Brain Bars (Copycat KIND BARS)
They are called Brain Bars because all the nuts fuel the brain! The dark chocolate releases endorphins in the brain. All the seeds have antioxidants which are healthy for the brain as well. So delicious!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 10-20 bars depending on size
● 2 cups nuts of choice (I used walnuts, almonds, & pecans)
● ½ cup puffed chocolate rice
● ½ cup dried chopped fruit (I used dried apricots & cherries)
● 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
● 1 tablespoon chia seeds
● 1 ½ tablespoons sunflower seeds
● 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
● ¼ teaspoon salt
● 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
● ¼ cup brown rice syrup
● Cooking spray oil
● 1 cup dark chocolate morsels or Traders Joe’s 73% chocolate bar
Preheat oven 325°. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray and line with parchment paper that slightly extends the top edge of the pan on at least two sides. (The cooking spray will help paper stick to cookie sheet.)
In a large bowl, mix together the nuts, puffed rice, dried fruit, seeds, and salt until combined well.
Heat up the brown rice in the microwave for 30 seconds, just enough to allow syrup to pour. Add vanilla to syrup and stir. Pour over the ingredients in the bowl until well combined.
Scrape the nut mixture onto the parchment paper. Spray hands with cooking spray and press the mixture into an even layer.
Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan for 30 minutes, then lift the parchment paper sling onto a cooling rack, turn upside down and pull off parchment paper.
Break chocolate bar into pieces and place in glass dish or place chocolate morsels in glass dish. Microwave every 30 seconds and stir until completely melted and smooth. Drizzle chocolate over bars. (I actually pour it on!)
Cut bars into desired size and store in an airtight container.
Variations: Substitute dried cranberries or blueberries. Substitute hemp seeds with the other seeds. Add dried unsweetened coconut.