I love having easy snacks to grab on the go. Lately, I've been reaching for bars. I like to keep one in my desk drawer at work, or in my purse, to make sure that I don't succumb to "hanger." And these bars are a homemade version of my favorite bars out on the market - Kind Bars. These are so easy to make and so close to the original! You could easily adapt these with different types of nuts and dried fruit, or leave out the apricot to make the Almond Coconut version of the bars. The best part of these is that you always know exactly what is in them!
Apricot Almond BarsAdapted from Feasting at Home
2 cups nuts (1 cup each, almonds and cashews)
1 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup finely diced dried apricots
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup honey
Pinch of salt
Lightly toast the almonds at 325F for 7-9 minutes. Mix the nuts, coconut flakes, and apricot together in a bowl.
In a medium pot, stir together honey, water, and salt over medium heat. When the honey mixture starts to bubble, turn the heat down to medium-low. Use a candy thermometer to keep track of the temperature. It will take about 15-20 minutes to bring the temperature to 255-260F. After the temperature reaches about 230F, keep a close watch, because it will heat quickly after that. When the temperature reaches 255-260, stir the nut mixture into the honey until the nuts are well coated.
Press the mixture into a parchment lined 8x8 inch baking dish. Use the back of a greased metal spatula or the bottom of a glass. Let the bars cool for 20 minutes. Before they cool completely, then cut the bars. Store in an airtight container.