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SPICY NUT & SEED BAR (HEALTHY + EASY)

Spicy nut and seed bars, featuring almonds, pepitas, hemp seeds and flax meal with spicy jalapeno powder and sweet maple syrup for a delicious, healthy snack!

spicy nut and seed bar sliced on a piece of parchment paper

This nut & seed bar was inspired by the ‘Roasted Jalapeno Almond Protein Bar’ by Kind. After sourcing out a jalapeno chili powder and a few trial and errors, I’ve come up with a pretty darn good replacement. The ingredients in their bar uses honey, but I’ve omitted and used pure maple syrup in its place making this a vegan version.

In my trials and errors, I used both cayenne and jalapeno chili powder. I love the jalapeno powder but the cayenne is pretty good too, if you cant’ find the jalapeno powder. The flavors mingle between slightly sweet, spicy heat and salty. It bakes up with just the right amount of crispness making for an irresistible anytime snack!

This homemade nut & seed bar recipe is full of protein, fiber and the all essential omega’s to help fuel your day and keep you feeling great!

ingredients for healthy spicy nut and seed protein bars in a glass bowl before mixing.

Spicy Nut & Seed Bar Ingredients

These nut and seed bars are loaded with heart healthy fats, protein, and full of flavor!

  • almonds
  • pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • hemp hearts
  • flaxseed meal (ground flax seeds)
  • pure maple syrup
  • jalapeno chili powder (cayenne, chipotle or chili powder is ok too)
  • mineral or smoked salt
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder

Spicy Nut & Seed Protein Bar

How To Make Nut and Seed Bars

You’re going to love how simple these are to make. Easy as 1 – 2 – 3!

  1. Start by adding the ingredients to a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Place wet mixture into a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Firmly flatten the mixture evenly across the bottom.
  3. Bake, let cool and slice.

That’s it, Spicy Nut & Seed Bars made easy and healthy. Enjoy the simplicity and share the love!

spicy nut and seed bar finished hardening and pulled out of the pan.

I hope you LOVE these healthy spicy nut & seed bars! They’re:

  • Quick and easy to make
  • Super flavorful
  • Gluten-free
  • Oil-free
  • Refined sugar free
  • & So delicious!

These yummy snack bars are perfect for an afternoon snack, and they travel well too, making them a great choice for hiking adventures or any day trip you have planned, fitting perfectly in your back pack or travel bag!

More Nut and Seed Snack Ideas

spicy nut and seed bar cut into slices.

If you try this easy snack bar recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.

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SPICY NUT & SEED BAR (HEALTHY + EASY)

Spiced with jalapeño chili powder, these nut & seed bars make for a perfect savory snack any time of day!

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 12 bars 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 3/4 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 1/4 heaping cup flaxseed meal (ground flax seeds)
  • 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons jalapeno chili powder (cayenne, chipotle or chili powder is ok too)
  • 1/2 rounded teaspoon mineral or smoked salt
  • 1/4 rounded teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 rounded teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients starting with nuts & seeds, spices and lastly maple syrup. Mix well to coat. Fill lined baking pan with wet mixture and flatten, pressing firmly, making sure to reach all edges and corners as best you can. Place in oven on middle rack and bake for 25 – 30 minutes. Once done, let cool to harden.

Once cooled it will be a solid piece. Slice in half, then cut each half into 1 – 1 1/2 inch bars. Store loosely covered and enjoy often!

NOTES:

If you don’t have hemp seeds, use any color sesame seeds you like.

16 Comments

  1. Can I use Date syrup instead?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Yes, date syrup will be great! Enjoy!

  2. Do you think that I could replace the hemp hearts with puffed rice?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Yes, puffed rice in place of hemp hearts should work fine!

  3. Really excited to make these, they were my favorite Kind bar before they stopped selling them for whatever reason. I just had one question – are you using raw or roasted nuts for this?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      I used raw, but roasted almonds would be great! Enjoy :)

  4. Can the mapel syrop be replaced by honey? Anything I can add to it to keep the glue role it has?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Yes, you can replace the maple with honey or coconut nectar. Hope you get a chance to try them. Cheers :)

  5. I made this recipe yesterday and they stuck really bad into the parchment paper (even though I sprayed it well with coconut oil). Not sure what happened. I have made these at least 5 times and only once they came out perfectly. They were so good I keep trying to recreate what I did… but I can find where it went wrong. I was so mad I said to my husband, this is the last time I make them. But I don’t really want it to be, I just can’t separate the parchment paper and it’s pretty annoying :(
    Help

    1. Made these the first time today ….simply delicious and oh, so addictive! I substituted the maple syrup with organic blue agave syrup for less sweetness as I am diabetic. Worked really well at gluing the ingredients.
      Tried second batch with less almonds and added shelled pistachio, hazelnuts and walnuts. Also added a dash of cinnamon (good for diabetics) and came out more fragrant! Just as delicious…..a very versatile recipe….highly recommended!

  6. Linda Schmidt says:

    I made these the other day. They are so good and so easy to make. You could always have these around.
    I do have one question…how long will this last?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      I still have some from when I made them and they’re still good (I had to make a few batches). I would say a month in a covered container, maybe a bit longer. Glad you enjoyed these. You’re the first to comment on how they are. Thank you for the feed back!

  7. genevieve y says:

    I have to admit, I don’t normally eat Kind bars but I would happily eat these! Spice + nuts are just too good to pass up!

  8. cadylwhicker17 says:

    Oh yum Julie! I love the savory twist and the use of flax meal. And they look so stinkin’ pretty in the pan. The only problem is- they look completely addictive!

  9. Little Vegan Bear says:

    These look great – I’m keen to try this jalapeno powder, I’ve never found it before. I love the sound of the slightly savoury slightly sweet – sometimes these kinds of things are just too sweet for me.

  10. I love those savory KIND bars! I’ll have to try this recipe, looks wonderful and simple as well. Thanks for this!

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