One night last week I was home by myself while Fabio was out playing one of his many sports (I can’t remember if it was softball, soccer, or volleyball- who can keep track?). The weather was pretty dreary so I didn’t want to be outside, and since I’d already worked out that morning I found myself with a bit of extra time on my hands. What does one do when bored at home alone? Get busy in the kitchen of course!
I knew I didn’t want to make anything decadent since I am trying to eat clean, and after browsing Pinterest for a bit and seeing this recipe and this recipe, I decided to make copycat KIND granola bars! I knew I could take my creations to work with me for daytime snacking which would be both practical and delicious.
Once I knew what I wanted to make, I opened up my cupboards to see what kind of delicious granola bar mix-ins we had, only to discover that we were out of nearly everything, including oats. How could we be out of oats?? They’re a pantry staple!
Enter Instacart. Instacart is a grocery delivery service that delivers fresh food in as little as an hour. They connect you with “Personal Shoppers” in your area who pick up and deliver your groceries from local stores, which for me included Harris Teeter, Costco, Whole Foods, Yes! Organic Market, and Safeway. The KIND people at Instacart (haha, see what I did there?) reached out to me a couple weeks ago asking me to try their service, and I had been waiting for an opportunity to test it out. This was perfect!
I submitted my order online, and then waited for my goodies to arrive. The website didn’t have everything I wanted, but they did have a decent number of options that would work well for my granola bars. They were delivered to my front door in no time at all!
Here’s my haul, which came from Yes! Organic Market:
- Organic raisins
- Puffed wheat
- Rolled oats (hallelujah!)
- Dried apricots
There were a couple things I wanted from other stores, but you have to order a minimum of $10 in most cases, so getting everything from one store made the most sense. Overall I really liked my experience with Intacart and will definitely consider using them again! It’s a great service for when you need something in a hurry and don’t have time/are too lazy to go to the store. By the way CET readers can get $10 off and free shipping with Instacart by using the code chelseatreats!
Once I had all my ingredients ready to go, it was time to get cooking! (By this time in the evening I had lost a lot of light, so these pictures aren’t the best. #Bloggerproblems.)
I started my chewy copycat KIND bars by adding nuts to my food processor- 1/2 cup dry roasted unsalted cashews and 1/2 cup raw almonds. Just use whatever kind of nuts you have here- I bet walnuts and peanuts would be pretty tasty. Then I pulsed the food processor a few times until the nuts were roughly chopped. I wanted to have a few bigger chunks in there to mimic the KIND bars.
Next I emptied the nuts into a larger bowl and wiped out any nut residue with a paper towel. Then I added 1/4 cup raisins and 1/4 cup dried apricots to my food processor and gave it another whirl until everything was minced. Again, use whatever dried fruit you have handy!
I added my dried fruit to the bowl with the nuts, and then added the rest of my dry ingredients which included 1 tbsp. chia seeds, 1 cup of the all-important oats, 1 cup of puffed wheat (this one was just for fun; you could use crispy rice, another cereal, or more oats), and 1/2 tsp. of salt. I also would have added some ground flax seed if I’d remembered to order it!
Then I gave everything a good toss and started getting the binding ingredients ready to go.
To a saucepan over medium-high heat, I added 3 tbsp. of butter, 1/2 cup light brown sugar, and 1/4 cup of honey. We had this goat butter on hand so I gave it a try (it seemed just like regular butter to me!).
I brought the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then lowered the heat and let it simmer until the sugar dissolved and the butter had melted, about 2 minutes. If I had a candy thermometer I would have used it to tell you what temperature this should be but, alas, I don’t have one.
Once the butter was totally melted and the sugar was dissolved, I poured it over my dry ingredients and gave everything a big stir!
Look at those bits of sweet and salty goodness.
Then I added my mixture to a well-greased brownie pan and popped it into the fridge to cool for about 20 minutes.
Once twenty minutes were up I inverted my brownie pan over a cookie sheet and the mixture popped out relatively easily (it just took a couple whacks on the bottom of my pan 😉 haha). P.S. Please ignore my gross cookie sheet. It’s clean but well-loved.
Then it was time to cut and serve!
These little guys came out perfectly chewy and soft.
I wrapped each of them in plastic wrap and then I took a bunch of them with me to work! They are delicious, clean, and filled with healthy fats and protein.
The next day when it was sunny I tried to get some better pictures of them, since it was so dark by the time I finished them the night before. Much better!
Fabio took a bunch of them to work with him too and now they are pretty much all gone. At least I have all the ingredients to make them again! Thanks, Instacart!
If you are a fan of KIND granola bars which are chewy, clean, and delicious, you will definitely want to give these a try!
- ½ cup dry roasted cashews (unsalted)
- ½ cup raw almonds
- ¼ cup raisins
- ¼ cup dried apricot (or other dried fruit)
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 tsp. ground flax seeds
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup puffed wheat or crispy rice cereal
- ½ tsp. salt
- 3 tbsp. butter
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ¼ cup honey
- Add nuts to a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped. Add chopped nuts to a large bowl.
- Add dried to the food processor and pulse until finely minced. Add to the bowl.
- To the bowl with the fruit and nuts add all ingredients through salt.
- In a sauce pan over medium high heat, add butter, sugar, and honey. Bring to a boil and heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and pour over dry ingredients. Stir everything together.
- Dump mixture into a well-greased brownie pan and cool for 20 minutes.
- Pop mixture onto a cookie sheet and cut into bars.
If you make these I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
*Instacart gave me a discount on my order in exchange for this review, but I did buy most of the ingredients myself. As always, all opinions are my own.*
Questions of the day: What is (or used to be) your favorite granola bar?
As a kid I loved the Chewy smore’s bars with the little mini marshmallows!