DIY Kind Bars


  • 2 cups nuts (I mix raw cashews, almonds, walnuts but you can use your favorites)
  • 1/2 cup puffed rice
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (chopped, if the pieces are large)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons seeds (such as sunflower seeds, chia seeds, ground flax seed, etc.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup, warmed just enough to pour easily


  1. Adjust the oven rack to the center position and preheat oven to 325°F. Grease an 8- by 8-inch square pan and line with parchment paper that slightly extends above the top edge of the pan on at least two sides; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the nuts, puffed rice, dried fruit, seeds, and salt until combined. Stir the vanilla into the brown rice syrup and drizzle over the ingredients in the bowl. Use a wooden spoon to stir until all of the ingredients are evenly coated.
  3. Scrape the nut mixture into the prepared baking pan. With wet hands, press the mixture into an even layer. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan for 30 minutes, then lift the parchment paper sling onto a cooling rack and allow to finish cooling. Once completely cool, cut the slab into 10 bars using a large knife.


Suggested my Maureen K.