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Dark Chocolate Nut KIND Bars Copy Cat {Guest Post}

These Dark Chocolate Nut KIND Bars Copy Cats are sinfully delicious! The perfect sweet snack!

These Dark Chocolate Nut Bars are a copy cat of the sinfully delicious (and expensive!) KIND Bars! Roasted nuts stirred into a vanilla honey mixture and topped with dark chocolate and sea salt! My kind of snacking!

This final guest post is by one of my favorite people! Kayle from The Cooking Actress was my very first blogging friend! I’ve met up with her several times (the very first time was right before she left NYC) and she is just as sweet and effervescent in person as she is on her blog! Girl has energy!

We bonded instantly over our shared love of peanut butter and chocolate, brown butter and chocolate chip cookies. We are like eating soul mates. #fact

Between acting, planning her dream wedding, and being all-around perfect I am not sure how she has the time to bake and cook all the deliciousness that she posts! But she brings us mouthwatering treats like this Chocolate Chip Cookie Oat Pie and these Flourless Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies (seriously, I die). AND (randomly) she has the lockdown on potato recipes. If you need inspiration for potatoes…Kayle is your girl. But on to these amazing Copy Cat KIND bars!!!!

These Dark Chocolate Nut KIND Bars Copy Cats are sinfully delicious! The perfect sweet snack!

Kayle from The Cooking Actress

Hellooooo hello! My name is Kayle and I usually blog over at “The Cooking Actress” but I am SO excited to be popping over here today to fill in for Lindsey while she enjoys the super exciting world of culinary school while living in NEW YORK CITY. Fun fact everybody-I used to live in NYC. That’s where Lindsey and I met (in real life, that is). I was in the midst of my move (I now live in Ohio) and she was checking out culinary schools (which…obviously worked out). And another fun fact: her hubby’s family is from the Cleveland area, which is near where I live. SO when they were in town for Thanksgiving I got to meet up with the unbelievably gorgeous, fun, and (of course) talented Lindsey again! And, when I was moving, Lindsey did me a solid and guest posted for moi. So now I get to return the favor!

These Dark Chocolate Nut KIND Bars Copy Cats are sinfully delicious! The perfect sweet snack!

Enough gushing about my girlmance with Lindsey-let’s chat about these tasty bars. Have you ever had a KIND bar? It’s a sort of granola bar like situation and they’re pretty delicious. These are a copy-cat, homemade, and overall BETTER version of those bars! They’re pretty simple to make, too, guys! You just mix together some nuts and other little things. Then you cook together some molasses and honey and such. Pour that over the nuts. Mix. Press into pan. Cool. Drizzle with deliiiightful dark chocolate (which makes life worth living) and top with sea salt because it’s necessary. And then you have a healthy little snack! They’re crunchy and slightly sweet and just a touch salty and really…they’re good.

These Dark Chocolate Nut KIND Bars Copy Cats are sinfully delicious! The perfect sweet snack!

You’re gonna love ’em!

Chef Lindsey here…

Lindsey here! Don’t forget to hop on over to The Cooking Actress for more delicious treats and home cooked meals from Kayle! And since I know you don’t want to miss a single recipe, you should follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest! Enjoy these bars! I know I will!

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Dark Chocolate Nut KIND Bars Copy Cat {Guest Post}


  • Yield: 10 Bars 1x

Description

These Dark Chocolate Nut KIND Bars Copy Cats are sinfully delicious! Healthy nuts mixed with honey and molasses then drizzled with dark chocolate and sea salt! The perfect sweet salty snack!


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup unsalted whole almonds (roasted is preferable but unroasted is fine)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted whole dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup puffed rice cereal
  • 1 tbsp. flaxseed meal
  • 1/8 cup molasses (or 1/4 cup brown rice syrup)
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt +extra for sprinkling on top
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, melting wafers, or chopped chocolate bar

Instructions

  1. Line an 8 inch pan with parchment paper (or aluminum foil) -leaving some overhang over the sides. Coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Lightly grease a large bowl and combine the nuts, puffed rice cereal, and flaxseed meal.
  3. In a small saucepan combine the molasses (or rice syrup), honey, vanilla extract, and 1/2 tsp. sea salt and bring to a boil over medium heat. Whisk constantly and cook for 2 minutes as it foams and turns an amber brown color.
  4. Immediately pour the syrup mixture over top the nut mixture and stir to evenly combine. Evenly press into the prepared pan, making sure there are no gaps. Let cool for at least 20 minutes.
  5. Using the overhang, lift the block out of the pan and place on a cutting surface. Cut into 10 even bars (cut 5 times vertically and once horizontally) and allow to cool completely before drizzling with chocolate.
  6. To drizzle chocolate-melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments (on high), stirring with a fork after each 30 seconds until fully melted and fairly thin. Use the fork to drizzle the chocolate over the cooled bars. Sprinkle more sea salt on top of the chocolate. Let sit at room temperature (or refrigerate to speed up this process) until the chocolate has set.
  7. Store bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months (to be served later–let them thaw at room temperature before eating).

Notes

Recipe slightly adapted from Eat Yourself Skinny

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