After my Homemade Clif Bars were such a hit, I asked all of you which bar you would like to see next. The answers were all asking for KIND bars. I had never even tried one, so I went to the store and got one to dissect. The first flavor I attempted was Peanut Butter Chocolate. I have plans for more in the future.
These, like my Clean Eating Samoas, are kind of involved, but I think they turned out pretty good! I used my Sweet Peanut Butter Spread as inspiration for the ingredient that binds this bar together. So here is the recipe. I got about 10 bars out of the recipe, but mine are quite thick.
Homemade KIND Bars
2 cups mixed nuts chopped (I bought mine out of the bulk bin)
2 cups brown rice cereal (I used Nature’s Path)
12 medjool dates pitted
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
3/4 cup water
Preheat oven to 325. In a large bowl, mix the nuts and cereal. In the food processor, pulse the dates and water until a thin paste forms. Add in the peanut butter. If you store your peanut butter in the fridge, pull it out a few hours ahead of time so it will be soft. Once all those are combined well, add it to the nuts and cereal. Mix well until everything is combined. I used an 8×8 baking dish, but I would suggest using a slightly bigger one because my bars came out a bit on the thick side. Line your pan with parchment paper leaving enough room for some paper to come out the sides so it’s easy to pull the bars out after baking. Press batter into the pan so it is coated evenly and then press down hard with the spatula. The batter will be very sticky. Bake for about 20-30 minutes. Let the bars cool before pulling them out of the pan. Once cooled and out, slice into bars, spread out and bake for another 18 minutes. I cut my bars easily with a pizza cutter.
For the chocolate coating:
1 cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Chips)
1/3 cup milk (I used hemp milk)
Using a double boiler, melt the chips and milk together. Once a smooth and runny consistency is reached, drizzle over the bars and place in the fridge to set. I had some chocolate left over, so if you want, you can dip the bottom of each bar in to coat as well. That way, they will be a bit more like the real bars. Hope you enjoy these.