MY Kind (of) Bar

I am a lover of delicious, healthy snack bars such as Larabars, Luna bars, Pure Bars, and the list goes on. Today, I finally got to try the Almond & Coconut Kind bar I’ve been hearing so much about in the Blogosphere. The problem I find with all of these bars: price.

Sticker. Shock.

Seeing as I had a hoppin’ party to go to all the time in the world today to play in the kitchen….I did!

The arsenal:

MY Almond & Coconut Bar

1/2 cup whole almonds
1/2 cup almond slivers
1/2 cup honey
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup 40% less fat coconut shreds*
2 Tbsp wheat germ

*if you don’t have/can’t find low-fat coconut shreds, substitute equal parts of the unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Mix coconut, honey, and wheat germ together in a medium bowl. Stir in almonds. Mix until blended well.

Spray a 8 x 8 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Spread mixture, pressing firmly to the bottom of the pan, leveling the surface with a spatula coated in cooking spray. Cook 25-35 minutes, until surface is browned.

Let pan cool to room temperature. Transfer pan to freezer and allow to harden. Once firmed up, transfer the 8 x 8 contents to a cutting board. Cut into 8 even portions. Wrap in wax paper to preserve.

Nutrition Information (per bar): 210 calories; 15 g. fat; 7.5 g. saturated fat; 1.8 g. polyunsaturated fat; 5 g. monounsaturated fat; 3.1 mg. sodium; 24.6 g. carbohydrate; 4.1 g. fiber; 4.4 g. protein

By weight and size, MY Almond & Coconut bars are larger. With that in mind, the nutrition facts for an Almond & Coconut Kind bar are:

190 calories; 14 g. fat; 5 g. saturated fat; 25 mg. sodium; 14 g. carbohydrate; 4 g. fiber; 4 g. protein

Pretty comparable on that account.

Taste-wise: Same. Both bars are sooooooooooo good (if you love coconut)

Texture-wise: Me! MY bars take the cake, I do believe. The Kind bar took a lot of chew power — my jaw was literally sore after eating one bar. I like the softer insides of MY bars.

Now if only I could tackle a Larabar recipe… 🙂

Question: Do you like coconut?

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43 Comments

  1. February 5, 2010 / 10:59 pm

    A homemade bar is the best! I love your almond and coconut bar, delicious!

  2. February 5, 2010 / 11:29 pm

    Looks good as I like coconut and almsonds. Only I don’t have wheat germ. Necessary? And yes I’m walking up a storm. Need to though 🙂

  3. February 6, 2010 / 12:27 am

    oh my gosh girl these look great! I LOVE kind bars-and agreed..they are so super expensive!

  4. February 6, 2010 / 12:46 am

    YUM!!!! I think you should have no probs with the F-Larabars (fake larabars).

  5. February 6, 2010 / 12:57 am

    No coconut – but kudos on the ‘MY’ bar!

  6. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce
    February 6, 2010 / 1:03 am

    Nice! i love coconutty things, and I happen to have those exact same bags of shredded coconut (even the reduced fat one) in the cupboard. you can definitely tackle homemade lara bars, just put some dates and your nuts of choice in a food processor, they taste great! to make a pb & j lara sub raisins for the dates, so good!

  7. February 6, 2010 / 1:44 am

    Thanks for the recipe! I love homemade bars.
    Coconut. Yes please! 🙂

  8. February 6, 2010 / 5:15 am

    Those look delicious! Homemade bars are definitely they way to go!

  9. February 6, 2010 / 6:04 am

    I hate coconut, but I think making your own bars is a great idea. It’s so easy too!

  10. February 6, 2010 / 6:35 am

    I looove coconut so these are right up my alley. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. intheskinny
    February 6, 2010 / 6:55 am

    I like how your wrapped up the bars.

    I’m not a coconut fan, but the recipe looks like a good one!

  12. eaternotarunner
    February 6, 2010 / 7:37 am

    The coconut and almond is my favorite flavor of Kind bar, I’ll have to try these out 😉

  13. February 6, 2010 / 8:20 am

    Ooh, yay! The only thing I hate about kind bars (other than the price!!!) is their lack of chew! Thanks for sharing!

  14. February 6, 2010 / 8:22 am

    What a great idea! Those look great. I’ve been wanting to tackle my own energy bars for some time now.

    You should do a search on Angela’s blog, Oh She Glows. She made her own Larabars one time.

  15. February 6, 2010 / 8:31 am

    How great that you made your own bars! (And I’m glad that you survived your 4 ten hour days; I bet it was great to be able to play a bit yesterday…).

    I used to not like coconut at all when I was younger. But I am slowly liking it more and more…

    Happy Weekend! 🙂

  16. February 6, 2010 / 8:41 am

    I’ve never made homemade snack bars before. These look so good, thanks for sharing with us!! I am sure they are so much better than the original kind bars!! Have a lovely weekend, Nicole!! 🙂

  17. February 6, 2010 / 8:41 am

    Yes, the best bars are always the most expensive. Thanks for the recipe!!

  18. February 6, 2010 / 9:36 am

    I know, I LOVE Larabars but it kills me to spend more than $1 on them! Yours look AMAZING. I’m sure they taste so much fresher, too.

    Actually, I don’t like coconut. 🙁 It’s one of the only things I’ve never liked!

  19. February 6, 2010 / 10:12 am

    Thanks for sharing your bar recipe…look forward to try it.

  20. February 6, 2010 / 10:29 am

    ahhh! thank you for this! I just blogged about how much I love the almond coconut Kind bar, but you are right about the price! wayyy too much. I’m going to make a batch of these next week!

  21. February 6, 2010 / 2:14 pm

    Hey!
    I just came across your blog and I can’t wait to keep reading and following!
    I would lve it if you could check out my blog and follow as well 🙂
    Jenna

  22. February 6, 2010 / 4:09 pm

    Yum I love Kind bars!! And yes I’ve started to like coconut now too.
    I’m tackling granola bar making today too and guess what? I’m going to try out your chickpea cookies (if I have all the ingredients) and buffalo wing dip for tomorrow (gotta make the hubs happy). I’ll let you know how we like em!

    • Nicole
      Author
      February 6, 2010 / 4:13 pm

      Hey Heather! Both are excellent — I hope you enjoy! Let me know what everyone thought! Have a great weekend, hun!

  23. February 6, 2010 / 6:59 pm

    Kind bars are my favorite bars — usually the only ones I buy! THANK YOU for this recipe, I’ll be using frequently! 🙂 And I love coconut! 🙂

  24. February 6, 2010 / 7:33 pm

    Fantastic idea Nicole! This is actually my favorite kind of KIND bar, and Nick’s. Of course I can’t eat them anymore because coconut is off limits for me, but I still do sometimes…. They really are way too expensive, and have you noticed they have shrunk?? I noticed it the other day and of course the price was the same.

    Thanks for this recipe, I can probably tweak it a bit and make it FODMAPS friendly 🙂

  25. February 6, 2010 / 9:52 pm

    I love coconut but sadly, I’ve developed an allergy to it.

    I wish I could find a recipe for a bar with no nuts or seeds – that would meet my food allergy needs…

  26. February 6, 2010 / 10:57 pm

    I LOVE coconut. The Coconut Cream Larabars are my favorite. 🙂 Your homemade ones looks delicious though!!

    -Ashlei

  27. February 7, 2010 / 10:20 pm

    What a great idea! So much less expensive than buying them all the time too.

  28. February 7, 2010 / 10:52 pm

    I love the idea of your bar. Must try. I am not a fan of store bought bars. The homemade ones are so much better!

  29. izzy
    February 8, 2010 / 3:43 pm

    I’m definately stealing that bar recipe! I’ve been on a bit of a bar making binge recently 😉

    DEFINATELY try out homemade Larabars! Theyre even easier because they’re no-bake! And take only a few minutes to pulse in a food processor. There’s plenty of recipes floating around in the blogosphere, as I’ve documented on my blog, too 🙂

    izzyy
    xoxoxx

  30. Jenny G.
    September 4, 2011 / 2:21 pm

    I loooooooove coconut AND almonds! Today I was at PCC and stumbled upon the unsweetened coconut. I took it as a sign, I have to make these bars! Funny thing was, there was a Kind bar truck out in front when I left, getting ready to do some promotional stuff. Haha. I forgot the wheat germ, but I can’t wait to make these!

    • Nicole
      Author
      September 4, 2011 / 2:23 pm

      It’s funny to get a comment on an old post for these – they’re on my to-do list for tomorrow…so good!!!

  31. Angie
    September 20, 2011 / 10:56 am

    Thank you! I tried the Kind Almond and coconut bar and immediately started looking for recipes online since it was over $2 for this bar. thank you! I am so excited to try these!

  32. Gladys
    March 23, 2012 / 2:33 pm

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the KIND – Almond & Coconut bar!! I just discovered it. However, it is definitely pricey. I love the idea of making them at home. I am going to check out your recipe!!! Thanks so much for the info. I will circle back with my thoughts. 🙂

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