than the typical Kind Bars, but will hold together nicely.

large pan of baked homemade kind bars

The batter is probably too much to comfortably fit in a 9″ x 13″ pan. But you could always split it among two of those pans to create the same effect.

All that’s left is to bake the bars {there’s egg whites in the batter, so baking is necessary}.

Once the bars have cooled, you can cut into larger squares for your perfect homemade Kind Bar.

Homemade Kind Bar Post Workout

These bars are perfect for so many different occasions.

Whether you want to eat one as a post workout snack or a healthy after school snack for your kids.

hand holding three homemade kind bars

They’re also amazing crumbled up and used in place of granola.

With all the healthy grains and protein packed peanut butter, you’ll feel good about enjoying these easy homemade Kind Bars all year long.

Looking for more easy homemade snacks? Check these out:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Copycat Lara Bars

Dark Chocolate Cherry Energy Bites

No Bake Cookie Dough

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Homemade Kind Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: after school snack, healthy snack, pre/post workout snack, refined sugar free
Servings: 18 bars
Ingredients
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup peanuts chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 ½ cups oat flour
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup natural sugar
  • cup water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 {16 oz} jar natural peanut butter
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F and spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, peanuts, quinoa and oat flour.

  3. In a small saucepan, heat the honey, pure maple syrup, natural sugar, water, vanilla and salt over medium heat, until sugar is dissolved.* Remove from heat.
  4. Add the peanut butter and stir until combined; allow to cool slightly.
  5. Stir in the coconut oil and egg white to the cooled peanut butter mixture and pour over the oat mixture. Stir until oats are completely coated.
  6. Spread the mixture in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.
  8. Place on a wire rack to cool, then cut into 18 bars.

  9. Store in an airtight container.

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5 Comments

  1. I would love to make these, but I am allergic to coconut. Could I use butter as a substitute, or what would you recommend?

    1. Hi Jeanelle! Yes, you could absolutely use butter in place of the coconut oil. Use 1/2 cup melted butter in its place.

  2. Hi! Thanks for your recipe. Haven’t tried it yet but planning to. Yours seems the closest to those Kind breakfast bars. I like that it has quinoa in it for the crunch. Quick question before I start. Do these stay together well? I’ve made a lot of oatmeal/banaana/PB bars before and they fall apart pretty easy. I’m looking for the secret in those store-bought bars in how well they stick together to hand to my toddler. Thank you so much!

    1. Thanks so much for your question, Grace! These do stay together quite well, but will crumble a bit more under tiny toddler hands. I would highly suggest one of my many protein/energy bites (just search protein balls or energy bites on the site) for toddler-approved snacks. My daughter (2 years old) LOVES the trail mix energy bites and I typically just break them into little chunks. We call them cookie balls in our house so that she thinks she’s eating a cookie…but not…haha!

      1. Thanks for the suggestion! Will definitely be making one or the other the next day! I do the same thing calling bars “cookies”! Works fantastic!

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