5 Ingredient Nut Bars Recipe – Homemade KIND Bars!

Homemade KIND Bars: an easy, 5 ingredient nut bars recipe for homemade kind bars! Salty ‘n sweet healthy nut bar delight! 

What if I told you all you’d need were 5 simple ingredients to make the easiest homemade kind bars ever? And if you’re not a fan of kind bars, how about we just refer to these babies as ‘nut bars’? 😉

Today, we’re gonna be gathering 5 healthy ingredients to make lightly salty, lightly sweet, highly YUMMY kind bars!


  • Crunchy
  • Sweet
  • A little salty
  • A lot delish
  • Guilt-free
  • And easy to make.

Like, what more could ya need, ya know?

If you’re ready, I’m ready. So let’s bake this!

How to Make Nut Bars

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Then, line an 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.

Add all dry ingredients to a bowl and stir until well mixed. Pour maple syrup over the dry ingredients, then fold it altogether. You’ve just made your nut bar mixture!

Pour the nut bar mixture into that pan you prepped earlier. Smooth it out into an even, tightly-packed layer.

Bake, cool, slice and enjoy. That’s it! 😉

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The 5 ingredients you need for Nut Bars

  • Roasted, unsalted almonds: feel free to use unroasted almonds if you’d like a much less-roasted taste in your baked nut bars.
  • Roasted, unsalted peanuts: I love using unsalted peanuts so I can control the exact amount of salt I’d like in my nut bars.
  • Salt: if you don’t like any salt or are trying to keep your sodium intake down, feel free to skip this ingredient. Alternatively, you can add in a touch more if you’re in the mood for a saltier snack. 😉 Remember you can always add more after baking (sprinkle atop each bar).
  • Vegan gluten free brown rice crisp cereal: my favorite ingredient in this homemade kind bars recipe. It adds a subtle crunch and texture variation that’s so satisfying. [click here to buy it]
  • Pure maple syrup: the sweet “glue” that holds these nuts bars together. Okay, no one ever said glue sounded tasty, but you know what I mean. 😉 

Nutrition Facts

These homemade kind bars are not only easy to make, but also guilt-free to eat. 😉 Check out each bar’s estimated nutritional stats:

  • 106 calories
  • 4g of protein
  • 5g of sugar
  • 8g of carbs

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Tamsyn says,

These were so easy to make and very yummy! Thanks for the recipe!”

Klara says,

Sometimes I switch up the nuts adding hazelnuts, walnuts, etc. This has become a family favorite recipe and is so easy to make and clean up!!”

Linda says,

These are sooo good. I didn’t have any crisp brown rice cereal so I crushed up some brown rice cakes!! Thank you.”

Maylen says,

These bars are addictive. I have made the recipe more than 10 times, with some small modifications, I don’t put cereal, only nuts such as macadamia, cashews, pistachios and almonds.”

A simple, 5 ingredient recipe for salty & sweet homemade nut bars that taste better than store-bought kind bars!

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Which nuts are you gonna put in your very own nut bars? I’m thinking macadamia and walnuts. 😉 Thank you for stopping by and sharing in a joyful baking moment with me and your loved ones. ‘Til the next one…

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️

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Delicious Homemade Bars

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5 Ingredient Nut Bars Recipe – Homemade KIND Bars!


Homemade KIND Bars: an easy, 5 ingredient nut bars recipe for homemade kind bars! Salty ‘n sweet healthy nut bar delight!




  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Add almonds, peanuts, cereal and salt to a large bowl. Stir until well mixed. Pour maple syrup over this mixture. Fold until well incorporated.
  3. Pour this mixture into the prepared baking pan. Using a rubber spatula, smooth into a tightly packed, even layer. Bake for 30-40 minutes (mine took 35 mins). Bars must bake thoroughly, or they won’t hold together when cooled.
  4. Allow to cool for 1 hour, or until completely cooled. Use a heatproof spatula to gently lift and loosen bars from parchment. Slice into 12 bars (6 rows by 2 columns). Enjoy! Storing instructions below.

Delicious Homemade Bars


Storing Instructions: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up 1-3 weeks. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Nutrition Info is an estimate based on 12 total bars.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 106
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 51mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Protein: 4g

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  1. The first time I tried this I followed the directions for the most part and ended up yielding no bars. I preheated the oven, mixed all the ingredients, and while I was waiting for the oven to get up to temperature I ate the bowl of nuts. It was delicious!

    I had better luck the next time I tried it only I substituted 1.5 cups of mixed nuts and gave them a couple pulses in the food processor. Great recipe!

  2. Just found this recipe & looking forward to making them. Looked thru most of the comments but didn’t see any tips if this Agave can be used as a substitute for the maple syrup or honey?

  3. Delicious. I’m having trouble getting 12 bars in an 8×8 pan though. I’m not sure how you achieve this and still have a decent portion size. Can you help?

  4. Hi, can’t wait to try these, but i’m having trouble finding gluten free brown rice crisp cereal ( I live in Ireland & they don’t seem to sell the here) is there any else I could use as a replacement? Would buckwheat flakes work?


    1. I have used puffed quinoa but my go-to is now puffed brown rice cakes and I just chop them up into tiny pieces. Inexpensive and easy to find.

  5. I just made these bars and they are delicious!! I love Kind bars and can’t wait to try your other variations. However, they did crack a bit when I cut them up Any tips on getting 12 nicely cut bars?

    1. Hi Sheryl! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed them! . As for cutting tips: make sure you pack the pan as tightly as possible, and let the bars cool in the pan a bit longer so they firm up as much as possible. Cracked bars happen, but the unique shapes they make are half the fun! 🙂 Hope this helps!

  6. This recipe looks and sounds delicious! I am looking for another option other than using honey as a binder and am wondering if I can heat the maple syrup in a pan to a certain temp (like I do with honey) and then just pour it on the dry ingredients to mix together. Or if you would recommend using other syrups/sweeteners?

  7. Hi these look amazing
    Do you think they would still work if i add a few different types of nuts and some sultanas and cranberries and put a thin layer of dark choc on top ?
    Thank you

  8. I tried this in my toaster oven, 325 for 30 minutes was too hot and it burned some and didn’t hold together well. Thought about it and realized that since the idea is to make the maple syrup thicken up it would make more sense to thicken it first before mixing. I simmered some syrup for a few minutes, let it cool, and it became very thick. Heated it up again to thin it out so I could pour it, poured it into the dry ingredients, mixed it, and spread it on a tray and baked it for 20 minutes at 300. Came out great, stuck together well, no issue with burning. Might not even need to bake it at all since the syrup thickens so much when it cools.

    1. Hi JP! Yes, toaster ovens can be a bit tricky to bake in. Hehe. I loved hearing about your technique! Pretty much like making candy. Enjoy!