Delicious, healthy, Coconut Almond Bars, similar to “Kind Bars“! A gluten-free, paleo, grain-free, granola bar recipe that you will fall in love with!
A simple tasty recipe for Coconut Almond Bars, similar to "Kind Bars". Gluten Free, sugar free, sweetened with honey. | www.feastingathome.com
To bring happiness to others, we must be happiness. 
Thich Nhat Hanh
 
For the past several weeks, I have been cranking out batches and batches of these Coconut Almond Bars – I can’t seem to keep them in stock. Chewy, with a nice crunchy snap, these “energy bars” are packed full of protein, are gluten free, and not too sweet. These are my take on the Kind Bars available at most grocery stores, and they came about one day after watching Brian eat four (!) Kind Bars in one sitting, as I mentally calculated the cost. In this house, frugality is the mother of invention. So right then and there, I decided I would start making them. This version contains no sugar or oil and is made with a few very simple ingredients – all healthy and good for you. They are easy to whip up, but do require one piece of valuable kitchen equipment – a candy thermometer – which can be found at your grocery store. This basic recipe can be used as a jumping-off point to create your own personalized version.
For a similar recipe, try these amazing SEED BARS – nut free, oil free and gluten free, these are baked and with no need for a thermometer!
Delcious, healthy, Coconut Almond Bars, similar to "Kind Bars"! A gluten-free, paleo, grain-free, granola bar recipe that you will fall in love with! #granolabars #paleo

 


Delcious, healthy, Coconut Almond Bars, similar to "Kind Bars"! A gluten-free, paleo, grain-free, granola bar recipe that you will fall in love with! #granolabars #paleo

The basic recipe contains only unsweetened coconut, nuts, honey and pinch of salt. That’s it.

Sometimes I’ll add chia seeds, sesame seeds,  flax seeds or dried fruit. But most of the time I keep them fairly simple. You could also add puffed rice or millet or flavor with vanilla or spices.
A simple tasty recipe for Coconut Almond Bars, similar to "Kind Bars". Gluten Free, sugar free, sweetened with honey. | www.feastingathome.com
A COUPLE TIPS:
1. Lightly toast the coconut and nuts.
2. The most important thing is heating the honey to a very specific temperature – to 270 F.
Hence, the need for the candy thermometer.
3. Cut the bars after they cool, but before they cool completely. This prevents breaking.
Delcious, healthy, Coconut Almond Bars, similar to "Kind Bars"! A gluten-free, paleo, grain-free, granola bar recipe that you will fall in love with! #granolabars #paleo

Heat the honey, water, and a pinch of salt, on med-low heat until it reaches 270F (hard ball stage) on a candy thermometer.

If you heat the honey any longer it will still taste good, but result in a very brittle bar. If you heat the honey to a lower temp, the bars will be too soft and not hold together. 
Heating the honey may take longer than you think.…about 20 minutes on med-low heat.

And I have found that once the honey reaches 250F, don’t walk away. It will go quickly from there.

Delcious, healthy, Coconut Almond Bars, similar to "Kind Bars"! A gluten-free, paleo, grain-free, granola bar recipe that you will fall in love with! #granolabars #paleo

While the honey is heating, lightly toast nuts and coconut.  10 minutes @ 325F is plenty.

Once the honey reaches 270F, stir in the toasted nuts and coconut mixture into the same pot, coating well. It will seem like a fairly dry mixture, but just stir until everything is lightly and evenly coated.  Place on a  parchment lined baking dish, 8 by 8 inches.
Spray the top of a spatula, or the bottom of a glass with cooking spray and use it to press down the mixture very firmly so it is compressed and flattened and pressed down into all the corners.  That’s it. Let it sit at room temp for 45 minutes and flip out of the pan onto a cutting board. Cut. You want to cut these before they completely cool. If you miss your window and allow them to completely cool, you can still cut them, but they may crumble. To prevent this, place in a warm oven for just a few minutes to soften.
A simple tasty recipe for Coconut Almond Bars, similar to "Kind Bars". Gluten Free, sugar free, sweetened with honey. | www.feastingathome.com
Remove it from the bake dish – it will feel solid. Flip it over, and using a sharp knife, cut into any size portion you like.
Delcious, healthy, Coconut Almond Bars, similar to "Kind Bars"! A gluten-free, paleo, grain-free, granola bar recipe that you will fall in love with! #granolabars #paleo

STORAGE TIP: Allow to cool completely before transferring to airtight storage container with parchment paper between layers. For take-along convenience, use parchment paper and string to wrap individual bars. Store at room temperature for up to 10 days.

Delcious, healthy, Coconut Almond Bars, similar to "Kind Bars"! A gluten-free, paleo, grain-free, granola bar recipe that you will fall in love with! #granolabars #paleo
These Coconut Almond Bars would also make a really nice gift.
Delcious, healthy, Coconut Almond Bars, similar to "Kind Bars"! A gluten-free, paleo, grain-free, granola bar recipe that you will fall in love with! #granolabars #paleo
Wrap up the granola bars in parchment and tie with string.
Delcious, healthy, Coconut Almond Bars, similar to "Kind Bars"! A gluten-free, paleo, grain-free, granola bar recipe that you will fall in love with! #granolabars #paleo

Delcious, healthy, Coconut Almond Bars, similar to "Kind Bars"! A gluten-free, paleo, grain-free, granola bar recipe that you will fall in love with! #granolabars #paleo

Delcious, healthy, Coconut Almond Bars, similar to "Kind Bars"! A gluten-free, paleo, grain-free, granola bar recipe that you will fall in love with! #granolabars #paleo
Delcious, healthy, Coconut Almond Bars, similar to "Kind Bars"! A gluten-free, paleo, grain-free, granola bar recipe that you will fall in love with! #granolabars #paleo

Delcious, healthy, Coconut Almond Bars, similar to “Kind Bars“! A gluten-free, paleo, grain-free, granola bar recipe that you will fall in love with!

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A simple tasty recipe for Coconut Almond Bars, similar to "Kind Bars". Gluten Free, sugar free, sweetened with honey. | www.feastingathome.com

Coconut Almond Bars


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Delcious, healthy, Coconut Almond Bars, similar to “Kind Bars“! A gluten-free, paleo, grain-free, granola bar recipe that you will fall in love with!


Ingredients

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  • ¾ cup raw almonds, lightly toasted
  • ¾ cup raw cashews, lightly toasted
  • 1 ½ cup unsweetened coconut FLAKES, lightly toasted
  • ½ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Generous pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • Other ingredients to add: dried fruit, any other nut, seeds (chia, sesame, flax, poppy), vanilla, puffed rice or millet.

Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven to 325F ( to toast nuts and coconut)
  2. Heat honey, salt, water and vanilla (optional) in a small pot over medium heat until it starts bubbling. Stir occasionally. Lower to med-low heat and continue simmering uncovered until honey reaches 270F. You need to use a candy thermometer to get this exact ( available at most grocery stores in the baking section.) This will take about 25 minutes on med-low heat, and will happen rapidly once it reaches 250F.
  3. In the mean time, lightly toast nuts and coconut, in the oven, just until coconut is fragrant and lightly golden about 8-10 minutes.
  4. When honey has reached 270F, turn heat off and pour the nuts and coconuts into the pot, stirring well to coat. Mixture may seem dry, but just keep mixing, until evenly coated. Spread out on a parchment lined 8×8 inch pan, or baking sheet, to about ¾ inch thick.
  5. Using a greased spatula, spread out evenly and press down firmly, compressing it down as much as you can. Cover with parchment and use the bottom of a cup or pot or even your hands (if it’s not too hot) and press down really hard, compacting it as much as possible. This will help the bars stay together when you go to cut them. Let cool uncovered on the kitchen counter for 45 minutes. ( no longer)
  6. Once it has cooled 45 minutes, place a cutting board over the mixure and gently flip it onto the cutting board (in one piece). With a big sharp knife, cut bars before they cool down completely (otherwise they will break when you try to cut them).
  7. After you cut them, let them cool down completely on parchment (a couple hours) before storing. Store in an air tight container layered with parchment, or just leave them on the counter like I do and watch them disappear. Or wrap them individually with parchment and string.

Notes

A candy thermometer is a must here. It really is impossible to guess the temperature. If the bars are too soft, the honey is usually not heated enough. If super hard, the honey was most likely over heated.

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  1. Hello,
    I am getting ready to a make these, but was wondering if I had to put the in the over. Would it work if I only pour the hot liquid and let it cool? thinking of Lara bar type of snacks.
    Thanks

    1. Yes, I am sure there are other ways, but I have only tested this recipe for this way. 🙂 You would have to experiment…which could be fun!

  2. What are recommended substitutes for cashews? We have allergies to cashews, pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts and pecans.

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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