Berry Vanilla Cashew Snack Bars

Wholesome grain free snack bars that are packed with whole, real foods. Chewy, satisfying, and easy to make too!

Chewy, wholesome, and satisfying copycat KIND bars in a delicious berry vanilla cashew flavor! Gluten free healthy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I’m currently typing this from a cozy cabin up in the mountains as the wood burning fire crackles, the snow falls outside my window, and the teapot whistles from the stove. It feels unreal that this perfectly cliché scene is happening right now. Also, let me go grab that tea because the sound is deafening.

We’ve been up in Vermont for 3 days, skiing then falling. But also spa-ing, cooking, eating waffles like this, and relaxing with the dogs. Putting our phones down (as much as my Snapchat obsessed self can) and trading Facebook for real conversation and making memories as we play cards, sip warm apple cider, and pig out on homemade taco feasts and aforementioned waffles. With extra chocolate syrup.

(On the waffles, not the tacos.)

Chewy, wholesome, and satisfying copycat KIND bars in a delicious berry vanilla cashew flavor! Gluten free healthy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

When you read this, I’ll already be home after a 6 hour drive with post vacation blues in full force. Why do weekends in the mountains sneak by so quickly?

Our trip to snowy paradise begged for a lot of things: thick socks, flannel shirts, and snacks. I made a batch of snack bars to take on the long ride. A new variety to add to my growing collection obsession. Don’t forget that homemade snack bars are my #1 recipe from 2015. And the 2016 snack bar game is just as strong!!

And once I broke the out the container on the ride up, everyone started oohing and ahhing (over snack bars. it was weird.), and before I knew it– all 12 were gone.

Next trip: make 72 batches of snack bars. 1 batch for every hour we’re there.

Chewy, wholesome, and satisfying copycat KIND bars in a delicious berry vanilla cashew flavor! Gluten free healthy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Chewy, wholesome, and satisfying copycat KIND bars in a delicious berry vanilla cashew flavor! Gluten free healthy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Chewy, wholesome, and satisfying copycat KIND bars in a delicious berry vanilla cashew flavor! Gluten free healthy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Snack bars. What are they? Only the best healthy homemade snack in the world! Like KIND bars, but made at home. Primarily from handfuls simple ingredients like cashews, dried berries, and sunflower seeds. Wholesome and texture-filled for those of us who crave satisfying snacks. Grain free, gluten free, salty and sweet, too!

It’s snack time bliss.

Besides the nuts, dried fruit, and seeds– you’ll need almond meal and honey. If you can’t find it, almond meal is so easy to make at home: simply pulse almonds until they reach a rough flour-like consistency. Honey sweetens, of course, but it also binds all the snack bar ingredients together. It’s perfectly delicious paired with the vanilla flavor, the creamy cashews, and all those sweet dried berries.

Real quick: for those cashews, make sure that you chop them up. Not super fine, but a nice coarse chop. Whole cashews prevent the snack bars from sticking together. You need some small chunks in there. Just like this:

Chewy, wholesome, and satisfying copycat KIND bars in a delicious berry vanilla cashew flavor! Gluten free healthy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I use my food processor to do the trick. Do you have one? Now’s the time to get one! Here is the one I own and love. It’s more like a blender that doubles as a chopper. But it’s perfect for chopping up the nuts, making nut butters, homemade pesto (have you tried it??), roasted garlic hummus, and healthy truffle goodness.

One of the main reasons these berry vanilla cashew snack bars disappeared in .05 seconds is their texture. The bars are uniquely chewy while soft in some spots (those buttery cashews!) and crisp on the edge pieces. You get large chunks of nuts and fruit that you can actually see and taste, unlike most granola or energy bars.

And another reason surely is the taste. They’re sweet and salty which is just the best taste on the planet, ok? The snack bars are infused with vanilla and each bite pops with both honey and almond butter. Then, of course, sweet dried berries speckled throughout each bar. There’s something different in every bite which is just so satisfying, isn’t it?

Chewy, wholesome, and satisfying copycat KIND bars in a delicious berry vanilla cashew flavor! Gluten free healthy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

You’d be wise to whip up a quick batch this week!

Berry Vanilla Cashew Snack Bars

Wholesome grain free snack bars that are packed with whole, real foods. Chewy, satisfying, and easy to make too!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup (114g) honey or brown rice syrup1
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (37g) almond meal2
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon (15g) almond butter (any nut butter works!)
  • 1 and 1/3 cups (200g) Diamond of California raw unsalted cashews, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries3
  • 1/4 cup (30g) dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup (44g) salted sunflower seeds4
Special Equipment
  • Food processor or small blender to easily chop the cashews or make the almond meal (here's the own I own and love!)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F (149°C). Line an 8 or 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper with enough overhang on the sides to easily remove the bars from the pan. Set aside.
  2. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, mix the honey, vanilla, almond meal, salt, and almond butter together until combined. Fold in the cashews, dried blueberries, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds until combined.
  3. Transfer mixture to prepared baking pan and press very firmly into an even layer. You really want it packed in tight- as tight as possible. Bake for 22 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in the pan set on a wire rack for 1 hour, then transfer to the refrigerator to chill for 1 more hour. This firms up the bars which helps them stay compact. Remove bars from the pan using the overhang on the sides and cut into bars. Individually wrap each bar in plastic wrap or parchment. Store at room temperature for 1 week or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. I find they get a little sticky at room temperature over a few days, so I prefer the refrigerator.
  4. Make ahead tip: These bars are freezer friendly. After wrapping individually, freeze for up to 3 months and thaw before enjoying.

Recipe Notes:

  1. I do not suggest a thinner sweetener like maple syrup or agave-- honey or brown rice syrup are perfect.
  2. You can use store-bought almond meal or almond flour, or you can make your own. Start with 1/3 cup of slivered, sliced, or whole almonds. Pulse them in a food processor until a crumbly meal has formed. Do not run the food processor continuously; you may end up with almond butter. Little pulses are best. You will end up with around 1/3 cup almond meal.
  3. Sometimes I have a hard time finding dried blueberries in the store. If you can't find them, you can just sub dried cranberries.
  4. I like to use salted sunflower seeds because they add a little salt to the sweet dried fruit/honey. I love the salty sweet taste and I think you will too. If using unsalted, add another 1/8 teaspoon salt to the recipe. Instead of sunflower seeds, try using chopped peanuts, cashews, or almonds.

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So many more versions! Try my vanilla almond snack bars.

Vanilla Almond Snack Bars

And this cashew coconut version.

Only 8 simple ingredients to make these copycat KIND bars! My favorite flavor is Cashew Coconut!

The chocolate cherry snack bars too!

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And my favorite spiced pumpkin seed cranberry version.

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Here are some items I used to make today’s recipe.

Glass Mixing Bowls | Cuisinart Food ProcessorNinja Master Prep | Mariani Pitted DatesSquare Glass Baking Dish

I’m working with Diamond of California to bring you today’s recipe. Thank you for helping me work with brands I love! This post contains affiliate links.

AMAZING grain free and dairy free copycat KIND bars in a delicious berry vanilla flavor! These are so easy to make!

AMAZING grain free and dairy free copycat KIND bars in a delicious berry vanilla flavor! These are so easy to make!
AMAZING grain free and dairy free copycat KIND bars in a delicious berry vanilla flavor! These are so easy to make!

76 comments

  1. Sally I love your snack bar recipes! The perfect road trip food – glad you had a great get-away weekend! I’m off to London for my get-a-away weekend this Friday and I think I’ll be taking a batch (or two) of these snack bars with me! Thanks for the inspiration.x

  2. Hey, Sally! I have a question for you that is completely irrelevant to today’s post, but my question is this: how do you dip things like truffles without making the truffle melt? I have had this problem before, where I dip a truffle in melted chocolate, but then the truffle begins to melt. If I leave the chocolate, it will harden. What should I do? 

    • Hope, make sure the truffles are nice and cold when you’re dipping them and that the melted chocolate isn’t piping hot– this helps.

  3. Great flavor combination yet again!

  4. I am not a snow person AT ALL (please fly me out of here this weekend?), but I always wanted to rent a cabin in the mountains to just vedge out by a fire. I think just hanging out in a nice hotel and… well, relaxing… would be amazing in the winter. Or maybe just fly out to Hawaii. lol

    I love the fact these have cashews!!! My favorite nut or all nutty nuts!

  5. Made these today and they are so good! I definitely recommend using an 8×8 and no larger. It’s the first time I’ve made any kind of snack bar. I love them! I really could eat the whole pan myself! Thank you for all the great recipes! 

  6. This is my first time also making trail bars. Right now they are cooling on the rack next to me. They look and smell amazing. Can’t wait for them to cool. I hope the kids like them as they were so easy to make and I love eating whole foods!!!

    • I am making these for the third time! I am now using chia seeds(maybe 1/4 cup) and a handful of chocolate chips! My kid and i love these! My husband I think has tried 1 so far as we gobble them up before he has the chance 🙂

  7. Such a great idea for snacks to bring to work! Healthy, delicious and it will keep you full for a long time. Definitely will make these bars! May be will add some dark chocolate chips 😉
    Love your recipes Sally! What an inspiration!

  8. Awesome recipe. I’ve already made these twice in 3 days. The honey takes these over the top with its sticky sweetness and I like to change out the cashews for a mix of almonds, pistachios and walnuts.  They hold up very well after baking and do not fall apart.  Thanks for a great recipe. 

  9. Sally,
    I added chia seeds to these and they are yummy too!  (Only 2 tsp)

  10. I made these last night and my fiancé and I absolutely LOVE them! Thanks so much for the great recipe Sally!

  11. I’m a big fan of making my own snack/granola bars and have now made these several times. YUM! I made a couple of tweaks this last time only because these are really high in calories and fat (I know it’s the good kind but sadly I’ve had to reduce my gym time recently) and they are so yummy I want to consume more than one. So, I took out about 1/2 of the cashews and added organic brown rice puffs at only 50 calories/cup (if you get the ones with no added sugar). I also add some chia seeds because why not add some extra protein and fiber. One more change I made was to take out the almond meal and add wheat germ in it’s place. Such a good and versatile recipe! Thank you!

  12. I love these snack bars! I’m a serious snack bar lover, but I don’t eat granola, so it’s usually difficult to make quick and easy snacks for on-the-go, until I discovered these! I love how adaptable this recipe is; I’ve made it quite a few times with different nuts, fruit, and even dipped in chocolate, and it never lets me down. Thanks for another great recipe, your blog never fails to impress me!

  13. Hi Sally, I love your blog and am constantly raving about it to everyone! 
    This may be a silly question, but you say any “nut butter” would work for this recipe; is there any chance nutella counts as an acceptable nut butter? 🙂
    While it would obviously be less healthy of an option, I feel as though it would taste pretty amazing….. just not sure if the consistency of it would be wrong for the recipe.

    • Oh my gosh they’d taste incredible! There’s only 1 Tablespoon used, so I think you’d be fine using it instead.

      • Oh my goodness, I made them last night and just had the first one. They taste incredible! Thank you so much Sally! 🙂

  14. Hi Sally!

    Unfortunately, I am allergic to cashews 🙁 I was wondering if you had any suggestions of other nuts to use in place of them? Or another snack bar recipe that’s just as much as a hit?

    Thanks!!
    Katie

  15. I have made these several times and they are delicious. I substituted almonds or walnuts for the cashews. However mine never seem to fill the 8×8 pan and always seem to make way less than your recipe and are way thinner. Any advice? On a side note, I also saw another post on your site, something about an apple bread? Is that recipe on your site? Thanks for all the delicious recipes!

  16. Sally, my husband is allergic to some nuts. What can I sub for the almond flour??
    He can eat peanuts, pistachios and cashews.
    Thanks for all your wonderful recipes!!

  17. I have to make these i often make bliss balls for my 3 year old so these will just go down a treat. Question i don’t like peanut butter and dont have any nut butter at all in the cupboard what could i use instead more honey?

  18. Which is sweeter: honey or brown rice syrup?

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