Homemade “Kind” Bars: Coco-Nut Bars

I am having a love affair with Kind bars…they are so delicious, so wholesome, so YUM. However, as with anything that comes pre-packaged, one wonders what the extra ingredients might be that help keep it fresh on the shelf for months. As such, I went on a search for a home-made Kind-“ish” bar recipe…I control everything that goes into it therefore knowing exactly what I’m putting into my body. Well, score one for me – I found a blog called the “Frisky Lemon“, written by a nutritionist, and she happened to have adapted the perfect recipe from someone she knows who does Ironman triathlons, so you know it certainly provides fuel.

The ingredients (all 7 of them) are all great, wholesome, minimally-processed items that we should want to put into our body and come together into a no-joke, almost perfect Kind bar replica. It is the perfect mixture of sweet & salty, and provides your body with an awesome hit of nutrients and antioxidants.
Check out the recipe on her blog here!

Homemade Ironman Coco-Nut Bars

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp flax seeds
1/2 cup raw honey
1 tsp sea salt
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup dried apricots
1 Tbsp goji berries

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 350F.
Grind your 2 Tbsp of flax seeds into a fine meal.
Pour the flax meal into a small bowl and add your sea salt and your honey.
Mix your honey and your flax meal together and set aside.
Coarsely chop your apricots and almonds, and add them to a large bowl along with your coconut and goji berries. Mix well with the honey/flax mixture until everything is evenly coated.
Then, press the mix into an 8×8 in baking pan that has been coated with oil (original recipe used olive oil, I used olive-oil spray). Bake at 350F for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the center is browned and the sides are crispy.

Let rest about 15 minutes before cutting into bars – keep checking in on them…if they cool too long they’re tough too cut, but not cool enough and they’ll crumble (my first attempt crumbled on me…we still ate it like hand-fulls of granola and it was delicious!).

Nutrition Info:

For 6 servings, one bar = one serving
278 Calories
20g Fat
23g Carbs
6.5g Protein

If you were to make 8 bars, it would look like this:
208 Cal
15g Fat
17g carb
4.8g protein

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