Cashew Coconut Snack Bars

Easy dried fruit & nut bars with only 8 wholesome ingredients. Gluten free, wholesome, and simple!

Cashew Coconut Snack Bars -- copycat KIND bars! Click through for the simple recipe!

It’s the return of SNACK BAR SALLY! I promise you, she is nothing to be afraid of. Errr, unless you resemble Monday morning at 8am and there hasn’t been any coffee.

I made snack bars again! As you can tell. They come to you today for a reason. I may have had one too many sugary treats lately. Did you see the crumb cake I made last week? Yeah. My teeth hurt. Even though I am a firm believer in chocolate and treats, I’m always trying to be somewhat serious about healthy eating. (Side note: lately I’ve been making a batch of these healthy quinoa patties to eat through the week, as well as these lean turkey meatballs. Both recipes keep through the week pretty well and are so convenient to just heat up for a quick, healthy dinner.)

This is why I try to make things that actually taste good, but aren’t total sugarbombs.

Hello, tasty fruit tart.

Cashew Coconut Snack Bars -- copycat KIND bars! Click through for the simple recipe!

Let me explain what these snack bars are. They’re like KIND bars. Almost identical, in fact. I love KIND bars. I’m sure you do too. My snack bars are made with dried fruit and nuts. No grains or refined sugars. Just real food. Real, easy food. I brought my vanilla almond version along on a camping trip last month. We loved them so much (oh. I mean I loved them so much because I nearly ate them all myself) that we… uh… I immediately wanted to test out another version. Enter: coconut and cashews.

Ahhh the cashew. With their smooth, buttery texture and delicate flavor, this healthy little nut is the main ingredient in today’s chewy snack bars. They pair so well with coconut too! So, into the mix goes a whole bunch of unsweetened coconut. If you don’t like coconut, don’t feel left out. You can sub in other yummy things. See my recipe notes below.

Cashew Coconut Snack Bars -- copycat KIND bars! Click through for the simple recipe!

What else is in these healthy bars? Not much really, but the other ingredients deserve some explaining.

First, almond meal. For anyone not familiar with almond meal, it’s ok. Almond meal is just ground almonds– ground almonds before reaching the stage of almond butter. Almond meal (also known as almond flour, if using blanched almonds and grinding a little more fine) is so easy to make at home; cheaper than buying pre-made almond meal or almond flour. Simply pulse them until they reach a gritty flour-like consistency. Like this:

Vanilla Almond Snack Bars

What’s the point of the almond meal? It helps to bind the snack bar’s ingredients. Something flour could easily do, but grain-free is what I’m going for.

For a little sweetness and additional flavor, add some chopped dates and honey. Just like my original version, I do not recommend thinner liquid sweeteners like maple syrup or agave. Rather, you want a thick liquid sweetener. Brown rice syrup works too. Only 1/3 cup for the entire batch of bars. A little salt provides the perfect contrast to the sweet honey and dates. If you love salty sweet, these snack bars are right up your alley.

One more fun ingredient: ch-ch-chia seeds! I love these little buggers. Chia seeds are tiny little black seeds resembling poppy seeds. Don’t be fooled by their small size; these things come with MASSIVE health benefits like fiber, protein, and calcium. Read more about chia seeds here if you’re interested. Also: they’re a little crunchy just like poppy seeds. So good in chewy snack bars like this! You can find chia seeds basically anywhere these days. Look near the dried fruit/nuts/seeds.

To hold everything together, these snack bars are baked at a low temperature for a small amount of time. Make sure you wait until the bars are completely cool before cutting into them. Otherwise: sticky fingers, crumbly mess.

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

These cashew coconut snack bars are really easy to make. Super healthy and you can totally trick your mind that you’re eating dessert. My confection-loving tastebuds are left happy and there’s absolutely no sugar crash. Wins for everyone! Take that, crumb cake.

Kidding! There’s room for that too.

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Cashew Coconut Snack Bars

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bars
  • Category: Bars
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Easy dried fruit & nut bars with only 8 wholesome ingredients. Gluten free, wholesome, and simple!


Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup (114g) honey or brown rice syrup*
  • 1/4 cup (30g) almond meal*
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon (15g) almond butter
  • 1 and 1/3 cups (200g) raw unsalted cashews, roughly chopped
  • 5 dates, coarsely chopped*
  • 3/4 cup (60g) shredded unsweetened coconut*
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds

Instructions

  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, almond meal, salt, and almond butter together until combined. Fold in the cashews, chopped dates, coconut, and chia 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 20 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 helps firm up the bars which makes 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.

Notes

  1. Freezing Instructions: These bars are freezer friendly. After wrapping individually, freeze for up to 3 months and thaw before enjoying.
  2. Special Tools: Glass Mixing Bowls, Cuisinart Food Processor, Ninja Master Prep, Mariani Pitted Dates, Square Glass Baking Dish
  3. Sweetener: I do not suggest a thinner sweetener like maple syrup or agave– honey or brown rice syrup is perfect.
  4. Almond Flour: You can use store-bought almond meal or almond flour, or you can make your own. Start with 1/4 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 1/4 cup almond meal.
  5. Dates: Instead of dates, try 1/2 cup (75g) raisins or dried cranberries.
  6. Coconut: Not a fan of coconut? Try using 3/4 cup sunflower seeds, chopped peanuts, almonds, pistachios, or cashews. I use unsweetened coconut because it doesn’t have any added sugars and has such pure flavor. If you can’t find unsweetened coconut, you can use sweetened. The bars will be quite sweet with it, so I suggest using salted cashews to balance it out.

Keywords: cashew snack bars, cashew coconut snack bars

For another flourless recipe, try my coconut macaroons.

Easy Coconut Macaroons. Get the recipe (plus 3 other variations) at sallysbakingaddiction.com

And here’s my vanilla almond version of today’s snack bar.

Vanilla Almond Snack Bars

These copycat KIND bars are made with simple, everyday, wholesome ingredients!

71 Comments

  1. Yep, the balance between the KIND-type snacks and the crumb cake is always the huge challenge. I love it all. I just sometimes get way too excited about the stuff in the not-healthy category.
    Which is why I’m feeling the urge to dip these in chocolate! But I’m not gonna. They’re amazing just the way they are. Uh-oh, did NOT mean to do song lyrics there. Forgive.

  2. Heather (Delicious Not Gorgeous) says:

    Loving the triple nuttiness in these- they sound so toasty and filling (:

  3. Sally, I do love Kind bars, but they are a little pricy. As a family of 4, we need at least 4 bars if we were going on a family hike, and I would need at least 2 because I’m 6’3′ and need a little extra, more than the kids, you know? So I think making these bars is a fabulous idea. They seem filling and a whole lot better than a candy bar for sure.

    1. Yep. Cheaper and more satisfying too!

  4. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says:

    YES to snack bar Sally! I am welcoming her with open arms. And, there is coffee 😉
    I love the coconut cashew combo…and the fact that I can send these in the hubs’ lunch and he won’t complain! Pinning!

  5. I don’t typically like nuts, so bars that are made predominantly of nuts are usually not my thing…but cashews are the exception, and coconut could make me try almost anything 😉 These look so delicious and easy! I’ve been trying to have more chia (good for healing, I hear) and protein, so these are great for me 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  6. Love how healthy these are, remind me of Kind bars which I’m addicted to!! Can’t wait to give them a try 🙂

  7. Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop says:

    These look really amazing and not at all crumbly. Bars that I have made in the past just seem to fall apart. I need to give these a try. I think my whole family would enjoy them!

  8. Joe @ Baking Planet says:

    Great use of cashews Sally, I absolutely love cashews so definitely gonna give this a try. Great for energy hit after classes 🙂

  9. Amanda | The Cinnamon Scrolls says:

    These look great, Sally! A great alternative to all those cookies I ate earlier today…whoops. Trying to eat healthy is sometimes a challenge, especially when you’re feeling lazy. But these would be great to have lying around the house! Loving the cashew/coconut combo!

  10. I love KIND bars! These look like the perfect (and cheaper!) alternative.

  11. Katelyn @munchie pie says:

    YUM! I just finished the last bar of these ones https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2015/04/15/vanilla-almond-snack-bars/ on Friday! Now I need to try these, I love cashews!

    1. You’re going to love this version Katelyn!

      1. Katelyn @munchie pie says:

        I made them and they are SO GOOD! I seriously can not stop eating them! I cut them up and wrapped them individually to help myself with portion control haha 🙂

  12. Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday says:

    I love the combo of tropical coconut with buttery cashews! These look fabulous and so easy. Pinning 🙂

  13. Sally,
    I have decided that the Food Network should give you your own show (like the Pioneer Woman– blogger turned cookbook author and now Food Network star!). I would most definitely record it to watch! Your personality is so vibrant in print, I can only imagine how fun a cooking program with you would be!

    1. Hahaha why thank you Laura!! I’m actually incredibly nervous in front of camera. I need to work on that.

  14. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg says:

    Oh, how I love KIND bars! What do I love even more? Being able to make them at home and save some money. These look so tasty.

  15. Cashews are my favorite nut! Saving this recipe, Snack Bar Sally 😉

  16. THESE SOUND AMAZING!!!!!! Need to make them ASAP! Love cashews *nomnomnom*
    xax
    www.xameliax.com

  17. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

    ooooh yes yes yes-the perfect treat!!!!

  18. Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek says:

    These look yummy plus they are healthier than store bought snack bars. Not too much sugar and no preservatives. Yeah!

  19. Two cheers for, Snack Bar Sally!! 🙂

    Sally,
    I’ve never made a recipe of yours that I (and everyone else) didn’t love and I’m sure this will be no different. I read through the (always entertaining) description/blog, then through the recipe and noted that they keep well outside the fridge for 1 week and inside the fridge for up to 2 weeks. My questions are do you think they would ship well and do you think they’d be alright outside of the fridge for longer than a week? I know you can’t know unless you try it, so I’m just asking for your general opinion or maybe any feedback you’ve gotten from your subscribers (we need a nickname. Lol.)? My boyfriend is deployed and I’d love to send him some of these in lieu of overly sweet treats. He’s a cookie monster, for sure, but he’s trying to avoid too much sugar. I feel like these (and a few variations on these) would satisfy his sweet tooth and I love that there’s no sugar crash.
    Thank you again for all of your amazing recipes!
    Hope to meet you in San Diego this fall! 🙂
    Jannett

    1. Omgosh….I just resubmitted this because I got an error code the first time and now my original comment somehow managed to sneak in there! Lol. Sorry!

    2. Jannett, so sweet of you to want to send these. I think they should be fine over a week without refrigeration if needed. Just make sure you wrap them up tightly with saran wrap before packaging and sending. He will love these!

      1. I sure hope he does. You can’t beat handmade treats from home! 
        Thanks again! 🙂

  20. Nicole - Coking for Keeps says:

    These look SO chewy, and SO SO good!

  21. Elle @ Only Taste Matters says:

    Love the idea of making my own KIND bars! Thank you for making it seem so simple. Pinned!

  22. Cashews do not get enough lovin’. I could eat them all day long. I’m guilty of being the person who picks them out of mixed nuts. Ssshhhh :o)

    1. I just like that they are softer and smoother? than other nuts. I KNOW you know what I mean.

  23. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat says:

    I am so guilty of making sugar bombs the last few weeks. This is a nice way to try and get lighter and leaner!

  24. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking says:

    Confession: we grew up going camping at least twice a summer (once to Yosemite, once to South Lake Tahoe), and while I loved every sunny-blue-skies-dusty-dirty-feet minute of it then… I can’t imagine going for a whole week anymore. I enjoy my showers a little too much! 😉 But if it means eating one or two of your healthy snack bars, I could probably make it through a weekend. Just two days, and that can’t kill me, right??

    1. Right!! I am dying to visit Yosemite one day.

  25. Deb @ What's Cooking at Dinner Thyme says:

    Homemade KIND bars? This is my kind of recipe! Can’t wait to try it! They look incredible!

    1. Let me know if you try them Deb!

  26. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    I sure do love these snack bars!

  27. Thalia @ butter and brioche says:

    I’ve never made my own snack bars before but I can imagine they taste more delicious than any store bought version. I must try your cashew and coconut bar recipe Sally!

    1. You will love making these at home, Thalia. Let me know if you try them!

  28. What would you suggest as a substitute for the dates? All the other ingredients sound delicious. 🙂

    1. Hi Kirsten! See my recipe note.

  29. Alexa [fooduzzi.com] says:

    Mmm…sign me up for ANYTHING with cashews! This sounds delicious! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  30. Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life says:

    These sound super decadent as well as deliciously healthy! I love making my own snacks so I know exactly what is in them, and these are all health-boosting flavoursome ingredients! I can just imagine them for a pre-gym power up or as a healthy but delicious dessert 🙂
    Thanks Snack Bar Sally!

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