Have y’all tried the Kind BBQ bars?!?!? I was stoked to find a savory bar for once. Don’t get me wrong I have a sweet tooth to rival anyone else’s but sometimes savory is good. I was never into plain potato chips but I did LOVE BBQ potato chips and the added super greedy bonus was that no one else in my family liked them. Which guaranteed the entire bag was for me. Luckily I don’t buy potato chips anymore but I still love BBQ. These bars reminded me right off the bat of those far off days of BBQ chips.
Kind is so cool about being upfront about their ingredients. I wanted to make a copycat of these babies especially a wallet friendly version. I didn’t want to use any special order ingredients. If I couldn’t find them at a regular store then they weren’t gonna go the bars. That way I could be 97% sure y’all would be able to find the ingredients too. Surprisingly I could not find Hemp Hearts, something I have never in the past had a hard time finding. Other ingredients I could not find were tomato powder and pea protein.
If you want step by step photos or other flavors of these bars check out Monica’s site, it is quite informative.
*Note my store did have a bag but it was GIANT and was $50
These are pretty close to Kind’s bars but they are sticky. They might be less sticky if you back off on the honey. I was quite determined they held together.
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup pepitas
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 TBS tomato paste
- ½ tsp salt
- pinch cayenne
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp molasses
- 1 clove
- couple shakes liquid smoke
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Spray a large baking pan with nonstick spray, set aside.
- Roast almonds and seeds for 10 minutes.
- Put nuts and seeds in a large bowl.
- In a medium saucepan on low heat simmer the honey, apple cider vinegar, tomato paste, salt, pepper, cayenne, cinnamon, garlic powder, molasses, clove, and liquid smoke.
- Cook until well combined.
- Pour mixture over nuts and seeds and stir.
- Pour nut mixture into prepared baking pan and press down flat.
- Allow to cool before cutting into bars.