Whenever we are at a natural food show, Tony always gravitates toward the KIND Bar booth. His diet is a little more restricted than mine, and those nutty noshes offer him the perfect fuel for long days on our feet. But really, aren’t they just trail mix “glued” together with honey or agave? I think it’s about time to make some homemade Kind Bars, don’t you?
Surprisingly, many varieties of Kind Bars contain dairy, including their ever-so-appealing Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew bar. To remedy that issue, these homemade Kind Bars are an even better tasting replica, packed with antioxidant-rich tart cherries, dairy-free chocolate chunks, and protein-rich nuts and seeds!
This recipe was shared with us by Choose Cherries ~ the Cherry Marketing Institute.
Special Diet Notes: Chocolate Cherry Cashew Homemade Kind Bars
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Just use caution in the chocolate and cereal that you choose, to keep these homemade Kind bars safe for you. For the full “chocolate chunk” effect, I recommend using Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks.
For nut-free homemade Kind bars, you can substitute the almonds and cashews with your favorite seedy blend, more rice cereal, and/or some oats. Swap the almond butter for sunflower seed butter.
- 1 cup chopped raw cashews
- ½ cup chopped raw almonds
- ½ cup dried tart cherries
- ½ cup brown rice cereal (gluten-free, if needed)
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chunks
- 1 tablespoon whole golden flaxseeds
- ¼ cup brown rice syrup (or liquid sweetener of choice)
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat your oven to 325°F. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, stir together the nuts, cherries, cereal, seeds, chocolate, and flaxseeds.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the syrup, almond butter and salt until combined and gently fold into the dry mixture until completely incorporated.
- Transfer the mixture to your prepared baking dish, and use another sheet of parchment paper to evenly press it into the pan..
- Bake for 15 minutes. Allow the bars to cool completely in the pan on wire rack. Place in fridge or freezer for faster cooling.
- Pull up the sides of the parchment paper to remove the bars and turn upside down onto a cutting board. Peel off the parchment paper, and using serrated knife, slice into 10 even bars.
- Wrap each bar individually with plastic wrap and store in an airtight container on the counter up to 5 days or in the fridge up to 2 weeks.